Guardian spotlights Hiriketiya Bay in southern Sri Lanka among its ‘10 best winter sun destinations’


The Guardian UK’s ‘10 of the best winter sun destinations for 2018’ spotlights Sri Lanka’s Hiriketiya Bay for its “Crusoe-like palm-shaded strands and gentle cobalt surf that promises year-round swimming”.

Travel correspondent Emma Boyle writes that “I used to swim at ‘Hiri’ long before you could eat or sleep at this deep, horseshoe-shaped bay near Dickwella, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast”.

“Set enough of a distance off the main Matara to Tangalle coastal road to be largely off-radar … it remained a secret for years, except among in-the-know surfers (it’s got a great left-point break) and the local fishing community.”

She notes that “hipsters, yogis, surfers and families looking for a quieter and more authentic alternative have sought Hiri’s still-rustic charm, picture-postcard setting and gentle surf”.

The secluded beach ambience is heightened because most accommodation is set well back from the beach, hidden beneath coconut palms.

She particularly liked Salt House at Dikwalla, “a convivial guesthouse a few minutes’ walk from the beach, is an excellent place to stay (rooms from £60, including breakfast, yoga and surfboard hire)”.

For many, Hiriketiya bay is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka—off the beaten track, it provides that tropical ‘home from home’ appeal, with nearby bays great for swimming, walking and biking.

Prevailing easterly or westerly winds are kept away by the horse shoe shape of the bay, making swimming and surfing conditions safe all year round.

Its eight jungle- or garden-view rooms (including a two-bedroom family apartment) are simple yet stylish, its cafe serves nutritious home-cooked food (think healthy salads, superfood smoothies, seafood and gelato), and there’s daily yoga.

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