Bentota Beach Hotel at Bentota Beach is one of the very first beach resort hotels of Sri Lanka. Nestled in a narrow strip of land between the Bentota Beach and Bentota River, the luxury hotel with its expansive gardens of groves of Coconut palm trees spreading over 30 acres are built in the traditions of Colonial Dutch Architecture.
Crack open a coconut, slip into a hammock and rock gently in the breeze, allowing the hours, days and even weeks to slip calmly by. Welcome to Mirissa, which is 4km southeast of Weligama, and is another quickly developing crescent of beach. Modest guesthouses abound and there are a string of simple cafes along the sand that seem to come and go with the tides..
Nilaveli, the Trinco region's other beach resort, is far less intimate than Uppuveli, with hotels scattered up and down little lanes off the coastal highway – it's around four kilometres from one end of the village to the other. If you're looking for some serious beach time, then Nilaveli could be just the ticket, for the sands are golden and the ocean inviting. Offshore, Pigeon Island offers fine diving and snorkelling.
Unawatuna makes for a good, quick beach escape from Galle's Fort: it's only 6km southeast. Otherwise it offers a cheap and cheerful sandy idyll, at least on the bulldozer- and boulder-free west end.