Weekends

View of the private garden from the veranda
Spend the weekend away from the city and for once, I actually feel rejuvenated. My friend and I picked a secluded and private property that housed 12 personal villas. We had not just a room to ourselves, but also our own private garden, terrace and veranda as well. 

Our little veranda – my reading nook

Our stay at Calamansi Cove by Jetwing was of two nights, and on a full board basis. I’d recommend this to anyone who wishes to stay at their property simply because ofthe excellent  service and wonderful meals available via their set menus. Taking to account that everything was inclusive of service charges and taxes, it was well worth the money spent. 

Breakfast spread

The food was simply amazing. Breakfast choices included a continental spread inclusive of a separate plate of freshly baked breads, fruit, and pancakes apart from what you can see in the above image, and a fresh juice of our choice, plus coffee or tea. 

Poolside view

I made it a point to take a dip in the pool on both the days we stayed. The ocean was just a few metres away but the waves were pretty rough so a sea bath was certainly not an option. 

The beautiful Indian Ocean
Fried rice with devilled chicken for lunch
 

Lunch and dinner options on both days were quite extensive as well. My friend and I decided to pick different selections off the menu just so we could try everything. Again, the courses were so good – inclusive of a salad/appetizer, soup, main dish and dessert. 

I spent most of the two days just reading, mindful meditating and with my phone far away as possible. Sometimes, all we need is a getaway to be thankful for the life we have. 

xoxo

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Island loving :)

I live on an island so it’s easy to be the kind of person that loves the beach and sea. To be quite frank, I live just about a ten minute drive away from the great Indian Ocean so all my life I have loved the idea of going to the beach and wetting my feet. I don’t really care about the sand on my feet and salt on my hair and face. I absolutely love the freshness and cool air. I could stay for hours watching the waves crash over and over, the sky turning dark as the day ends and yet enjoying hearing the sound of the lapping ocean.

My island home Sri Lanka is thankfully blessed with great natural beauties like golden sandy beaches, lush forests and parks, cool hilltops and ancient historic sites. Whenever my family decides on taking a trip around the country however, we always end up going somewhere close to or by the sea. Last December and early January were two months spent doing just that. My family and I travelled south the most – to Yala on the far south eastern side of the island (located by the Yala National Park), Ahangama (close to the Heritage City of Galle) and Beruwala.

Yala

This picture was taken at the Jetwing Yala hotel. A soft opening was held in September and there was a fantastic offer on the room rates, so we just grabbed at the opportunity and drove nearly half the day to just get there! It ain’t an easy drive but the hours spent on the road were worth it because the hotel was simply beautiful. The poolside was extremely lengthy and relaxing. The picture might look a little fuzzy but actually I happened to take it while it was raining. That didn’t stop us from taking a dip though 😀

The Yala National Park is located approximately five minutes from the hotel so it’s easy to come by an elephant or two, a dozen peacocks, a family of deer and other wild animals on the vicinity. We took a safari during the wee hours of the morning the very next day and were lucky enough to spot two leopards finishing off a hunt. A week after we left the hotel, it was noted that a leopard was sighted on the hotel premises! YIKES!

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A few weeks later we hit the southern road once again and made a day stop in a small town by the name of Ahangama. We stayed at another hotel managed by Jetwing by the name of Mosvold Villa. The place is wonderful – the perfect spot for honeymooning couples and anyone looking for a secluded holiday. There’s nothing all that special about this quaint town but I must admit that it’s got one of the BEST beaches the island has to offer. You can literally walk a hundred metres or so into the sea and the water level would be at my knees. I’m not a fantabulous swimmer so this was like an excellent opportunity for me just to play around and have fun with my husband and cousins. We literally spent a good three hours in the water and came back looking crisp and burnt! However, the one thing about beaches and living on an island is, you get to experience some of the most amazing and breathtaking sunsets.

Mosvold

If you’re every planning on making a trip to my little island, do give me a shoutout! Xoxo