Maalu Maalu ResortPasikudah, Sri Lanka
There is a sense of ‘laidback chaos’ that courses through the veins of Sri Lanka.
The most relaxed, easy-going people swerve to dodge cows, buffalo and other livestock on the roads, while friendly handshakes bely the rapid Singhalese and Tamil languages that can be heard around the country.
At Maalu Maalu Resort in Pasikudah, however, the ‘chaos’ dial is turned right down: it’s 100% laidback.
Maalu Maalu’s ocean villas are literally eight steps from your bed to the beach…maybe nine or ten if you’re a little bit shorter. This town is the perfect place to unwind and take it easy, Sri Lankan style.
From the soft underfoot, and warm waters of the private beach, it is possible to walk 500 metres out into the sea and still have your head above water.
Maalu in Sinhalese means fish, and Maalu Maalu is the time honoured call that still comes from fishmongers selling their fish after a morning out at sea.
This is the perfect place to unwind, or romance; a four-course dinner is available to book, featuring lobster, tuna, prawns and more - all served on a completely seculded, private beach.
It is one extraordinary experience to eat dinner on a beach with a loved one, with nothing but the sound of gentle waves lapping at shore for company.
Sri Lankan Airlines fly direct to Colombo from Melbourne every day, and direct from Sydney 3-4 times a week.
It is important to note that there is an economic crisis taking place in Sri Lanka, however get lost spent a week in the country in September 2022 and felt completely safe.
Sri Lanka is extraordinarily welcoming to travellers – we recommend supporting local business operators where you can.