Aslam completed the ISA Level 1 course and completed the surf instructor and surf safety program in Kathaluwa, Sri Lanka. Aslam has been surfing for 16 years and has been teaching how to surf for nine years.
Irfan completed the ISA Level 1 course and completed the surf instructor and surf safety program in Kathaluwa, Sri Lanka. Irfan has been surfing for 12 years and has been teaching how to surf for six years.
Najmudeen completed the ISA Level 1 course and completed the surf instructor and surf safety program in Kathaluwa, Sri Lanka. Najmudeen has been surfing for six years and has been teaching how to surf for four years.
Rizvi completed the ISA Level 1 course and completed the surf instructor and surf safety program in Kathaluwa, Sri Lanka.
CoCo Bay Unawatuna website
Coco Bay hotel is truly wonderful! A little piece of heaven two hours from Colombo, nestled between Unawatuna and Galle, it feels like your own private island. We went for half board and they are happy to substitute lunch for dinner with a daily changing set dinner menu, an a la carte lunch menu and waiter service at breakfast - bliss! They have full English, omelette, waffles, cereal, bread basket with home made pastries and homemade jams (omg so good!). They are very proud of their food and they like to feed you as much of it as possible - waistline beware, it is too good!! The staff cannot do enough for you - they are so friendly and welcoming and just wonderful with the children. Housekeeping was excellent - there is a daily turn down service, freshly baked afternoon treats and iced mocktails midmorning. The hotel is right on the beach, the waves can be rough, and it can be windy, but there is also a small covered pool with a shallow section. Our 7 & 4 year olds loved both options and the life guard even lent them his body board to use in the sea. A point to note here: we did visit in early July which is considered the 'low' season. That said, it rained only a couple of times in ten days and we all have lovely sun tans! It felt like we had the place to ourselves for a few days. There was tonnes of wildlife - the kids enjoyed looking for crabs, monitor lizards, black crocks, bats, squirrels, frogs, turtles and fish around the grounds. As I mentioned earlier the hotel is on the south west coast. We went to Udawalawa national park one day which took 2.5 hours by taxi - the hotel manager Reny arranged all of this for us and we had the same car and driver for our airport transfers. We left at 8 and we're home by 5 - well worth it, even with little ones. We also visited the local sea turtle conservation project - again arranged with our driver, but this time we went by tuk tuk. This was a wonderful experience, we paid extra and released some babies into the ocean. Galle and Unawatuna are accessible by tuk tuk, approximately 20 minutes - Galle is more upmarket but both are very enjoyable with lots of restaurants and well worth a visit. You can see the ancient town of Galle from Coco Bay beach! There are several public beaches nearby too - Wijaya and Unawatuna both have clear waters and nice restaurants - both are less windy and feel extremely hot though! Overall this was one of our best holidays yet - Coco Bay and its staff are just sublime! Wonderful people, wonderful setting, wonderful food! Five stars!!
CoCo Bay Unawatuna website
What an amazing resort! We had the best 5 night stay here in April. When we first arrived we were a bit unsure of the location as it is a short tuk tuk ride away from restaurants etc. How wrong we were it was the best, so nice to come home after a day out to the peace and quiet!
We stayed in the Aqua Romance room, the room was huge and the private pool was awesome. I celebrated my 40th Birthday while we were there and was very spoilt by the amazing staff!
The food at the restaurant was amazing and reasonably priced, always so much food especially at breakfast!
This was the highlight of our trip in Sri Lanka.
Shane H. Buckingham
CoCo Bay Unawatuna website
Me and my family had a lovely stay here. We were impressed by the spacious rooms and bathrooms. Plenty of hot water for our frequent showers. The staff were very friendly and no request was too much trouble. We went out of season so the hotel wasn't at capacity but I felt that the hotel could cope with the extra guests when the time came. We had a breakfast and evening meal at the hotel and we ate like kings. Both meals were 4 courses and a choice of dishes were on offer. On one particular evening I had tuna steaks with 3 huge prawns and various vegetables as a main which would have cost a fortune in London. On another evening I had a large swordfish steak,delicious. The curries are a mix of tastes and textures which we loved,nothing too hot but I'm sure they would accommodate you if you wished for something a bit more fiery. We had the beach and pool much to ourselves during our stay which suited us. We didn't need a lunch at all. At mid morning a waiter brought us out a nice juice cocktail which was well appreciated as we roasted in the sun. The private beach was nice and shallow but the sea was certainly rough,however we were aware that the seas around Sri Lanka were like that before we travelled. There were staff who cleaned the beach as best they could each morning as the surf brought in a bit of flotsam and jetsam. Towels were available if you wished to use the sun bed and used towels were put into a collection bin when finished with. We enjoyed the wildlife who came to visit including a huge monitor lizard which strolled along the beach. About a mile south is Unawatuna beach which was a lot more lively. There were beachside bars and restaurants and shops just behind them. The beach dropped off quite a bit sharper here. So if you wanted something livelier it's not far away. We travelled there by tuk tuk which the hotel arranged for us but you could start walking and you'd soon be approached by a hopeful driver. I'd certainly stay there again. I felt valued as a customer.