I spent the last weekend in Pasikudah. The sleepy little fishing village on the East Coast of Sri Lanka has become an high-end holiday resort in only a few years.
The journey from Colombo on the west coast took nearly ten hours, made all the more frustrating by idiot motorists and shoddily managed road works. The breakfast at Crown Field Hotel in Narammala was decent enough but you need nose-pegs in the wash rooms. On the other hand, Thidas Arana at Polonnaruwa (owned by the daughter of Sri Lanka’s president) was delightful and served a fantastic traditional rice & curry lunch followed by freshly cooked Sri Lankan sweetmeats. They even had wine by the glass but sadly, it was only Gallo!
The welcome at the Amethyst in Passikudah was warm – frangipani garlands and chilled soursop juice on arrival.
I had an air-conditioned sea-view room with a massive bathroom and a terrace near the pool.
Pasikudah is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. The beach was not crowded and the water was warm. I drank chilled white wine on the terrace (Wyndham Estate Bin 777 Semillon Sauvignon 2013) and had barbecued crabs, prawns, seer fish and pork spareribs for dinner.
Apart from a short excursion to nearby Batticaloa, time was spent eating, drinking, swimming and lazing about in the sun.
It was an immensely satisfying weekend. I tried not to think about flying back to cold and wet Yorkshire.