Tucked away in an idyllic enclosure is an ideal romantic getaway aptly called Sundara, which is Sanskrit for beautiful. Inviting you into its folds, it promises personalized pampering amid exotic island living.
A jewel belonging to the Mosvold Boutique Hotel chain, Sundara instantaneously transports you into a magical world ablaze with sunshine and soulful serenity. From the moment you glide across the waterway, you are serenaded by nature’s splendour giving you a glimpse of the pleasures that await you. What better place to spend your honeymoon?
The tastefully built luxury boutique hotel that desires to exceed your expectations in delivering all your leisure needs is situated on the shores of a pristine beach in Balapitiya – perfect for the honeymoon tryst you’ve been eagerly anticipating. Spread across the expanse of the beach, the eight-room luxury boutique hotel is purpose built for those who yearn for a luxurious vacation filled with experiences and memorable moments galore.
At Sundara, one finds a merging of the rich cultural heritage with the contemporary aesthetics. The buildings are reminiscent of Geoffrey Bawa’s creations, with traditional Sri Lankan features and a blending of indoor and outdoor spaces, while the interiors are an inspired mix of intricate wooden carvings, monochrome décor and plush furnishings. The main villa has five rooms – the two sea-view rooms on the top floor can be taken together and it is perfect if you are planning on having an intimate wedding with family only or post wedding celebrations with friends.
Prepping for some uninhibited loving, Sundara has eight rooms in total – five in the main house, one by the ocean and two in a private walauwa set away from the rest of the villa. All rooms have a monochrome theme, brightened by richly coloured furnishings, spacious bathrooms with quirky design features and ornate décor. Artisan teas are available in the rooms, whilst the bathrooms contain essential luxurious amenities.
Bask in your very own private holiday experience with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, in the Beach villa that stands in harmony with the greenery and crystal blue waters that surround it. The room is nestled in its own seclusion, creating a blissful ambiance - loved by many.
The large swimming pool and secluded beach are an ideal escapade for some much needed fun and frolic, which makes the stay more delightful and mere steps away from the ocean, perfect for couples. The villa can be booked as a whole or by the room. On another note, if you are looking for the ideal spot for a pool party for your Hen Night or Bachelor Party, booking the entire villa would give you all the privacy you need for a crazy fun night or weekend!
Set at the bottom of the extensive garden just moments from the ocean, beach villa is very private, slightly smaller sized and is made up for by interesting additional features, such as the concealed open-air shower. The two-bedroom pavilion is booked by one party at a time, guaranteeing total privacy, and opens out to its own 10m pool, flanked by tropical sun-kissed flowers. The well-furnished veranda is a lovely place to relax during the heat of the day.
The top-floor rooms in the main house are the Master Bedroom and a twin, linked by a large sitting area. These rooms can be taken booked together by families. Both rooms have a balcony to make the most of the beautiful garden and sea views, and the Master Bedroom is the most spacious room in the villa with the addition of a bathtub in the bathroom. The ground floor rooms are secluded and look out to the garden.
At Sundara you are bound to dine like the star that you are with expertly curated cuisines by the award winning culinary team. From candle lit dinners to alfresco dining, a variety of options are available for all guests. Although a menu is presented, the kitchen staff is friendly enough to oblige to any special requests on availability of ingredients. The breakfast spread overlooking the ocean, lunch served in-room and dinner on the beach are just the kind made for honeymooners.
Engaging experiences and meaningful encounters are part and parcel of Sundara as its environs offer more for couples and families that have a penchant for exploration. Between Ambalangoda and Iduruwa the muddy Madu River dances around the coastline forming a complicated network of lagoons and off-shoots. It’s fantastic birding territory and in praise of this it’s been made into a Ramsar site. Scenic boat tours are available from Balapitiya, 5km north of Ambalangoda. The guided tour of the mangrove jungles of the Magnificent Madu River will take you through this enormous river navigating through fishermen, koi fish spas, The Cinnamon Island, Temples, Kovils, and much more. Madu River Safari is an adventurous journey that’ll let you explore the complete ecosystem of an enormous lake throbbing with life and flamboyance.
Another scenic hot spot for photographers is the Sunandarama Maha Viharaya. The unique temple in rural Ambalangoda boasts several architectural features with tall arches and ancient carvings. The Cinnamon Island in Madu River lets you explore the ancient spice in an experiential journey. Take the trails of the planter and witness the process of cinnamon making. From tree to spice, this remote plantation and its farmers use traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation in harvesting Ceylon Cinnamon. Ambalangoda is famous for its ancient demon masks and devil dancers, visit this town and discover the crafting art of Sri Lankan traditional masks making. Ariyapala Masks Museum one of many treasure troves for you to explore this ancient art and artists.
While a honeymoon is a good excuse to take a vacation, it is also necessary to be vigilant as throwing caution to the wind during these unprecedented times is not recommended. Thus you can rest assured of the precautionary measures taken by the resort to ensure you enjoy a safe and secure stay. As the world continues to fight the pandemic of Covid 19 disease, it is of paramount importance to Sundara that your safety is guaranteed.
You can also be part of something larger as your booking at Sundara enables women to be empowered, shaping their future from a struggle to a success story as the Mosvold Boutique Hotels are a part of a greater initiative through the Mosvold-Martinus Foundation together.
So put all your inhibitions aside and prepare to be pampered during your honeymoon at one of the most luxurious resorts in the southern coastal belt of our paradise isle.