Luxury-laden and decadence-dipped, Sun Aqua Pasikudah (also known as Passikudah, Pasikuda and Passekuda), lies on the east Sri Lankan coastline, with sapphire seas unfurling beyond. Accessible via seaplane to Batticaloa, or scenic drive from the international airport or the capital of Colombo, a getaway here is devilishly indulgent with interiors draped in buttery linens and cool contemporary spaces. In the gardens, palms lean into the breeze and a carpet of bahia grass bends underfoot. Off shore, silver skipjack glint like lightning, flashing past reefs, wrecks and metal hulls.
Pasikudah affords the ultimate privacy and seclusion, away from the bustle of the usual tourist spots to guarantee the perfect getaway holiday. The resort possesses an abounding charm, style and serenity with its aesthetic dressed in a creamy palette of ivory, honey and mocha tones. 34 suites and 2 pavilions bask in beach and ocean vistas, with all suites comprising an oversized bathroom, an elevated bedroom, a lower level sitting/lounge area that opens out to landscaped garden, beach and lagoon views.
Echoes of Ceylon sound in the time-blackened Brahmas and Buddhas of Sri Lanka’s heritage sites. Embedded in the landscape, not far from Pasikudah Beach, lies an enticing and enchanting array of archaeological wonders – ancient Sinhalese stories hewn in stone and written in vine-tangled forest. Take a bite of this flavourful past with guided excursions to history-laced landmarks, bold explorations into UNESCO World Heritage sites. Safari through jungles. Relish the raw-edged relics of Polonnaruwa – remnants of the royal capital. Traverse fragrant fields of tea plantations, emerald terraces strewn with gem-coloured saris – tea pickers with burgeoning baskets. Wade through the mists of Minneriya National Park for elephants, birds and nectar-drunk butterflies. At the centre of Sinhalese legend lies the ochre-coloured Lion Rock, dubbed Sigiriya. This fortified palace is scribbled with Singhalese poems and faded frescoes. Ceylonese history lingers, ready for picking, in the cinnamon fields, the strawberry patches, in the vine-ripened vermillion of mangoes.
Sun Aqua Pasikudha boasts sprawling beaches, clear lagoons, a 30 meter infinity pool at your doorstep, tennis and badminton courts. For an oceanic experience, sunset cruises and deep see fishing charters are a request away.
At Sun Aqua Spa, your spirit is set free with rituals steeped in traditional wisdom and perfected with modern wellness innovations; a tantalising array of boutique spa experiences using organic local ingredients are available, each bursting with natural goodness. Sample the soothing massages, facials and scrubs, all created to release your inner radiance and relax you to your core. Delight in sensuous experiences using Ayurvedic oils or products from the decadent Parisian brand Thémaé, which infuses treatments with the healing powers of tea. Spoil yourself with one of the five speciality packages or a signature treatment, like the luxurious Hideaway Spa Dining experience, which combines full-body treatments and delicious yet nutritious cuisine. One taste not enough? Try a multi-day package. The pampering health and beauty rituals will nourish your body, calm your mind and make your spirit sing.
Escape to the glass-enclosed wine cellar for a private soiree. Pavilion is a spot-on venue for that very special evening. Indulge in a scrumptious yet sophisticated degustation dinner paired with the finest drops this side of the East Coast. Wine lovers rejoice. Alternatively, enjoy a smokey whiskey while sunk into a soft, deep sofa at The Lounge - the perfect place for a lush late-night digestif or suppertime snack.
Hot on the spice trail, with gourmet cuisine from far and near, made to order using home-grown veg and herbs from the garden. Fresh-caught seafood is available at Medium Rare, best served al fresco on the beach at the gorgeous Grill Restaurant with a crisp Sauvignon. The Executive Chef is happy to whip up whatever you crave, while the sommelier can recommend a pairing for anything, from caviar to coconut sambol. Sri Lankan cuisine ignites the senses at Pasikudah, with the heat of aromatic curries to salted fish in all its permutations. For guests looking for an unforgettable sunset dinner, destination dining is available throughout the hotel grounds and the beach.
With a sensational backdrop of sun-speckled ocean, magical moments come naturally at Sun Aqua Pasikudah; the days are drizzled in sunshine and the nights laced with laughter – a recipe for bliss.
Sun Aqua Pasikudah | Passikudah Kalkudah | Postal Code 30410 | Sri Lanka
Telephone: +94 65 2055 555 | Fax: +94 65 2050 305
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