Our last hotel to inspect in Passikudah was also our hotel for our 2nd night in Sri Lanka. Centara Passikudah Resort and Spa impressed me as soon as we’ve walked into their huge, airy and very welcoming lobby. Cold drinks and towels were immediately offered which we badly needed after this very long day that we’ve had in Sri Lanka. Before going into our rooms, we had the hotel inspection first just to get it over with. Lol.
The property was huge with a lot of open spaces. The rooms were modern and spacious with bright green accents. We were given a room facing the sea and the only thing that I didn’t like about it was it took forever for the A/C to cool it up. We’re not being spoiled brats at all, the humidity in Sri Lanka is way too much – add to it the fact that we were traveling for almost the whole day.
After the hotel inspection, the boys in our group went to the pool while some of the girls tried their luck at Centara Passikudah’s spa which by the way is very reasonably priced considering its quality. For myself, being the nerd that I am, I joined the boys by the pool, ordered a mojito and started reading my book with a view of the magnificent sunset right in front of me. At some point, I left my lazy chair and had a stroll along the beach of Centara – I noticed that it’s very rocky and had a lot of corals. It’s not really the best beach to swim in.
That night, we had a cocktail hour with the manager of the resort at their pool-facing bar called Aqua. Then we went to their main restaurant for dinner. The menu was not as extensive, focusing more on Sri Lankan dishes which I just can’t handle as it was too spicy for me. They did have a grill station outside though which had pork, chicken and vegetables. I stuffed my face with pork of course. 🙂
We checked out the next day after breakfast which again was of limited variety. The grill station from last night became their omelet station. Although the service was a little slow, they were all very friendly. I think it’s the island way of life that we’re not very used to – everyone takes their time and in a very relaxed mode. 🙂
I’d say Centara Passikudah Resort and Spa would be good for families, probably young couples too but definitely not for older, more matured people. If you don’t mind the corals in front of their beach, the resort is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Note: We were advised just before we left Sri Lanka that Centara Passikudah Resort and Spa will be managed by Amaya. It will be rebranded to Amaya Beach Passikudah, so I think I’d need to change the title of this post once that happens. My stay in Centara Passikudah Resort and Spa was part of the sponsored trip of our company. However as always, all opinion and photos above are my own.