Bar Reef Resort - Negombo
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Overview

The Bar Reef Beach Resort Kalpitiya is simply, a very informal beach destination that offers the friendly hospitality of it's village staff rather than the regimented hotel type service. And what it may lack in amenities (there's no hot water for example), it makes up for with it's rustic charm and whimsical design of it's structures which encourage guests to meet and mingle in an unpretentious communal atmosphere.

Situated on a 2 km stretch of beach on the Kalpitiya coast of Sri Lanka, the Bar Reef Beach Resort offers a truly relaxing getaway for the traveller. It's most famous for it's dolphin, whale watching and truly spectacular snorkelling on the Bar Reef shelf. The azure, warm ocean is always mirror calm and welcoming during the months of October through May.

The resort itself features a striking open pavilion restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean, a water sports beach club and an enormous 40 meter fibre optic-lit pool reflecting the starry sky at night - all laid out in a whimsical and intriguing mix of the traditional and the new. There is normally a delicious local rice and curry buffet or barbeque each evening supplemented by a small a la carte menu.

The new menu while not extensive is quite intriguing and will keep most guests quite sumptuously satisfied. A vivid selection of dishes from starters, soups, main courses and local and international buffets. Bar Reef Resort Kalpitiya also offers tantalizing Barbecue nights with a wide array of fresh seafood, chicken, beef. sausages and vegetables. There's nothing like a down home barbecue, Sri Lankan style of course to satisfy the soul.

Accommodation

Bar Reef features two kinds of accommodation - 6 cabanas and 2 villas, all of which are set within their own private and secluded gardens.

Villas

Nature's bounty surrounding you here at Bar Reef Resort Kalpitiya , you'll feel beautifully ensconced in this villa's expansive private surroundings. You're sure to fall in love with Samara - with two bedrooms and numerous sofas that can be converted into beds, this villa is one of the best for sleeping families, big groupings and gatherings of friends. And Thala Villa Two charming bedrooms, each with tropical garden showers and bags of room for sleeping a heap of friends or a gaggle of relies makes Thala Villa an unashamedly fab pick for big groups and mini parties or a decadent treat for a family. It's named after Thalawila - a nearby village -home to St. Anne's Church that hosts the island's biggest Catholic festival every August.Not only that, but it's the perfect pitch for a little party.

The resort has gone all out with the decor here -they've crafted own their lamps, used shells in place of taps, transformed copper bowls into basins, made driftwood into facets, illuminated stones in the garden and moulded cubbyholes for storing your goodies. Thala's bathrooms are super extraordinary - where else can you shower under the sparkle of a million stars as refreshingly cool water cascades from the height of a tree in Kalpitiya?

Cabanas

The resort has crafted some of their own decor out of the coconut palm and Coco's bathroom is one of the faves as it attaches the bedroom directly and leads into a second walled garden where a torrent of water flowing from a giant coconut palm seed pod high above floods you in a gushing cascade. As the mercury rises the resort cherishes these natural power showers as they give fresh bursts of energy throughout the day. Afterwards, curl up on the sofa for a snooze.

Things to do

Kite Surfing

Kite surfing season runs from May till October and the sea off Bar Reef is considered one of the top locations in the world for experienced kitesurfers. Advanced riders can take lessons from the shore and Guides can be provided for 'Down-winders' commencing at Alankuda Beach Club, situated on the beach directly in front of Bar Reef Kalpitiya. Alternatively for beginners there are resident AKI and IKO certified instructors on hand to offer you courses of varying lengths on the nearby lagoon.

Water Skiing

From November to March the seas off Kalpitiya offer excellent for both water-skiing and windsurfing. The calm seas near Bar Reef Resort , provide an excellent opportunity even for beginners to try their hand at the sport. Donut rides are always a huge hit with children and sure to keep them entertained!

Fishing

Kalpitiya is an excellent location to participate in, and enjoy the exciting sport of deep sea fishing. Deep sea fishing however, as with all sea-based activities in Sri Lanka,is seasonal, with the Western and Southern coasts accessible from November to April. Venture out to sea in a purpose built boat to try your hand at trolling. All required equipment is available at Bar Reef Resort.Kalpitiya is an excellent location to participate in, and enjoy the exciting sport of deep sea fishing. Deep sea fishing however, as with all sea-based activities in Sri Lanka,is seasonal, with the Western and Southern coasts accessible from November to April. Venture out to sea in a purpose built boat to try your hand at trolling. All required equipment is available at Bar Reef Resort.

Excursions

  • Wilpattu National Park

Leave Bar Reef Resort at 4 a.m. with a packed breakfast as well as a cool box with snacks and cool drinks and head for Willpattu, which is approximately 2 hours away.

  • Bar Reef

The Bar Reef shelf is a stunning coral garden featuring extraordinarily beautiful coral formations with gorgeous tropical fish darting in and out around them. The Bar Reef shelf is situated just off the end of Kalpitiya strip, which in turn is to the north of Kalpitiya peninsula.

  • Bird Watching

Bird watching in Kalpitiya is a watcher's dream come true. While Kalpitiya and its environs are a delight in themselves, we at Bar Reef Resort can arrange specific birdwatching tours further afield accompanied by a local expert if necessary

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