If you’re planning a luxury stay to do nothing but relax, here’s what we’d recommend. Book a flight to Colombo, drive down to Galle and check in at Cantaloupe Levels. What can you expect out of this resort, nothing but scenic views, a relaxed stay and rooms you wouldn’t want to step out of.
Booking: You can book your rooms through their website or through http://www.booking.com. They take an advanced payment and so be completely sure before you make a booking.
Travel: Cantaloupe Levels is located very close to Jungle Beach at Unawatuna and is almost a 3 hour drive from Colombo airport. It’s away from the hustle bustle of the city and travelling around can be a little tough. However, Tuk Tuks are available freely so you can rely on them to take you around.
Resort: Cantaloupe Levels is a luxury boutique resort, they have just 9 beautiful rooms. The resort is on a hill top and opens up to a breath-taking panoramic view of the ocean that stretches to the horizon. You can catch the best of sunsets from here. They have an infinity pool with relaxing pool beds around and a restaurant that serves a good mix of local as well as continental fare.
Rooms: We booked the Deluxe rooms at Cantaloupe Levels that opened up to the pool. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the mattresses however were quite uncomfortable and definitely need to be changed. Other than that, the rooms were spacious, the washrooms were huge with a private Jacuzzi inside. To our surprise, we were upgraded to the Suite, on the second level, which had a gorgeous view of the ocean with two day beds where you could lie down and watch the waves, the sun and the moon all day long. Rest of the room was pretty similar to the Deluxe. The Suite is definitely worth the price and we would definitely recommend it!
Restaurant: The food at Cantaloupe Levels was great. Though they didn’t have a buffet for breakfast, which we’d prefer on a holiday (you know, all that excitement of starting your day with an elaborate buffet), they had a decent menu. The must try dishes on their menu were the Sri Lankan Biryani and the Fish Curry.
Service: This was the only place where I see room for improvement. The service was slow, although friendly and polite. We had many instances where we had to call the room service 2 to 3 times for a particular request.
Getting There: A prepaid cab ride from Colombo airport to Cantaloupe Levels will cost you somewhere around 8,000-9,000 Sri Lankan Rupees.
Overall, if your idea of a holiday is a fancy resort where you can just sit back and relax, this place is a must visit.
Venue: Cantaloupe Levels, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 91751 0570
Value for Money: ★★★ Food: ★★★★ Cleanliness: ★★★★★Service: ★★ Location: ★★★