The magic begins as you enter Galle, the Garrion City. Almost imperceptibly, excitement builds up. With its impressive ramparts and cannon towers, Galle Fort dominates the city. Impressive houses with solid frames and distinctive Dutch architecture are seen in all their splendor. Leaving Galle, you wend your way along the scenic coastline, the magic continues. An incredible sight greets your eyes as you witness the unique Stilt Fishermen, found only along the coasts of Koggala and Weligama. Then, onto Weligama (Village of sand) where the magic begins to unfold…
Situated in a tree – fringed canopy, overlooking a sparkling bay is found one of the most outstanding hotels in all of Sri Lanka. The breathtakingly beautiful Bay Beach Hotel. The Weligama Bay with a flotilla of boats, gently heaving with the swell of the ocean lies below you. And around you, you’re own little cove and your portion of paradise. This is a dream come true.
Built on a 3-acre site, Bay Beach Hotel is one of the few remaining places in Sri Lanka where you could still enjoy undisturbed, the luxury of a barbecue by the beach in a secluded little cove, sunbathe and snorkel in crystal clear water. You could even dive to inspect forgotten wrecks of the Dutch and Portuguese era and watch the Manta Ray overhead as he cruises by.
The Bay Beach Hotel is also one of the few remaining places where you could witness the stunning colorful kaleidoscopic collection of living coral, Unspoiled and unpolluted. This is the magic that awaits you.
Fringed by coconut groves and abounding in greenery, Bay Beach Hotel boasts of 60 air conditioned rooms fitted with every modern convenience. Each room with its own terrace affords a panoramic view of the bay.
Bay beach: a beautiful and luxurious hotel, situated at the southern corner of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), is a two and a half-hour drive from sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo.
143Km. And 24 Km (15 miles) from the historic city of Galle this ancient port-city is the first international trade centre for Sri Lanka. Today it has stepped in history and culture. Being the provincial capital of southern Sri Lanka,and has become the home for this beautiful resort.
The Penthouse ….
The most exclusive room of the hotel, the Penthouse commands an awesome view of the bay. It consists of a large sitting room and an adjoining bedroom with an attached bath. One complete side of the wall is made of glass. This, in turn, offers a panoramic view of the bay.
Decorated and furnished entirely by an English decorator using materials found in Sri Lanka, the Penthouse was used recently as a backdrop by MTV
Standard facilities of the hotel include…
Doctor on call
24 hour room service & reception
Bureau de change
Facsimile, Telex & E – Mail
Safe Deposit Boxes
Gift Shops selling gems and jewellery items
In room tea coffee making facility
Personal grooming equipment
In room mini bar
The Magic that captures….
The buffet and set meals are to be enjoyed in the air-conditioned Araliya restaurant with its own awesome view of the bay and the endless ocean crested by cream topped waves that stretch beyond.
The food is delectable and delicious, prepared from only the freshest and finest of fare. Fish straight off the mornings catch and garden grown vegetables and handpicked herbs from our very own gardens.
It’s a la carte menu at the Coffee Shop
The Captain’s Deck….
Bar and lounge is a quiet cozy little place where guests relax and reflect while soaking up the sun.Or watching the gaily coloured boats, bobbing brightly in the placid pure waters of the bay. Then at the close of the day, fisherman returing home at sundown.
Week-end open air barbecues on the terrace are a great favourite. The salt air adds its own tangy spice to flavour of the food.
Watching the moon come up (moonrise) on a full moon night is yet another magical and memorable experience the hotel offers the visitors.
Leisure for pleasure…
These include a wide selection of indoor games, basketball, swimming, tennis, and dancing.
After a hard day of sightseeing and traveling one of most relaxing ways in which you could unwind is by enjoying a herbal massage by our experienced masseuse using Ayurvedic skills to soothe away all pain and discomfort.
Boat Ride ….
A boat ride along the Polwatte River would bring you to many of the cinnamon, rubber and tea plantations that would in it be an ecological adventure and a journey back in time.
Diving with Eddie ….
One of the biggest attractions of this scean site is its sea life. And there’s no better way to watch it than underwater. Another of Bay Beach’s exclusivity is the PADI Diving School is run by a German, Eddie Rupprecht known to everyone as Eddie. With an extensive knowledge of the sea and underwater life, Eddie has been living here for over 15 years or more and is in many ways more Syrian than the natives!
Places of Interest
Veherahena Temple Veherahena
A 40min drive towards Matara, from the hotel. One of the largest Buddha statues in Asia is situated here. Hundreds of wall paintings depicting the stories relating the Buddha can be seen. A place to see Sri lanka art and sculpture and a place of religious worship.
45 mini drive passing matara. A place by the sea where the thunderering water sprays water through a nozzle like opening into the skies.
10 min drive to Thelijjawila. Where you can see most of the reptiles found in Sri Lanka, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.
On your way to the snake farm you can stop over at Moon Light Batik to see how this magnificent art of batik is created on fabrique.
The Dutch Market and the Star Fortress
In the city of Matara which is 30mins away from the hotel you could see the Dutch Market a 18 th century market place built by the Dutch as a market place for trading goods. Only five minutes away from the market you come across the Star Fortress close to the Matara Hospital. Again built by the Dutch this place now houses a library.
The Matara Fortress
A few minutes away from the Star Fortress you come across the old Matara Fortress. Built by the Dutch this place has lost most of its past glory due to modernization. However a few churches and houses are still remaining.
A trip to Matara Beach
An ideal day out under the hot sun walking along the golden sand of Mirissa. 15 minutes drive, or a cycle trip can be arranged.
Deep Sea Fishing
A unique way of fishing that is only popular in Weligama area. A 15 minute walk along the road deep into the village will lead you to this sight.
Trip to the island Madol Duwa – Situated a 15 minutes drive, away from the hotel this place offers you a trip in a boat on the Koggala lagoon to the island and back.