Living near the ocean has always been one of the things in my infinite travel bucket list. On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, I got to do just that, and my excitement at the prospect of living a few metres away from the ocean knew no bounds! The Cantaloupe Aqua Hotel in Galle, Sri Lanka, is a beautiful property situated on the ocean-front, with the waves of the Indian Ocean greeting you right from the hotel lobby.
The décor of the entire property is done up in shades of blue and white, which is extremely soothing for the eyes. The quirky designs with Sri Lankan pop art lends a vibrant touch to the place, while the clean minimalist structure provides a relaxed aesthetic. There is a lovely little Infinity Pool in the premises itself, along with private Jacuzzis in every room. The food is absolutely delightful, and the traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with coastal seafood is a must-try! The hospitality of the staff and their attention to every imaginable amenity for the guests is quite commendable.
The hotel provides different categories of rooms, like the Aqua Chic, Aqua Ocean Play and Aqua Zen suites, each of which comes with a stunning view of the beach through their floor-to-ceiling glass windows and private balconies that are pristinely furnished. The suite I stayed in offered a breath-taking view of the azure ocean, stretching out as far as the eyes could see. It was like living only a few steps away from the gorgeous vast expanse of water. The mesmerising view captivated me, as I used to sit and watch the waves for as long as I could, unwilling to leave my room and explore the city. Watching the distant ships in the horizon transported me to a surreal world of my own.
It truly was an enchanting paradise of sorts, and I was very reluctant to leave. Cantaloupe Hotels has given me an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will cherish all my life.