By Travel Blogger Sarah Dehays
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I'm headed back to Sri Lanka! I can't help it, I love this place so much and I'm determined to visit every corner of Sri Lanka! This time it was just me and the kids, with summer holidays in full swing it resulted in two kids bored at home and my husband on training. This time I knew exactly where I wanted to stay. A property I've been dreaming about for a year but never had a chance to book until now. Arabella On Boossa is a newly built private hotel, in Gintota, a comfortable two and a half hour car ride from Colombo Airport. It overlooks the beachfront and is just a 10 minute Tuk Tuk ride away from Galle Fort. We arrived pretty early and check in was smooth and fast. We were shown around the property by Rohan, the lovely front office manager. Rohan showed me around our massive suite, and when I mean massive I mean ¨wow¨ this was the biggest suite I've ever seen, ask for Room 8! The breath-taking suite was the perfect mix of both contemporary and Sri Lankan interior and architecture. The room had high ceilings, large windows that poured in beautiful sunlight and lead onto the private balcony. I couldn't think f a more perfect place to relax than by laying in bed all day and watching the waves!

There are 8 rooms all complete with en suite bathrooms. The rooms are well equipped and include AC, ceiling fans, flat screen TVs with satellite channels, DVDs, wifi, tea & coffee facilities, electronic safe, foldaway beds for kids and the most comfortable beds ever with sheets and pillows that are soft as butter! The bathroom products are all locally made in Sri Lanka (loved their shampoo), beautiful linens and towels stocked in each room and they even provide kids towels, which my children loved. Thanks to the lovely owners we got an upgraded suite with the private balcony overlooking the sea and garden. Waking up to waves and the ocean breeze is exactly how everyone should wake up on holiday! I was so chuffed upon arriving and was pleasantly surprised at how gorgeous the hotel was...photos don't do it justice! Arabella on Boossa is by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed!

From the stylish interior to the peaceful ambience, the resort made me feel right at home. Guests are treated to all-day dining at AHARA, where the chefs spoil you with fresh dishes of international and local cuisines. My top breakfast recommendations are the Sri Lankan egg hoppers that come with delicious onion rotti bread and my favorite banana coconut pancakes! If you choose to stay on for lunch I highly recommend the fresh fish taco, fried tuna served on a soft shell,  lemon slices for that extra bite, and coriander. I ate this 4 days in a row, it's that good! The kids loved the fish n chips. Juices and smoothies are made to order, I love the banana lassi, which should be sipped on while tanning on the beach! The second floor has a lounge area also overlooking the garden and sea, a selection of books are available if you fancy reading, and breakfast, lunch and dinner can be arranged for you in the lounge area as well.

 

There are 8 rooms all complete with their own ensuite bathrooms. The rooms are well equipped, facilities include Ac´s, ceiling fans, flat screen TV´s Satellite channels, DVD´s, wifi, tea & coffee facilities, electronic safe, the most comfortable beds ever, sheets and pillows are soft as butter, I love! foldaway beds for kids, bathroom amenities locally made in Srilanka, loved their shampoo, linen and towels and they even provide kids towels which my children loved, our suite was an upgrade thanks to the lovely owners, did I mention that we had a private balcony? overlooking the sea and Garden, waking up to waves and ocean breeze is exactly how everyone should wake up on holiday! I was so chuffed upon arriving, did not expect the hotel to be this gorgeous, photos don´t justify how beautiful  the property is, and when I love something you can't get me to stop raving about it, Arabella on Boossa is by far one of the most beautiful places I've ever stayed at, hands down! something about the ambiance felt like I belong there like I was home, the interiors are my style. The swimming pool is chilled, all day dining available at AHARA, the Chefs make the freshest dishes, international and local, do try the Srilankan egg hoppers which come with onion Rotti bread delicious and my favorite, Banana Coconut Pancakes, Musseli or Eggs any style served with toast and Jam, a big plate of fresh cut fruits is served with your breakfast and juices (try the Papaya) if you are to order lunch I highly recommend the fresh fish Taco, fried tuna served on a soft shell,  lemon slices for that extra bite, and coriander, I ate this 4 days in a row, it's that good! The kids loved the fish n chips, juices and smoothies are made to order, enjoy a cool smoothie while tanning on the beach, I love the banana lassi. The second floor has a lounge area also overlooking the garden and sea, a selection of books are available if you fancy reading, and breakfast, lunch and dinner can be arranged for you in the living/lounge area as well.The Beach is quiet, clean and the sunsets are stunning, as for kids there is lot to do both at Arabella and in Gintota, Terracotta bowl painting  and coconut painting in the garden is arranged by the staff, its a lot of fun for the kids, keeps them busy for hours, they even custom made coloring books for my kids with their names on it which are a lovely touch! it's all these attention to details that I love, my kids also enjoyed playing football with the staff and collected seashells too, I didn't have to worry about them, I enjoyed my cocktails as I lay down on the lounger, perfect for me since I was traveling alone this time!

The Beach is quiet, clean and the sunsets are stunning, as for kids there is lot to do both at Arabella and in Gintota, Terracotta bowl painting  and coconut painting in the garden is arranged by the staff, its a lot of fun for the kids, keeps them busy for hours, they even custom made coloring books for my kids with their names on it which are a lovely touch! it's all these attention to details that I love, my kids also enjoyed playing football with the staff and collected seashells too, I didn't have to worry about them, I enjoyed my cocktails as I lay down on the lounger, perfect for me since I was traveling alone this time! Things to do with kids in Gintota, recommended by Arabella on Boossa who made me a list of fun things to do which was super helpful, we ticket off almost everything on that list, I took them to Ahikava Surfing school with a couple we met at Arabella from Malaysia , Rachel and Jack who also haven't been surfing before, Ahikava is around 20 minutes away by tuk tuk we went early as didn't want to get caught up in traffic, there are two surfing schools, the best one is Ahikava, they only take cash, so make sure you have enough, the charge around $15- $20 a child for an hour, the other school which is a few steps away is Mahantun Surfing school, not as great as Ahikava, but they were very nice with my kids and we all had a great time. We also went to the Turtle rehabilitation center, in Hikkaduwa, entrance fee is RS 1000  ($6) you see how they rescue turtles who have lost their limbs due to fishing boat accidents or getting caught in nets, it was quite educational and my children saw the turtles and held a few, it was a nice experience, on the way back I asked our Tuk tuk driver Lakshoun (AKA Shaun) to stop us in Hikkaduwa beach, I showed him photos of people feeding turtles in the sea, he took us to the exact same spot and we were so lucky to spot one huge turtle, there were a few people feeding it, we grabbed some seaweed from a guy who was there, my kids were ecstatic, I was so happy they got to do this, it was so nice watching them feed the turtle, do try that if you are in the area.

Things to do with kids in Gintota, recommended by Arabella on Boossa who made me a list of fun things to do which was super helpful, we ticket off almost everything on that list, I took them to Ahikava Surfing school with a couple we met at Arabella from Malaysia , Rachel and Jack who also haven't been surfing before, Ahikava is around 20 minutes away by tuk tuk we went early as didn't want to get caught up in traffic, there are two surfing schools, the best one is Ahikava, they only take cash, so make sure you have enough, the charge around $15- $20 a child for an hour, the other school which is a few steps away is Mahantun Surfing school, not as great as Ahikava, but they were very nice with my kids and we all had a great time. We also went to the Turtle rehabilitation center, in Hikkaduwa, entrance fee is RS 1000  ($6) you see how they rescue turtles who have lost their limbs due to fishing boat accidents or getting caught in nets, it was quite educational and my children saw the turtles and held a few, it was a nice experience, on the way back I asked our Tuk tuk driver Lakshoun (AKA Shaun) to stop us in Hikkaduwa beach, I showed him photos of people feeding turtles in the sea, he took us to the exact same spot and we were so lucky to spot one huge turtle, there were a few people feeding it, we grabbed some seaweed from a guy who was there, my kids were ecstatic, I was so happy they got to do this, it was so nice watching them feed the turtle, do try that if you are in the area.Getting around Gintota with children is a challenge, you need to find a reliable Tuk Tuk Driver, and avoid walking on main roads, our driver was on standby for me while we stayed at Arabella, he was great, once you find a good driver take down his number and always bargain on the price. Day trips are arranged by Rohan and the team at Arabella, like the Bentota & Madu river tour, or surf in Weligama for all you surf addicts and check out the shops and cafes like Ceylon Sliders, book a bicycle tour with Idle Tours, visit the temples off Baddegama Road in Hikkaduwa town, the monks would love to show you around,  check out the stick fishermen between Galle and Mirissa. A secret beach also popular now with tourists is ¨Jungle Beach¨between Galle and Unawatuna, it's quite small so get there early! Whale watching can also be arranged its almost 3 hours each way from the hotel, so you will need to wake up super early for this tour, make sure that its the season as you may not spot a lot of whales and dolphins which will be hard to miss out on. When In Galle, stop by at Sugar Bistro, an Australian owned Bistro the food is great, try the crab burger and fish n chips, a few steps away is also another restaurant, The Tuna & The Crab, their signature dish is the spicy crab and pasta, they usually run out of crab so try to book in advance. Fancy some Gelato, just 5 minutes away is Il Gelato, Italian owned gelato shop its small but the gelato is so good, my kids got a treat every day when we went! walk around and check out the little shops in Galle, Pedlar street has quite a few cafes and shops, we love Galle, its such a cute little town with character.

Getting around Gintota with children is a challenge, you need to find a reliable Tuk Tuk Driver, and avoid walking on main roads, our driver was on standby for me while we stayed at Arabella, he was great, once you find a good driver take down his number and always bargain on the price. Day trips are arranged by Rohan and the team at Arabella, like the Bentota & Madu river tour, or surf in Weligama for all you surf addicts and check out the shops and cafes like Ceylon Sliders, book a bicycle tour with Idle Tours, visit the temples off Baddegama Road in Hikkaduwa town, the monks would love to show you around,  check out the stick fishermen between Galle and Mirissa. A secret beach also popular now with tourists is ¨Jungle Beach¨between Galle and Unawatuna, it's quite small so get there early! Whale watching can also be arranged its almost 3 hours each way from the hotel, so you will need to wake up super early for this tour, make sure that its the season as you may not spot a lot of whales and dolphins which will be hard to miss out on. When In Galle, stop by at Sugar Bistro, an Australian owned Bistro the food is great, try the crab burger and fish n chips, a few steps away is also another restaurant, The Tuna & The Crab, their signature dish is the spicy crab and pasta, they usually run out of crab so try to book in advance. Fancy some Gelato, just 5 minutes away is Il Gelato, Italian owned gelato shop its small but the gelato is so good, my kids got a treat every day when we went! walk around and check out the little shops in Galle, Pedlar street has quite a few cafes and shops, we love Galle, its such a cute little town with character.Gintota is a great area, I loved it, Arabella on Boossa is an amazing property which I highly recommend, we feel right at home here, the staff and service is fantastic, I would book here every time I'm back, I would like to thanks, Emma and; Myles on their hospitality and making our stay so comfortable, the wonderful staff at Arabella on Boossa, Chef Prasana, Chef Pradeep, Laharu, Sahan,  Nihal and lastly the front office manager, Rohan for arranging everything for me and my kids. One of the ¨best holidays ever ¨ hearing this from my kids made me very happy, I can't recommend Arabella on Boossa enough! get booking now you will fall in love as much as I do, I promise!

Gintota is a great area, I loved it, Arabella on Boossa is an amazing property which I highly recommend, we feel right at home here, the staff and service is fantastic, I would book here every time I'm back, I would like to thanks, Emma and; Myles on their hospitality and making our stay so comfortable, the wonderful staff at Arabella on Boossa, Chef Prasana, Chef Pradeep, Laharu, Sahan,  Nihal and lastly the front office manager, Rohan for arranging everything for me and my kids. One of the ¨best holidays ever ¨ hearing this from my kids made me very happy, I can't recommend Arabella on Boossa enough! get booking now you will fall in love as much as I do, I promise!