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6 Tips on Picking the Best Resort for Your Beach Vacation - Exploring the Best of Sri Lankan Beaches

Any vacationer will not deny the fact that booking yourself into a beach resort is one of the best ways to spend a holiday. A beach retreat provides the perfect opportunity to rest and relax to your heart's content. Here are 6 tips to pick the best resort to complete your perfect getaway in the tropics.


Location is key

A beach holiday in Sri Lanka is possible all-round the year and with a coastline stretching around the island. However, the most prominent beach resorts are in the south, west and eastern coastlines. Depending on the time of the year that you plan to visit, there are options available for any kind of traveller. Be it a resort based closest to the city and the buzzing nightlife or quiet countryside.


Timing matters

The temperatures in Sri Lanka are fairly consistent throughout the year ranging between 27°–29°C. Most of the beach sides holiday resorts including the Kalutara resort are located in the southern part of the island. The best times to book into a resort in the south or west coast would be between January to March when a dip in the ocean is possible and you might even spot the whales in the Indian ocean. If you happen to be interested in visiting the East coast then the best times will be April / May to September.


Budget Friendly

An overall observation might be that the more senior and established crowd may opt to book into an expensive resort whilst the others may want to spend more on outdoor excursions and adventure thereby looking to spend on a less costly resort. Make sure to browse in all your options and lookout for online offers. You never know what you'll find out there.


The Package

If you have the appetite for full meals, ample drinks and planning on hanging out at the resort all day, then an all-inclusive package would be the best option to go for. Otherwise, check in for customised options to best suit your needs. If you happen to travel with kids, check in for kids discounts or some resorts even accommodate kids for free. You might want to check in for options on activities available for kids.


The right kind of place

Resorts are likely to be packed during the high season and everything from finding a place at the dining areas, pools to beach front chairs are going to be quite a task. Depending on your personal preference, you can either go for a smaller resort with fewer crowds to deal with or fully happening people place to go big and have a ball. Some resorts don't accommodate kids and are specifically open to adults and vice versa which is something that travellers prefer as well.


Review your options

With all kinds of resorts around the island, the best way to get the most out of your stay is to look up online reviews or recommendations from other travellers before you make your reservations. Resorts such as the AVANI Kalutara Resort tend to offer some pretty good deals that you might want to check out.