A place that just works on every conceivable level.
We found that at Beach Hut.
Whilst we loved it the first time we stayed, after a further 10 days there over SriLankan new years, it is now more like home to us than just a guesthouse.
Staff - PERFECT
They have such a huge variety, from tiny bungalows with only room for a mattress, to deluxe bungalows with inside bathrooms. We stayed in some cement bungalows with inside bathroom and private garden for a mere 1000 ($8) rupees. The cheapest room is a crazy 300 rupees!! ($2)
Some rooms are right on the beach while others (like ours) are back near the restaurant.
Oh, and yes there are even hammocks! Or if you like, you can go across to the tailor across the road and buy one, or get one custom made in Pottuvil for between 1300-2000 rupees ($11-18).
Rooms - PERFECT
Beach hut is one of those places where people just mingle. The communal dinners are a big part of this (delicious and cheap I might add!). But, the vibe there is just so chilled out that people just want to talk to each other. As you arrive, with backpack on, you will be greeted by every person at the restaurant - Hey! Where did you come from? Where are you from? Come join us later!
We made some amazing friends, some truly special people that we really hope we will be able to cross paths with again.
Drinks were shared, meals were shared, samosa-runs were made, shopping trips were shared, jokes were shared, youtube videos were shared, karum was played, and played and played again, and many many memories were made.
Atmosphere - PERFECT
The food is a great mixture of western and local foods, but it's cooked really well!
And it's cheap!! Almost as cheap as eating on the street!! Which is great news, because the restaurant area is so comfy it's really easy to get really really lazy...
We went out for breakfast to one of the little restaurants on the street and had 3 paratha and dahl for 100 rupees. Sometimes we ventured out for lunch as well. Sometimes we didn't.. Dinner we didn't.. The food is cooked super quick as well so were able to wait until Gypsy was really hungry before ordering.
Oh, and you can buy "fantastick" ice-creams just at the end of the street!
Food - PERFECT
We hope you will love it just as much if you find yourself in Sri Lanka and needing somewhere to call home for a while.
But be warned.
NOBODY leaves when they originally planned to. "I'll just stay 1 more day..."