Sri Lanka is home to some of the worlds best surf and with that, the coolest surf culture there is. When looking for places to stay in the Country, I knew I wanted to stay away from the purpose builts hotels and the resorts, go for something a bit more boutique and interesting. It’s upon this search that I found Ceylon Sliders, somewhere that would become a home away from home for two nights whilst we explored the southern province.
Ceylon Sliders is a cool café come hotel come gift shop and it’s the absolute hub of the area. With the most delicious food offerings, evening cocktails on the roof which feels like a night time gathering at your best friends house and perfectly designed, cool island suites for you to relax, kick off your sandy flip flops and let your hair down in the breeze.
Ceylon Sliders is the result of two beautiful spirits from Sweden who started their journey writing a travel blog to update friends and family back home. After travelling for many years, they opened their yoga and surf retreat in Sri Lanka which is still open today and is called Sunshine Stories. Next came Ceylon Sliders, something that developed into what it is today and is perfectly designed with beautiful eye for detail.
Our island suite was as cool as they come, complete with beautiful island plants, a marshall speaker and the most comfortable hugging chairs you’ve ever sat on. Walking through the room and clocking the turquoise waters infront of you on Weligama beach, sitting outside of a morning in your pj’s looking lustfully at the ocean you’re about to swim in, it quite simply doesn’t get much better than that. The room provides you with beach towels, drinking water, a payable mini bar and a lovely warm shower.
The food is something very special at Ceylon Sliders; just look at that! When booking your room, breakfast is included. You can choose of their extensive breakfast menu including tea, coffee or a delicious healthy juice. On the first morning we went all in, shared the french toast which has caramelised pineapple and is the best thing ever and a beautiful smoothie bowl. The next morning we opted for the granola bowl and avocado on toast. Ceylon is also open for lunch and dinner if you wanted to keep everything in house. Lunch is served downstairs where breakfast is and dinner is held on the rooftop with sunset views and cool tunes playing. We popped up here one evening and had a drink with some tapas pieces and it was so good!
We were greeted when we arrived by this mouse coconut, such a cute idea to make you feel instantly so welcome! Ceylon Sliders is located on Weligama beach front. It’s easy to find and well located to get anywhere with tuk tuks waiting across the road for you and a bus stop right next door. You are moments from the beach where holiday makers and locals alike were frolicking until the sun went down. We had a morning trip to Mirissa which took about 20 minutes by tuk tuk, you can set further afield and do a full day trip to Unawatuna or Galle.
At the front of the building you’ll find their gift shop which is full of local artisan gifts, yoga mats, spices and more! It’s well worth a look in and see what you can pick up, some of my favourite pieces are the postcards from Source and Supply and Sea Sisters, the craft and creativity of this island is so, so inspiring!
If you’re spending your time locally and wish to explore everything Weligama has to offer, do yourself a favour and grab the bikes which Ceylon Sliders offer for free to guests. There’s two there and it’s first come first served. Luckily we nabbed them and set out cycling around and finding lunch, the breeze in your hair is so nice in the heat! When you enter your room, you’re provided with a little guide to the area, highlighting their favourite spots and beaches and be sure to ask the staff, they’re brilliant at advising you where to go!