Sri Lanka’s chic escape
India’s near-neighbour will take another small step away from the grim spectre of its former civil war on 14 February, with the opening of the Beach House Pasikudah. This 34-suite resort will bring a five-star presence to Pasikudah Bay, midway along Sri Lanka’s eastern coastline – a portion of this often idyllic Indian Ocean island that was largely cut off in the government’s war on the Tamil Tigers from 1983 to 2009. That said, the resort is close enough to the key sights of Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya for easy insight into the country’s Unesco-acknowledged cultural heritage. Double rooms start at US$198 (£122), including breakfast.
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