Cantaloupe-Aqua (CA) is the first property under the Cantaloupe Villas portfolio. This Private Hotel & Beach Club unashamedly surveys an idyllic ocean scene and is the first affordable boutique hotel along this sultry stretch of Galle coastline. Neighboured by private villas and sandy beaches stretching hazily into the distance, CA is private, luxurious and chic. Of the 16 well-appointed rooms, 13 have stunning views of the beach through floor-to-ceiling glass windows and private furnished balconies. CA also features two hedonistic suites, which come with a host of added luxuries including every imaginable luxury.
CA is also home to COCONUT - a world-class fusion restaurant promoting innovative Sri Lankan and Thai cuisine - and the famous Playground Beach Bar, flaunting a diversely inspiring cocktail and wine list.
As soon as you enter CA through the cool cement archways, the contrast between the brilliance of the distant aquamarine bay and the sleek white interior immediately appeals. Colour pop photographs liberally illuminate the walls and set an upbeat, youthful tone.
CA exhibits a contemporary open plan design, and its sociable interior and exterior public areas merge seamlessly and share in the sultry sea views. The infinity jacuzzi pool tucked to one end of the hotel mirrors the hue of the sea beyond, and offers both sun and shade.
COCONUT, CA’s funky Thai fusion restaurant with a Sri Lankan twist is open every day ‘til midnight, and has emerged as one of the top dining spots in Galle. COCONUT not only caters to CA in-house guests but also attracts personalities from Sri Lanka and overseas.
Flanked by a pool bar, AQUA’s restaurant spills onto a timber palm-pricked deck furnished with plush sun beds and cushy sofas.
Exotic refreshments are served throughout the day as guests rotate between the sun loungers, the pool’s jacuzzi jets and the sea.
As the sun sets at the end of the day, the mood turns decidedly upbeat; ambient lighting illuminates the bright white interiors, music goes up a notch and the drinks begin to flow.
Jan 4th 2012
"Fabulous, friendly, great value CA Hotel with beach all to ourselves! - CA seems to model itself on a funky Greek-style hotel, all minimalist white with clean lines, quirky details (giant cast concrete urns - very cool) and Warhol-style coloured prints on the walls"
- Mrs. Nicolson Gardner from UK
March 25th 2012
"Honeymoon in Paradise! - We had the pleasure of spending Christmas day at the hotel which to our surprise included a European style Christmas meal of turkey and roast potatoes with a Sri Lankan twist"
- Jason B from UK
"Small cosy hotel on the sea! - We stayed in the aqua ultra chic suite and from our room the view was spectacular. while lying in bed u could see the ocean lapping at the walls and hear the waves....it is the most calming noise to fall asleep to and to wake up to."
- Mr. Binnstrips from Bangalore (Senior Reviewer on Trip Advisor)
"One of the best thing about Cantaloupe Aqua is the beautiful view: wherever you are (room, restaurant, pool) the only thing you see is the sea, which is really nice and very relaxing.
I also enjoyed having empty and non touristic beaches around, which helps to relax and enjoy fully the scenery .
The staff is very nice, rooms are clean and well equipped and they have definitely made an effort for the food menu which is rare and enjoyable."
30th Jan 2011
"The finest meal I have had in a long, longtime in Sri Lanka. The service is attentive without being oppressive. The menu simple but not simplistic, offering an idealistic choice, we cleaned our plates!! Will be back most certainly.. on our many journeys to Tangalle " -Mr Saliya & Shalini Wickram-
"What was very nice in the hotel, was that we arrived very early in de morning after a night flight and they immediately prepared our room, so we had a really early check-inn without any extra cost! Great way to start our holiday. For the rest: only pros: great location, amazing views, great food, nice mojito's etc.!!!" -Sofie.r (Belgium) -
"The location is fantastic - the sea is the most beautiful blue color and there are very few people around, rooms were comfortable and attractive, staffs were friendly and helpful. I really liked this hotel and would definitely stay there again if i am ever lucky enough to return to talpe!
Nightlife Tip:Unawatuna is the best place close by for good nightlife. " -angela K (Australia) -
"We loved this place. The rooms except the standard ones all overlook the ocean. Staff friendly and chatty. Breakfasts would be repetitive after a few days. We booked the Zen room on Agoda.
The hotel is about 15 minute's drive south of Galle and about a 10 minute walks north from the Habaraduwa town. Adventurous travelers can get there by taking any bus from Colombo toward Matara and ask to stop at Habaraduwa or if you're eagle eyed almost in front of the hotel. No need to take a three wheeler to Galle. Take and north bound bus from outside the hotel and ignore the touts. It's about Rs 25. Or ttake train to Galle and then bus the rest of the way. Easy." -Andy D (Australia) -
"location and view is wonderfull,rooms are spacious and nice beddings , food was yummy ,staff very helpfull,safe for the kids even if they run along by themselves
rooms are very nice and spacious,wonderfulview,goodfood,very very helpful staff.try surfing they have very nice surfing schools in the near by vicinity and try the srilankan food the chef recommends it is yummy.we ordered an extra bed and it was soooo comfortable that my daughter never liked any of the Extra beds in all the other 6 hotel we went to in srilanka and kept comparing them to the one in cantaloupe.it was a courtesy from the from desk manager. Thank you " -hani A (Lebanon) -
"Cantaloupe Aqua was located on the most stunning strip of beach in Unawatuna. Being a relatively new hotel there were a few basic things that were lacking eg.a room safe, kettle, comfy chairs in the balcony but the hotel staff informed us that all the above were soon to be provided. The staff for amazingly courteous, friendly and informative. The hotel provides useful info on places to visit, bars, restaurants around the area and everything's easily accesible by tuktuk.We were told that there's great spots to snorkel in as parts of the beach were reefed. The food was nice, offering an eclectic mix of continental and local cuisine. Breakfast at CA was lovely, we particularly enjoyed the Srilankan breakfast and would strongly recommend for first timers to try it! We would highly recommend ppl to try the local seafood at a closeby waterfront restaurant (we went to Happy Banana) which was just divine. All in all, our stay at CA was the most relaxing part of our trip to srilanka, a place where you just lose the sense for time, enjoy the sound of the waves and forget about the world :)
Unlike Bentota, Galle did not appear to offer a particularly exciting nightlife. So its a great place for ppl who just want to kick back, and relax by sea. There's no crazy partying in this place!" -Zaki P (Canada) -
"I had a great stay at the hotel as the staff, management, drivers, guards, were all very friendly. from the time we checked in, we had an amazing experience at this gem of a hotel. cool coconut water fresh from the coconut was given to us while we checked in. the hotel was prepared for our arrival and made it a simple 1-2-3 process. The beach was immaculate and the restaurant over looking the water was very picturesque. All of my friends who came with me agree that the hotel is worth visiting again, and we are sure going to return. Hotel Feature Tip: The weather channel said that it would be raining the whole time we were there, yet we saw not a drop. Call the hotel to inquire about the timings and the weather for the most accurate readings" -fareed A (USA) -
"Great and relaxing hotel to stay at, fantastic beach but a bit ruf sea.Small pool to relax and have a drink.Many sunchairs and umbrellas.great rooms with tv and comfy bed. Staff always happy and helpful." -Patrick O (Sweden) -
"Great sea view, scenic sunsets, friendly staff and good quality of food in the hotel Overall - the experience of staying with cantaloupe aqua was positive. Room was stylish and with reasonable comfort, cleaned properly and in time. " -Alexander S (Russia) -
"Very fashionably decorated, excellent food, great ocean views from the rooms, nice beach, friendly staff I have been staying at cantaloupe aqua for three weekends in a row now. Every experience has been unique so far: the staff does anything within their reach to make your stay completely relaxed, the looks of the hotel are stunning: very clean, very neat, trendy, Zen, you name it. The food is good, at reasonable prices, and when you're lying on the beach chairs sipping from your fresh papaya juice, you really feel like you're in paradise. See you next weekend! " -eline L (Netherlands) -
"A cool hotel on a beautiful stretch of beach. Aqua Ocean Rooms were nice but small,but the Zen rooms and the Aqua Chic rooms were more spacious and very funky. Staffs were friendly, helpful and polite, and the food in the restaurant was good. It's a nice place to chill out right by the water, sip cocktails and clear your mind. It's about a 15-20 minute tuktuk ride from Galle Fort." -naomi J (United Kingdom) -
"It was a wonderful stay, may be the best of whole trip in srylanka. The marvellous position right on the beach with white sand and coconuts palm.Really a boutique hotel with beautiful room and spectacular view on the sea. The meals served in paerfect manner by the most kind of people .Excellent food.To reccomend to everybody." -fabrizio C. (Italy) -
4th Mar 2011
"Brilliant amicable staff! Always with a smile! Delicious dinners, Kudos to Chef! Definitely will return! Views of the sunset, phenomenal! " -Ms Marah Di Nora(Canada) -
27th Jan 2011
"Excellent accommodation and very good service, all rooms are clean and well kept with a beautiful ocean view. I would recommend this place to anyone." -Dileep Abeygoda(Australia) -
4th Feb 2011
"Wonderful in every way.. Rooms, settings and especially the warm, friendly, helpful staff. Thank you!" -Susan Anderson(Canada) -
4th Feb 2011
"Great little spot! Will be back for longer stay! Thanks!" -Josh & Whitney(Canada) -
10th Jan 2011
"Had a very relaxing 7 day stay at the Aqua Cantaloupe. The food was excellent and staff were very helpful ! Wishing you all the best for the future" -Suzanne(Ireland) -
10th Jan 2011
"Wonderful Rest! Good staff!" -John Coote(Ireland) -
7th Jan 2011
"We had a wonderful 5 days at CA . This was our third hotel in Sri Lanka. Turned out to the best property on the beach. Its brand new and management is consistently working on further improvements. Excellent restaurant and very kind people! Highly recommended! Thank you!" -Mr & Mrs Jahangir(Usbekiztan) -
31st Dec 2010
"Looking forward to coming back in the future, good luck with the business and we'll see you again soon!"
"Thanks for a wonderful stay! We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings! Warm, friendly staff and great location" -Stuart, Debbie – Lee & Max Law(Australia) -
6th Jan 2011
"The most enjoyable and relaxing stay, a place that offered a great deal of relaxation and privacy – being a small boutique hotel. We will definitely recommend it to friends and family." -Harin & Lakmali Paranabalana(Australia) -
Both a calm oasis and a private party paradise, CA is stylish, modern and urbane – an accurate embodiment of the Cantaloupe & Co philosophy and lifestyle.
Every guest is entitled to dictate the pace of his or her experience at AQUA. The vibe fluctuates with the mood of the crowd, ranging from beach club to chill out lounge. Ambient lounge and chill out music plays throughout the day to keep the CA atmosphere alive.
Throughout the year CA changes its mood depending on events and promotions taking place at the hotel. During the peak season (Dec-Jan, Mar-Apr and July-Aug) CA and partner properties host exclusive private events featuring DJs and performers (all CA guests receive free passes). Weekdays tend to be quiet and relaxing, and weekends upbeat, which might not suit guests looking exclusively for peace and quiet. The events rarely go on ‘til late however and often begin in the afternoon or at sunset. Annual events – such as New Year’s Eve and official events, such as those attached to the Galle Literary Festival - may continue until the early hours. During the quieter months of the year CA makes a great base for families with kids, and guests looking for a combination of relaxation and activity.
Please confirm with front desk on dates of events coinciding with your arrival to make sure if alternative accommodation needs to be arranged on the day/night of the event.
CA rooms each have their own distinct character. Interiors have been designed in-house by Cantaloupe with a predominantly white palate combined with black highlights and vividly coloured pop art.
13 of the 16 CA rooms feature sea views. The second story rooms overlook the bay, making the guest feel as though they are floating directly above the sand. There are no walls obstructing the view, as far as the eye sees is just CA Ocean.
Aqua Ocean Play (AOP)
The eight AOP rooms feature stunning beach frontage. The ground floor rooms each have a lounge area and the second storey rooms above have private balconies. These rooms have been specially designed to blend the panache of Euro Chic with the warmth of local interior style. All interior statements have been hand picked, from the white wooden floors to the chic light fittings. Every detail has been considered to create the perfect setting for the ultimate beach holiday. AOP rooms have luxurious King sized beds dressed in Egyptian cotton and custom made seating. Rooms also include WIFI Internet access; a 26-inch LCD TV with full cable channel access and a DVD player.
Aqua Ultra Zen(AUZ)
AUZrooms are categorized as Junior Suites. In addition to the standard CA roomamenities, these rooms are larger, support more lavish décor and are closer inproximity to the beach. AUZ sport luxurious king sized beds (with provision toupgrade to a triple),an elevated Party/Lounge Deck Area and expansive temperedglass balconies overlooking the Indian ocean. There is a lounge area with afully stocked mini bar, two two-seater sofas, ottomans and a coffee table. Theentertainment system consists of Bose Sound Dock (optional), WIFI Internetaccess, 32 inch LCD TV with full cable channel access and a DVD player.
Aqua Zen (AZ)
AZ has adopted the quirkiest personality at CA. Taking on a predominantly white color palate, which is punctuated by outrageous pop art features. AZ showcases ash stained oak floors and a mezzanine, the focal point of which is a bed recessed in the center, mimicking authentic Zen inspired architecture. The foyer area has ample lounge space (that can comfortably seat 6 guests) with custom couches, WIFI Internet access, a fully-fledged entertainment system (inclusive of a sound dock, 32 inch LCD TV, cable and a DVD player) and a private bar to amuse guests any time. With tempered glass balconies framing the best of the south coast sunsets-it is tranquility in its most fashionable state.
Aqua Chic and Ultra Chic (AUC)
Aqua Chic rooms are the villa’s suites. These suites aptly encapsulate the complete Aqua experience. Chic white wooden floors complemented by opulent white linen king sized beds automatically immolate a scene of decadence. AC rooms have private infinity Jacuzzis fenced in by a tempered glass balcony that overlooks the bay. The spacious bathroom and vanity sections have stylish his and her sinks and bathtubs that sport a sea view. An intelligent and LED lighting system customizes the desired ambiance that can range from ambient to disco-esque. The lounge areas are equipped with a fully stocked mini bar, 42 inch LCD TVs, Bose sound docks with preloaded play lists and swanky sofas, which create the perfect entertainment enclave.
CA ULTRA CHIC is a larger room featuring a private bar, which can be stocked on request.
Aqua Aqua (AA)
AA rooms have been decked out to meet a very high standard of hospitality; what they lack in terms of a sea view they make up for in luxury living space. These rooms are extremely intimate and are ideal for a quixotic escape.
Cantaloupe AQUA is located in the hamlet of Habaraduwa, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, and set back from a sandy sweep of palm-fringed beach extending to Koggala, a few kilometres to the east. During season time (between November and April), the sea beyond CA attracts some great breaks for experienced surfers, and beginners can learn how to surf with our friendly neighbouring surf instructors who’ll whisk you to Weligama, a 20-minute drive away. Marine life is also good, and you can snorkel to the front of the hotel or in the bay to the west where there are coral reef beds about 30 to 100 meters offshore.
Throughout the year, our sandy ribbon of beach ebbs and flows as the ocean currents are constantly changing. For most of the year, the sea in front of the hotel is perfect for swimming whilst at other times the beach may be flushed out by the waves. Changing climatic conditions affect the ocean and change its mood; there are days when she displays stunning hues of aquamarine blue and others when storms colour her green, black and gray. To the west of the hotel – a ten-minute stroll – is another sandy beach featuring a turquoise lagoon sculpted by an offshore reef, and this is a suitable swimming spot all year round.
The bohemian beach resort of Unawatuna - famed for its pretty sandy bay, eclectic beach bars and frequent beach parties – is just 5km to the west of CA whilst Koggala’s meandering lake and extensive stretch of sandy beach lie a few kilometres to the east. Galle, and her famous sixteenth century Dutch Fort – home to an ever increasing number of exquisite villas, cafes, boutiques and restaurants – is just 10km from AQUA, and the lofty sea-smashed ramparts and atmospheric streets of this charming old town are fabulous for late afternoon strolls.
Other reasons to take a break from your sun lounger include activities such as deep sea fishing, diving, whale and dolphin watching, inland bicycle rides and local cookery classes.
We will assist you to organise transport to local destinations upon request.
THE PERFECT BLEND
Every C & Co venture is a subtle blend of their entire lifestyle arm combined. Cantaloupe Aqua is a prime example of this, encapsulating elements of other C & Co projects; hosting an CA Poolside bar and a miniature Cantaloupe Beach Boutique.
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It will take you around three hours to reach CA from the Bandaranaike International Airport by private car (prices start at US$110). If you’re coming from within Colombo, your journey time via the new Southern Expressway is now just 90 minutes, giving you more time to savour your precious weekends. And, with exciting seasonal offers, menus, events and value additions lined up for you to take advantage of this holiday season, why wait?
The fastest way to reach CA is by Air Taxi, which takes just 25 minutes to whisk you from the capital to the landing port at Koggala Lake, a convenient two kilometres from the hotel. Prices with the Sri Lankan Air Taxi currently range from US$120 to US$140 per person (www.srilankan.com.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could take the train down to CA from Colombo. Services run frequently and take around three-and-a-half hours. Every day (except Thursdays), an air-conditioned carriage is attached to the privately operated Rajadhani Express (www.rajadhani.lk), which departs the capital from Colombo Fort station at 6.55am and reaches Habaraduwa railway station at 10.20am. The return service departs at 3pm.