Sri Lanka is a place of serenity, beautiful landscapes and is still somewhat of an undiscovered destination. This Southeast Asian country is home to endless beaches, lush tropical forests, unique flora and fauna, endless amounts of elephants, Buddhist temples and plenty of delicious fare. Its skies are deep blue and its waters emerald green; it a place where you go to find peace.
New to the small island is the recently opened Casa Colombo Collection, Mirissa hotel, a quaint, six-room gem located right on the country’s southern shores. Because of its size, the property promises a more personal experience for its guests, with each guestroom boasting a personal assistant. Upon arrival you’re introduced to their Casa Domo who will take care of anything you should need during your stay.
The accommodations range in size from 145 square feet to the 295-square-foot Lounge Pool Master Suite. All rooms comes with contemporary features mixed with authentic Sri Lankan detailing, designer furnishings and some include private terraces and plunge pools. They are also outfitted with BOSE sound systems, complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines, bathrobes and slippers, his and her vanities and high-end bath products. The largest of the suites has a private plunge pool, large garden bathroom, spacious terrace with daybed and direct access to the sea.
Around the resort, day beds and cabanas rest along the beach, and in the evenings they are lit up by torchlights for a more romantic setting. Mirissa has one beachfront restaurant on property which serves international cuisine among outdoor candlelit tables and ocean views. For dinner, guests can choose their own freshly caught seafood to be prepared as they wish.
There are also plenty of activities to partake in during your stay, including cooking classes, biking, yoga and sailing. The property has its own yacht which can be reserved for island trips and private charter. Or, nearby are also cultural hotspots such as the UNESCO listed Galle Fort and opportunities to participate in wildlife safaris to view elephants, wild boar, leopards, crocodiles and buffalo.
Intimate and chic, Mirissa is just the kind of place to kick off your new year’s resolutions of taking care of yourself more. And if that’s not your 2016 resolve, it should be. Rooms start at USD $330 per night.