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Amethyst Resort

Surrounded by the bluest Indian Ocean waters and a flowing natural stream, the Amethyst Resort offers a desert island experience with all the comforts of a four star resort.

Introduction

Built to the highest standards in 2011, Amethyst Resort offers European standard luxury and high-tech amenities in an exclusive resort atmosphere. It benefits from the beach, river and surrounding lush jungle to provide a haven for relaxing and a well-located base for exploring the Central and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka.

Location

Amethyst Resort in Passikudah is situated right on the beach with a stunning backdrop of tropical greenery. The nearby stream is lined with mangroves to conserve the natural beauty of this eco-conscious resort. The village of Passikudah is on the western coast of Sri Lanka, 28km north of Colombo and just a short drive from the Bandaranaike Airport.

Accommodation

The 97 luxury rooms at Amethyst Resort are arranged around the crescent-shaped beach and overlooking the river.

Choose one of the Sea View rooms which are tastefully decorated in modern colours with all the high-end facilities you would expect of a four star resort. Each room has a private verandah with access to the beach, cable TV and Wi-Fi internet access.

River View rooms are spacious well-appointed rooms looking out over the flowing river. Private verandahs are furnished to provide a quiet relaxing space overlooking this natural paradise.

The ultimate accommodation is in one of the Luxury Suites that boast panoramic views across both Passikudah Bay and the gently flowing stream. The suites offer ample space to relax in your comfortable home-from-home, surrounded by high-tech amenities and comfortable upscale furnishings.

Facilities

Amethyst Resort amenities include the 100-foot-long freshwater pool overlooking the ocean along with a separate kiddie’s pool and Jacuzzi.

Drinks and snacks are available in the pub-style Barrel Bar while delicious seafood is served in the elegant Taprobane Restaurant. Alternatively, you can enjoy light meals and cocktails at the Kool Pool Bar.

Excursions

Located on the beautiful bay and reef at Passikudah, Amethyst Resort is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. If you can tear yourself away, there are several islands to explore in the Batticaloa Lagoon, just 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Take a boat ride or place a stick in the water to hear the famous “singing fish” that emit musical vibrations.

Some of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most treasured archaeological buildings can be visited on an excursion to the ancient UNESCO-listed city of Polonnaruwa. This ancient kingdom provides a huge site of ornate buildings, shrines and scared places and makes a unique place to visit.

If you want to experience some of Sri Lanka’s amazing wildlife, take a trip to the Minneriya National Park about 85km away. The ancient reservoir or “Tank” is the site of the annual elephant gathering at Minneriya which is one of the world’s “Top 10 wildlife spectaculars”. The park is also home to sambar deer, leopards, birds and toque macaques.

A two-hour drive from Amethyst Resort brings you to the amazing Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This ancient palace complex was carved out of the 200 metre-high rock about 1500 years ago. Visitors can climb the many steps in the Lion Rock and admire the ancient rock frescoes that cover the rock walls.

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