• HIGHLIGHTS
  • OVERVIEW
  • ROOMS
  • FACILITIES
  • SURFING
  • BEACH LIFE
  • FOOD
  • ACTIVITIES
  • CHILL OUT
  • ON THE DOORSTEP
  • Boutique lodgings by one the most consistent reef breaks in the Southern Province.
  • An easy stroll to a range of breaks from easy-going plantations to the challenging Rams.
  • Ayurvedic massages by qualified masseuses.
  • A peaceful retreat just 2km from popular Weligama and equidistant from Galle and Matara.

Location: Coconuts, Gurubebila, nr Weligama
Transfer: 175km (2.5-3 hours drive) from Colombo international airport
ClimateNov–Apr (offshore winds/ dry season); av. air temp 30C; av. water temp 27C. (April-Oct is monsoon season, with onshore winds and more unpredictable waves in the Southern Province.)
Surf level: Beginners to expert

  • Eight simple, stylish bedrooms (sleeping 2-6 guests), in a palm-shrouded retreat beside the beach.
  • Rooms on the upper level share a balcony and sitting area overlooking the waves.
  • Lower level rooms open out onto the pool and grounds.
  • Room are decked out with teak four-poster, king or queen-sized teak beds (some can be made into twin beds) with 8-inch sprung mattresses and mosquito nets.
  • Two family rooms, sleeps up to 5/6 guests. One on the upper level has two king-size four posters and a mezzanine level with two mattresses. One on the lower level has two king-size four posters and a single bed.
  • All rooms have air conditioning and powerful overhead fans.
  • Swimming pool.
  • Surfboard racks.
  • In-house yoga.
  • Two chill out areas with hammocks and beanbags – one by the pool and one on the upper level boasting ocean views.
  • Food served all day.
  • Free wifi.
  • Tuk-tuks to take you to the surf breaks.
  • Directly opposite the fun reef break of Coconuts, and a few sandy footprints from the mellower Plantations.
  • Lion’s Rest has its own qualified surf coach, Lucky, a local surfer who can run group lessons or 1-1 sessions.
  • Your qualified surf coach can also take you to some secret spots and offer surf guiding for more experienced surfers.
  • Longboards, shortboards and beginner boards are available for hire.
  • Experts can take on the more challenging and hollow waves at nearby Rams.
  • While the reef breaks aren’t great for younger children and inexperienced surfers, it’s only 2km in a tuk-tuk to the mellow, sandy-bottomed waves of Weligama. Nearby Kabalana is also a great spot for beginners.
  • Many other surf spots between Matara and Galle are just a short tuk-tuk ride away, including the popular longboard spots of Lazy Left and Lazy Right.
  • Lion’s Rest has two tuk-tuks to take you around and share some quieter, secret spots too.
  • Buy a fresh coconut, find a spot under a palm tree on the sand and watch the surfers at Coconuts and Plantations.
  • Lion’s Rest is in the perfect location to yo-yo between the village green, the beach and the air-con comfort of your boutique hotel.
  • A short stroll in the direction of Weligama will take you to a secluded cove perfect for swimming and sunbathing (be careful of the shorebreak if you have young children).
  • One of our favourite beaches to hang out as a family is the sandy stretch of Kabalana, a ten-minute tuk-tuk ride away, where the kids can play in the breakers and there are plenty of cafés, too.
  • It’s a 20-minute tuk-tuk ride to Wijaya beach, where you can snorkel with turtles, get high on the rope swing and enjoy a line-up of beachside cafés and restaurants.
  • Start the day with a pre- or post-surf Sri Lankan breakfast.
  • Authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and a range of Western dishes served all day.
  • Weekly seafood barbecue buffet evenings.
  • Vegan and vegetarian options available.
  • Mouth-watering curries on the menu, as well as dedicated curry nights.
  • Daily-sourced ingredients from the local markets and fishermen.
  • Twice daily yoga – Slow Flow, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga ($9 per class)
  • One-to-one yoga and kids’ yoga also available.
  • Movie nights on the al fresco projector screen.
  • Kickback by the pool or in a hammock with a cocktail.
  • Indulge yourself with an Ayurvedic massage.
  • Wind down with a sunset yoga session on the deck.
  • Lion’s Rest is just 5km from the popular beach resort of Mirissa where you can visit the early morning fish market and head off on a whale-watching trip (go with The Whale Watching Club – run by experts who keep a safe distance from incredible species you will encounter).
  • It’s a 40-minute tuk-tuk ride to the heritage, walled city of Galle.
  • For a guaranteed, up-close experience with elephants and a low-key family safari head to the Uda Walewe National Park.
  • Castaway on Koggala Lake for a boat safari to seven little islands that will introduce you to a little slice of Sri Lankan culture.