Sri Lanka, East Coast
Info : Chaaya Blu
Formerly the Club Oceanic, a long standing east coast favourite that was shut for seven years at the turn of the century, this 1970s building was comprehensively restored in 2010 and added to the 4* Chaaya portfolio as the Chaaya Blu. Originally designed to resemble a sailing ship and situated on the peaceful Uppuveli beach, the property has been cleverly re-designed to incorporate a good range of modern comforts that make this the best of the large hotels in the Trincomalee/Nilaveli area.
Chaaya Blu has 43 superior rooms, 36 beach chalets and two suites. The superior rooms are within the original building and look out over the pool, grounds, beach and ocean beyond. They are a decent size and have the range of facilities that you would expect from a 4* hotel. The beach chalets are new two storey units on the beach front. They are generally worth the small additional cost as although they have a similar range of facilities, the rooms are bigger and more comfortable with either a balcony or veranda and direct beach access.
Chaaya Blu is situated on the quiet northern section of Uppuveli beach, with a rocky headline to the north and wide expanses of white sand to the south. The grounds are a good size and well maintained and there is large swimming pool at the front of the hotel that overlooks the beach. Chaaya Blu has its own PADI certified dive centre and can arrange diving and snorkelling trips to nearby Pigeon Island, along with whale watching trips in season and a range of other water sports. Chaaya Blu can be sold on a bed and breakfast or half board basis and has two restaurants to choose from; one that offers an extensive buffet with the other providing a seafood a la carte menu. There is also a cocktail bar.
Uppuveli is a 10 minute drive from the centre of Trincomalee, which at the time of writing did not have an extensive range of eating and dining options, although this is bound to change as tourists start to return to the town with arguably the best natural setting in Sri Lanka. It is certainly worth spending time exploring the wonderful natural harbour and the historic Dutch fort with its Konasvaram temple. Further north from Chaaya Blu is the wide white sand beach of Nilaveli and a whole range of peaceful and idyllic beaches and coastline that are a million miles from the built up resorts of the west coast.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
- Beach Access
- Beach Volleyball
- Bicycles available
- Local excursions
- Outdoor Pool
Most of them were superb and we had requested quiet rooms with sea/lake views where possible. Harriet had arranged this for us and her hard work paid of as they were all granted.