Passikudah, Sri Lanka's East Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
It is worth bearing in mind that there is ongoing development in the bay whilst new hotels are being built
Uga Bay has some of the best beach in the Pasikuda Bay development
The hotel is Mediterranean and contemporary in style with some Sri Lankan touches
Guests can stay here for a single centre holiday as well as combining with other Sri Lankan hotels
Uga Bay is owned by the same company who run Ulagalla in the Ancient Cities and Jungle Beach north of Trincomalee
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in the Northeastern half of Sri Lanka are from May to August and for the west and south coasts, December to March.
Uga Bay was one of the first hotels to establish itself on the stunning Pasikuda Bay on the east coast of Sri Lanka and is built to a very high standard. The hotel comprises of 48 spacious rooms, all facing out over the gardens or out to sea.
Pasikuda Bay has wide beaches of stunning white sand combined with shallow water without the strong currents of the south and west coast of Sri Lanka. Uga Bay makes the most of its prime location on the widest part of the beach. All buildings face towards the sea and the garden is landscaped to make the most of the open space.
An enormous infinity pool is the focal point of the resort with more than enough space to swim long lengths and relax poolside. Alternatively there are sun loungers on the beach and every room has its own balcony with seating.
The main rooms are situated in two-storey houses with two rooms on each floor. The upstairs rooms have the most uninterrupted views of the Bay of Bengal and if you can face it, the view of the sunrise is spectacular.
For those who are more active, there are water sports available in the bay. Please note that the water sports are independently run as a cooperative between neighbouring hotels.
The food here is delicious and quite western in style and there is understandably a focus on seafood. Bread is freshly baked each day and was some of the best we tasted on our recent trip to Sri Lanka.
Uga Bay gives a contemporary twist to Sri Lanka, you will find the brightly coloured silks are still used throughout to add to the modern twist created here. With 22 rooms on the ground floor which have beach access, and 22 rooms on the top floor with specular views either of the sea or of the gardens. For those wishing for more privacy there are the two story Beach House, Bay Suite and Beach Villa, all of which have their own private plunge pools and in-house dining rooms.
As the name suggests, the bay suite is a great place to stay if you are looking for easy access to the beach. An intimate and romantic hideaway with two bedrooms and separate living room as well as an open air plunge pool. Great place to stay with the family or for a romantic honeymoon.
The Beach Studio can be found in the main building on the ground floor. The highlight of staying in one of the Beach Studios is that they all have less than a minute’s walk to the beach. Each of these studio rooms have access to their own private terrace for you to enjoy a quiet moment. These stylish rooms give a contemporary feel with splashes of with the colour schemes from Sri Lanka.
The ocean studios are located on the top half of the building and have clear views of the bay below. Sri Lanka blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world; why not admire it from the view of the bay your own exclusive room with an upper floor balcony?
The Beach villa in nothing short from exceptional. If what you are after is a little bit more privacy, it will be found here in the two-story villa by the sea. The Villa offers a picturesque view of the bay, a natural pond and plunge pool beside the terrace. The villa also has its own small living and dining area which is ideal for families.
Uga bay has a fine dining restaurant that is half indoors and half out. The restaurant also looks over the infinity pool that lights up at night for more of a romantic setting. Be sure to try the private dinning option, this is a great way to spend some one on one quality time with a loved one in one of the lovely settings available at Uga Bay. Expect fresh seafood with an Asian flair and feel comfortable to know all produce is locally grown on the island.
Uga Bay has plenty of watersports available including Jet Skis as well as an infinity pool. The resort does not fall short in providing all the necessary services to make the guests stay that much more special. Uga Bay has a luxurious underground spa with a clear view on the ocean the guest is able to see during the treatment to maximise a soothing relaxation.
Looking to provide a fantastic and unique experience for each guest, Uga Bay offers a variety of activities to fill the days with adventure. Not only are their incredible opportunities to go whale watching and snorkelling, there is also the opportunity to learn about the island by taking a cultural tour. The local area has plenty to keep the whole party entertained and create experiences that last a lifetime.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
My stay at Uga Bat was so relaxing and lovely. Located on a long stretch of beach with super soft sand and calm seas it really is a fantastic spot to spend a couple of days. The set up of the rooms works really well providing lots of space and from my beach studio I could walk directly over the grounds and on to the beach which was fantastic.
Charlie Loughlin (Staff)
Located on Passikudah beach, Uga Bay is in the perfect location to enjoy the wide sandy bay. The rooms are modern and offer either sea views or walking access to the beach and pool. Take your time here to relax and unwind on the beach or by the pool, then keep yourselves busy with water sports, spa treatments and excursions by bicycle or out onto the open sea in a catamaran. Make sure you take time to enjoy the sunset from the beach bar and indulge in the snack menu.
Rikki Poynton (Staff)
Ideal for families and the perfect way for rounding off a trip from west to east via the cultural triangle, Uga Bay is just 2 hours from Polonnaruwa. The rooms are bright and spacious and the beach is wide and sheltered from the strong Indian Ocean currents.
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
This luxury beach boutique is set amongst 10 acres of landscaped gardens and beautiful golden sand in the hamlet of Passikuda. The service is very personalised where staff are there to attend to your every need. With the long stretch of beach, clear water of the Indian Ocean and tranquil atmosphere it is the perfect setting to relax, unwind and indulge in a spot of luxury. It is the most well-rounded and luxurious option along the East Coast and possibly one of my favourite beach escapes in Sri Lanka.
Deepavali Gaind (Staff)
Uga Bay is the best properties in Passikudah and has a lovely beach, even though its neighbours are really very close, it stands as a really exclusive property and one of its kind in the area.
Batticaloa by Bicycle
Spend the day exploring Batticaloa and the surrounding countryside by bicycle, visiting some of the more interesting sites and taking in the beautiful scenery.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Jungle Beach - Visit Ancient Trincomalee
Known as the ‘Rome of the Pagans of the Orient’, visiting Trincomalee will offer the chance to understand the myths and legends that surround the ancient temples and colonial forts in the area.
Jungle Beach - Whale Watching
Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience whale watching during your time at Jungle Beach. You will need to wake up early as you go in search of the world's largest mammals who can be seen on the East Coast from May until around October.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colourful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Tour of Trincomalee
A visit to Trincomalee, also known as Trinco, will generally include a visit to Koneswaram Temple and Fort Frederick for a historical overview. This tour will also take in some of the lovely beaches in the area, including Uppuveli and Nilaveli.
Whale and Dolphin Excursion from Trincomalee
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Trincomalee in the months of March to August.
Whale Watching in Trincomalee
Whales flock to the east coast of Sri Lanka mainly during the months of March and April and again in August and September as they continue their migrations around the teardrop isle.
Wilpattu Jeep Safari
Enjoy a jeep safari to Wilpattu National Park, the largest National Park in Sri Lanka.
Location & directions
Passikudah, Sri Lanka's East Coast, Sri Lanka
East coast of Sri Lanka south of Trincomalee.
How to get there
Internal flight from Colombo airport to Batticaloa (4 days a week). Transfer by car approximately 45 minutes.
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