Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa 

Feel the call of the sea

One of the first resorts to be built on Passikudah Bay, this charming bolthole has a prime position on its stunning sweep of sand.

Built to resemble a traditional fishing village, Maalu Maalu means ‘fish fish’, which is also the cry of local fishermen. The resort is a wonderfully rustic-looking collection of timber buildings, with rooms separated out into chalets all facing the ocean, and a swathe of pristine white sand and shallow water before it.

Why we love Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa

  • The resort is right on a picture-perfect white-sand beach lapped by calm turquoise waters teeming with marine life

  • Its design is inspired by that of a traditional fishing village, with charming touches such as a pool bar made from an old boat

  • You can enjoy a foot massage overlooking the beach or a soothingly scented body treatment at the Ayurvedic spa

  • There’s an appealing mix of dining options, whether you have a taste for simply grilled fish or spicy Sri Lankan flavours

4 stars
Mar - Sep
Colombo 10½ hours
Nestled at the centre of the beautiful Passikudah Bay
Approx. 25 minute by road from Batticaloa airport which is reached by a 45-60 minute flight from Colombo airport
All Inclusive Option



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Families
  • Good to Know

The resort’s five bars and restaurants offer everything from relaxed seaside lunches to romantic fine dining.

The main restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers authentic Sri Lankan and international cuisine in buffet style with live cooking stations or as set menus.

The White Sands
If you’re a fan of fresh seafood and eating with your toes in the sand, this romantic and intimate lunch-and-dinner venue is for you. Order the catch of the day or try one of the made-to-order Teppanyaki specialities.

The à la carte dinner-only restaurant is the place to come for a special occasion, with a world of gourmet dishes on the carefully curated menu.

Habala & Ruwala
Two old fishing boats have been turned into a quirky poolside bar (Habala) and eatery (Ruwala) where you can enjoy a cocktail or a delicious snack.

Open from 4pm until late, this relaxed bar has a full drinks menu and views of the pool, gardens and ocean.

It’s hard to beat the simple delights of just-caught, fresh-from-the-grill seafood served on the beach under thatch at The White Sands.

What's included

Breakfast at the main restaurant.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant
Full Board • All meals at the main restaurant
All Inclusive • All meals at the main restaurant • Selected unlimited drinks (excluding wine and fresh fruit juices) • Morning and evening snacks.

Ayurveda is the focus at the peaceful Ayurvie Spa, where you can sample a range of treatments overlooking the beach. Allow yourself to be rejuvenated with a herby-scented oil massage, say, accompanied by the sound of the waves. Complimentary sunrise yoga sessions will ease you into the day.

Head to the beach for an energetic game of volleyball on the sand or rent a bicycle to keep fit and explore the local area at the same time.

Trips for experienced divers to the shipwrecks of SS British Sergeant and HMS Hermes can be organised.

Closer to shore, you can snorkel over coral reefs, try your hand at kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing or go on various boat rides.

There are family-friendly accommodation choices, babysitting services for the parents and a play area for the children.

Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.

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