Galle, Sri Lanka
Cantaloupe-Aqua (AQUA) was the first property under the Cantaloupe Hotels portfolio. This Unique Hotel and Beach Club unashamedly surveys an idyllic ocean scene and is the first affordable boutique hotel along this sultry stretch of Galle coastline. Neighboured by private villas and sandy beaches stretching hazily into the distance, AQUA is private, trendy and chic. Of the 13 well-appointed rooms and all 13 have stunning views of the beach through floor-to-ceiling glass windows and private furnished balconies. AQUA also features two contemporary suites, which come with a host of added luxuries including private jacuzzis. AQUA is also home to COCONUT – a fusion restaurant promoting innovative Sri Lankan and Thai cuisine – and the famous Playground Beach Bar, flaunting a diversely inspiring cocktail and wine list.
Both a calm oasis and a private party paradise, AQUA is stylish, modern and urbane – an accurate embodiment of the Cantaloupe & Co philosophy and lifestyle. Every guest is entitled to dictate the pace of his or her experience at AQUA. The vibe fluctuates with the mood of the crowd, ranging from beach club to chill out lounge. Ambient lounge and chill out music plays throughout the day to keep the AQUA atmosphere alive.
Coconut Restaurant at Cantaloupe Aqua is a feast for your senses, and the menu will tease your taste buds with a selection of Western, Asian fusion and Thai cuisine, including plenty of ocean fresh fish and seafood. Blessed with spectacular views of the turquoise ocean, this beachfront restaurant in Galle is open all day for drinking, grazing and dining. Inside, tables sit beneath colour pop photographs of Sri Lanka whilst at night tables spill onto an elevated deck, open to the skies and the sea breezes, which feels like the hull of a boat. To one end of the restaurant is an infinity plunge pool and a bar serving Galle's best cocktails, and upstairs is a deck for romantic alfresco private dining.
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AQUA rooms each have their own distinct character, punctuated by quirky design features. Apart from two, all of the rooms have sea views. The second story suites overlook the bay, making the guest feel as though they are floating directly above the sand. Of the 13 well-appointed rooms, 13 have stunning views of the beach through floor-to-ceiling glass windows and private furnished balconies. There are no walls obstructing the view, as far as the eye sees is just Aqua Ocean. The rooms adopt a relaxed aesthetic mirroring its island surroundings. This design focus is clean lines and minimalistic in structure, pleasantly interrupted by Sri Lankan inspired pop art and bright highlights. AQUA also features two contemporary suites, which host a plethora of added luxuries including private Jacuzzis. Although, our pricing may reflect ‘budget boutique’, when it comes to comfort no detail has been overlooked: LCD/LED TV's, high-speed broadband Internet access and Wi-Fi, , Egyptian cotton duvets and sheets, waffle knit spa robes in the deluxe and suites, branded bath amenities, in-room safes and fully-stocked private bars. It truly is the best of both worlds.
Aqua Zen - 25 square metres
Taking on a predominantly white colour palate, which is punctuated by outrageous pop art features. Aqua Zen showcases ash-stained oak floors and a mezzanine, the focal point of which is a bed recessed in the centre, mimicking authentic Zen inspired architecture.
The foyer area has ample lounge space (that can comfortably seat 6 guests) with designer couches, wi-fi Internet access, 40 inch LCD screen TV, cable. With tempered glass balconies framing the best of the south coast sunsets-it is tranquillity in its most fashionable state.
Aqua Ocean Play - 24 square metres
These rooms feature stunning beach frontage. The ground floor rooms each have a private lounge area and the second story rooms above have private balconies. These rooms have been specially designed to blend the panache of Euro Chic with the warmth of local interior style. All interior statements have been handpicked, from the white wooden floors / cut polish cement flooring to the chic light fittings. Every detail has been considered to create the perfect setting for the ultimate beach holiday.
Aqua Chic / Ultra Chic - 26 / 30 square metres
The Aqua Chic suites aptly encapsulate the complete Aqua experience. Chic white wooden floors complemented by opulent white linen king-sized beds automatically immolate a scene of decadence. These rooms have private infinity Jacuzzis fenced in by a tempered glass balcony that overlooks the bay. The spacious bathroom and vanity sections have stylish his and her sinks and bathtubs that sport a sea view.
An intelligent LED lighting system customises the desired ambiance. The lounge areas are equipped with a fully stocked mini bar, 42" inch LCD TVs, Bose Sound Docks with preloaded play lists and swanky sofas, which create the perfect entertainment enclave. Aqua Ultra Chic is a larger suite featuring a private bar, which can be stocked on request.