Leading Sri Lankan boutique hotel operator, Cantaloupe Hotels Group, has completed significant upgrades at its two hip sea-facing properties in Galle, including fresh interior designs and an exciting new dining concept.
The twin boutique hotels, Cantaloupe Aqua and Cantaloupe Levels, now feature an original culinary approach that focuses on local ingredients and authentic recipes. This “farm-to-table” and “ocean-to-table” concept will see the chefs at both hotels source fine Sri Lankan produce wherever possible, including exquisite fish and seafood fresh from the Indian Ocean.
In-house guests and local diners will be able to savour an amazing array dishes such as “Chinook Tuna in Banana Leaf”, “Coconut & Black Sesame Coated Jumbo Prawns” and a sumptuous “Seafood Platter for Two” including crab, prawns, lobster, calamari, tuna and more.
Cantaloupe’s Sri Lankan chefs were also tasked with discovering original recipes from across the country, including regional dishes from their home villages, towns and regions. This has resulted in the creation of a new menu of classical curries from all over Sri Lanka – from Galle in the south to Jaffna in the north – allowing diners to experience a nationwide kaleidoscope of flavours, presented with a contemporary twist.
These local options are complemented by a wide range of international dishes that showcase only the finest imported ingredients that cannot be sourced locally, such as “Steak Tartare” created using Australian tenderloin and “Four-Cheese Risotto” featuring premium European cheeses.
“We are delighted to reveal the fresh look, feel and flavours at Cantaloupe Aqua and Cantaloupe Levels, as we continue to raise the bar for dining and hospitality in Galle,” said Cantaloupe Hotels Group’s Founder and CEO, Dimitri Jayasuriya. “The stylish new interior design concepts perfectly reflect these hotels’ stunning settings, providing a choice of tranquil, trendy oceanfront destinations.
“With our new menus, we wanted to create a buzz around Sri Lankan cuisine. Using authentic recipes and fresh ingredients, but developed with our chefs’ distinctive modern style, we aim to offer unique dining experiences. By doing this, our two hotels will become desirable, upmarket culinary destinations for guests, local residents and visitors alike.”
Cantaloupe Aqua, which is connected to a “Coral Beach” in Talpe, just a few minutes’ drive down the idyllic coast from Galle, has been now refreshed with a contemporary look and feel featuring marine colours, including pastel blues and turquoises that reflect the endless tropical sky and Indian Ocean. New soft furnishings have also been added to create an overall impression that is light, bright and modern.
Cantaloupe Levels, which is nestled in the forested hills that flow down to a “Jungle Beach” in Rumassala, facing the Bay of Galle, has been adorned with botanical green hues that pay tribute to its lush natural setting, complemented by polished concrete floors and contemporary furnishings.
While each property has a flavour of its own, both are close enough to the nightlife, shopping and action of Galle and its neighbouring beach town, Unawatuna, to make them convenient for visitors wanting to explore this stunning part of southern Sri Lanka.
Cantaloupe Aqua’s secluded Coral Beach is just 100 metres from the resort and shielded by a coral reef bed, making it a perfectly protected stretch of sand. Cantaloupe Levels meanwhile, offers direct access to Jungle Beach, which lies at the foot of a headland. These sparkling twin bays are rich in marine life, making them ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
The completion of the upgrades will continue to elevate the reputation of Cantaloupe’s two boutique hotels in Galle. Cantaloupe Levels was recently honoured with a TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award 2018 for being one of the “Top 25 Romantic Hotels in Sri Lanka”.
With their stylish design, original dining concepts and a choice of “Coral Beach” and “Jungle Beach” settings, overlooking the spectacular turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Cantaloupe Hotels Group offers the perfect choice of destinations for guests in Sri Lanka.