Bar Reef Resort

In the north-western Sri Lanka is the beautiful peninsula of Kalpitiya, where dolphins and whales roam in its waters and a stunning reef provides the best snorkeling experience. The eco-friendly Bar Reef sits on one of the most scenic locations in Kalpitiya, with the sounds and scenery of the Indian Ocean lapping alongside. The resort offers a true beach experience with villas and cabanas designed in authentic Sri Lankan style. The Wilpattu National Park is just 2hrs away from the resort.



The 7 cabanas set in natural surroundings provide a serene and comfortable stay with their very own private garden. They are individually landscaped for each property, with an open air bathroom and toilet to make you one with nature. The decor is mostly crafted out of the coconut palm and Cabana Coco’s bathroom attaches the bedroom directly and leads into a second walled garden where a torrent of water flowing from a giant coconut palm seed pod high above floods you in a gushing cascade.


The 2 luxurious villas have expansive private surroundings and are ideal for families. Villa Samara has two bedrooms and numerous sofas that can be converted into beds, and Thala Villa has two charming bedrooms, each with tropical garden showers and bags of room for sleeping a heap of friends. In its bathroom you can shower under the sparkle of a million stars as refreshingly cool water cascades from the height of a tree. You will also find moulded cubbyholes for storing your goodies.

Resort Activities

November to March is the season for dolphin watching because of the calm seas. During this period, hundreds of dolphins can be observed in large pods off the coast and excursions are available for guests. You can also try a hand in Kite surfing and snorkeling. The waters near Bar Reef are swarming with exotic marine life amidst the corals and make the perfect spot in Kalpitiya for snorkeling.


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