Situated on the narrowest point of the continental shelf, Mandara is surrounded by deep waters favoured by migrating whales. This natural marvel sets the tone for the boutique hotel, which flaunts its juxtapositions - be it the idyllic setting and and treacherous waters, or the regular swimming pool which sporadically bursts into a fibre optic light show.
The Mandara Resort is 155 km outside of Colombo, on the south west coast.
There are 20 rooms sorted into 4 categories.
Mandara rooms are equipped with standard features like satellite TV, DVD capabilities, air conditioning and safety lockers.
The Semi Penthouses host panoramic views of the Mirissa Bay, Red Cliff mountains and the Indian Ocean including two king-sized poster beds, luxury amenities, a private Jacuzzi and a rain-shower. The private balconies overlook the Polathumodera river.
The Superior Rooms afford more space and sweeping views of the bay and mountains - you can also the sun setting outside the sprawling bathroom as you sink into a petal-soaked bath.
The Deluxe Rooms come with a private plunge pool and a shower area designed in natural stone to complement the exotic setting, especially favoured by honeymooners.
The boutique hotel features a fibre optic swimming pool and a baby pool. There is also an Ayurveda spa promoting rejuventation and natural healing with treatments made of herbal extracts. The massages are recommended for those who wish to alleviate stress and fatigue - feel the tension melt away as you slip into a full body massage and indulge in some foot reflexology.
Head over the gym to keep up with regular workouts, or burn away the calories by engaging in the the hotel's sports facilities that include cricket, beach volleyball, beach football, badminton and sports fishing. There is carom available for those who prefer the indoors and surfing for the thrill-seekers.
Stay connected through the Business Centre where Wi-Fi access, IDD and other communication facilities are available.
Sri Lanka - Dondra point in particular - is situated within the International Whaling Commission's protected zone where 26 species of whales are readily accessible for sighting excursions. This is a great place to see spinner dolphins, blue whales, sperm whales and bottle-nosed dolpins.
The Sinharaja Rainforest is an unspoilt expanse of tropical rainforest located in the Wet Zone. Trek through undisturbed beauty at this National Heritage Wilderness Area and natural World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO.
The Galle natural harbour is a shining example of the colonial era and also a World Heritage Site. Prominent landmarks in the vicinity include the National Maritime Museum, St Mary's cathedral which was founded by Jesuit priests and a temple dedicated to Shiva.
Other attractions, should you choose to venture further out, include Veheragalle Temple of ancient ruins, the Dutch Fort in Matara, the Veherahena Temple with a giant Buddha status, the Devinuwara Shrine where an annual Buddhist Esala festival is celebrated between July and August and the Kushtarajagala Statue in Weligama.