April 24, 2019

Much time has passed since our last blog entry. Things move apace at our idyllic patch of beach: guests come, relax, enjoy, catch up on reading, savor Sri Lankan curries, swim in the surf or the pool, work on their tans, then regretfully depart for home. 

The hotel hums...

November 20, 2016

Like most people, we come to Sri Lanka for the Nature.

We come for the warm Indian Ocean water, and for its turtles, whales, dolphins and its bounty of fish; we come for the gentle breezes that bring the smell of the sea; we come for the emerald palm groves and wild jun...

July 20, 2016

We’ve been eating at Max Wadiya for more than 15 years, often staying at our luxury villa for a month at a time. How many meals do you have in a month? Ninety? Not counting tea and snacks.

Yet we rarely eat the same meal twice.

Think of it. The best Sri Lankan cuisine is...

May 29, 2016

The weather can’t be nice everywhere, can it? The glorious summer months in northern Europe and America are the worst times to be in our corner of Sri Lanka.

While Europeans bask in their long-awaited sunshine, much of our island, particularly the western coast, is usua...

February 27, 2016

It was a glorious evening. The moon was full, the air was clear. As dusk fell, we released into the Indian Ocean 74 tiny turtles that had emerged the night before in our hatchery. As soon as we put them onto the beach their little flippers began flaying at the sand, de...

February 13, 2016

He was just a big pussycat, sort of.

He sauntered down the road, lolled about in the shade, licked his paws, rolled onto his back, yawned, stretched out on his side and dozed. And, thankfully, ignored us.

It was a remarkable sight, and very rare. And yet, he was just one...

February 7, 2016

It can be tough living on the beach.

And wonderful at the same time.

A walk on the beach is one of the joys of the Wadiya. The soft sand is firm and cool underfoot from the waves, the sun is warm on your back, a brilliant blue ocean is on one side, a strip of bright gree...

February 1, 2016

If I had to do it all over again, maybe I’d be a farmer.

Don’t get me wrong. I had a wonderful career as a foreign correspondent. It took me to places I couldn’t imagine otherwise going. It kept me excited and engaged day-to-day. It satisfied creative impulses. It gave...

December 23, 2015

It was in the afternoon 11 years ago when the waves smashed into Max Wadiya.

Ranjan, the manager, had gone to Galle Hospital for a vaccination. While there he overheard chatter from the emergency services: something extraordinary was happening in the north of Sri Lanka....

December 4, 2015

 

 

The waters off Sri Lanka are among the world's richest for whales and dolphins.

 

A few hours drive from Max Wadiya is Mirissa, the home port of a fleet of whale-watching boats. They stalk the highly endangered blue whale, the largest creature that has ever lived on ea...

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