Booked a 14 night holiday, from 28th September at the Riu Sri Lanka at Ahungalla Beach. It is a long stretch of golden brown sand. During our stay the sea was rather rough and some big waves, so not best for swimming. There were no lifeguards on duty on the beach, there were great pools in the hotel.
There are no sunbeds on the beach as it is a public beach. There are some beach sellers they are no trouble, however, they do try sell you t shirts, sarongs, tuk tuk rides and trips, when guests venture out on the beach. Every once in a while they walk by the hotel where guests are visible from the beach, holding up sarongs etc, no hassle.
We did notice that there were beach cleaners on the beach but that was only outside the 2 hotels and was only on a few occasions.
We ventured out to walk the beach twice, first time turned right, the shorter walk that goes past the Heritance Hotel and to the up to the White Villa Resort and Restaurant at the end. The resturant has a viewing area out on to rocks by the sea. Beyond that there is a small little cove. We took the pathway at the back of the resturant which led to the main road back to the hotel. This was an interesting way to see the local area,
Once we walked by the hotel it was rather dirty plastic bottles and all other sorts of rubbish and junk. Appreciate that some of the rubbish gets washed up by the sea, but not all of it.
On another occasion we turned left and proceeded to walk along the other stretch of beach. It was so sad to see so much filth and rubbish, it was worse than the other end. We were heading to the far end of the beach and the rocks, but we gave up in the end and took a pathway leading to the main road, we came out by the police station.
Where it is clean it is a beautiful beach, but in other parts the litter lets it down.
Our balcony had a view over the beach and sea it was a wonderful view.