The breakfast feast, the amazingly comfortable beds and the scented toilet tissue are enough to put this new and independently-owned hotel on the map.
That said, it offers so much more; the usual Sri Lankan hospitality, unlimited coffee (winner!) and their own ethical tour company – something I’ll return for when I’m on less of a back-packer’s budget and more blinded by love…
For now, the biggest win is that the place is inspiring my pen to touch paper for the first time in a month. Whilst the warm rains pour outside, ink floods my journal inside. Lost in my thoughts, in my recent memories, I write dozens of pages without realising.
Mahasen by FooZoo is a peaceful house. It isn’t in the city centre, and I embrace this. For the entirety of my trip so far, I’ve been surrounded by hundreds, thousands of people (as well as other much-welcome distractions)
Here, I have a private room, a tranquil roof terrace and the knowledge that in two days I’ll be crashing in a city centre hostel, immersed in mayhem and endless opportunity again.
I’m the only solo traveller – everyone else is part of a couple. The attractions aren’t far in a tuk-tuk so they have the best of both worlds; a peaceful, romantic retreat after a day of exploration. Guests are also welcome to bring alcohol on site to enjoy on the roof terrace – something I’ll do on my last night.
I have the best of both worlds here; time to breathe, and time to prepare for what’s next.