Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon is a four-star beach hotel on a rocky outcrop at the northern end of Hikkaduwa beach on Sri Lanka's west coast. It has a vibrant ambience that fits in well with the youthful feel of Hikkaduwa and offers a successful blend of 4-star comfort with a laidback atmosphere. Inspired by the `Trance’ genre of music that is popular in this lively beachside town, architect Channa Daswatte has made this old hotel come alive again with the spirit of Hikkaduwa. Enter through the main doorways and into a courtyard surrounded with walls covered in vibrant local art, then continue onto the spacious veranda by the sea where the main restaurant, bar, and lounging areas are located, overlooking the swimming pool. The luxurious bedrooms have private balconies with spectacular sea views, bright and airy interiors and are contemporary in design. Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon is managed by the excellent John Keells group which also owns several other Chaaya and Cinnamon hotel properties across Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
There are 150 rooms: four Deluxe Rooms; 140 Superior Rooms; four Corner Suites with spectacular sea views on two sides; and two spacious Family Suites with in-room dining. All rooms lead on to private sea-view balconies furnished with comfortable cushioned seating. Bedroom interiors are stylishly furnished with twin or double beds and a day bed that can sleep a third guest. Ensuite bathrooms have h/w showers. In-room facilities include: a/c, overhead fans, tea/coffee facilities, mini-bar, 32 inch LCD TV, DVD player, IDD telephone, Wi-Fi, safe, room and laundry service.
The main restaurant serves Sri Lankan and international cuisine buffet style. There is also a speciality crab restaurant, and coffee shop. A range of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages are severed at the pool bar with fabulous contemporary interiors. Unwind with a relaxing massage at the roof-top spa. Other facilities include a large swimming pool with a separate children’s pool; PADI certified dive centre; and an in-house excursions centre that organises interesting activities. Go on a whale and dolphin spotting excursion off the coast of Mirissa accompanied by a naturalist from the John Keells Nature Trails team.
Why We Like It
Turtles regularly come ashore close to a well-established hotel with a prime position at one end of Hikkaduwa beach.
Hikka Tranz is the first hotel of note as you approach Hikkaduwa from the coast road to the north. The journey from Colombo’s international airport to the liveliest of Sri Lanka's west-coast beach resorts will take about 2.5 hours.