Habala Restaurant Maalu Maalu

At a glance

  • Stunning white-sand beach
  • Traditional fishing village inspired design
  • Ayurveda spa

Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa


One of the first resorts to be built on Passikudah Bay, it has a prime position in the middle of the bay.

Built to resemble a traditional fishing village, Maalu Maalu means ‘fish fish’, which is also the cry of local fishermen. The resort is a wonderfully rustic looking collection of timber buildings, with rooms separated out into chalets all facing the ocean, and a swathe of pristine white sand and shallow water before it.

Whether you want to just chill out on the beach, indulge in a few Ayurvedic massages or embark on a wreck dive, Maalu Maalu can accommodate. You can also rent a bike to explore the local fishing villages, best done in the morning when the fishermen are bringing in their day's catch. If you’re a fan of fresh seafood and dining with your toes in the sand, Maalu Maalu has just the restaurant for you. Open for lunch and dinner, The White Sand is romantic and intimate and it serves wonderful themed meals with ocean views. There's also the main restaurant, Habala and Ruwala, two fishing boats that have been converted into a dining area, and a new dining spot, Madela. This à la carte venue, and the adjacent bar, Madiya, are in the central building, on the floor above the main restaurant.

In keeping with the fishing village theme, all the rooms are in little chalets, with two rooms to each chalet. Deluxe Rooms have direct access to the beach while Ocean Rooms and Panoramic Suites share a plunge pool with three other suites. The Ocean Rooms also allow direct access to the beach.

All Inclusive option

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Key information

Nestled at the centre of the beautiful Passikudah Bay

Airport transfer time: Approx. 25 minute by road from Batticaloa airport which is reached by a 45-60 minute flight from Colombo airport
Rooms: 40

Kuoni extras -

Exclusive offer for Kuoni guests
Half an hour foot massage once per stay and a candlelit dinner on the beach on your last night for guests staying on half board for a minimum of 5 nights. Valid for stays throughout 2022.

Good to know

Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.

Accommodation information

40 rooms and suites


• Try an Ayurvedic massage* • Dine on the sand* • Cycle into the village* • Snorkel in the shallows.


4 restaurants, 3 bars

What's included

Breakfast at the main restaurant.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant
Full Board • All meals at the main restaurant
All Inclusive • All meals at the main restaurant • Selected unlimited drinks (excluding wine and fresh fruit juices) • Morning, evening and midnight snacks.

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*Denotes local charge