Delighted to awaken from our wee hour airport transfer to a clean-lined, airy reception with expansive views of the Indian ocean and a crisp pool large enough to swim laps in, the tensions from our months of travel subsided within the first few breaths of salty air. The Roman Beach hotel has but 6 rooms, but the staff is exceptional, attentive, and gives one space to relax. The breakfast fruit platters are just what you dream about in the tropics, and the dinner selections wide ranging and with bite. We loved this place so much we returned at the end of our trip around the island, overjoyed to return to this corner of tranquility in HIkkaduwa. The main surf break is just a 7 minute walk down the beach.