We visited Sri Lanka in March 2006, touring for 4 days before relaxing at the Tropical Beach House.
The house, as the name implies, is right on the beach at Hikkaduwa and is well equipped, both bedrooms air conditioned and ensuite.
Gavin's staff, Mahinda and Chintikka, keep the place beautiful clean and will go out of their way to make sure that your stay is as enjoyable as possible.
If you wish to explore the area, either Mahinda or Lal (the airport pick up driver) will be only to happy to oblige you.
Sri Lanka and it's people is wonderful and really needs the tourist market to pick up again, as Bill Clinton said, the best thing you can do for Sri lanka is visit it.
My family and I were lucky enough to stay for two weeks at the Tropical Beach House in September 2005, the facilities and location are superb.
The staff who run the whole setup from our driver Lal to Chintaka the housekeeper and Mahinda the manager were extremely helpful and were kind enough to invite all of us to their house on our final evening for a wonderful meal.
It is located in a quiet part of the village but is only a short tuk-tuk trip from the centre of the action (about $1 each way).
The ability to walk directly from the garden onto the incredible beach is fantastic and we were lucky enough to help over thirty turtles get to the sea from their hatching place.
This really is one of the few places I have visited which will appeal to all age groups and types of traveller.
I stayed 2 weeks in Sri Lanka. I booked the guesthouse on the internet and they organized also the lift from the airport. I had a room with A/C on the second floor with a super view over the indian ocean although it is 150 m away form the sea. I had a nice room with a big open terrace which opened up into a tropical garden. The stuff is well trained and very friendliy. I also booked a roundtour with them. It was induvidally and well organized.
A place which I can recommend
I am a frequent visiter to Sri Lanka and was really looking forward to renting a house on the beach. First, a few things to consider:
The Tropical Beach House is expensive, and small for what you pay for.
It is close to the road so you get a lot of traffic noise.
The house isn't well kept and needs repairs.
The staff doesn't do a good thorough cleaning, and often needed to be asked to come to clean.
The beach near the beach house is infested with sand fleas! Which are very annoying.
I've stayed here and thought it was kept very clean and tidy, the local team (Mahinda and Chintika) were fantastic and always very helpful when I needed them. It's full of all mod-cons so you have everything you need.
The location is perfect for Hikkaduwa, far enough anyway from the main hub of activity to be peaceful, but close enough for a short walk along the beach to enjoy the restaurants, bars, clubs, surf hire, diving trips etc. when required. Getting a Tuk-Tuk back after a few drinks was very easy and a good price too! ;-)
There is plenty to enjoy if you fancy lying out under the shade of the veranda and reading a good book, or enjoying the plunge pool on a scorching hot day. There is plenty of room to have a good game of badminton in the garden if your feeling energetic. The evenings are perfect too, sipping cool drinks, listening to music, playing cards and having a laugh among friends. Listening to the Indian ocean against the shore as you sit in candle light and fall asleep.
I have stayed at the Tropical Beach House on more than one occasion and have always had a fantastic time. The property is extremely comfortable and is equipped with everything you may need for a long or short stay. It is located in a small local Sri Lankan village on the edge of the main resort of Hikkaduwa - this gives it a more welcoming and relaxing feel rather than being in a guesthouse on the main drag whilst still being close enough to the centre of the action (5 minutes in a 3-wheel which can be flagged down practically everywhere). The locals are very friendly and you will not need to look far for a new friend or any advice or help. Mahinda & Chintaka will go out of their way to ensure you have everything you want and are on hand to offer information about the local area and Sri Lanka in general. They look after the house and adjoining cabana as if it were their own.
All in all a lovely place for a holiday - right on the beach in lush tropical surroundings - what more could you possibly want??
We, a family with boys who loves surfing, were lucky enough to stay in The Tropical Beach House for 3 weeks over Christmas and New Year. The house is set on a quiet stretch of the beach yet only a 10 minute walk from small resorts, restaurants and surfboard rental. The boys would walk down the beach to go surfing or we would go for a quick tuc-tuc ride to town. The house is well kept with all the modern comforts you need for an enjoyable and relaxing stay. I would recommend it to everyone as we absolutely loved every minute of our stay there. BR
The family hospitality, especially Sarath for his cooking extravaganza and business sense, and Chitral (chi chi) for his ambassador skills (always willing to sit down for a chat and sometimes joined us for a large Carlsburg beer), and the sweet mother to keep them both in line made our stay very memorable. Rooms were clean, descent, and inexpensive and also included a nice breakfast, including eggs, homebread (baked by Sarath) with perserves, fresh fruit and juice, tea or coffee each morning. The inn was not right on the beach but a 30 second walk across an alley way.....so no problem there....we stayed on the top floor and had a view. I was estatic to see 2 long-tailed Lemurs walking along the roof from my deck one evening) We were only at the inn for 3 nights and wished it was more and albeit witnessed many tearful goodbyes from singles and couples alike. As there were many restuarants to choose from along the beach, we ate dinner out on 2 occasions and on our last night, ordered spagetti bolanaise and freshly caught lobsters for dinner. A fabulous meal! Sarath generally requests that you put your dinner order in early in the day and then he makes it fresh.
At the inn there is also internet available at no cost. Sarath was also very helpful and arranged a van transfer to the airport and also any tuk tuks around the local area (when we visited the Galle fort) with his reliable/trusted staff.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and we had to depart back to Canada, but not before we were able to have a fairwell cheer with a shot of the local coconut hooch "Arrack" with the family. Really enjoyed it!
The Palace is on a hill overlooking the sea. There is a swiming pool and there are a lot of coconut palms giving some shadow.
The rooms at the Palace Hotel Mirissa are in cabanas. These are very well equipped with A/C, TV, Fridge, balcony etc. The insides of the cabanas are painted with old Sri Lankan motives. The whole equippment is working correctly.
There is a restaurant available and they offer a 24 hours room-service.
We found the food somewhat poor in correspondence with the price (EUR 90.-- HB) compared with other places.
The Palace Hotel is owned by the same owner as the Paradise Beach Club nearby, where you can have a bath in the sea and food if you prefer.
It was the small luxery hotel in this area with excelant service. It has nice privet beach land with 270 degree water frontage view. It has luxery rooms with air condition , hot water, wi fi internet , mini bar , satalite television, free lauandry facility, ect.........
As soon as you walk through the gates of The Palace, you know you've arrived somewhere magical. The attention to detail is beautiful - the ceiling murals, the gardens and the unique touches such as the gorgeous hand painted wardrobes in the rooms are a world away from the faceless five star hotels in some other parts of Sri Lanka. The setting on the palm tree covered hill overlooking the ocean is perfect. We stayed for five nights - me, my husband, and my parents - in two chalets. The beds are comfy, there's a little fridge, cable tv, a gorgeous ensuite and big balconies with wicker chairs to watch the sunset with a G&T. This is by far the best place we stayed in Sri Lanka. Kamal and his staff are lovely and very welcoming. The rooms are great, the pool is a delicious way to cool off and the food is fantastic. I can't recommend The Palace highly enough. The only problem I could see would be that it is up a fairly steep hill so it may be a problem for wheelchairs.the elderly but there is always a friendly tuk tuk driver ready to help out. We will be back - a perfect stay.
Stayed on Mirissa beach for 3 weeks in October 2008 and tried 5 different places, this was nicest but most expensive. FYI its on a hill top and quite a trek to beach.
I prefer their sister hotel the Paradise Beach Club (on the beach). We were there early in season and where the only people in hilltop complex which felt a bit odd.