Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

04 Feb 2016

The property is beautiful and very well kept, and the rooms very large and tastefully decorated. The food is absolutely delicious and served to a table right outside of your room, whenever you want it. There is not only Sri Lankan food, but also Singaporean, Malay and Chinese food, in addition to some European fare (their chocolate mousse was incredible!). I also loved the strong coffee, something not easily found in Sri Lanka. The infinity pool and hammocks, together with the property's tranquility make this place perfect for anybody looking to relax in a personable yet elegant environment. Make sure to go to their sister hotel inland, which is absolutely stunning, either just to spend the day, or for cookery classes.

04 Feb 2016

We are two families from Norway, 8 persons total, who rented this wonderful villa from 18th December 2015 to 1st January 2016. The Villa has four big bedromms with attached bathrooms, the villa is spacious and beautiful, the same is the outdoor area.

Sajeewa (we called him mr Fix It since nothing was impossible for him to arrange!) arranged transport from the airport to the Villa. He also arranged other great trips for us. The other staff members was Asanka, Maura, Deeman and Ancal. They were a really nice team and did everthing they could to give us a great vacation. They were courteous and friendly and we barely noticed them in the house. The chef made us wonderful breakfast every morning with fresh juice, fresh fruit and whatever we wanted. He also made us lunch and dinner if we wanted to dine in.

The location is perfect, just a few steps from the beach and the sea. 150 meter up the beach is there a really nice restaurant with delicious curry and their pizza is famous.

5 minutes away with taxi is Unawatuna beach with some small shops and som more restaurtants. This is a really nice beach.

South of Mihiri Beach House is there several beautiful beaches you can go to by car. You can find beaches were you are all alone.

We really loved our stay and will warmly recommend this beautiful villa, splendid location and friendly staff to everyone.

Thank you so much for making our Christmas vacation unforgettable Asanka, Maura, Deeman, Ancal and Sanjeewa!

Lots of Love from the Hagelund family and the Eriksen family

05 Feb 2016

Could have been a lovely stay but we were given what can only be described as the broom cupboard( above the kitchen). A very tiny window but too high to see out of!!!!. The bed was lovely and comfortable but the mosquito net had a few big holes in it and it needs washing. Loved the yoga lessons and my husband had 2 neck massages and said they are the best he has ever had

05 Feb 2016

We had 6 wonderful days here after a hectic 10-day island tour. We certainly found the 'rest and relaxation' we were after. Asoka is proud of what he has developed over the last 3 years and rightly so! He comes from a family of hoteliers - he checks how your day has been, gives great advice and genuinely wants to know if there's anything he can help with. The villas are on the edge of the jungle and we saw beautiful birds, squirrels, peacocks, monkeys etc. The rooms are arranged in several buildings around the pool. Our's was spotless and spacious - with a huge bathroom. Breakfast is plentiful, and evening meals can be arranged with a little notice. Internet in our room was flaky and could be improved - but a minor irritant really in such a wonderful spot.
It's easy enough to walk the 600m or so to the beach at Dalawella - and a great way to see local life. We spent most days down here - what a beach, far nicer than Unawatuna. You can use the facilities at the Sri Gemunu Hotel which is owned by Asoka's family. The beach is beautiful; although swimming can be a little challenging at one end there is a calm lagoon protected by offshore reefs at the other. Tuc-tuc driver Gayan lives a few doors away from the villas and is a lovely man, reliable and honest. He took us to Mirissa for early-morning whale-watching and into Galle and Unawatuna. A wonderful few days where we were made very welcome. Thank you Asoka and staff - we were genuinely sorry to leave and hope that maybe one day we'll return.

05 Feb 2016

A charming, characterful period property set in beautiful grounds, and only a short tuk tuk ride into Galle. Also has an excellent swimming pool, and the staff could not be more attentive and accommodating - nothing was too much trouble. Excellent home cooked meals provided on site. If like good quality, a more personal touch and to retreat from the hustle and bustle, this is as good as it gets!

Sent from my iPadgood as it gets!

06 Feb 2016

Just returned from our 2nd visit to Flower Garden. Last year we only spent 5 days here but loved it so much we returned for 14 days in January along with our friends. Our driver was waiting for us at the airport with a 6 seater air conditioned vehicle for the 2hour transfer.
We requested the same penthouse No 37 we had last year and no 38 for our friends which meant we shared a private pool outside our rooms, lovely for a late night dip!!!
The rooms are very spacious and clean, huge bed, fridge etc, air con and double Jacuzzi bath. I enjoyed my early morning coffee on the balcony watching the wildlife as the sun came up. Sassi and his team can't do enough for you. Nothing is too much trouble, from the pool/ room cleaners right up to management. Sassi arranged a fabulous trip to the elephant orphanage at Udawala and then a mini safari at Udawalawe National park. A superb day out. We intend to go to Yala on our next visit.
The hotel food is delicious but we opted out of half board as we like to try the local eateries. Must say we only had 1 disappointing meal at a restaurant on the beach, Thaproban.
Koko's beach bar and Grill is fantastic although I believe the Geordie owner closes around 8-9pm. A visit to The Fortress at Koggala is well worth the tuk tuk ride for their Sri Lankan night of dancers followed by delicious buffet.
Can't wait for our next visit

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06 Feb 2016

We just loved this place!
My family occupied the bungalow at the rear of the villa.
A beautiful place, the decoration is fabulous, we loved the cool contemporary colours teamed with the historic colonial villa.
Dining here in the evning is not to be missed. They put on an amazing jungle light show for guests.
The location, perfect. 10 minutes to the attractions of Galle, 10 minutes to Unawatuna beach, yet surrounded by wildlife, trees, immaculate gardens.
A chance to view endangered purple facd leaf monkeys.
And that pool is wonderful!
Meeting our co-guests over dinner was great too.
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07 Feb 2016

I went to Thaproban upon the recommendation of local friends who suggested as one of the few suitable location to spend the day at the beach with my Sri Lankan parents (who generally prefer the more eloquent dining offered by 5 star beach side hotels). It had easy access, comfortable shaded seating, extremely clean and away from hustlers.
I was warned that Thaprobane or "Tap" as its more affectionately known gets incredibly busy and to expect delays if it was full, but that the food was worth the wait aaaaaaand that quality was never compromised. They weren’t wrong! By Sri Lankan standards, we were early for lunch (circa 12 noon) and with few patrons putting in orders, the chef obliged and accepted my request for a special dish: Freshly caught prawns, with the veins removed, but shell on, tempered with garlic, chili and cashew nuts. Divine. Probably the biggest and best prawn dish I had this trip. My parents had catch of the day seer fish, one baked and one grilled - to perfection apparently. (My parents, loved the food and decided to return with their own fussy troupe of friends - possibly the highest accolade a chef can receive)
At the last minute we decided that we would also take a room for the day - and for such a beach front location, the rooms were well priced, extremely comfortable and charming, very clean, well maintained - complete with welcome flowers on the bed.
Staff were also very sweet and obliging - as per Sri Lankan custom. Wee tipped lots. (For those visiting Sri Lanka for the first time, a minimum of 10% for your waiter and upwards of Rs 100/150 for the other staff who look after you).

07 Feb 2016

Thankyou Thambapanni for a week of relaxation and comfort. We found all the staff friendly and attentive who were very helpful to us on a few occasions. Firstly my wife organised me a birthday dinner through their sister hotel on the beach....we ate lobster and the hotel organised a personalised birthday cake which was a great surprise.
The breakfasts here were really nice....we read some reviews that made us unsure on what to expect but everyday it was nice and a good selection.
We asked for pool towles and the staff allowed us to hang onto them for our stay which was great when we went for a dip in the pool or down at the beach.
On our last day our prearranged driver did not arrive.....but the manager arranged a driver to take us to Colombo for a reasonable price so we thank him for that.
Overall we were very happy with this hotel for our week stay at Unawatuna

07 Feb 2016

we made just one night there on transit from yala to colombo
the hotel looks even nicer in real than on photos: the garden is really a splendor , as often in SL, a lot of wildlife to observe, monkeys, birds, squirrels
the rooms are quite basic , no A/C, but the fan worked fine , comfy beds, good shower
staff is really nice and breakfast excellent
but only 4*, as to us it is a bit overpriced compared to other places, where we have stayed

07 Feb 2016

We enjoyed 4 days in this wonderful place with perfect service. The Elysium is the first choice for people like us, who like small, personalized, peaceful and quite accommodations. The team made the stay perfect.

Room Tip: choose the garden room with sea view
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07 Feb 2016

- nothing is too much trouble and everything is done with a smile
- excellent! The room was very big and had sofas and a chez langue for extra relation
- we are at the one hotel once and it excellent and represented very good value for money
- a little out of town, but this was good in that you can go into Galle and other areas and retreat to Templeberg


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