Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

14 Mar 2010

My wife and I arrived at short notice and were completely overwhelmed by the friendly and efficient service provided by Mr Kumara and his staff. He even let residents use his computer (as no wi-fi) to make further travel arrangements etc - a truly nice touch.
Nothing was any trouble and we had half-board and the food served at all meals was exceptional. The only advice we would give future travellers would be to reserve a front room with balcony - as we arrived late and the hotel was full we had a back bedroom with no view from the room. Our room had no a/c just a ceiling fan which was adequate in Kandy. We will be back and thoroughly recommend Nature Walk to all travellers-

17 Mar 2010

My boyfriend and I stayed at Drifters for 3 nights and also took advantage of booking a couple of tours through the Hotel. Lalith and his wife were the best hosts one could ask for and went out of their way to assist us with everything we needed to make our trip unforgettable. Charmiga was our tour guide and we definitely recommend him as he was a safe driver and had a good command of English. We ate in the restaurant at the hotel every day and thought the food was amazing and reasonably priced. The rooms were also nice and clean with good airconditioning. Lalith organised a trip to Kandy for us and organised the hotel for our 1 night in Kandy. He called ahead and spoke to the hotel manager and even called for us when we were there to make sure that we have arrived safely and were pleased with the hotel. We were completely blown away by the service we received and whole heartedly recommend Drifters as a place to stay. It definitely deserves number 1 status in Hikkaduwa!!!

20 Mar 2010

Paid 2500 rupees for a double upstairs with breakfast. The family were very nice and made the best tuna dinner I have ever tasted. Only had 2 nights so moved 2 doors down, exactly the same rooms 1500 without breakfast so much better value.

20 Mar 2010

Was due to our original guesthouse being full we stayed here,but we were over the moon.Spotlessly clean and huge comfortable beds in excellent size rooms.W stayed in room 4 overlooking the forest,superb views,as well as the monkey show in the mornings.Breakfast was a huge plate of fruit,eggs toast and tea.Evening meals ordered in advance for whenever you wanted and cooked to perfection.Would reccommend you pre book the rooms at the front,these have balconys.The staff could'nt do enough for us.10 out 10.

24 Mar 2010

Wir haben TISARA VILLAS pauschal gebucht und uns zuvor über das Internet eingehend über die Unterkunft und die Umgebung informiert, so dachten wir. Vor Ort mussten wir leider feststellen, dass die Informationen, die wir erhalten hatten, in vielerlei Hinsicht nicht zutrafen. Das Resort befindet sich in sehr ruhiger Lage mindestens 1500 m vom Strand entfernt, nicht wie angegeben 600m.Die Unterkunft ist wie im Internet beschrieben sehr groß und von ansprechender Ausstattung. Es gibt zwei Bäder und einen geräumigen Wohn-, Ess- und Schlafbereich. Leider war entgegen der Beschreibung nur der Schlafbereich klimatisierbar, was daran liegt, dass es nur im Schlafbereich Fensterscheiben und eine Klimaanlage gibt. Dies hatte neben einer unerträglichen Hitze auch eine Moskitoplage zur Folge, wir waren in kürzester Zeit zerstochen. Fernsehen und Telefon gibt es nicht. Die Mahlzeiten wurden in der Hotelbeschreibung wahlweise auf der Terrasse, am Pool oder gegen Aufpreis im eigenen Bungalow angeboten. In der Realität gab es nur die Möglichkeit, dass das Personal in unserem Bungalow kocht und serviert, jeden Morgen und jeden Abend. Es gab kein Restaurant und wir mussten uns jeden Tag festlegen, wann wir das Personal, meist zwei bis drei Personen zum Bereiten der Mahlzeiten empfangen wollten. Neben der Tatsache, dass man so in einem vierzehntägigen Urlaub vereinsamt, zerstört dies jede Intimsphäre. Das Personal ging ein und aus und blieb während der Mahlzeiten im Bungalow, im Anschluss sah man sich nach jeder Mahlzeit nonverbal genötigt Trinkgeld zu geben, jedem der beteiligten Personen, versteht sich. Im Vergleich mit anderen Unterkünften in Sri Lanka, lies vor allen Dingen die Menge des Essens zu wünschen übrig, die Qualität war durchschnittlich, auch schwer zu beurteilen, denn es gab eigentlich immer das Gleiche in etwas abgewandelter Form. Essen a la carte gab es nicht, obwohl auch dies angekündigt Insgesamt lässt sich sagen, dass Tisara Villas durch die äußere Erscheinung blenden. Das Personal ist sehr zuvorkommend und freundlich. Die Unterkunft entspricht aufgrund der oben aufgeführten Aspekte in keinsterweise dem angegeben Vier- sterne- Standard.

26 Mar 2010

All we were looking for was a nice place to stay before going Dolphin watching in Kalpitiya, but this resort turned out to be a hidden paradise that became a special part of our memorable and enjoyable stay. We were accommodated at the Khomba House, the newest addition to this resort, which was very spacious and comfortable and more than enough for all of us - 5 adults and one child (in fact, the house can comfortably accommodate 10 people). The deco was luxurious and tastefully picked, the beds and many seating areas were cosy and comfortable, the indoor/outdoor bathrooms, where you could shower under the stars, were fascinating, and we were well looked after by the caretakers who were exclusive for this house. The attention to detail in this house and all around the resort is unique, treating you to delightful discoveries at every turn. The ecological and innovative ideas are quite heart-warming if you love nature.
We were well taken care of all throughout our stay and the staff was excellent. I think we were quite lucky to arrive on a day that had only two other guests, so we had the beautifully-designed pool all to ourselves, and the whole atmosphere was very relaxing and quiet. The golden sands and the calm, crystal-blue ocean that would turn to a lovely green from time to time provided a perfect backdrop for any picture.
And the Dolphin watching was simply AMAZING and more than we hoped for! Right after leaving the shore we encountered shoals and shoals of Dolphins, and in the hour or so we were cruising, we must have seen thousands! I guess we were quite lucky. The only regret was that the boat tended to quickly move from place to place, which made the dolphins move away faster and thus making it hard to capture much on camera. And the journey back was pretty bumpy, so I personally felt that the excursion would have been more enjoyable on a bigger and more stable boat with a more patient driver. However, just as we turned to leave, hundreds of dolphins who were swimming lined up across the front of our boat, suddenly started to jump in unison, providing us a spectacular finish which wiped away the few little disappointments.
The food was good but a little too dull in spiciness maybe...we Sri Lankans, and I am sure foreigners who came to Sri Lanka expecting to taste something close to local cuisine maybe disappointed as hardly no chili was used in the cooking creating a lot of "yellow" curries. So if you stay at the Khomba house, it might be a good idea to tell the cook how spicy you want your food to be. The variety was good though, and the beverages were unlimited, which was very thoughtful and generous I thought especially for families with kids.
All in all, it was a wonderful resort and a unique and memorable experience. We thougt the price is quite reasonable if you have the luck of seeing those amazing Dolphins. If not, it might be a little expensive, but I am sure you would still enjoy the resort, warm hospitality, the lovely golden beach, the beautiful ocean and Sri Lanka's priceless sunsets.

01 Apr 2010

reservation pour une semaine non assurée les 3 premiers jours (prestation en dessous de ce que nous avions réservé.(Et ceci est arrivé à d'autre!!).
Vol d'argent dans la chambre que l'on nous a laissé le dernier jour!!

05 Apr 2010

During my last business trip to India I decided I will need a rest for some days. So I decided to fly to Sri Lanka - I had been on the Island already several years ago before the Tsunami. Getting a flight is not a difficult taks but finding an appropriate hotel - nice location, good service, relaxing place, nice beach,... is not a easy one. So I decided three days before my flight to look for a hotel in Sri Lanka. I read the promising comments about Drifters Hotel in Tripadvsior. So I contact Lalith by e-mail. Within short time I got a reply with a offer for room and airport transfer for a reasonable price (other hotels replied late or not at all). The driver was already waiting for me when arriving at the airport. Laltih welcomed me and provided me with a very nice room, clean and with a nice view to the garden. The service provided by Lalith, his wife and the staff was excellent. Food in the restaurant was also very good and at acceptable prices. Beach and sea were directly in front. Walking along the beach I could see that the nicer and wider parts of the beach are in the area of Drifters Hotel and further on. Althoug I only had 3 days it was an excellent short trip and I am already thinking of going there again. The only thing you have to consider when going to Sri Lanka - season on the Southwest coast is from November to April, then the sea is getting rougher and the wide beaches are disappearing in the sea.

18 Apr 2010

We stayed at the Nature Walk on the last night of our 4 day tour, before we headed down to Unawatuna. It was by far the best hotel on the tour, spotlessly clean and with the highest quality of service from the staff. Breakfast was excellent. We only ate one evening meal and were slightly disappointed with the curry. The bedroom was large and stylish and there was a lovely sitting area close by. My other half was startled by the monkeys sat on our balcony, but they were very amusing. There were lovely views from the hotel and it was peaceful and quiet. Go, you'll love it.

20 Apr 2010

Wir waren im März 2010 mehrere Tage bei Sassi- tolle Anlage, super nette Cabanas, freundliche Angestellte- ein Traum!!

20 Apr 2010

What can I say apart from AMAZING! The Flower Garden truly is that retreat that everyone hunts for to escape the madness of everyday life!

Surrounded by stunning tropical plants and flowers, each cabin is privately set back of the cobbled path with their own quaint balcony's where you can enjoy a refreshing drink from the mini bar in your room (non-alcoholic) with a mosquito repellant burner smoking away.

The room was always clean, the towels were changed daily and all the furniture was sufficient. A/C worked to perfection and it was always nice coming in after a hot day and being blasted by cold air.

The swimming pool is hard to walk away from. Surrounded by ponds with tadpoles growing and flowering lily pads, it is a perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the weather with a good book. There is a pool menu with good snack foods and drinks at reasonable cost. Pool and beach towels are all provided by the hotel and there are lots of shady spots to escape the mid-day sun.

The beach, which hosts some great little restaurants and shady spots to sunbath in, is only a 5 - 8 minutes walk away. You can take in the local shops, homes and restaurants on the way. There is little hassle on the beaches - just some ladies walking up and down selling sarong's. But, unlike other countries, no means no in Sri Lanka so there is little hassle. The waves were great but just be careful as there is a bit of a shelf on Unawatuna Beach.

Food wise, there was some great finds. You must try One Love - on the way to Kingfisher restaurant which is in most books. An array on local Sri Lankan curries this was excellent value for what you got. A must try - pineapple curry!

Flower Garden had a great chef, Sassi, who is also the best hotel owner I have come across. The food was always great and good value for a hotel - not much difference to the other restaurants around Unawatuna.

Sassi and all his staff really made our holiday. They make everyone feel special and always have a smile on their faces.

The full body massages were also great and for a fraction of the cost you are expected to pay in the UK.

I wish I was there right now and very jealous of anyone who reads this who is about to go to the Flower Garden. You will NOT be disappointed!

Thanks Sassi for making our holiday so great!

20 Apr 2010

Ein kleines, aber feines Gästehaus, direkt am Strand. Freundliches, hilfsbereites Personal, leckeres Essen, Top-Lage!
Etwas außerhalb vom touristischen Trubel Hikkaduwas, aber nah genug um die Annehmlichkeiten des Ortes mit nutzen zu können. Ein Urlaub zum Entspannen... schöner Garten mit Sonnenschutz, Zimmer teilweise mit Klima-Anlage. Kleines Restaurant mit toller Küche.

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