Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

20 Apr 2010

Stayed for 4 nights in a beachfront room, the water was right up and the location is central to the beach, with lots of restaurants nearby on the sand. their restuarant serving italian food was a nice break after 2 weeks of curry and rice. The food here is excellent. The room was their premier room for 4500 ruppee and was large with air conditioning, fan, mosquito net and room service, No fridge though. the room was very clean and the staff and manager extremely friendly. A warning that Unawatuna itself has changed in a short time. There is somewhat of a drug culture coupled with a "club" culture, that I believe was not there a few years back. Trance music would boom across the bay from 7pm to 5am on some nights making sleep impossible.It was only a minority but it affected the entire beachfront. The manager at our place was embarassed and at least offered us a room at the back off the complex away from the beach so we could at least sleep. Also, I was offered dope every day by some beach hawkers. All in all the hotel is good but there are better beaches down south, try Mirissa.

29 Apr 2010

A good sized guest house with pool, 2 minutes walk from the beach at Unawatuna with simple rooms which were clean and tidy. Breakfast was simple, fruit, toast and eggs with juice and coffee and plentiful.

Make sure you book a room with air con, particularly if travelling anytime near the monsoon. We tried without and had a horrendous night.

We can't fault Britta and her staff for helping to make the start of our holiday a smooth experience, nothing was too much trouble for them and we left with some regret after enjoying our 3 nights there. Well recommended.

05 May 2010

Upon our drive to Mirissa from Galle, we were unsure of what to expect. We were surprised in the best of ways! Situated atop a hill/cliff and overlooking the Indian Ocean, it was beautiful! The landscape was impeccable and each guest room is an individual bungalow. They are quite charming and have balconies with beautiful views. The food is outstanding and it's a short walk to the beach. There is a sister property on the beach where you have access to the pool, restrooms and restaurant (with guest charges allowed). I would HIGHLY recommend this for solo travelers, groups and for families with children. Absolutely wonderful!

06 May 2010

This hotel has a fantastic pool and gardens - the best in the area. A good location as a short interesting walk to the beach - and what a lovely beach. The food was very limited, a set menu each day but many dishes not available. Even though half board after two nights we ate out as were getting pretty fed up with butter fish.
Having read all the reviews we were looking forward to a warm welcome and great food from Sasi, unfortunately the great man was only glimpsed very briefly one morning as he arrived and then left again in his car. So five days with no experience of his so-called renowned cooking. His staff tried their best and were very polite but didn't have the key to the stockroom to provide the most basic things - fanta, tonic and a well cooked variable menu. The rooms were okay but the appliances needed fixing - TV and hairdryer - and pretty decrepit air conditioning. And don't bother using the "Internet Cafe" as no internet and the printer wasn't working. Having stayed in five hotels while on a tour of a Sri Lanka we felt the Flower Garden was the most disappointing as it was the one we were looking forward to most.

12 May 2010

idéal pour quelques jours au calme, proche de la nature dans un cadre très confortable.

30 May 2010

We spent 6 days in both bungalows with our 2 adult children. The local familly owners were very happy and friendly and provided good clean food. Suranga was very helpful and honest with arranging many tours.
Highly recommended for a traditional beach holiday away from the commercial outfits. No air-conditioning

31 May 2010

Within half a day the calm of Ambalama and its attentative staff had slowed me down so I could enjoy all that it had to offer....comfortable rooms, gorgeous vistas, great spaces to read and breakfast by the pool and dinner on the lawn by the sea. The food was sensational and oh so heathy.......I look forward to a return visit later in the year. Mr Tai - Majordomo/Manager of Ambalama combines great knowledge not only of Galle but all of Sri Lanka with charm and a willingness to provide you with the perfect stay.

31 May 2010

I have just spent a weekend with friends at Ambalama Villa but feel as relaxed as if I had been away for a month. The villa has a beautiful, spacious, light modern design, with an elegantly but simply furnished living area facing straight onto the ocean across a large, stone-lined pool. The pool looks straight across lawns and beds of white lilies to the palm-fringed beach. All the living spaces are light and airy: the high-ceilinged bedrooms have large convenient bathrooms attached (at least one with an open-air shower) and comfortable four-poster beds, stacked with pillows and soft cotton sheets: I slept very well to the sound of nothing but the ocean waves. The service is understated but excellent: the chef used to work at one of the Aman resorts and makes sophisticated but delicious meals from local ingredients, while the house-boys appear from nowhere to anticipate your requests for refreshing drinks. The whole villa is efficiently and charmingly managed by Tai, who seems to know everyone and where to source anything one might need for a getaway in paradise...

01 Jun 2010

I was lucky enough to enjoy a weekend on Taprobane Island with some close friends.

Taprobane is a beautiful island not far from the beach in Weligama Bay, overlooking the brightly painted fishing boats and tropical landscape of the coastline.

When you book the island you get the entire island and villa all to yourselves! I had admired this spot for years dreaming of one day getting the chance to treat my friends to a weekend of luxury. We were not disappointed!! What I liked most about the island was that the entire place feels relaxed and comfortable. It is not like many of the stark and sterile pricey villas. Instead we felt at home and had no qualms about walking through the rooms with sandy feet or chilling out with our feet up on (one of the many) day beds.

The excitement started with our group wading across to the island in waist high water (they can arrange a boat if needed but this all added to the excitement). The Island's house has 5 large bedrooms all with their own massive bathrooms. Each room has a unique design with its own outlook and private outdoor sitting areas. The gardens are thick and jungle like but still well maintained with beautiful tropical flowers. It was tough to leave the infinity pool overlooking the sea.

Each day the staff moved our dining table to a different spot and the food was devine. We could order what we felt like and they would pop across to weligama town to buy the fresh ingredients. We especially enjoyed the rice and curries and the seafood. The staff were friendly and willing to help any way they could without hanging around making us feel uncomfortable or spied on.

I celebrated a birthday on the island and the staff decorated the dining area beautifully and arranged a cake with candles for our desert. A birthday no one will ever forget!

We did not want to leave and I still dream of returning to this day. I highly recommend Taprobane Island to anyone wanting to treat themselves to some laid back luxury.

05 Jun 2010

De super cabanes sur la plage, très isolées, avec des salles de bains astucieusement aménagées en sous-sol.

La plage est très belle mais il est dangereux de se baigner dans l'océan à cet endroit.

Le restaurant n'est pas mal.

Les chambres-cabanes sont très, très, très basiques : un lit avec une moustiquaire, un ventilateur, une lampe, une table. La salle de bain comprend des toilettes qui marchent très bien, un lavabo, une tablette, une douche avec une seule température (un peu froide). Les bêtes peuvent entrer très facilement entre les planches (mais en deux jours, je n'ai eu à faire qu'à un lézard). La nuit, on est bercé par les bruits de la jungle.

Je vous recommande d'essayer ces cabanes si vous aimez camper. J'ai passé deux jours sur la plage à lire et discuter. C'est agréable d'être tranquille et loin de tout.

06 Jun 2010

We arrived at Nature Walk after a long drive from Colombo including a long stop at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage (which is a must to visit). Kumara and his charming and helpful staff were there to greet us and offer refreshments. From the moment we took off our shoes and stepped into Nature Walk it felt welcoming. The entrance is bright and cheerful with clean wooden floors and stairs leading up to the second level where the bedrooms are. Our bedrooms were large, bright and clean; the bedding crisp and fresh and we were all pleasantly surprised with the quality. In the mornings we watched the monkeys making their way through the trees from our bedroom window and balcony. We enjoyed a pot of tea and biscuits before heading out next door to see a Kandyan dance performance and back to Nature Walk for dinner . The food in their dining room is of a high standard and prepared for the individual. We had booked bed and breakfast at the rate of $30 per night; breakfast was delicious and service is impeccable. Kumara couldn't have been more helpful in arranging car and driver and giving us suggestions. I highly recommend Nature Walk; don't miss it if you are in Kandy.

15 Jun 2010

Drifters Hotel is a very good choice, the best in our opinion, if you are travelling to Hikkaduwa.

We spent a week there and have never felt more welcome at any resort we have stayed at before. The family who run this place have made a very homey atmosphere and can not do enough for their guests, and always ask if everything is alright and if need anything.

The resort is on the best part of the beach; you can enjoy the characteristic sun loungers, swimming, surfing, whether you are beginner, or more experienced.

The owner told us that he made plans to build a swimming pool in the backyard within a few months. This will be a huge plus for those who do not like to swim in the sea with waves, children and the rest of us who like swimming pool.

We strongly recommend Drifters, you will not regret it!

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