Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

20 Feb 2011

I spent 4 days here at the end of a backpacking trip round southern Sri Lanka. My room was simple and well maintained, with fan and A/C and really tastefully decorated. Britta and the team were so friendly and they really did bend over backwards to help me out.. The pool is a great addition, perfect for cooling down during the humid days! Breakfast was a treat, and started me off well for the hot day ahead.. and whilst watching monkeys playing across the roof tops!
Nice touches too like mosquito coils being lit early evening outside your room!...

23 Feb 2011

Wir haben uns sehr, sehr wohlgefühlt. Hier herrscht eine familiär Atmosphäre, was uns dazu bewegte, gleich wieder für das nächste Jahr zu buchen. Für uns war es ein Traumurlaub. Das Cabana war sehr schön mit seinem grossen Badezimmer. In der Anlage war es sehr sauber, wie auch die Zimmer. Ueber das Essen gibt es nicht viel zu schreiben. Es war ausserordentlich gut und abwechslungsreich. Manch Restaurant in der Schweiz muss sich sputen, um solch ein Essen auf den Tisch zu bringen. Wir haben noch nie so viele nette und liebe Menschen kennengelernt, wie im Flowergarden. Sassi ist so ein sehr guter Gastgeber und Organisationstalent. Er versteht sein Handwerk und verdient mit seinem Team nur die Höchstnote

27 Feb 2011

We stayed at Tisara Villas for 3 nights and wished it could have been longer. If you are looking for a posh resort, this is not the place. If you are looking for a Home Away from Home, this is ABSOLUTELY the right place. The environment was so relaxing and completely sealed off in its own world. We walked to the Koggala beach with the kids and grandma (so that means its really not far away) and it was absolutely clean and beautiful. No debris, rubbish or even washed up dead seaweed!

Tuk tuks can easily be arranged to go anywhere so its really convenient. Food was simple but great! Nothing fancy like the big hotels but always nicely done. Service is great with friendly staff.

Ms Sandra who manages the estate is ever so helpful and friendly.

Conclusion....if we ever set foot into Sri Lanka again, we'll definitely stay there again and for a much longer time!

23 Apr 2011

After hearing nothing but positives about this place we arrived with high expectations which were, to a certain degree, satisfied. We were staying in a deluxe cabana which on first inspection seemed nice enough - comfy bed, spacious etc. However, after a night we began to notice the flaws more apparently - the room was dark and, because of the dense garden/jungle environment of the grounds, particularly dank. In short, the room was a breeding ground for mosquitoes. We had a mosquito net but it was sadly insufficient - holes and tears allowing the little blighters easy access to an all you can eat and drink bonanza. The bathroom was low grade - no ventilation, poor shower etc. The pool was very nice - but the lack of space around it and the number of sunbeds renders it pretty much pointless unless you've got kids with you who need entertaining. The staff were excellent - exemplary in many respects - and the restaurant/bar is also a big tick for the establishment. Perhaps our biggest gripe was the distance between the hotel and the beach - at least a ten or fifteen minute walk - which admittedly doesn't sound so bad, but in intense heat is an absolute killer. For me, the hotels that are beachside are a much better option and from previous experiences are just as nice in terms of the accomodation provided. In conclusion, despite this review being tinged with negativity, the Flower Garden is still a good little hotel - i'm just not sure that it lives up to the hype.

24 Apr 2011

Nach der ersten Nacht haben wir sofort das Hotel gewechselt. Warum ist es so gut bewertet? Es liegt nicht am Strand so wie viele andere Hotels sondern. Die Zimmer sind so dunkel, dass man kaum etwas sieht.
Für den gleichen Preis habe wir ein super Zimmer in erster Reihe mit Meerblick, exzellenten Service und einer super Ausstattung bekommen.

26 Apr 2011

I stayed a week during the Galle literature festival in january 2011 in Tisara Villas with my new husband. we didn't know what to expect as we were going there due to freind recommendations. But what a lovely surprise it was! From the time we walked through the gates and over a pond full of lotus and a wooden bridge it was like entering a different world!!!

The villas are absolutely beautiful and large. The bedrooms had poster beds and the bathrooms open to the sky were amazing. We could sit in our little private garden or lie by the huge pool and relax and the place was full of birds and there were some monkeys on the trees which made us feel like we were living in a tropical paradise... Which is exactly what it was!!!

What was special about the place was that it is so quiet and we were left to do our own thing without anybody bothering us and we felt we were the only people in the place even though it was full. The staff were highly trained and were always there whenever we wanted something. It seemed they knew exactly when to come by with a complimentary coconut or a fruit juice when we were lying by the pool!!!

The food was superb! My husband doesn't usually like fish but here he was always ordering fish as it was so fresh. The local rice and the currys were excellent and the cooks would make whatever you wanted to eat. Most days we ate in the tables next to the pool. At nights they would light lamps and we could sit near the pool which was wildly romantic!!!

They have bicycles and we rode around the lake and went to the lovely beach in koggalla which is only next to the town. Very clean beach and no people which was nice. And the villas also has a massage place where we ordered a massage which was very good.

And I am now happy to say that I am pregnant! We conceived during our holiday at Tisara villas and I can't imagine a more perfect place to make a baby!!! I am even thinking of calling our baby Tisara!!! I don't know if my motherinlaw will like this name :). I hope to come and stay another two weeks this summer before I am too pregnant to travel. Thanks Tisara villas for a very special holiday that we will remember forever!

27 Apr 2011

I had such an amazing time at Tisara Villas. Not only were the facilities amazing but also the service. With each villa having their own private butler we were taken care of 24/7. Furthermore, what I loved was that for each day we were asked what we would like to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner giving us complete control of the food. Speaking of food it was just phenomenal especially the typical Sri Lankan rice and curry, we could not get enough of it. The pool was always well maintained and when enjoying the morning sun we truly felt relaxed as there was not a single city noise around us, just the sound of nature. Also, we were close enough to have a driver take us to the beach if we wanted to enjoy the beauty of Sri Lankas beaches. To top if all off a massage therapist would come daily to the Villas and provide you with a relaxing ayurveda massage. We could not have asked for anything more than our vacation at Tisara, we will most definitely go back next year.

28 Apr 2011

My friends and I had an amazing vacation at the Tropical Beach House in Hikkaduwa! We rented both the house and the cabana and it was an extremely comfortable stay for us all. Having the Tropical Beach House as our base made our holiday so much more enjoyable then staying in a hotel or resort. We were greeted at the house by Mahinda, a kind man who cares for the property, he showed us around gave us great advice and asked us how often we wanted to property cleaned. He and his wife were very polite and friendly and always made sure we had everything we needed. We also inquired into having a bbq, the next day he and his wife organized the whole thing - what a feast it was! The fish and prawns were honestly the best I’ve ever had! We highly recommend having a bbq! The nice thing about the beach house was that we felt very safe, security came like clockwork every night to check on the place. The Tropical Beach House is a very short tuk tuk ride away from restaurants and shops and we really enjoyed that short distance as it made it quiet and peaceful. The air-conditioned rooms made it a comfortable stay and the showers were great! My friends and I had a holiday we’ll never forget and it had a lot to do with having such a comfortable space to call our own for the week. If you are coming to Hikkaduwa for a beachy, relaxing, comfortable and fun holiday you MUST stay here! Have a Lion (or two) for me!

14 May 2011

We arrived at the lower garden after several days touring the country. We had our three teenage daughters with us and we all had an extremely relaxing and enjoyable five days. The manager and his staff were all very helpful. The food, both in terms of quality and price, were outstanding. In fact, we ate there every evening, despite the fact there were many places to eat within walking distance. We spent some time by the pool but mostly spent our days relaxing on the beach, which is a short walk away. If you want somewhere to relax and chill out, the Flower Garden is the place.

17 May 2011

Right on the beach ( with access through the garden) and a large pool with a very child friendly shallow end made this the villa of choice for any family with small children. Staff were so helpful, nothing being too much trouble. Individualized menus for the baby and adults meant everyone happy. The rooms are kept immaculate by the staff and there is always someone on hand to help.
The only minor negative is that the three villas are very close to one another and are open plan so if you were here with two groups you didnt know you might feel slightly overlooked. On the other hand really great for bigger family/friend groups to hire the whole complex.

19 May 2011

This is the first time I have been moved to write a review on Trip Advisor which definitely says something!. I have lived in Sri Lanka for a number of years and had a group of family and friends coming out to visit them so naturally wanted to showcase the best of Sri Lanka. Ambalama is it! We stayed for 6 nights and had the whole villa and it was faultless. The villa and rooms are beautiful, the food was sublime, the location fantastic. The staff were really helpful and friendly and the chef cooked fantastic western and local dishes to order each day. One night they even cooked up a fantastic fish bbq.

The area where the villa is located is great as you are in easy reach of Unawatuna and Galle Town, plus a 3-min walk away from nice bathing and a great restaurant (Wijaya Beach). There are a number of villas along this stretch of beach and it is a really lovely area to stay.

Ambalama really made our holiday and everyone said it was the best part. Some of the guests said it was the best holiday they had been on.

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone travelling in a group in Sri Lanka. I have visited a few villas and I still think this is by far the best. Villa holidays are a great option as you definitely get 5* service and facilities but without the price tag, plus you have the place completely to yourselves.

20 May 2011

This accommodation consists of just 4 rooms set on Unawatuna beach. The complex includes the best restaurant in the area with its deck set right over the water. There is a lounge area and rustic styled, chilled out bar. Local fishermen deliver their fresh catch daily and it is cooked beautifully. The rooms look brand new and are modern in design with very spacious bathrooms. The balconies look out over the Indian ocean. Great space for couples.

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