Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses


14 Jul 2011

Oh my gosh, where do I even begin. Firstly, A huge thank you to Anura, who is part owner and also manages Tisara Villas. He was extremely helpful when my mum had called him to book a villa for my family. He called her back, gave her directions, details of how things would go and made preparations with the villa staff for our arrival. He was present the next day after we settled in and told us about peaceful stretches of beach that would be lovely for the kids( sort of like your own private beach, about 1km from the property) Wijeya's for the best pizza in town( N.B. it is an open air, no frills place, but the food is exceptional) and how the villas had over 40 species of birds occupy the well-maintained gardens. It was really like chatting to an old friend even though we had just met.
When you enter Tisara Villas, it is like walking into paradise. Lush gardens and peaceful surroundings greet you in welcome. You are immediately silent as you observe the ponds filled with Sri Lanka's traditional flower- the purple water lilly- and the trees filled with birds and butterflies, just flying around you. Each villa is stunningly decorated in orange and white. The beds are gorgeous and four poster with mosquito nets, the bathrooms are indoor/outdoor type with mustard walls and rustic fixtures. Each room has air conditioning, also with a rustic style decor i.e. teak doors, armoirs and end tables. A villa sleeps four but can accommodate more small children. Take plenty of mosquito repellent though. There is no t.v. and no phone. I loved this about the place. It is a complete getaway. You also have your very own garden within the villa as well as a kitchenette complete with cups, plates, fridge, cooking facilities and dishes. You can cook yourself or ask the staff to cook for you. Lunch is available as an extra, but they do include breakfast and dinner. A special thank you to Namal and Dayananda who looked after us from June 20- 22. They were wonderful, always asking what we would like to eat, and taking care of our daughter who is allergic to all kinds of food. They were so kind, always ready with a smile. Do complement them on their cooking, they deserve it. I say it again. There is no service like it anywhere in the world. Sri Lanka has the best hospitality. We will be back for sure!

18 Jul 2011

This is our second trip to Sri Lanka. And with our pleasure we have stopped again in this hotel. The territory is very green and well-groomed. Rooms are big enough and very comfortable. Rooms cleaning - every day and very qualitative. Good breakfast with a wide choice of fresh fruit. Very friendly staff, always ready to help. One day we had our friend's birthday. And were very surprised to see flowers in the room, well prepared and decorated table for dinner. If sometime I go again to Sri Lanka, I will stop there again. Thank you again to Sassi and hotel staff

24 Jul 2011

Wir haben erst nur 3 Nächte gebucht und sind dann fast 2 Wochen geblieben. Wir haben uns super wohl gefühlt. Die Angestellten sind supernett, superfreunlich, zuvorkommend und hilfsbereit. Es gibt eine perfekt ausgestatte Küche, in der man es versteht hervorragend zu kochen, also auch das Restaurant ist nur zu empfehlen. Das Frühstück ist auch superlecker. Wir empfehlen das einheimische Frühstück!!! Die Anlage ist sehr ruhig in einem schönen Garten gelegen, zum Strand sind es keine 5 Minuten zu Fuß. Wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder....

Thomas und Leszek aus Bremen Germany

02 Aug 2011

Von Anfang an wurden wir überaus freundlich empfangen, und dies setzte sich während unserers gesamten Aufenthaltes(6 Nächte) fort. Wir bewohnten eine der sehr geschmackvoll eingerichteten und gut gepflegten DeLuxe Cabanas. Das Essen war super - das Frühstück(inklusiv) beginnt mit einem opulenten Obstteller und Ei / Pancake nach Wahl, Toast/Brot und Butter werden bei Bedarf nachgelegt. Einzige Unterkunft in Sri Lanka, in der unsere Tochter "hot chocolate" bekommen konnte. Auch andere Wünsche werden wahrscheinlich gern erfüllt. Das Abendessen ist üblicherweise an der westlichen Küche orientiert und besteht aus drei vorzüglichen Gängen nach Wahl. Bei Bedarf zaubert der Chef des Hauses - Sassi - aber auch eine Tisch voller Curry mit allem Drum und Dran herbei, wie wir am Nebentisch sehen konnten.
Der Pool ist wunderschön und sauber - so etwas haben wir auf der ganzen Rundreise durch Sri Lanka vorher noch nicht gesehen.
Wahrscheinlich findet man in ganz Unawatuna kein besseres Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis.
Sassi ist ein Hotelier und Gastgeber, wie er im Buche steht! Er kümmert sich wirklich um jeden Gast persönlich.
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Zum Strand, der unserer Meinung nach etwas überschätzt ist, sind es zu Fuß knapp 10 Minuten, mit dem Tuktuk kostet es ca. 100 Rupien, bei hartnäckiger Verhandlung auch weniger.
Der Holzschnitzer gleich neben dem Eingang (auf der Hauptstraße) bietet gute Qualität zu vernünftigen Preisen (Mitbringsel!).
Falls man mal am Strand essen möchte, ist das "Hot Rock" zu empfehlen - gutes, üppiges Essen (Sri Lankan Food) zu niedrigen Preisen und ohne service charge.

04 Aug 2011

We stayed 5 nights in Sagara to start our 2 week trip in Sri Lanka. We were travelling with 3 teenagers who were totally speechless on arrival at the beauty o our villa, the splendor of the swimming pool. The 3 bedroom villa is furnished with taste, the chef cooks fantastic meals at a bargain price and the staff is very attentive. On our last breakfast we hardly said "ketchup" and the tomato sauce was on the table! The villas are along a lovely beach were hardly anybody goes, so you have the feeling it's yours. The size of the swimming pool means you can really swim and it is beg enough for the guests of the 3 villas to enjoy it without being on top of each other. We could not fault the place.

05 Aug 2011

I was totally amazed at how beautiful this place was! It's brand spanking new, the staff are lovely beyond belief, they make a point to really get to know their guests and make sure your happy all the time. It is by far the "place to be" in regards to their restaurant, book ahead in high season or you just wont get in, and trust me you'll eat there once and never go anywhere else! The food is clean, healthy and is THE ONLY menu in all of Unawatuna that serves different styles of food, everywhere else seems to have the exact same menu where ever you go! There is also a lovely beach side bar and deck chairs, and a comfy little hut for lounging around during the day whilst enjoying the most amazing sandwiches and cocktail or what ever.
There are 4 large rooms all with hot water, mini bar, A.C, satilite TV, big private balconies, wi-fi, tea & coffee making facilities, flat screen TV's, Double beds, with the option of extra beds to add to the room.
The hotel also has massage and yoga classes, night watch security and is directly on a really nice safe swimming beach.
The helpful staff will also help you out with things like taxi's and tuk tuk's so that you don't get ripped off by anyone on the street.
Seriously I'm not kidding, this is the only place to stay if your heading to Unawatuna, it's brand new and they've really got it right!

11 Aug 2011

As soon as we walked in we knew we were somewhere special!! Flower garden is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Sri Lanka. The service was impeccable, and the deluxe cabana we stayed in was beautiful, modern, and clean. Great breakfasts and we also enjoyed one dinner at the hotel. Best place we stayed during our trip in Sri Lanka.

11 Aug 2011

Nous sommes restés 2 nuits dans cet hoteldans un cabanas deluxe pour 6900 rps par nuit pdj compris et toutes taxes incluses (attention, cet hotel facture 10% de service charge en plus, faites vous bien preciser le prix net). Le cabanas est plutot sympa avec une salle de bain moderne avec douche pluie. Seul hic : nous avons trouvé 2 blattes dans la salle de bain, signalées a la direction sui n'a pas su faire grand chose ... Sinon le personnel est adorable et la piscine entourée de végétation.

12 Aug 2011

We stayed in the Flower garden in August 11 for 11 days. We were advised on the accomodation by my colleague who had stayed there before and were pleased to get the same great impression as she had got. The hotel is located 10 minute walking from the beach, location is very quiet, the area is very green with a lot of beautiful plants, the swimming pool is big enough and always clean. We enjoyed meal in the restraunt. The staff is very friendly and cooperative. Our room was comfortable, cleaned regularly and carefully. Also we had a 4-day tour around the country (all arrangements including a rent car with driver and hotels booking were kindly made by our host Mr Sassi) and that was a really unforgetable trip.

16 Aug 2011

What a great place. The Flower Garden is a beautiful property which is exceptionally well run. It is less than 5 minutes walk down a pleasant lane to the beach (I know, I did it a thousand times for forgotten books, sunglasses, sunblock...) before you can cut through one of the beach restaurant properties to the beach. The property is beautifully maintained, the staff are superb, the food is great, the beer is cheap and the owner, Sassi, is an extremely engaging and interesting man who is a pleasure to talk with.

The pool area is lovely and at times resonates to the sounds of monkeys (Langurs I think) in the trees above.

Unawatuna is a lovely beach with a large number of bars and restaurants scattered along it's length.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Flower Garden and hope I have the opportunity to return.

17 Aug 2011

Service definitely comes with a smile at the Flower Garden.

This hotel is highly recommended for its beautiful surroundings, value-for-money accommodation, good food and unfailingly helpful staff.

It's all a great credit to Sassi, the super-friendly owner, as well as his team.

I recently spent five nights there with my family. It was our second visit, the first being in 2007. There is only one place we would stay when we return.

Overall, Unawatuna is a great destination for its relaxing, chilled-out vibe.

It is our favourite spot in Sri Lanka, a country with so many interesting attractions and places to stay.

I just wish it was a bit closer to home!

20 Aug 2011

We stayed for a couple nights, and found it to be an awesome guesthouse. The staff was very friendly, and there was wireless internet, which is always a plus, and the beach was beautiful. Breakfast was included in our cost, and we requested a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast, which they were happy to make! It was a really cool place, and I would definitely go there again.

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