Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses


05 Dec 2010

We stayed in Tisara Villas for six nights and can recommend it highly! It's the perfect place to unwind and relax after long hours of travel on the island. Service and food are excellent and amongst the best we have experienced during our many travels in South Asia.

Rooms are very cleand and fitted with AC and mosquito nets. Each villa has a private garden with access to the communal pool. Our meals were served on our private terrace. Food was excellent, fresh and lovingly prepared. The curries were amongst the best we have eaten in Sri Lanka!

We had some massages which were excellent.

05 Dec 2010

Boutique Chic!

My boy friend and I visit alot of boutique resorts around the world. We love them and cant get enough of them. It is always refreshing to find one that is different , new and exciting. We loved our stay at Jasmine Cabana. What I found most intriguing was the fact that the design was adapted from local fisherman huts! The outdoor space was a perfect hideout.

The most amazing moment though was when we sat in the pool and watched the sun set so perfectly into the Indian Ocean. The outburst of colors in the sky after was magnificent. This location is special!

The boat rides to see the Dolphins are a must . One should also visit the reef. Its fragile and beautiful and I hope management are aware of its rarity.

I cant wait to spend a whole week here next time round. A haven of piece and tranquility - I definitely recommend palagambeach for those who love small boutique chic hideouts.

09 Dec 2010

Stunning guesthouse just a few minutes walk from Unawatuna's main beach, bars and restaurants. The rooms are wonderfully clean and spacious with gorgeous 4 poster beds, crisp white linen and hot water showers in the ensuite bathrooms. The setting is beautiful with guest balconies, a lounge area and terraces to relax in. My particular favourite was the rooptop terrace which I had to tear myself away from after delicious breakfasts each morning.. and to where I returned for a lazy afternoon in the hammock watching the monkeys swing amongst the palm trees! Superb value for money. Paul and Lorraine are incredibly hospitable and provide impeccable service. Couldn't fault this place and will undoubtedly book in again next time i treat myself to a Lanka holiday!

Just to add, I've stayed here with friends which was great fun, but also on my own and I always felt totally safe, which is so important as a young female traveller. There is a housekeeper and night security guy who is there to greet you anytime day or night.

15 Dec 2010

My friend and I arrived at night time and were absolutely impressed about the wonderful energy at this place. Surrounded by little details which make travelling special we enjoyed very much our stay at Alankuda beach. Our bungalow was very clean and comfortable. I enjoyed a lot the open bath room and shower which makes this place even more special. And of course this pool... unbelievable... especially at nighttime with this amazing lights!
We also did the dolphin boat trip. I have done some of such tours before but I have never seen so many dolphins in one place. Just magnificent.
The food was great too. Authentic Sri Lankan style. We also travelled to other places, more touristic beaches in the South, where we didn't have the chance to find such food.
A lot of western menus. So take adventage of the food in Alankuda!

18 Dec 2010

Beautyfulll hotel in Unawatuna!! A peace garden front the room, 2 cosy terraces (one on the roof, with hamac), and the owners are really friendly. A nice place to stay!!!!
The rooms are all big and compfortable with mosquito nest.
Just 5 min walk to the beautifull beach of Unawatuna, we can have calm and local life.

23 Dec 2010

We stayed here as the place had such great reviews, it is ok, the rooms were decent and it was in a good location. Staff were helpful. They offer assistance with tours as well, although I would suggest shopping around as the prices we were quoted were a lot higher then elsewhere in Hikkaduwa. Dont really feel like this place is great value for money however, we certainly stayed in nicer places for less money.
Also they dont clean the rooms once you have checked in so it gets a bit grubby after a few days.

26 Dec 2010

Have been visiting Sri Lanka since 2006 and this is my favourite guest house by far!
Situated a 5 minute walk to the main beach, down a little lane of the main road nestling between palm trees, and lustrous vegetation.
Beautiful building, with the most amazing open air terraces to relax on and savour the peace.
The top one with hammocks and space to chill and read a paper or look out on the tree tops and see monkeys, birds and local wildlife.
The lower terrace for comfy chairs, place to plug in your ipod, unwind, and fridge to keep the beer cool.
Rooms are immacutely clean, with lovely antique furniture, 4 poster beds, towels, toiletries, hot water and lots of little extras.
Key thing about the Palm Grove are the owners - a lovely, warm and friendly retired couple from England (Lorraine and Paul) who bend over backwards to impart local knowledge, organise trips, snorkel hire, tuk tuk rides and secret gems of places to visit.
Nothing is too much trouble. They also have a small team of local staff - who are part of the family too and will do anything to go the extra mile and make your stay comfortable.
Like a home from home. Can't recommend enough. Have taken family and friends to visit and everyone I spread the word to visits, falls in love and comes back for more.
ZOE 31

28 Dec 2010

I have just spent 10 days at this Guesthouse. They have seven rooms and each room has a little terrace with chair and table on which is great to sit outside on and read a book in peace.
The room has fan and the option in some rooms for Air conditioning. The ensuite bathrooms have hot and cold water and the four poster beds have mosquito nets on.
I found this guesthouse to be ideal as was just few mins walk to the beach and there is a host of restaurants nearby for breakfast or dinner although Primrose does do breakfast too if you need.
The hotel rooms are good value and I would recommend it for anyone travelling alone as was totally safe with the owner and his family.

28 Dec 2010

Absolutely amazing location (my beach bungalow was called Ancona) and was 5m from shoreling providing spectacular backdrop of sea...room was pretty basic but the bench just outside room alone where you can read, drink, smoke (or combination) was worth the R6500 for the room.

All I will say though is that I wanted to do a 2 day tour and booked this with a waiter in the restaurant. He put me in contact with a guy who pretty much conned me with a driver who didn't speak a word of English and didn't really know where he was going! It wasn't the driver's fault.

So in summary: great location for 1/2 nights but be wary of waiters' contacts if feeling like you want to book a tour!

01 Jan 2011

Nous cherchions une guest-house éloignée de la foule et des touristes. Notre séjour (3 nuits) fut magnifique. Chambres propres avec moustiquaires et A/C. La plage à 6 marches d'escalier, un petit jardin où les enfants pouvaient jouer une fois le soleil couché, un personnel charmant, toujours désireux de nous satisfaire, une cuisine locale simple et de qualité et un petit déjeuner copieux. La ville n'est qu'à quelques minutes en tuk-tuk.

01 Jan 2011

This is an undiscovered gem of a place. I have travelled Sri Lanka many times. I have travelled with my partner and 80year old mother. Staying here is like staying in your own private villa. A beautiful colonial villa excellently maintained. Spacious airy rooms, air conditioning, fan,spotlessly clean and excellent service. Elfie the owner cannot do enough to make your stay a pleasant one as do the staff led by the wonderful Angelo. On arrival my mother's walking stick needed a repair and this was whisked away and fixed straight away.
The grounds are large and beautifully maintained, with a huge swimming pool, which is a haven of peace and tranquility. No music, which I loathe, to disturb the natural sounds of birds and the rustle of the trees, and of course the shouts of the occasional monkey.

When I booked this place on the internet there was vitally no info, hence my first trip advisor entry. I was concerned from what I could see that the villa was next to the railway and far in land. Neither true. The train track is close as it is to all the hotels on this coast line but not a problem at all and the villa which is up a drive from the main road is only a short, less than 5 minute walk to the most beautiful unspoilt beach.

Another big plus is that you can take your breakfast at anytime, not constrained like the big hotels. And the service is second to none, nothing is too much trouble.

We stayed first in the suite, fabulous views over garden and pool and very large, and then moved into a room as we extended our stay. The room equally large had wonderful private terrace .

All in all if you are looking for a little bit of paradise on earth, i cannot recommend this hotel highly enough and for 69 dollars a night for the room plus usual taxes it is extremely good value for money

06 Jan 2011

We spent 9 glorious nights at Ambalama, Galle, Sri Lanka. From the moment we stepped through the front doors, after personally driving 5 hours south from Colombo airport (approximately 123 kms in distance) and our nerves at breaking point, we were instantly transformed...being greeted with a refreshing lime soda and cool towel to wash away the outside world!

The large main living area encompassing the entrance, dining and lounge area was the ideal spot to share family time, enjoy perfectly made G&T's and to play some dice whilst listening to beautiful music shuffling through the iPod (note: bring your own iPod to utilise the onsite docking station).

The pool area, looking directly over the lawn and out to the ocean, was amazing...each night the sunset was different to the last. Each morning we enjoyed breakfast beside the pool...what a dream!

The 4 bedrooms (each with their own ensuite, 2 with internal bathrooms and 2 with external bathrooms) were beautiful, spacious and comfortable.

As we walked along the beach we rated the other villas in the area and believe that ours (Ambalama) was the best by far...there must have been some "Villa Envy" for those on the other side of the low rock wall!

The staff were amazing and only too happy to accommodate any request - Roshan (the Chef) delighting us each day with delicious food (the seafood BBQ was our group favourite), Sujith and Chandrasiri (House Staff) were always there to greet us with bright beaming smiles, the security guard always on the lookout for our safety (please purchase a new torch for him..he is in desperate need) and the gardener made sure the pool and garden area was in perfect condition for our daily enjoyment. Thank you to each one of you for making our stay all the more memorable.

We should mention a couple of tiny minuses - we had strangers walking in off the beach asking if we had any "rooms for rent"...obviously the beach walkers thought the Villa was a small boutique hotel...this didn't happen just the once, it was basically a daily occurence...we suggest a small sign be posted near the beach entrance saying "Private Property". Also, the men were keen to watch the Boxing Day Cricket test but there wasn't a televison onsite so they went to the local Unawatuna Beach Resort ("UBR") - this wasn't a problem, but it should be noted.

The position of the Villa was fabulous...not too far from Galle town, being able to see the stilted fisherman from the beach rock wall and walking distance to Wijaya Beach Cottage (great pizza's, people watching and ambience).

Lastly, the Christmas tree was spectacular and really added that special touch...it was the beginning and the end of the magic for Christmas 2010....

PS: We did try and attach some photos but, for some reason, TripAdvisor didn't have the option....sorry.

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