Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

10 Apr 2016

As long as you're not going into this expecting "western" style levels of luxury, you will not be disappointed.

You will, however, be entranced from the first moment you glimpse the island from the road. It's an amazing experience to walk through the door marked "Taprobane Island (Private)" and get used to the fact that you are currently (temporarily) in possession of your very own private island.

The staff were fantastic and went out of their way to make our experience magical, and the food was consistently spectacular (go for the Sri Lankan options - if you order western style food in Sri Lanka and find it disappointing, that's your own fault).

There is no air conditioning, but it wouldn't work anyway, as the buildings are all quite open to the sea breezes. The sound of the waves crashing against the rocks is soothing (and to be expected - you're on a small island after all).

The beach is fine to swim in if you want to be gawked at by locals, but why would you want to when you have your own infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean?

You will get wet walking to and from the island through the surf. If you don't want to brave it the local fisherman will ferry you back and forth for a fairly extortionate fee, but it's just kind of all part of the fun.

Great open communal areas to play cards with the family, plenty of island to explore - still regretting we didn't quite get around to playing hide & seek.

10 Apr 2016

Tucked away within the busy city of Colombo this little boutique hotel was great as a taster of Sri Lankan life, cuisine and friendliness. The rooms were large although one had a bad odour which I suspect was plumbing issues. The breakfast was a treat of unusual fruits, eggs and fresh yogurt.
They had a small pool which was fine for the kids. Overall a decent little place for one or nights.

11 Apr 2016

Big, clean room with air condition and big nice and fully equipped bathroom. Bads to high. Unfortunatelly, it is noisy from the morning till the late night from reception, restaurant or street (ear plugs do not helped). Unquestionsable adventage is the air condition and location in the middle of the bay on the beautiful, sundy beach. At night it there are lights from beach restaurant and torps. You may stay in decks till midnight atching the stars. Good one night. Recommend to walk on city and jungle beach and another behind. Poor breakfast.

Room Tip: take one with seaview
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11 Apr 2016

very nice room for a family. we had two bungalows, that was two big rooms with good beds and nice bathroom (Jacuzzi).
AC wasn't working as it should be, and no wifi in the bungalows.
but a lot of trees and flowers. it was quiet, as i said.

Room Tip: bungalows are quiet
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11 Apr 2016

The room Cleaners left our balcony door wide open and by the time we got back the room was full of bugs. Food options were limited, very expensive and just not great. Out of the 6 hotels we stayed in in Sri Lanka this was by far the weakest.

12 Apr 2016

The Friendly Thaproban Beach House!

We stayed here for 11 nights in March 2016 and had a great time!
Hotel is situated in the middle of Unawatuna Beach, just a few steps to the waterline.
Standard rooms are kept neat and tidy with comfortable beds, air con and fan working and minibar always refilled.
Breakfast served by table, just sit down and relax.
This hotel has an amazing staff, doing their outmost to serve you with smiling faces and a good sense of humour!
This is including the entire crew; drivers, reception, housekeeping and our best friends, the waiters, thanks for everything!
Keep it up!
I will gladly recommend this hotel!

12 Apr 2016

A wonderful hotel, we stayed in the junior suite which was great. The hotel is about 150m from the sea but the walk is very pleasant and gives you a sanctuary from the sand and noise.

The staff were exceptionally diligent and helpful, delicious breakfasts every morning and they even sorted our laundry out for us (20+ items for less than £5). The hotel is great but the service provided by the staff makes it exceptional.

12 Apr 2016

We had 8 wonderful days at this fantastic hotel. The grounds are beautiful with a stunning view of sandy white beaches and the Indian Ocean. We stayed in Saffron suite 7, which was very spacious. Having the verandahs in front for breakfast and sitting out in the evening was just lovely, and the breakfasts, both Sri Lankan and western, were excellent. We treated ourselves to the 'Seafood Celebration' one night, which was delicious. Beautifully cooked fish, lobster and prawns, and the calamari starter was some of the best we have ever had.
Our 5 year old daughter loved the infinity pool (as did we!). The staff were wonderful. Very professional and friendly, striking the perfect balance between being available if you needed anything, but generally leaving you to your own devices. The location is good too, with a short tuk tuk ride to both Galle and plenty of restaurants in Unawatuna.
It's also not far to the sister hotel, Illuketia, which is definitely worth a visit with stunning gardens, and again, a nice infinity pool.
Thank you again to everyone at Apa Villa for a really relaxing end to our Sri Lankan holiday.

Room Tip: We were very happy with Saffron 7
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12 Apr 2016

Off the beaten path in the tree tops the hotel is located near a few other hotels of its style. Likes were the room was big and airy, the breakfast was lovely and the staff was nice and the property was spread out. Dislikes were the constant construction, the bed was not comfortable and the bathroom smelled very weird.
Aesthetically it did everything right but missed the mark for us on a few points.

12 Apr 2016

This Villa is as beautiful in reality as it is in the pictures. The staff are warm, welcoming, helpful as well as discreet and unobtrusive. The pool is the perfect size for kids young & old. I cannot praise this holiday enough. It was sadly only 2 nights 3 full days, but it could have been a week it was soo relaxing! We had dinner cooked by chef one evening & it was amazing!....Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home! We will, without question be back!!! xxxxx

13 Apr 2016

Stayed for 11 nights in March.
Nice and very clean rooms. The location is excellent on the beach and close to restaurants and bars.
Good breakfast.
But the best thing about this hotel is the staff. They are all so friendly and helpful and you are always met with a big smile.

13 Apr 2016

We rented the four-bed villa for 3 nights. Decent (smallish) bedrooms, but common living room not great - very average furnishing and seating only for 4-5 people despite 4 double bedrooms..

Restaurant is a 5 minute walk onto the beach - easy, even with a pram. Food was very good (OK breakfast buffet, dinner was excellent).

Local beach is beautiful and clean, though big waves for small kids.

Room Tip: Probably go for rooms rather than the villa...
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