Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

28 Apr 2016

We stayed here at in the Ballroom for a couple of nights finishing off our Sri Lanka visit. This boutique hotel is amazing! Just lovely. The staff - especially the manager - was super friendly and accommodating and really treated us like royalty.
The grounds are amazing. Infinity pool and all. The decor...just spectacular with amazing taste. Of all the places we visited in Sri Lanka, Galle is definitely our favorite place. Great beaches and lots of places to walk around for a visit.
We had dinner at the sister hotel right across the street - The Sun House - which was just as amazing.
AND, to top it all off, we had a private island lunch on an island - Taprobane - which was too die for. Southern most place...private place all to ourselves.

29 Apr 2016

Taru Rock Villa, Bentota “A little piece of Heaven on the beautiful West coast”
What an amazing place to stay – a truly sublime experience!
A small family owned and managed Villa, including four delightful deluxe double rooms and a large adjoining family villa, all nestled in beautiful grounds, which are simply stunning, with swimming pool, restaurant and bar area.
The Villas are managed by Oshan, who is the perfect host and a mild mannered, serene gentleman, ably assisted by Nimal, a gentleman with great knowledge and wit, who takes care of the restaurant and bar with his offsider, Ruwan.
What a great team! All three made our stay an absolute delight.
The rooms are impeccable. Beautifully decorated, clean, very well maintained, with a comfortable bed and excellent bathroom. The attention to detail and interior design flows though whole Villa complex and is all done to a very high standard.
Without a doubt the highlight of the Villa is the restaurant area. Again, a lovely ambience by the pool and very well maintained, but the food is the star, it’s just amazing! A very varied menu with something for everyone, all the food is prepared to a very high standard and tastes wonderful.
We stayed for a week and were going to eat in a few different places along the beach, but the quality and price of the food offered at the Villa is second to none. We dined every night at the Villa and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
Our stay at the Villa was to celebrate my wife’s 60th birthday and as a treat the management and staff prepared us a special candlelit dinner on the gazebo in the garden, complete with a surprise birthday cake!
Taru Rock Villa is a delightful place to stay, with excellent staff and serving stunning food in a tranquil oasis.
Highly recommend definitely seems inadequate to describe a stay here. It is excellent!

30 Apr 2016

We stayed several times in this hotel ,which we appreciate very much, for its location, friendly staff and good catering. All the staff members satisfied our wishes ,when we requested special dishes. We recommand in particular Indu, a very friendly guy, always keen of satisfying his clients. Nuwani was always there to give us good advises when we needed. Thanks to everybody !

30 Apr 2016

We stayed 4 nights with our children at Thaproban Beach House. The beautiful hotel is located right on the beach. The staff is very, very friendly and helpfull. The seafood market in the evening is excellent. We specially say many thanks to our waiter Indu´nil. We would definitely recommand Thaproban Beach House.

01 May 2016

We had a great four night stay towards the end of the season.

The staff were all fantastic - great personalities and great service (particularly when my camera broke and they gave us a bag of rice to salvage it, and when I got attacked by caterpillars on a sunbed on another part of the beach!)

The rooms are spacious, clean and the beds are very comfortable. It is also great being so close to the beach.

Would recommend a stay at the thaproban beach house to anyone travelling to unawatuna.

01 May 2016

The first thing i cant forget about my experience in this hotel is the great service we received from the hotel staff.. very helpful, smiley and proactive. especially the lady is the reception Miss Nuwani. she was very helpful in changing our room to a better one next to the pool..she also proposed to us a full 5 days schedule/road trip with a driver that covers most of Srilanka "must visit" places.
we did the trip. and it was amazing. we were able to see most of Srilanka great places and the driver was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Other than that, the hotel is beautiful, clean, with pool, restaurant (food is good) and is walking distance from the beach.
definitely we will come back

Room Tip: next to the pool
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01 May 2016

Arriving by seaplane on Koggala lake, we were greeted by the driver arranged by Lakeview and were at the villa within 10 minutes. We were met by Ken and shown around the fabulous property. Before leaving the UK we were contacted by Ken to arrange our first night's meal. Sonali cooked an unbelievable Sri Lankan meal and further meals were just as amazing. Much to our surprise our 7 year old ate every meal with gusto. Whilst not a fussy eater, he would not eat rice prior to our trip but from the first meal he devoured each meal cooked by Sonali -including rice! The staff at the villa were outstanding and we believe it is the quality and attention of the staff which makes Lakeview villa such as special destination.
We are a family of four, with 7 and 11 year olds, and prior to booking we discussed the possibility of moving beds so that our children could share a twin room next to the main bedroom. Ken said this was no problem and the rooms were set up as promised for our arrival. Whilst the villa's floor plan is perfect for multiple couples or extended families travelling together, two of the rooms are accessed from the exterior so may not be suitable for smaller children to use alone.
As mentioned previously, the food was amazing -I cook from scratch regularly and have high standards but I have never eaten such outstanding food on holiday.
Given the remote location of the villa it was very helpful to have Lasantha, Sonali's husband, available to take us out in their car to visit Galle and MIrissa. These trips were very reasonably priced and offered far more comfort and safety than the local tuk-tuks. TukTuks were fine for the shorter trip to the beach and were arranged by Sonali giving us reassurance.
Mosquitoes were prevented by nets over all beds, aswell as coils and plug-ins. Pool was great and jus as good as the photos suggest. Gardens well maintained by Raja. Air-conditioned Cinema room a welcome retreat at times with a good selection of movies and decent equipment.
During the times that staff were around the house we enjoyed their company and felt most at ease, chatting at length with Sonali about food and Sri Lankan culture. They were attentive when around but gave us space and privacy at other times. We truly felt that we were staying with friends and were very sad to leave them at the end of our stay. Sonali's previous experience as a nanny clearly shows as she was fantastic with our children.
If you are looking for a non-touristy true Sri Lankan experience and are keen to learn more about their culture and cooking tips then this villa is the one for you.

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