Behind a wooden door lies this lovely small hotel. Problem is it has been spoilt by the resort. Even the surfers complain the sea is over crowded. You can watch them riding the waves from in front of your hotel.
The hotel cannot keep out the noise and this intensifies after sunset especially at weekends when the area becomes a mini Ibiza town. Parties and loud thump, thump music until after 4.00 in the morning. The inside of the hotel itself is peaceful but you cannot keep out the noise.
The lovely beach has been developed, destroyed and is still being developed new hotel in processing of being built and work carried out throughout the night. Plus a grotesque tenement style sky scraper hotel dominates above the tree line, of this small beach.
The view from the hotel is spoilt by looking out onto hundreds of sun beds on this small beach, and at night by what can only be described as Blackpool without the tower, during the illuminations lights fully on, some people may like this (in fact amount of lights probably exceed Blackpool).
Whoever is responsible for tourism needs to get a grip and stop the building work and the “Ibiza” party scene that has ruined this lovely beach.
It is a real disappointment the area around influences this lovely hotel.
Staff are helpful, and the food although even by other hotels in Sri Lanka are bit pricey are very nice (same for drinks). You are asked about 17.00 what you want, for your evening meal.
We went whale watching and had our breakfast on our return which was much nicer than having a packed breakfast. I found this to be nice, and relaxing even if it was after 11.00 in the morning, that the hotel was openly willing to provide guests with this service.
The manager is helpful, and not in your face, type of way. My opinion was he cares he makes your stay at his hotel a pleasant stress free one, unfortunately he has no control over the noise from the other establishments. (owner was in England)
We had an upper floor room so had a small balcony with chairs, and a view across the small bay area. We could watch the surfers riding the waves.
Surrounding area within the hotel is comfortable. Small pool, which fits in nicely with the hotel grounds, and the rest of the hotel, more of a private type pool.
I would not consider this a family hotel, as most families want facilities for their children, but there were children staying, there who swam in the pool under the watchful. eye of grandparents.
A special thank you for the help, and generosity by the manager , in negotiating with our handling agent Aitken Spence, on our behalf, who I hope will get some form of recognition and reward from Aitken Spence.
I would love to go back but hesitant because of the noisy resort, and the new hotel will have been finished.
I hope someone in authority puts a stop to the noise and parties. Example of this was a drunk recovering on a sunbed next morning with his manhood out. Is this what the Sri Lankan authorities really want for this beach. It's also a shame as it is with easy access for the whale watching trips.
I felt sorry for the elderly couple whose house had been swamped by all this development, after all they were probably here well before this happened as are the graveyards which are lost to this over developed resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new luxuriously appointed boutique hotel with direct beach access and infinity swimming pool. All the rooms have terraces which feature spectacular sea and beach views and all rooms have four poster beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, a/c, wi-fi, and flat screen televisions. Internationally trained chefs prepare fresh locally sourced food and our bar staff offer a range of delicious cocktails. ... more less
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