We just spent 4 days at Sri Lanta at the tail end of a two week holiday in Thailand. Just what we were looking for -- a bit of understated comfort, some good food and a quiet beach. We found it all at this lovely resort.
We had a Star Path Villa which was very nice, spacious, good air conditioning, and an excellent bed. Far enough up the hill in back to be well away from street noise.
Food was as good as previous reviews suggested, and I concur with those who would have liked the traditional Thai dishes to be spicier, or at least provide additional spices at the tables.
The service at the front desk was buttoned up. We left very early Tuesday morning (before 6) -- they confirmed everything about our departure proactively the day before and prepared some breakfast that we took with us, which they certainly did not need to do.
Service at the restaurant is, shall we say, more "relaxed." By American standards, the wait staff exhibited a kind of charming benign neglect of the diners. However, Sri Lanta isn't in America, which is by the way one of its prime advantages! So it's hard to get sticky about that. Others have complained that they don't speak very good English. I would be willing to bet that English is about as difficult to learn for a Thai as learning Thai would be for me. What made it work enjoyably was they were unfailingly cheerful and polite and therefore we figured out a way to communicate successfully.
The grounds are beautiful, and my daughter reported that the spa was excellent. The pool area was great. I would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SriLanta Resort - Oriental in style, this resort has been created fully in tune with its tranquil island surroundings. The resort's approach is one of subtle simplicity, offering an atmosphere to relax, nourish and revitalize. The resort is ideally located as a base for diving and snorkeling excursions to the neighboring islands of Koh Rok, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Haa, Koh Ngai, Koh Mook, Koh Chuek and Koh Kradan. Accommodation - Each of the "island style" rustic villas are spread over the hillside (across a quiet road) that opens up behind SriLanta among lush green vegetation and temple flower trees. Each of the 55 rooms take the form of thatched Thai style villas offering garden and/or mountain views, with one Beach House and one Mandara House. Minimalist in style with thoughtfully designed natural furnishings and equipped with essential amenities. This is as close to nature as you can get. Enjoy the privacy and tranquility of our resort with a beautiful white sand beach at your front door, and the natural bushland at your back. We offer the best of both worlds at Sri Lanta. See you soon! (*Villas are located up a quiet hillside while the resorts pool, beach chairs, restaurants and bar are located on the beach front). ... more less
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