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“Quiet family getaway” 4 of 5 stars
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Kalla Bongo Lake Resort
22/8 K, Field View | Baddegama Road, Nalagasdeniya, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #3 of 23 hotels in Hikkaduwa
Bangalore, India
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Quiet family getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We were a group of 5 adults & two kids. Spent three nights at the resort and had a great time. It is quiet place with a great view of the lake. The service is personalized (albeit a bit slow at times). Its a 10 min tuk tuk ride from the beach. Best is to spend the day at the beach or in Galle and relax in the evening at the resort. Melvin is great host!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

the hotel is located on a lake and you see the beautiful view from every place in the hotel including the swimming pool.
the rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff is
kind and helpfull.
it is near to the beaches of Hikkadua but far inough to be peacfull and quite.
we highly recomend this hotel and will like to stay there again.

Room Tip: we had one of the lagon rooms and had perfact privacy, and grate view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This hotel made my weekend. Absolutely perfect organized resort. Good food nice staff and amazing spot in the nature. Luckily there's a wakeboard camp next to it, a lot of fun and a good time for sure.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Thought we were going to be bored because of its quite location and low occupancy when we arrived for an 11-night stay. But The Kalla Bongo is ideally situated if you want to escape the noise of the Hikkaduwa main strip. Our accommodation (upper level with pool view) was basic but included everything you need - nice queen-size bed, copious amounts of hot water from a great shower, an electric plug-in mozzy deterrent, and nice small balcony with two chairs overlooking the pool, restaurant and lake. Town and the beach are a 200/- tuk-tuk ride away - don't forget to pick up some bananas (about 20p for eight) for the beach. We went to Palm Beach (restaurant with accommodation) at Tiranagama - 300/- ride away - where it's away from the bustle of Hikkaduwa and where you can get a sunbed under shade for free as long as you buy some drinks and, maybe, a bit of food.
The management and staff at Kalla Bongo are first class. The restaurant serves some of the best food in the area even though some menu items are sometimes not available. The Sri Lankan curry is wonderful; tuna (when available) is superb.
Thoroughly recommended.

Room Tip: I think the five lakeside rooms may have slightly more room - they are all at ground level and have...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Fantastic location. Clean rooms. Good A/C. Lovely food. Helpful staff. Beautifully kept gardens. Great wildlife. A really nice place to chill out and relax. Very easy to get tuk tuk into town or beach about 5 - 10 minutes away.

Would certainly recommend to others and would certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: We stayed in a lagoon room and thought it was lovely because you get more of a view of the lagoon it...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We arrived at Kalla Bongo close to midnight, due to delays in our flight (first night stay). It was a bit of a nightmare to find, but when we did we received a warm welcome. The bar / restaurant had closed, but we were rustled up a toastie and given drinks to keep us going. Rooms were lovely spacious and clean. View in the morning breath-taking - only stayed one night but would have quite happily spent our whole holiday here!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

at first when took the bumpy "lake view road" we were worried we were a bit far from the beach, but as soon as we entered we realized we had a great view on a calm lake, a nice pool, some quiet, and a very nice staff.

you do need a tuk tuk to the beach, but it's a cheap ride, about 10 minutes through rice paddies.

it has the advantage of being away from the noise and hustle of the beach bars and Galle Road,
and it's a lot more intimate than the mega hotels north of the beach.

the rooms all have a great view on the lake, a nice bathroom, very clean.

a great find.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kalla Bongo Lake Resort

Address: 22/8 K, Field View | Baddegama Road, Nalagasdeniya, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Hikkaduwa
#3 Family Hotel in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kalla Bongo Lake Resort has 15 rooms: 10 pool rooms, adjacent to the pool with a fresh appearance and 5 lagoon rooms, adjacent to the lagoon with a classic interior and bath tub.Other hotel facilities are lobby, à la carte restaurant, bar, swimming pool, canoes, games for children.The magnificent view over the lagoon, the utmost calm, peaceful and natural environment give the hotel a unique character and allow the guests to recover from their busy life.Good quality is a key element for the hotel and cleanliness, freshness, familiar and personal service are the defining themes.The hotel is located at Hikkaduwa Ganga, a large lagoon which is connected to the sea. The location is about 2,5 kilometres from the centre of Hikkaduwa, only 10 minutes by car or three-wheeler. ... more   less 
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