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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
Staffordshire
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39 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

A quiet tranquil haven just 3k away from the noise and hustle of Hikkaduwa. The views over the lagoon are stunning. Melvin and his team are excellent hosts. The food is excellent. we were more than delighted with our stay.

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  • Stayed February 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This is a really nice hotel with an amazing view, very friendly and helpful staff and delicious food.

While the rooms are a little basic they have plans to renovate.

The atmosphere throughout the hotel is very laid back, offering a chance to unwind, relax and enjoy the scenery which is spectacular.

The hotel is 10minutes from Hikkaduwa, roads are currently under work so the journey can be quite bumpy.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This hotel might well be the best value for money in Hikkaduwa. Because it is on the beautiful lagoon rather than the beach it not much more than half the price of a hotel offering similar rooms at the beach.
The hotel overlooks the tranquil lagoon and is very peaceful. However when you want a bit of action it is only a five minute tuctuc ride to the bars and restaurant area. The tuc tuc costs only about $1.50/PBP1 to take three people. You can walk into town but it is boring so it is better to get the hotel to call for a tuctuc.
The food is excellent and all individually prepared both for breakfast and dinner. Any of their prawn dishes at dinner are particularly good as is the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry (give lunch a miss if you are going to have the rice and curry for dinner or else you wont be able to eat half of it).
However the best thing about this hotel is the quality of the service. Every single person on the staff does everything they can to make sure you enjoy your stay. We stayed at high end luxury hotels for the next week in Sri Lanka and they couldn't match the the service oriented attitude of everybody at the Kalla Bongo.
The owner arranged several trips for us which were excellent. The whale watching trip was particularly good with a first rate car service and the best boat so we saw lots of whales. He even arranged the tour to Yala and Kandy we were taking the next week and we got a very comfortable large vehicle with a guide and a driver and at considerably less cost than the same tour offered by all the agencies with ordinary cars and just one driver.
If you stay at this hotel make use of their airport transfer service because it is hassle free and comfortable and a little cheaper than the normal taxis.
We ended staying for nine days and we intend to go back next year.

Room Tip: The views from all rooms are good but the views from the lagoon rooms are amazing.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 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 22, 2014

we had great time there, the lagoon rooms have very nice view of the lake, the boss and staff are friendly for everything when you need any help. the food in the restautant are delicious, fresh air, tranquil surrounding, you wake up just by bird... we wish we could stay there longer.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

My wife and I together with our 4 year old have just returned from a fantastic 2 week stay at Kalla Bongo Lake resort. We decided to stay there for the whole 2 weeks of our holiday and, to be honest, we would quite happily have stayed for longer. The whole place just oozes tranquility and relaxation and the only sounds you can here are those coming from the nearby jungle! We both have stressful jobs so this is exactly what we were looking for.
Melvin the owner is a great host and without being intrusive is always on hand to make sure your stay is an enjoyable one. All the staff are really friendly and polite and are a credit to the resort (even if they are barefooted!!!). There are 3 dogs at the resort who spend the day lay in the shade or wandering around the grounds chasing the lizards! They are very friendly and are not a problem at all.
The resort is in a secluded location about 10 mins by tuk tuk to the center of Hikkaduwa. This easily reached using the hotels tuk tuk driver, Jagath, and costs 250-300 rupees.
We stayed in a lagoon room and were really happy with the accommodation and you will never tire of the spectacular view of the lagoon from your terrace.We have traveled extensively and have never had a better nights sleep than I did here. The rooms are kept spotlessly clean and have a really good "rain forest shower". The only minor negatives I could say about the room was the lack of hanging space and the rather dim lighting.
Our 4 year old just loved the pool. During our first week we more our less had this to ourselves, and during the second week there were never more than 1 or 2 other guest using it. Again the views from the pool are spectacular.
The breakfasts are awesome and consist of a selection of fresh fruit, smoothie, bread and jams, eggs cooked to order (we just loved the french toast), and fresh tea and coffee.
If you are looking for a relaxing place to stay in a really quiet location this is the place for you.,
My 4 year old enjoyed spotting the local wildlife around the grounds in particular the giant monitor lizards. We also saw monkeys, fruit bats, chameleons, frogs and small chipmonks.
We would definitely return to the Kalla Bongo and have no reservations in recommending it.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We stayed in kallabongo for 3 nights .The view from the room was breathtaking. To reach the place you have to do a bit of offroading for couple of minutes but thats worth the place. The rooms are pretty neatly done. It does not have any Tv to our surprise but what I realised was that it was intentional just to make u aware of the tranquility of the place. The restaurant is quiet a beauty with lake facing tables where one can enjoy his/her meal in serenity of the big lake. The staff is very friendly and are always happy to help you. The place is 10-15 mins drive from the beach area and one just need to inform the front desk for a tuk tuk. The pool is not big but it definetly serves the purpose. Melvin hats off to you. You have done a splendid job (although I think u r a workholic starting from morning 8 till god knows when :)). Hope to visit again.(+ you have been very kind to me for letting us stay those extra hours).

Thanks for the

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

we stayed here for one night at the end of our trip. wow.. such a beautiful place with Lake surrounding.. every of the staff were very nice. Melvin was great and made sure that we were comfortable. as we are the Yoga practitioners, we really felt this is one of the best place to practice yoga and meditation. the environment itself boost you for meditation. Thank you so much Melvin and the Kalla Bongo team on behalf of our entire friends..

Thank you.
Krish

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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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 Family Hotel in Hikkaduwa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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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