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“Possibly the best hotel in Sri Lanka ” 5 of 5 stars
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Turtle Bay
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kalamatiya, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Tangalle
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Possibly the best hotel in Sri Lanka ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

What a gem! Great hotel on an almost deserted beach, apart from the local fishermen who roped me and the wife into helping pull their nets in for them!! Hot work but lots of friendly faces. Great spacious rooms, that are clean and comfortable and have fantastic views of the sea. Excellent menu and choice of food and drinks. I highly recommend the lagoon prawns and lobster. The friendliest and most helpful staff of any hotel. The chef got up especially at 4am to make us a breakfast pack to take on a whale watching tour, and one of staff hand washed my shirts as we had missed the laundry. A really special place. Sad to leave after three amazing nights.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I have stayed there with my boyfriend in August, unfortunately only for 1 night. Unfortunately, because it was definitely not enough... This place is just a paradise! I will never forget when woke up in the morning and saw breathtaking view from my window! And I just loved walks on the beach which is outstanding and having a drink of the roof. But the true value of the place is not just a view - everything is perfect: rooms, outside area with great places to relax and the most important - staff!! Thank you everybody for making our stay so amazing. Special thanks for the steward who looked after us so well (supervisor) and Sujeewa. We will be back for sure! Justyna & Wojtek

  • Stayed August 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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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I am reluctant to review this Fantastic Hotel as it has only SEVEN rooms and I will have a lesser chance of booking a room next time. But to be fair, if you like peace and quiet,a fantastic beach,first class food,brilliant staff, excellant rooms, views to die for,great massages, top service,
free extras etc etc. I cannot praise this Hotel high enough, it REALLY IS PARADISE !!!
If only we knew, we would have stayed at least a week instead of Three Nights, everyone there said the same. To be TOTALLY honest, the only small nit pick is the Road to the Hotel from the Main road is, lets say BUMPY, but a small price to pay for EUTOPIA !! ( I understand, it is going to be surfaced, anyway) Health and Finance permitting We will return as soon as possible, SAVE US A ROOM !!!

Room Tip: All Sea/Beach facing, we had first floor, on an end, (LEATHERBACK) Wonderful.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Turtle Bay is definitely off the beaten path, and once you see the beautiful stretch of isolated beach you can't help but feel yourself relax. Our wonderful guide, hansa@feellanka.com, found this gorgeous hotel for us and we couldn't have been happier! The hotel is small with only 8 rooms, and the staff very attentive. You can relax be the pool, lay in a hammock and listen to the waves, or walk down what feels like your own private beach. A mix of couples and families were there and it was a paradise for all!

  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We spent two nights here last week and loved it! No, it wasn't perfect, but in a way that added to its appeal. The views from the large, comfortable rooms and the very friendly staff made up for any imperfections. This hotel is at the end of a deserted beach where the sand really is untrodden. While the sea is unsafe for swimming, the pool overlooks the beautiful beach. Food was good - fabulous lobster BBQ one evening. There are only 7 rooms, so you can't go wrong - except we would suggest an upstairs room would be preferential. Service was clumsy, but this is Sri Lanka - however, at the price we paid ($240 half board) we would have we expected more. And this was our only complaint, the price. If it were less we would have accepted the blackouts, erratic internet connection, the blinds that didn't work properly, average shower, the fruit flies around the complimentary fruit bowl in the room (made up of whole watermelon and pineapple so not easily eaten!) But would we go back? Tomorrow! This was really a very special place, where you are paying for the seclusion ... just don't expect a 'resort'. We would like to thank the restaurant staff, who were just wonderful.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Cambridge
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Not only beautiful rooms, without TVs. Beautiful scenery, unspoilt beaches, rock pools, fantastic meals and a wonderful group of people running the hotel. The hotel is 4 Km off the main road, along a rutted first quarter kilometre and then not to bad a road. You turn right at kilometre post 214, from Colombo to get onto this side road. It will take at least 5 hours to get to the hotel from the airport, even taking the highway. The hotel itself is very secluded and just right for couples who want a special few nights away. You can spend your time walking the beach, swimming in the hotel's pool or taking a morning bird safari. The sea in this area is quite rough and it is unadvisable to swim here.

Room Tip: All rooms are good, the upper rooms do have a wonderful view of the sweeping beach, the lower rooms...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

A beautiful hotel on one of the most beautiful beaches. 3km of deserted beach fringed with coconut and pineapple trees. Just 7 rooms which are all very spacious. Staff are kind and helpful. Food is excellent and varied and features lots of fresh fish. Recommended!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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: Kalamatiya, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tangalle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tangalle
#2 Family Hotel in Tangalle
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Tangalle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Turtle Bay 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Small Luxury Hotel by the Beach of Kalamatiya, the first Bird Sanctuary of Sri Lanka. The hotel commands a 180' degree view of the Indian Ocean. The beach of the Hotel is a breeding ground for Turtles. Turtle Bay consists of 7 spacious and luxurious rooms. The restaurant offers gourmet food with personal attention. This is an ideal hideaway for couples and honeymooners. The two main National Parks namely Yala and Udawalawe located within 90 minutes drive from the Hotel. In house Turtle hatchery in it's private beach is a highlight for the guests. Kalamatiya Lagoon is located within five minutes of walking from the hotel which is a Bird Watchers Paradise. Traditional Lagoon Boat Trip for Bird Watching is not to be missed. ... more   less 
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