Just spent one night and most of a day at turtle bay. Beach was stunning. No one (virtually) on the what must be many km beach apart from a few fishermen. How many more years it will be like this i wonder. Sea was very choppy and not for little ones to swim in but we spent a number of hours building sea sand barriers on the beach ( most bashed by the sea as soon as they were finished but the kids loved it).
Hotel also had a large pool and a small kiddie one that the kids loved and there was mo one else about as they were all on safari. They need to re-tile though as some of the tiles were chipped and our 6 year old cut his foot, though not badly, as they seem to have used kitchen tiles around the edges. Strange and not a major issue but as with all Sri Lankan hotels we've found always some strange thing that knocks them off getting what they aspire to as a higher rating.
The hotel is situated at the end of the beach with a stunning view , sitting a few metres above on the hillside.
Rooms were large and beds comfortable.
Food was very good. I had fish and wife had sri lankan curry ( though we had to impress we wanted local cuisine as we love the curry, rather than standard tourist fare). It was excellent. Couple next to us had a whole cooked fish ( which sadly as my wife is fussy and doesn't like it i couldn't have) which looked phenomenal.
Staff were amazingly friendly ( and it was genuine) by the time we left the 6, 10 and 11 year old all had an extra vocabulary in Singhalese to take home , also written on a napkin.
As with all Sri Lankan hotels you pay more than an equivalent standard hotel in many established major resorts but what you got at turtle bay was worth it. Virtually no one else, empty awesome undeveloped beach, lovely food and great staff. Enjoy it while you still can, before Marriott, sheraton and the others ruin it!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Hotel Tangalle