This beautiful hotel is located on an truly isolated stretch of coast a few miles east of Tangalle. At times, particularly walking along the beach, it is easy to imagine that you have the whole of Sri Lanka to yourself!
The rooms are beautifully and very stylishly furnished with a/c, spotless bathrooms and comfortable beds. They would benefit from adding toiletries and personal safe boxes which are usually expected in hotels of this standard though. Using floaty white curtains looks very pretty but is triumph of style over substance. they do not block any light and you will be awake at the crack of dawn every morning! There are no TVs either but I rather liked that, adding to the tranquility somehow.
There is a large, clean pool but insufficient loungers both there and on the beach. The food and drink is very good indeed, we particularly enjoyed the Sri Lankan (curry) breakfasts and the barbecue night. other reviewers have mentioned the dogs that wander along the beach and into the hotel site. This is true, there are three or four of them but they are all friendly and well behaved and no trouble whatsoever. It was a plus for me!
The only real problem at Good Karma is the patchy service. The staff themselves are absolutely lovely. They are friendly, helpful and obviously desperate to please. There just don't seem to be enough of them and you just get the feeling that few if any of them have worked in hotels before. This means that service can be slow and basic things can be forgotten. For example, we waited over an hour for a drink order in the restaurant once and our room was only serviced on one of the days. Also not having any credit card capability is not really practical at a hotel with relatively expensive room rates like this. The manager had to drive us to an ATM when we checked out which is surely not a long term solution!
In many ways none of this really matters that much. You come to Rekawa beach for the location, the ocean and the remote, deserted coastline. The long walks we enjoyed up and down the beach will stick in my memory for a long time.
The hotel is only a few months old and you can tell that the staff are still getting used to it themselves. Hopefully this means that the few downsides will soon be rectified and this hotel can become really special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wonderful small hotel on the beach, built in February 2013. Only 5 bungalows with direct ocean views, well-kept area with tropical garden. Restaurant, swimming pool, ayurveda and yoga place. Spacious rooms with air conditioning, hot water and fine furnishings. The hotel is surrounded by a deserted beach on one side and fresh water lagoon - on the other. A paradise for lovers of flora and fauna. ... more less
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