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Weligama Bay Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Matara Road | Pelena, Weligama, Matara 81700, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in Weligama
UK
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Highly recommended - would definitely go back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2011

A really lovely hotel. The rooms are spacious, clean and airy. They are modern and tastefully decorated. All rooms have European (2 pin) plugs. The communal areas are also very nicely decorated and the staff are pleasant and helpful. The managers in particular always seemed to be on hand and trying to ensure that everyone had a pleasant stay.
The hotel itself is right on the beach (and we actually had our dinner tables moved onto the beach for us a couple of times). Food was generally provided as a buffet although a bigger menu was available. The hotel makes use of a barbeque to provide freshly cooked meat and fish at most meals. Various activities are available locally - e.g. surfing (or surfing lessons) on the beach and it's only 5 mins drive from Mirissa which has whale/dolphin watching trips which were fantastic.
A great place to stay for a quiet relaxing holiday, or a great base to provide a relaxing end to the day if you want to do something more adventurous nearby.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2011

The hotel is a beautiful boutique retreat, and exactly what we were looking for. The royal suite was amazing (especially the bath tub) and we loved spending our days on the beach. The staff were really welcoming and accommodating, I got ill (from the food) - and they went out of their way to get medicine for me and prepare a fruit platter.

The only drawback is the restaurant, we had much nicer food while travelling round Sri Lanka and it's quite over priced.
This also applies to the spa - which I felt was slightly overpriced for the mediocre massage I had (but the price is probably expected at a an exclusive hotel like this), and my fiancé had a great massage from the male masseur.

I would definitely recommend Weligama Bay Resort as a relaxing, private, beautiful place to stay, where we spent some very lovely lazy days on the beach and in the sea. If you can, I would definitely recommend the royal suite - which felt very special. :)

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

Beautiful beach for long walk, gentle waves to swimm or to surf, good cooking with grilled fishes catched by fishermen from the next village, a nice garden villa, well furnished and a modern bathroom with open roof shower.

Smiley people ... just delightful

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Durban, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2010

Weligama bay resort has to be one of the most Stunning in expensive beach resorts i have stayed in. The Staff are excellent and warm. Always smiling which makes you feel at home. The Room we stayed in was perfect. Bathroom with open air shower was the highlight. Food was Out of this world expect for the fish and chips, didnt work for me.

Tips - The ride from colombo is quiet long so take a sleeping pill or some good music.
At Weligama try out the surfing lessons. Worthwile

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2010

We booked this hotel on the basis of good reviews on trip advisor. At first glance this hotel is lovely and the rooms are a very high standard. The location is superb and the beach is beautiful.

First impressions were soon ruined due to the construction work that woke us up and the breakfast buffet on the first day. Food was simply rotten. We moved rooms to a garden villa and were joined by 3 giant cockroaches so couldn't use the bathroom the 2nd night. 3rd room we moved to also had cockroaches climbing out the walls in the bathroom but it was the best of a bad bunch.

Breakfast included fruit with ants crawling all over, crispy fat they called bacon, stale bread & stewed tea - they wouldn't even give us a fresh pot at our table. The only thing we ate for breakfast all week was banana on toast, not what we would call 'the best breakfast in Sri Lanka.' Food really was terrible. One day we ordered pizza which came uncooked and they told us íts not pizza country!'fair enough but even the curries were disgusting. The pool looked lovely but wasn't cleaned once over the week we were staying there.

Our 3rd room was sprayed by pest control while we were down at the pool. We were given no warning that it was being sprayed and were not advised to stay out of our room for any length of time afterwards to allow the fumes to disappear. I am pregnant and these fumes can be harmful to an unborn child. This borders on negligence!

If you like to go on holiday to relax, eat nice food and don't like cockroaches do not go here. It is well over priced for what you get. If you get this hotel for a really good price then maybe consider it.

Was glad to leave the hotel and get home!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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WBRmanagement, General Manager at Weligama Bay Resort, responded to this review, December 6, 2010
Dear Madam

Thank you for your review. We believe that the main purpose of TripAdvisor is to provide other travellers with objective comments and that is why we want to mention the actions that Hotel Management took to make your stay satisfactory.

I and the Executive Chef were talking to you on a daily basis offering you reasonable solutions for your inconveniences. You were upgraded from Superior Room to Garden Villa where due to heavy rain a cockroach appeared in your bathroom with open air shower. Next day you were moved to luxurious Junior Suite in the main building. As you mentioned, Hotel is arranging pest control regularly, unfortunately due to miscommunication you were not informed.

Our Executive Chef offered you several times fresh meals including seafood, fish, curries and meats, but you were not interested. The only meals you ordered were macaroni tuna salad, sandwiches and pizza and you got a special discount on your meals and beverages. We understand that pregnant women have different sense of taste, however we strongly disagree that the food here is terrible. Anybody is most welcome to see our Executive Chef Mr. Duminda Abeysiriwardena’s fan website with some of the meals that we offer here at Weligama Bay Resort.

As for the last false comment, our swimming pool is cleaned every single day from 7.30am until 8.30am and is controlled by the Pool Boy during all day.

Yours sincerely,

WBR Management
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2010

We only stayed here for one night by accident really.. we went to a hotel further south that we were not happy with so left that hotel and started to travel back to Colombo. We just happened to pull in here with our driver to use the toilet and were pleasantly suprised when we walked in.
The hotel is gorgeous inside and the man on reception was very helpful, we decided to stay here for one night and then travel back the next day... we stayed in a bungalow which was $250.00 a night. The bungalow was contempory, spacious, clean and cosy. The bathroom was big with an open air shower which was a lovely touch.
we had dinner that night which was really nice and breakfast the next day, the manager come over and introduced himself and also the head chef which was really nice.
The next day it was raining so we didnt manage to use the pool or beach but would reccomend this hotel to anyone looking for a nice relaxing holiday right on the beach, We hope to go back maybe next year and spend a bit lolnger there.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2010

We had a wonderful time staying here. The quality was much better than expected, we had impeccable service. The hotel organized all of our excursions, and gave us great service and knowledgeable drivers. It was really surprising too, knowing that it is an emerging country and tourism is new, we were astounded to find such quality people and facilities. the hotel was rustic, in a charming way, with a very comfortable feel. Good linens, always important, and very clean. food was good too, and breakfast, although always the same, was nice and staff would make things special for us and our children, no charge. Can't say enough about this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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Address: Matara Road | Pelena, Weligama, Matara 81700, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara > Weligama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in Weligama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Weligama Bay Resort 4.5*
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