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Flameback Eco Lodge

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Nestled amidst a bird sanctuary by the tranquil Weerawila lake, our luxury tented lodges offer a legacy of rejuvenation. Enjoy the delectable organic cuisine sourced from local communities, while being part of our eco-friendly glamping escapade conserving mother earth. Whether it's a naturalist guided bird watching nature trail, a cycle tour to enjoy a farmer's lunch, Sri Lankan cookery class with our head chef, or a fresh-water fishing excursion , Our in-house naturalist and rangers will ensure our discerning guests a truly unique 'glamping' experience while rejuvenating in the comforts of a Boutique hotel. Strategically located in close proximity to all the national parks in the deep south of Sri Lanka including, Yala, Uda Walawe, Bundala and Lunugmwehera, Flameback is the perfect epitome of five-star luxury combined with the delectable space of perpetual privacy.
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We stayed three nights at the eco lodge with another family. Like other reviewers, 5 stars doesn't really do it justice as as they do such a great job. The staff is warm and friendly. The glam-tents are very comfortable with both fans and air con. There is a small desk to use with your laptop, and the bathrooms are clean and well designed. There is nice hot water and great water pressure! The beds are very comfortable. The meals are fantastic. You can either order a la carte or they have some set menu items. The bread in the morning is really wonderful and fresh, some of the best I have had in Asia where bread is not really a big thing. They usually had three menu choices at night or just talk to the staff and they'll make you what you want. The dining room is comfortable and quiet and it's easy to talk. They had good local curry too which I was worried about when we booked as I really love local Sri Lanka food. Nothing to worry about, though, when we told them we liked local food they made it for us, as spicy as we wanted. The girls took two cooking classes down by the lake, they charge almost nothing for this (1000 LKR per person.) Now my Thai wife can make great Sri Lankan curry here in Thailand so I have the best of all worlds! :-) And better yet, my Thai wife loved the food in Sri Lanka! The grounds are nice and well maintained with tons of birds and monkeys around. We did three tours with the local naturalist. Yes, you pay a little bit more to go with the Flameback naturalist ($60 per morning or afternoon per person) but this way you not only get the park ranger but the staff member from the lodge. I thought it was worth it. My favorite park was Bundala, only 10 minutes away from the resort. Yala is very nice of course but it's very busy. Bundala is not busy at all and we saw most everything there. Lots of birds but also jackals, crocodiles and deer. The only reason to go to Yala, really, are for the leopards but if you can get that out of your head and concentrate just on seeing great Sri Lankan wildlife, go to the less popular parks, you'll be glad you did. Yala is beautiful but can be quite a circus with the jeeps all racing around. It's hard to see anything as you have 15 jeeps all lined up jockeying for position whenever someone sees something. It was my second time and it just pissed me off. Bundala and Udawalawa were much better. We only had three days here. I could easily do a week. We saw other people come in for only one night. They are in way too much of a hurry! Only two suggestions I have are one, there should be chairs on the tent balconies and not beanbags. We tried to eat a snack and it's impossible to eat from a beanbag chair. Secondly, the staff's English is quite poor. It would be nice to have someone around who speaks good English. The naturalist spoke perfect English though so that was great. We'll be back!
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Words cannot describe how wonderful our stay was at the flameback eco lodge. Set against a stunning lake surrounded by mountains and lush wildlife, the eco lodge is based on a wildlife reserve for indigenous birds. There are seven luxury clamping tents spread across the land, each unique and of the highest standards. Our lodge was based in the honeymoon suite with full amenities, power, luxurious bedding, furniture and exquisite surroundings. This was just on the inside, on our extensive decking we had a private plunge pool and lounge area- it was perfect. The view from our balcony overlooked the lake with stunning views of the mountains and frequent visits from the local wildlife, the whole atmosphere was so relaxing. To make this experience event more amazing were the staff. They were all so attentive and available at all hours to assist with our needs. Extremely polite and excellent customer service. Every time we left our cabin we returned to a freshly made bed and replenished amenities, we were thoroughly spoilt. And the food was of a very high calibre of Sri Lankan cusinie and international delights- everything was so delicious! One night we arranged to have dinner served on our decking, it was so romantic with lanterns adding to the atmosphere. Sam our waiter was fabulous and catered to all our requests. The lodge also offered a variety of activities such as tours to yala national park, bird watching and local fishing. I would highly recommend the bird watching cycle tour around the lake with Vibushaha was a wonderful experience with beautiful sights of the local wildlife, our guide had superior knowledge and I felt like I learnt something!  One of my favourite experiences was the boat tour of the lake and fishing. I was unsure at first but after catching my first fish followed by 5 more I was loving it! The chef event cooked up some of the catch for us to eat. Overall a wonderful time was had.  Throughout our stay everyone was so welcoming and nice. One of the owners Bhathiya was on site for our duration and he went out of his way to speak with all the guests, giving back story on the lodges origins and how they locally source eco materials to make such a idyllic retreat. I cannot recommend it highly enough and most definitely will come back again.
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Response from DulaniGuruge, Owner at Flameback Eco Lodge
Responded Jan 15, 2019
Dear Daniel Alexander Greetings from Flameback Eco Lodge, Sri Lanka! It's always a pleasure to read in-depth reviews such as yours that you have taken your time write. We are delighted that you had a wonderful stay with us and thank you for appreciating the property, location and activities. Our team does always strive to ensure that our guests get a personlized attention and service during their stay and glad that you enjoyed the private candle-lit dinner arranged for you in your lodge. Our ranger, Vibushana does ensure that our valued guests have the maximum exposure to wildlife, locality and surrounding areas in terms of the safaris and activities we conduct and glad you enjoyed your village cycle tour and fishing experience. Happy that you met Bhathyia during your stay and as owners, it's always a great feeling to interact with our guests during our visits to the hotel to get your valued feedback and also to share the story and experience behind this amazing property and it's experiences which we have worked tirelessly to create! We look forward to welcoming you to Flameback in the event you visit Sri Lanka again! Warm Regards
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We absolutely loved our stay at the Flamebeck! There was a perfect balance of safari feel with luxury accommodation. The tent was beautiful, bed comfortable and the grounds included plenty of hammocks and a cooling pool, all lakeside. The food and staff were lovely as well. We stayed here for 2 nights and used it as a base for our full day safari at Yala - would definitely recommend!
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Outstanding This is a long review, but stick with me.... If you are planning on traveling to Sri Lanka, this hotel is not to be missed. I cannot recommend it highly enough. (It’s well worth the 5 hour drive from the airport!). We have just finished 6 nights at Flameback Eco Lodge and it was the most fantastic place we’ve ever stayed. The location and layout of this hotel is absolutely beautiful. 6 large tents and an extra large honeymoon tent (with private plunge pool), all facing the lake. The tents are close to each other, yet still very private. A gorgeous restaurant on the second story, with stunning views, beautifully appointed with tables, beanbags, couches and beautifully lit up at night. The pool is quite large for such a small hotel and is a welcome relief from the daily heat. The tents are 5 star glamping at its finest. They are spacious, with the most comfortable king bed I’ve ever slept in, a small writing desk, shower (with amazing water pressure) and toilet. They are impeccably clean and are serviced twice a day. The food was outstanding, with a diverse range of dishes on offer, including both local and western. The servings are extremely generous, with most meals offering way more than we could eat. Even though the hotel is small, there are so many activities on offer. We did the cooking class by the lake, with one of the wonderful chefs. This was fantastic and great opportunity to get your hands dirty. We also visited a local family who warmly invited us into their home and cooked us the most fantastic Sri Lankan breakfast. We also got to try our hand at milking a Buffalo and making fresh curd, which was such a great experience. If you are planning on visiting any of the wildlife parks, book directly though the hotel. It might be a little more expensive than others on offer, but you will not be disappointed. The drivers and ranger will go above and beyond to get you the best photographs and their knowledge of the animals and the area is wonderful. One of the highlights of this hotel is the diverse range of wildlife on the hotel grounds. You can see the family of cheeky monkeys, the local water Buffalo and more amazing birds than you can count, all from the comfort of your private deck. And lastly, but not least, the amazing staff. What can I say... They are what make the hotel such a special place. From the chefs, to the wonderful restaurant staff who tended to our every need, to the maintenance staff who keep the place impeccable, to the resident manager who is the most wonderful, softly spoken man and to the hotel ranger and bad ass wildlife photographer Kalana, we cannot thank them all enough. They made our stay so incredible and we cannot wait to come back some day!
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We had premium quality hospitality experience in Yala at the two days stay of our tour at the Flamback eco lodge in Yala . Atmosphere is really brilliant romantic and unique. It is really ideal place for newly married honeymoon couples. They provide very authentic service to us. Boat ride was the wonderful experience I had there. Their foods are wow superb and brilliant. They are absolutely wow wow and wow. If you plan your trip to Yala do not forget to book your accommodation in flameback eco lodge and having very authentic experience to your life which keep very memorable experience in your mind forever.
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PRICE RANGE
$273 - $369 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceWeerawila
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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