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Diyamba Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 32 Kalpitiya B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

We had a family holiday at Diyamba 2 weeks ago,we booked the whole resort,total of 28.The kids had an blast!"the best holiday they have ever had".The staff was excellent. The accommodation was comfortable and clean. Food is value for money. We booked 3 boats for dolphin watching and snorkeling,we saw a thousands of Dolphins doing their little stunts,It was amazing.We are planning another trip Diyamba before the season end.our holiday was absolutely fantastic.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Nadeekha
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diyamba, Owner at Diyamba Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2014

Thanks Nadeeka,

Great to hear you and your family members had such a great time. Tell your friends about us. Hope to see all of you again very soon.

Regards
Diyamba Team

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We had a family holiday at DIYAMBA recently. We occupied the whole resort. The kids had an absolute blast! (ranging from 15yrs- 9 months) The staff maintain a very warm and friendly atmosphere. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and clean. Food is value for money. The kids had a ball with their trip dolphin watching and snorkeling. They saw a countless number of Dolphins doing their little stunts and entertaining them. They were delighted!
Diyamba, to me, is the ideal example of Sri Lankan Hospitality we were used to in the past. Simple and absolutely relaxing for both young and old!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Thank KSHANIKA
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diyamba, Owner at Diyamba Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Thanks Kshanika, Glad you guys had a great time. Tell your friends about us and hope to see you back shortly.

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

My wife, two children, and I were blown away by the level of service we received from the family friendly staff at Diyamba. We were treated like kings and queens. The staff loved my children very well and paid very close attention to my 1 year old's egg allergy. The food is amazing ... generous portions and a great selection. The rooms are very clean and comfortable ... even with two children under age 3!

Room Tip: Treat yourself to the chalet. They're beautiful.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Cassidy F
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diyamba, Owner at Diyamba Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Thanks Cassidy. Great to hear you had a good time. Tell your friends about us and maybe someday you will visit again ;)

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

I have been to Diyamba twice in the last couple of years and I've had an amazing time. It's an ideal place to enjoy what kalpitiya has to offer . Great beach, Dolphin watching, Snorkeling and amazing food specially the sea food !!

Diyamba is you basic facilities but the rooms, toilets and linen are very clean and comfortable it's a great value for the price you pay.

The service is fantastic you can get pretty much anything you want made by the kitchen staff.

I loved the sea food we had for lunch and dinner specially the lagoon crab.

The property has their own boat service that will take you dolphin watching and snorkeling at the bar reef. This is an experience not to be missed!!

I highly recommend Diyamba as great place to enjoy what Kalpitiya has to offer. It is definitely value for money. I will most certainly be going there again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank RomeshS
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diyamba, Owner at Diyamba Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Thanks Romesh and we hope to see you here again soon.

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

We stayed few days at this resort which faces a really marvellous white sand beach surrounded by beautiful coconut trees.They offer 3 different room types,we had a standard one which was quite comfortable but I found very basic the economy one where we had to move the last day as no bathroom and bed was just a mattress on the floor, we had to shower outside and the shower room was quite poor with some frogs around in the evening. Both rooms have glass and dry leaves walls so you dont have absolutely any privacy as they see everything from outside.
The room was cleaned once in 3 days.
Breakfast was nice although omelettes were cooked in advance and often arrived quite cool,the other meals were rather disappointing,the choise was poor. As far as fish I had three times exactly the same sort of grilled fish- sometimes fresh sometimes less fresh- vegetables were always the same, the soup offered at dinner time was from a packet so the colour changed but the taste remained the same. Dessert was an optional,offered only sometime
There was no price list,we asked for white wine and wanted to know the price but the waiter replyed that he didnt know it, we discovered the cost of drinks only when we payed the bill.The cost of lunch was expensive
When we booked the room last October we had to send the full amount of half board accomodation and I found that very unusual, never happened anywhere else in Sri Lanka where I have been at least a dozen of times.
Pity as the location is lovely and the beach really wonderful

Room Tip: Better to book the luxury room at least you enjoy some privacy
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank ennio36
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diyamba, Owner at Diyamba Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

We were surprised and somewhat disappointed to see this review as we asked the client’s boyfriend at the time of check out and paying the bill if everything was good and he said “everything was great.” However we would like to clarify a few inaccurate statements the client has made.

The client’s boyfriend booked 3 nights and after the 3rd night informed us that he had made a mistake and they needed a room til 10pm. As we were fully booked for the type of room that the client had, we made a concession and offered the boyfriend a couple different options at extremely reduced rates and after seeing both options he chose the Economy Rooms which are camping style accommodations. Additionally, we clean the rooms as often as the client requests or every 3 days as most of our clients tend to be long stay residents and we are an eco-friendly resort.

In response to the meals, the guests were there for 8 meals other than breakfast and serving fish 3 times is the norm unless the client requests otherwise. The clients were served Kingfish, Mullet and Trivally on the 3 different occasions. The fish are bought fresh daily and right off the fishermen’s boat in front of Diyamba. Soup is made from scratch and our open style kitchen allows anyone to observe the happenings inside. We encourage our guests to take a look when they come

We encourage any traveller to look at our website and pictures prior to booking the type of room and it is common practice on all hotel booking sites to take payment at time of booking.

Regardless, Tony and Rafi, thanks for visiting Diyamba we will make note of your comments and use it to improve in areas that are possible to better serve our future clients.

Diyamba Team

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

I visited Diyamba with some family and friends in January and I can truly say that it was a fantastic experience. The location is phenomenal and the atmosphere created by ownership is relaxing and refreshing and I wish we were able to stay there longer. The food was great and is great value for money. The service is personalized and non-intrusive. I have traveled and stayed at a lot of nature/eco type places and this was one of the best experiences I have had.

We will definitely be coming back because there is a lot more we want to do there including snorkeling at the reef, although just going to Diyamba to relax on vacation is not a bad option at all... Highly Recommended. AAA+++

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank Milanka I
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diyamba, Owner at Diyamba Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

Thanks Milanka. Glad to have you there, hope next time you will stay longer and get to explore the reef that is a snorkeler’s paradise. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about us so that they can come and see all that Kalpitiya has to offer.

Hope to see you soon. Cheers
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We had a 2 night stay here in one of the beach chalets which was comfortable and quite attractive with 4 big windows at the front facing the beach with nice matchstick blinds. This is a very small resort with a number of different room types to suit most budgets. The patio area at the front of our chalet was well furnished with lots of chill out comfy furniture - sofa, beach lounge, swing seat, timber seats. Very nice spot to read a book. The dining/lounge area was also an appealing place to relax and dine in. The service here was friendly and attentive although not particularly speedy but the owners explained that they like to employ locals rather than get trained and experienced hospitality staff in from elsewhere. The Kalypitiya peninsula is quite undeveloped and feels quite isolated but we enjoyed our walks along the beach lined with hundreds of palm trees, populated by donkeys and fishermen. It was quite windy while we were there which I kind of liked at night hearing the palm fronds rustling in the breeze.

Surprisingly dinners here were quite western in style with chicken, vegetables and coleslaw the first night and delicious prawns and the same veggies the next night. Soup was also served as entree and desert was included for the $10 US per meal. Our daughter's meal was half that. Massive Sri Lankan breakfasts of curry, rice, sambol, fruit and lovely fresh bread and jam compensated for the slightly expensive evening meals (compared to meals we had elsewhere in Sri Lanka). Personally, I would have loved the Sri Lankan curries as the evening meal and a more western style of breakfast. Overall though, we found our stay here relaxing and pleasant and the owners have done well to create such a nice little oasis. Thank you.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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diyamba, Owner at Diyamba Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2014

Thanks Tania - hope the rest of your stay in Sri Lanka was great. Tell your friends about us! Diyamba

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Address: Kanthankkuliya Beach Road | Kalpitiya-Puttalam, Kalpitiya 0007, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Western Province > Kalpitiya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kalpitiya
Price Range: $31 - $40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a cove on the sands of the west coast of Sri Lanka is a beach resort called Diyamba ("the deep blue"). Diyamba is the ONLY resort located on the Kanthakkuliya Beach in Kalpitiya, on the north-west arm that branches off the island. Enjoy the private and secluded experience that will bring total comfort and relaxation to your world. At Diyamba there is no offseason. Depending on the time of year a bevy of experiences awaits you. Kitesurfing, Dolphin and Whale watching, Snorkeling at the Bar Reef or a picturesque ride through the mangroves on the lagoon side of Wilpattue National Park are among the many activities available to you. Off the shores of Diyamba is where a killer whale (Orca), was spotted, the first documented sighting in almost 100 years. The colorful marine life and majestic sunsets are guaranteed to leave you refreshed and relaxed on your next vacation. ... more   less 
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