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“Marvellous” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Uga Bay
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Kalkudah
Certificate of Excellence
Tbilisi, Georgia
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1 review
“Marvellous”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

i spent a honeymoon in this hotel in july 2013 and it is absolutely fantastic. the beach is wonderful, the stuff and cuisine are even better. Never seen a service like that before, not in any European country and of course not in Turkey or Egypt. totally worth every cent payed for. rooms are very clean and very bright and if you get one with a good view of the beach every morning will be a happy one. it absolutely deserves 5 stars. if not one little problem. and it is location. the place is brilliant but you have to get there for six hours by car from the airport of Colombo, as the speed limit is about 45 kilometers per hour. however i didn't regret a second for going this far.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

Uga bay has a great ocean view with an excellent beach. Rooms are pleasant and spacious. Food is great, specially the Sri Lankan dishes are excellent (try the seafood curry!). Breakfast is fabulous - do not miss out on the avocado smoothie. Also, the lemon grass dish in the lunch menu is heavenly! Staff is extremely hospitable and professional. Overall it's an ideal getaway!

Room Tip: Room #47 has a great ocean view!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

We loved Uga Bay. We stayed 5 nights a d enjoyed every minute of it. The location is excellent- they have the best spot on the beach in Passikudah. Great rooms-very spacious, nicely designed. Lovely pool, great beach bar. The food was excellent- we had a la carte every night and enjoyed each meal. I really like how they do breakfast- a tray of fruit, yogurts and break and then a hot dish cooked to order.
The thing that made Uga Bay so special was the staff and service they gave- it was personal, they wanted to make our stay great so nothing was too much trouble- brilliant! We will definitely go back!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

We had a few days here earlier this month as part of a tour around Sri Lanka. The beach itself is OK, but much blander than anything else you will see in Sri Lanka.

Hotels are going up all round the bay. This time next year it will look like Benidorm.

If you are coming from outside Sri Lanka be warned that it takes forever to get to Passikudah from Colombo, so you will need to break your journey in a few places. Once you are at Passikudah there is absolutely nothing to do outside the resort itself which doesn't require a long trip in a minibus.

The rooms and the pool were nice, if a little on the concrete side. The food in the restaurant was average. I've had much better buffets elsewhere in Sri Lanka.

Overall, OK for a night but grossly over-priced. This is Sri Lanka, not the Bahamas.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

Stayed for 2 nights in the ocean studio.Beautiful place, Great hotel, super food ,excellent and friendly staff , ideal place for a vacation or a honeymoon.
Many activities so it's a good place to have fun even with a bunch of friends. Will surely go back!

Room Tip: Ocean studio suite - comes with a private pool
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Melissa242
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

Stayed there in an Ocean view studio in April 2014. The main highlight to me was the friendly staff, specially the front office managers Roshan and Hafi. During our stay there was a large group of French tourists, so the meals were buffet, which was little above the average, but had that been ala carte it would have been awesome. The water sports facility also a key feature, (the hotel has two kayaks and 2 Jet skis ) as the hotel provides the most attractive rates in the area. Room was nice, well upto our expectations from a luxury beach resort, and the lit lobby and the pool at night was super gorgeous, make u feel heavenly. I would rate it as one of the best hotels i've been.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

Had two nights stay occupying 3 'beach view studios' #32,34,35. Beautiful hotel, very friendly and supportive staff. Staff of all grades took time to talk to us.

Inter departmental 'Wesak Deco Competition" was a good one that brought guests and departments together. Haafi, Ravi (FOM from Kandy) were particularly friendly to check whether we were OK.

The final good bye gesture by the Lady GRE (sorry I don't know her name) to give a complementary bottle of water, to say "have a safe journey" to everybody in the Group and to wave off till the vehicle left the premises along with some of the staff around her added to the "final impression" of Uga Bay. Her gesture did not have a commercial touch but showed concern for long distance travel.

Minuses :(1) Colombo Central Reservations told me the hotel was full and pressured me to confirm the booking for 3 rooms ASAP. As a result another Group of our family booked 'Maalu Maalu'. Upon arrival I understood that Uga Bay was running at 90% - 95% occupancy those days. (2) Since Passikudah is some 300 + Km away from Colombo (+5 hours) we will think thrice before coming again despite the good property and excellent staff. Thus a review of the tariff, special discount for repeat clients above credit card offers, special discount for groups etc could come handy to the hotel. (Yes we know that the hotel has a overhead to cover too, but you can focus on volume too especially during off season)

All in all Excellent.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Uga Bay

Property: Uga Bay
Address: Coconut Board Road, Kalkudah 30410, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Kalkudah
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Kalkudah
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kalkudah
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kalkudah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Uga Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located along the beachfront and set just meters from the pristine beaches of the stunning Pasikudha Bay famous for its gentle swell across one of Sri Lanka’s shallowest beach where guests can walk waist- deep to the edge of the coral reef. Turquoise waves gently break their long stroll over coral reefs as it caress the powdery white sands warmed by the sun, sitting at the centre is Uga Bay the 46 Studios built in a cluster style brimming with vibrant energy, offering its guests a memorable ocean vacation. The accommodation at Uga Bay is unique in many ways. Located along the beachfront and set just meters from the pristine beaches of the stunning Passikudha Bay comprises of 46 spacious 500 square foot rooms, a Bay Suite and a Beach Chalet. The architecture is contemporary tropical fused with a Mediterranean theme set amidst swaying palms. Each cluster features two Beach View Studios upstairs and two Studios on ground level with direct access to the beach. All studios offer breathtaking views of the tranquil Indian Ocean. ... more   less 
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