What a little gem this place is. Located 20km out of Trincomalee this small hotel is on the shores of the Indian Ocean without anything much around it. The hotel has been restored and added on following the Tsunami and we had the good fortune of being allocated a room on the ground floor directly facing the ocean with swaying coconut palms framing the view of Pigeon Island. The pool is very large and clean although some umbrellas for shade there would be a useful addition. The beach is fine sand and stretches into the distance without another soul in sight. It was disappointing to see all the rubbish, plastic bottles etc that were strewn along the beach - however the beach in front of the hotel was immaculate. There seems to be only one other hotel a little way down on the right. I have read other comments about this hotel which comment that most of the rooms do not face the beach and yes this is true. The 3 storey extension has 6 rooms which face the beach and all others in the 2 storey block face onto the pool or grassy courtyard in front of the open air restaurant. The food is beautifully presented and is quite varied given that the hotel is small. The meals however are a little expensive and there are no close alternatives for a more economical meal. The room is large and clean with bar fridge, cable TV and kettle. Again, no hair dryer or even an appropriate power point in the bathroom for one. Staff are obliging and service is efficient in the two dining areas. I would suggest that some cups and maybe some tea bags would be an appropriate accompaniment for the kettle. We chose not to take the boat ride to Pigeon Island. At $25 each it seemed a little expensive and unless you had reef shoes, it could prove to be a painful excursion.
I must add that there is very little to see in Trincomalee other than the Fort and Hindu temple. Absolutely do not waste your time going to the hot wells. They were disgusting, run down full of slime and locals were the only ones there using it as their bathroom. It was sad to see the ruins of houses along the waterfront and also to see the little boxes of government built Tsunami houses to rehouse those locals who once lived by the ocean. I guess it wont be too long before the developers arrive to build resorts on what was formerly their homes and livelihoods. Ah progress!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pigeon Island is located north of Trincomalee, off Nilaveli, one of the finest beaches in Sri Lanka. It offers 43 rooms (A/C), including suite rooms all of which have mini bar, internet, satellite TV facilities as further entertainment. Some of its amenities include spa and fitness center for adults, and play area for children, reading corner, and a secure outdoor playground for children. Scuba Diving ,Snorkeling,Fishing, Trolling,Whale Watching, Dolphin Watching,Catamaran Yacht for daily rent out, Romantic Dinners organized by the resort on a yacht or at the Beach (through reservations) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pigeon Island Hotel Nilaveli
- Pigeon Island Beach Resort Sri Lanka/Eastern Province