This is a great beach location on an almost empty beach:-) After the staff gets to know you a little, they are very friendly, helpful and enjoy chatting with you. However, everything else is mediocre at best and very overpriced!!
If you paid 50 US dollars for this place, it might not be too disappointing, but between 150 and 200 (apparently more in higher season!!), it is very overpriced. Despite the advertising, this is not a "luxury" hotel, nor a "boutique" hotel. It is a simple place that is getting pretty old and just does not meet the standards one expects for this price.
The rooms are basic; furniture is old and worn; rooms are mostly clean, but not in detail...towels smell bad, sofa is stained, dead insects and dust in the corners. They have a woman sweeping leaves around the property all day, every day, but nobody sweeps the leaves, dead insects and dirt from in front of your door! Strange.
So, did not hate the place, but did not love it. The beach here is beautiful. The scene of locals pulling in their fishing nets on the beach at sunset is very picturesque. However, the hotel is simply way overpriced and poor value.
- 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