I stayed at the Nilaveli beach hotel on a holiday to celebrate both my Mum's 70th birthday, and the fact that my parents had met on the Nilaveli beach some 32 years before, (at the Moonlight Beach hotel now sadly destroyed by the civil war). They loved the place so much then that they named me Nila after it, and 32 years later that stretch of beach and the Nilaveli beach hotel which serves it so beautifully is every bit as magical as I have grown up imagining it to be. As a previous reviewer has said, this hotel and it's staff and managers have been to hell and back in the last few years with the Civil war and tsunami, and their spirit and love for the place and what it represents echoes through the Nilaveli beach hotel. It is more than just a place and a means of employment. A lot more.
I have heard the hotel described as basic - perhaps in comparison to some of the monstrosities in Dubai and similar places, but if you are visiting that region that is clearly not what you are looking for, in which case I can't imagine the rooms or hotel - for any traveller being anything other than perfect. Clean, spacious, extremely comfortable, beautiful views, and cleaned both morning and evening by absolutely lovely warm staff.
The Nilaveli has the perfect mix of care and exoticism while making you feel like you are at home.
I could honestly go on for hours singing the praises of this magical place, but in a nutshell the food is fantastic, the setting is breathtaking, the rooms ideal and most of all the staff - particularly Raj and Suda who we shared a very enjoyable boat trip with - and all their colleagues, were completely delightful. Leaving felt like leaving home and old friends behind. I cannot recommend it highly enough and would urge anyone to visit - as soon as possible and again and again!
When i cant sleep at night i imagine i am lying in one of the hammocks nestled in the trees in the hotel on the edge of the beach, looking out to sea. We certainly will be going back as soon as possible, I missed the place as soon as I left.
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- Also Known As:
- Nilaveli Beach Hotel Sri Lanka/Eastern Province