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“A hidden gem with amazing gluten-free options!”

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Kalla Bongo Lake Resort
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
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“A hidden gem with amazing gluten-free options!”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

By the time we arrived at Kalla Bongo Lake Resort we were tired and close to getting frustrated at the Sri Lankas for building their main roads through the villages. Entering the door to Kalla Bongo we relaxed at once: beautiful buidlings nestled around the pool area overlooking a lake. It was the peace and quiet we had looked for! The lounge/dining area is also overlooking the lake and absolutely peaceful. We wanted to only stay two nights and ended up staying five until it was time to get back home and we only left Kalla Bongo for a brief trip to Hikkaduwa.

The rooms are kept in a simple, white decor. The bathrooms are basic but clean and functional.

When I mentioned my Coeliac disease to the owner the chef prepared delicious meals for me everyday: chickpea battered shrimps, house-made rice bread (milling the rice himself!), Sri Lankan breakfast options with lentils/chickpeas and coconut, self-made fries (the chef didn't trust the store-bought ones to be glutenfree). I quite frankly was a little bit anxious at the beginning as I could only communicate with the chef through the owner (who speaks perfect English) but I never had the smallest "coeliac-issue"!

We can highly recommend Kalla Bongo Beach Resort and if we ever go back to Sri Lanka, we would visit again for sure!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed couple of hours at this hotel .The surrounding is absolutely stunning. One part of this hotel is open to a lake, it has a small swimming pool too, we really enjoyed our short stay at this hotel ,We got a lagoon room for a very good deal , In fact most of the hotels in this area are bit over priced, we found Kalla Bongo was very affordable , i really appreciate their service for the that price,But If you are looking for a 1st class hotel this might not be your first choice.anywy It is worth your time and money. Room was clean and quite comfortable .It was very pleasing to see flowers on our bed and in the washroom .
I would like to thank hotel stall and especially Malvin , He is a very supportive and friendly guy.We are looking forward to stay a full day at Kalla Bongo next time.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Western Norway, Norway
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We were a little anxious about spending 6 nights in one place - with 2 small and very active children it could have been a disaster. But we need not have worried. Kalla Bongo was perfect in almost every way, from the warm welcome on arrival, until the final sad farewell.

The resort is about 2.5 hrs from Colombo airport on the new express highway. Hikkaduwa is a busy little town on the coast, but the real attraction of the Kalla Bongo resort is that it is a 5-10 minute tuktuk ride (about 250LKR each way) out of town and away from the bustle. Once inside the gates, the calm aura of the resort and its lakeside setting just soothe away any stress.

Breakfasts were delicious, and although the evening menu wasn't extensive there was plenty of variety for the duration of our stay; the quality of the food was excellent.

The staff were discrete but friendly and helpful, rooms were kept pristine each day, and the grounds are beautifully maintained. It was perhaps the "little touches" that made our stay special - things like producing little pink & blue plates and cups for our children, and dashing to our room with umbrellas when it rained. We were very well looked after!

There was plenty for our children (age 6 & 3) to see and do, from the nightly flypast of giant fruit bats, to searching for frogs and huge monitor lizzards, and chasing squirrels & fireflies. The resort's 3 dogs are friendly and offer good entertainment(!), and of course there is always the pool and canoeing on the lake.

Melvin very kindly arranged outings for us (exploring Hikkaduwa's sights by tuktuk one day, and taking a 'road trip' to Matara to take in temple elephants, the stilt fishermen, and Galle Fort another day), as well as arranging our transfers to and from Negombo.

What more can I say, except many thanks to Melvin and his team, for a wonderfully relaxing family holiday.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Feels right at home. Value for money, there is no phone, tv, but who needs that when you are at Kallabongo! Time to unwind! We swam, we canoe, we fished and request the chef to cook what we caught. The host takes great care of us and make us feel welcome. No complaints from it. It is worth your time and money.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

This place is super calm, and really very beautiful.

crisp, cool furnishing, decent pool - terrific views, friendly staff. The owners have clearly put their heart into it. Also very fairly priced. To commend the hotel, they arranged transport back to the airport and clearly didn't take a cut (or if they did it was a small one). Wonderful food - Sri Lankan curry was among the best we had.

it's also bursting with wild life - we saw lizards digging a hole, monkeys, an enormous monitor lizard waddling down the road, enormous bats.... lots of fun for our two small children.

Sri Lanka is too much of an amazing place to stay in one hotel for your whole trip, and I reckon 2 nights would be about right for here. But it's well worth a stay.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Run by a friendly Dutch couple, Kallabongo is a quiet place but very conveniently situated from Hikkaduwa beach. We were in the pool facing rooms. The rooms are very clean and tastefully furnished though with an extra bed as we had requested it can become a bit tight. There are chairs right outside the rooms with views of the pool and the lake. Dinner was tasty but the service was a tad slow, however breakfast was fine. It is a nice quiet place to unwind for couples and we would definitely come here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights. Once you walk through the gate you are in a lovely reception with music and fab pieces of furniture and an amazing Buddah (I want one of those).

The rooms are very nice - bathroom basic but clean and nothing more required.

Staff amazing, really nice and management very nice (Dutch-owned).

The views are beautiful over the lake and you will see the odd monitor lizard swim across. We were disappointed as we thought it was a crocodile ;)

The food is really good. Dining and seating areas tastefully furnished.

Lovely swimming pool too. If you get bored easily this is not the place for you. That said, you can get a tuk tuk and you're in the heart of Hikkaduwa in under 10 minutes which is busy.

Enjoy!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kalla Bongo Lake Resort
Address: 22/8 K, Field View | Baddegama Road, Nalagasdeniya, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Hikkaduwa
#3 Family Hotel in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kalla Bongo Lake Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kalla Bongo Lake Resort has 15 rooms: 10 pool rooms, adjacent to the pool with a fresh appearance and 5 lagoon rooms, adjacent to the lagoon with a classic interior and bath tub.Other hotel facilities are lobby, à la carte restaurant, bar, swimming pool, canoes, games for children.The magnificent view over the lagoon, the utmost calm, peaceful and natural environment give the hotel a unique character and allow the guests to recover from their busy life.Good quality is a key element for the hotel and cleanliness, freshness, familiar and personal service are the defining themes.The hotel is located at Hikkaduwa Ganga, a large lagoon which is connected to the sea. The location is about 2,5 kilometres from the centre of Hikkaduwa, only 10 minutes by car or three-wheeler. ... more   less 
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