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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kalla Bongo Lake Hotel Hikkaduwa