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Kalla Bongo Lake Resort
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

On reachin kalla bongo seems like a lovely place very helpful and approachable staff. We were offered welcome drink which was a nice gesture while we were allowed to have a look at both rooms.. Lake view and pool view ! We chose the pool view as the pool looked tempting for a swim. The rooms have no telephones or TV in the rooms but I guess that adds to the quietness around. They do offer small boat rides for free around the lake. The hotel is 15 mins away from the beach and the road is a muddy road to the hotel but once inside, the hotel is well maintained and well kept with a special attention to cleanliness.
The pool side r the standard rooms while the ones on the lake side are deluxe. There are 5 rooms overlooking the lake.With regards to the service ! It's impeccable from the hospitality point of view ! Very very helpful staff n always willing to help and arrange things for their guests..we had a lovely time in every experience wit regds to our stay in kala bongo ! It's worth being away from d hush n rush of the beach. If u want peace, comfort and wanna relax with a beautiful peaceful lake then kala bongo is the Place to be. A big thank you to Chandana who was always ever willing to help and made us feel at home. The personalized touch to the service and kindness of all the staff has been far more than what we had expected and is one of the main reasons why we wud recommend and also visit kala bongo again in the future.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

I & my husband travelled to Kalla Bongo Lake Resort in April, 2014 for our honeymoon. After a late night flight from India, we reached the resort very early in the morning from Colombo (Taxi was arranged by the resort itself), and were pleasantly surprised to find Mr. Chandana, the manager waiting to greet us at the main gate. Now thats hospitality and it made us feel so special!! From there the stay just got better and better.............

Kalla Bongo Lake Resort has limited rooms and limited staff, thats why the relation between guest and host was so close and warm. The able staff was ever ready to cater to every small need of the guests. Kalla Bongo is the kind of resort where everyone - from the manager to the restaurant staff to the cleaners - will wish u a good day with a smile.

The rooms and bathrooms (very important for me) are very clean, extremely well maintained and frills free. The rooms are provided with a safe (very important for people travelling from abroad), tea/coffee making facilities, AC etc but no TV (Thank God for that!!!)

The best part of the resort was the location - just the right distance away from the crowded (though not overcrowded) beach area and right beside a beautiful lake. The beach is a 5 min tuk-tuk ride away and they are arranged by the resort, if requested. The balcony offers a nice cozy little sitting area & the view from the rooms are spectacular! The vast lake gives one a sense of peace & serenity....JUST Perfect for a honeymoon couple :)

The restaurant provides a wide range of Western and Sri Lankan fare. Special mention must be made of their Sri Lankan rice and curry, prawns, onion pakora and battered mushrooms!! Absolutely divine................They actually have two separate menus for lunch and dinner. The staff also makes sure you have your say and will customize the way your food is cooked.

They also arrange sightseeing trips for the guests on request and even help the guests in planning their sightseeing itinerary. They indeed went out of their way to make the stay a pleasurable one, even accompanying us to the local bank when we wanted to exchange our currency. The only thing missing was an in-house SPA.

Will definitely visit again.....Thank you all for such a wonderful stay and a wonderful Honeymoon!!!

Room Tip: We stayed at room no 14. No complains!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

I travelled to Kalla Bonga Lake Resort in April 2014 with my husband and two kids, we absolutely loved it. The small hotel is over looking the stunning lake. The rooms are spacious and clean. Food was delicious and fresh. Staff friendly. Highly recommend this place. The only complaint I do have, which didn't affect us or our stay, but how I driver was treated. In Sri Lanka, drivers are accommodated for at the hotel. In all the hotels we stayed at, our driver was looked after and fed etc, unfortunately Kalla Bonga failed to do this in the case of our driver. We didnt know this until check out when our driver collected us and told us, he had no dinner, breakfast or even a tea or water. I hope the management read this and can offer our driver an apology. Other then that, the stay was awesome.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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KallaBongoLakeResort, Eigenaar at Kalla Bongo Lake Resort, responded to this review, May 1, 2014
Dear Mrs. Nichole, thank you for your review and your remark. I am happy that you've enjoyed your stay at our hotel and I regret that there was an issue for the driver. I apologize for that. Actually, the free driver accommodation is including meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). According to the manager, your driver has had dinner on the first night. He didn't show up for breakfast and lunch. On the day of your departure, one of housekeepers has forwarded your driver to the restaurant for breakfast. Most probably the driver had misunderstood that and waited in the reception. Anyhow, as lesson learnt we will provide a notice about the free meals in the driver accommodation.
With my best regards, Melvin Janssen.
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We had a great stay at the Kalla Bongo Lake Resort in the south west of the island. It was my first stay here and in the area and though we were told it was out of season it was a very pleasant and quiet stay with great service and good staff. The hotel is off the beaten track but not a million miles away from the beach or Galle. It was lovely and I would stay there again. Nothing to complain about really as long as you are happy with not being right on the beach you are fine. There is a fantastic view to wake up to or to sit and watch whilst having a drink or taking lunch or dinner. I would recommend this resort to anyone.

Room Tip: Room 16 For A Good View Or The Rooms Lower Down Near The Lake
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

it is the perfect place to switch off. I went for wake boarding so it was a perfect location to learn and improve.

The staff are so friendly and always helpful. The room are clean and comfortable with a wonderful view.

The price is very reasonable for what you get.

Room Tip: it would have been lovely if there was a spa, even if someone could come to you. For such a relaxing...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Kalla Bongo is an amazing hotel, we had the most relaxing night stay! Compliments to the staff and in particular Manager Melvin, all were so friendly and helpful - thank you for the cocktail on arrival! We were staying in a beautiful lagoon room - amazing view!! We dined in the restaurant for breakfast, dinner and lunch - delicious food with beautiful views across the lake! The hotel is not in walking distance to Hikkaduwa, but can be easily reached by a tuk tuk ( extremely cheap) organised by the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We traveled with our 2 kids age 13 and 10. We all really enjoyed our stay at Kalla Bongo. I was hesitant about staying at the lake instead of the beach but I know we made the right decision. We had so much fun canoeing and waterskiing in the lake and hanging out in the pool. It was so nice to stay in a smaller resort where we didn't have to worry about the kids being loud and disturbing anyone. The food was excellent, the rooms were very comfortable and the staff was very friendly. We will definitely recommend the resort to friends and family visiting Sri Lanka in the future!

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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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