We have just come back from 2 weeks in Hikkaduwa. As per usual I read the comments placed by other users before we booked. Some of them are good and well balanced some are from people who booked Sri Lanka expecting San Trope.
Ignore these and travel with an open mind and a few expectations and you will find a absolute gem.
The hotel is clean. The rooms are serviced very well every two days and the staff are fantastic. Please don't forget to tip. This hotel is on the beach. I don't mean across the road from the beach or the beach is at the bottom of the garden, I mean ON the beach. The location is 5*.
The hotel owner Kumara and his team are great and very helpful. We met other guests from Australia who have been staying with Kumara for the past 30 years. You don't get a reputation like that without doing something right.
The food was great. The breakfast was simple with fruit and eggs every way. I didn't mind that we had the same every day but there is plenty of cafes and restaurants within strolling distance.
The restaurant food at the hotel was excellent. There is a menu that is good and tries to cater for the westerner but if you ask the chef, he will knock you up some fantastic local curry dishes. The fish and seafood is fresh and delicious.
The season in Sri Lanka is relatively short so the hotels and traders only have a small window of opportunity to win your tourist dollars. Consequently sometimes you do pay more than you think is reasonable but if you haggle a little with a smile you can get a bargain and the traders make a living. Everyone's happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our newly built Hotel "Royal Beach" is situated at the famous Hikkaduwa Beach, where we, Kumara and family, were running our "Royal Beach Restaurant" since 1979 to gain our rich experience in the hospitality trade. It is in the best "happening" area with all facilities for water sports, shopping, and many more activities. We, together with our trained staff, will make your holidays a success. ... more less
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