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Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
“Paradise”
Reviewed March 4, 2011

Where shall i start with this lovely hotel, we stayed for 2 weeks, and would of loved to of stayed for longer! Hikkaduwa was very quiet when arrived due to the season just starting, but there was still lots to do! We booked for 4 nights at Drifters because we wanted to have a look around to see other hotels, and lets just say Driters is the best by far, Its a family runned hotel, Laith and his family are lovely they made our stay that much more better! The rooms were basic but very clean and quiet just what we wanted. Drifters has a restaurant facing the sea which is beautiful and the food is amazing we were there most nights.. ok we were there all the time,.. haha you must try the vegetable noodles and a chicken roti.. yummy!!
If you are going to Hikkaduwa i would definatly stay at Difters, we cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sylt, Germany
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Reviewed March 4, 2011

Hello Lalith, I wanted to thank the Drifter's team.
To all travelers, I can recommend Drifter's all.
It began with a welcome cocktail and there were four very relaxing weeks.
The room service was very clean, trustworthy and always friendly.
In the evening, always was a night watchman who has the whole night taking care of the plant.
He even locked up my surfboards .....
There was one evening a very nice fire show.
The next evening there was a sensational fish barbecue.
Shared it is very clean and friendly in Hikkaduwa, I'm looking forward to the next stay in the Drifter's
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Hallo Lalith,ich wollte mich beim Drifter's Team bedanken.
An alle Reisende,ich kann das Drifter's jedem empfehlen.
Es fing mit einem Begrüssungscoktail an und es waren vier sehr erholsame Wochen.
Der Zimmerservice war sehr sauber,vertrauensvoll und immer freundlich.
Am Abend kam immer ein Nachtwächter der sich die ganze nacht um die Anlage gekümmert hat.
Er hat sogar meine Surfbretter weggeschlossen.....
Es gab an einem Abend eine sehr schöne Feuershow.
Am nächsten Abend gab es ein sensationeles Fisch Barbecue.
Algemein ist es sehr sauber und freundlich in Hikkaduwa, ich freu mich schon auf den nächsten aufenhalt im Drifter's

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

We stayed at Drifters 10 days, 4 adults from Denmark. The rooms are different some is bigger than others, they are cleaned every day .The restaurent offer seafood and other menues, always very fresh and delicius to a good price. The family who own the place, are very friendly and serviceminded. The beach is nice, long and not crowded. There is lokal life, with small fishingsboats fishing from the beach. We was very happy to stay at Drifters hotel and want to come back., Winnie Morten, Sysser, Christian

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

First of all, this hotel has a beautiful beach by the ocean. It has clean rooms and nice food/service. We enjoyed every moment.

And special thanks to manager of the hotel Lalith Priyankara and driver/tour guide Udaya. They are very friendly. It was our first time in Sri Lanka and we needed some advises about where to go, what to do. They were very helpful and made our holiday perfect. .

Highly recommended if you are going to southwest Sri Lanka. ;)

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Dubai
2 reviews
Reviewed February 21, 2011

We have spent many holidays in Sri Lanka and can honestly say that Lalith and his family at Drifters are a cut above the rest. The addition of his pool is great for the kids too. We will definately return soon.

Scott and Kym

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 18, 2011

We stayed at Drifters for 7 nights. We had a great time - the rooms are very nice and clean. Lalith, his wife and staff always have smiles on their faces and are happy to help. The location on Hikkaduwa beach front is great and if the waves are rough you can always use the swimming pool. The restaurant also does great food; my personal favourite was grilled king prawns, chips and salad followed by banana fritters – the best on the beach. We also went on a tour arranged through the drifters (at a very good price) where we visited the elephant orphanage and Kandy. We were taken excellent care of; the driver, Chamika, was the best! The hotel that Lalith organised for us in Kandy (Kandy view hotel) had brilliant views over the city and was a lovely place. Overall, we had a great time, were made to feel welcome and always looked after. I would highly recommend both drifters hotel and tours.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kuala lumpur
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

I stayed with a buddy of mine for 4 days in February and we had a good time. The Drifters was basic ,but clean, and the owner, Lalith, clearly takes pride in his establishment. The restaurant is right on the beach and the views are fantastic. All of the staff were friendly and helpful and the place just had a really comfortable vibe. For a low-key beach holiday it is highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant
Address: 602 Galle Road | Narigama, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drifters is a medium-sized, owner-operated hotel in the heart of the best beach and surfing spot in Hikkaduwa. Drifters offers comfortable, clean rooms built around a garden and swimming pool, with a restaurant opening onto the beach. Service is Drifters' mantra and owner Lalith is always on hand to give personal attention to all guests. ... more   less 
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