The name, Tangerine Beach Hotel, tells you what this hotel offers: it’s a tourist hotel and we’ve marked it accordingly.
It is well managed, has friendly and actively helpful staff and deals with a large throughput of guests. We travelled with Mercury Direct and our deluxe room was a good size, immaculately kept by the room boys, with a balcony overlooking the pool. We were offered an upgrade on arrival but declined the offer.
Food. The buffet-style restaurant offers a reasonable choice of Sri Lankan or western food at each meal. It’s not gourmet food, but its well presented and of perfectly acceptable quality.
Facilities. The facilities are good. The pool is large and the water is warm and soft. Once in, you don’t really want to get out. There’s a games room and organized sessions of mini and crazy golf each day. There’s also daily water aerobics.
Externally, the beach is not as good as at, say, Galle. The sand is gritty and the sea can be dangerous – there’s an undertow, apparently, and our representative warned us there had been a couple of people drowned. There’s also a low perimeter fence that keeps hawkers out but gives you the choice of dealing with them.
Tours. We did three tours and were particularly happy with the three day Cultural Triangle tour arranged through Aitken Spence – a travel specialist associated with the Tangerine Hotel Group. It cost £270 each, slightly more expensive than a similar tour offered by a local tour operator, but used quality hotels for each of the nights away and provided a professional guide.
We used a local tour arranger for a one-day whale-watching tour to Merissa and then on to Galle (£75 per person), and for a two-day tour by train and mini-van to Ella in the hill country (£165 per person). The whale-watching is a bit hit-and-miss, we saw four whales but no dolphins or turtles – and it takes a two-hour boat trip each way to get to where the whales are. The rail trip from Colombo to Ella was a real experience (make sure you get a reserved seat in an air-conditioned carriage). The hotel at Ella was government-run and needs investment to bring it up to an acceptable standard (we stayed in the old, colonial part), but the views over the Ella Gap were outstanding.
The local tour arranger was slightly cheaper and offered tailored tours, although the difference in price was marginal over the more professionally operated, guide-accompanied Aitken Spence tour.
Summary. If you’re after luxury and gourmet food, this hotel will probably disappoint as that is not what it is set-up to deliver. If you’re looking for a relaxing poolside holiday, in a well-managed environment, it’s a good place to go.
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- Also Known As:
- Tangerine Beach Kalutara
- Hotel Tangerine Beach
- Tangerine Beach Hotel Sri Lanka/Kalutara