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“This is paradise !” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ganesh Garden Beach Cabanas

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Ganesh Garden Beach Cabanas
frankfurt
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3 reviews
“This is paradise !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We nearly stayed one week in ganesh garden and it was beautiful. When you want calm down, it is perfect. The beach is nice, the restaurant ist good. It take a little time to get your meal, but we are on holiday. The cabanas is build out of nature thinks, the beds are comftable.
The people in ganesh garden were very friendly. My wife was ill in these days and the ganesh people bring us to pharmacy an bring the foot in our cabanas. Thank you for that.

The cabanas cost now 40, 50 and 60 US Dollar. The prices for die meals are normal standard for Sri Lanka, the drinking is all little bit more than in mirissa or unawatuna.

We were also here on new years day and I am wondering about the two last comments ("Horrible"). At every night was totally quiet in ganesh garden. At december, 31th it was a great new years day party. About 300 people made a big party at the beach and in at the restaurant of ganesh garden. And at 3.30 a.m. it was quiet, not at 5.30 a.m. And there was no loud music. But for all the people it was no problem, because it was new years day !!! Everybody had a nice party, O.K., except of two people.

We come here, because a friend of mine in Frankfurt, Germany, recommend ganesh garden.
And it is the same paradise, they told us.

schelli from frankfurt

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

This has been by far the worst place I have ever stayed in, coming into the site the gardens and beach are lovely and the niceness ends there. We stayed on New years eve night, little did we know that this guest house also serves as a nightclub on the 31st of December, we almost got beaten up for asking to turn down the music at 5:30 am, What a horrible way to begin our new year !

The hut itself was very dirty, with little light coming in and the staff never come in to clean it. As for the restaurant, well you better order your breakfast and lunch together as your lunch could very well take 2-3 hours to be served to you and this is with no one else there so i am not quite sure what they were busy with.

Save yourself the time , trouble and money and go next door!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rana Y
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bethanne95
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights leading up to New Year's Eve during a 2 week tour of Sri Lanka, and I'm sorry to say that we received the worst customer service here that I've encountered almost anywhere (and we travel extensively and worked in customer service for 15+ years). It was very obvious that the management cares only about earning money, and not about providing good customer service.

We were supposed to stay 3 nights, but it ended up being 2. When we checked in, the manager said something to the effect of "You are so lucky you got this room at the price you did ($45) because I could sell it now for much more." We laughed, and said yes, we booked early and were happy about the price. Fast forward to our 3rd day, which was New Year's Eve. The manager approached us at breakfast and said that he thought we wouldn't be very happy staying there that night because there was going to be a very loud party with a DJ going until 6am the next morning, and our room was basically right next to the restaurant where the music would be. I found this unfortunate, because they should have told us this when we made the reservation, and I obviously would have chosen to stay elsewhere. We're in our mid-thirties, and enjoy a good time as much as anyone, but we were focused on relaxing during this trip and didn't love the idea of a DJ outside our room until sunrise.

So the manager tried to convince us to move to a separate cabana at another soon-to-be-built hotel down the road, that was in the middle of a construction zone with trash everywhere. Not okay. This is when is also became very apparent that they wanted us out of our room so they could rebook it at a much higher price and try to sell more tickets to their NYE party (we were opting not to by the tickets). The manager even said, "You need to let us know if you're checking out so we can rebook your room." Also not okay. So, we proceeded to spend half of our last day in Tangalle looking for a new room so we could sleep that night, which we eventually found (the wonderful little Eagles Nest Cabanas). As we were packing up, the owner had the nerve to approach us and say "You need to hurry up, I'm losing money." I couldn't believe he would be so rude, but he was. The whole situation was handled very, very poorly and believe me, I'm about the most patient and forgiving person there is.

A few other notes: when we checked in, the toilet seat was broken and just resting on the toilet, and fell off every time you tried to use it. We reported this twice and they never fixed it during our visit. And, as others have mentioned, the food here is not good and overpriced. We asked for a little more sauce for our watery plate of pasta and were told no, that's not available. My husband asked for cheese in his omelet, and was told that's not part of the set breakfast menu, he'd have to order everything a la carte and at a much higher price if he wanted cheese. Again, just an example of the poor customer service here.

It saddens me to write this since we were really looking forward to our stay here and writing bad reviews is not my thing -- it's my first :( -- but I wanted to report what happened to us and how were were treated by Ganesh Gardens management so others can make informed decisions.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

I can't agree more with the person above.

We planned to stay only a couple of days and end up staying a week. Ganesh Garden is found a km or so north of the fishing village on the beach. It's distant location is perfect with not a soul around, we were often the only people on the beach. ideal for relaxing. Close to Tangalla. Nice cabanas, great restaurant - abundant fresh fish and seafood. Friendly helpful and attentive staff to help make your holiday a memorable experience

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

The Ganesh Garden guest house is one of the most relaxing guest houses I've seen in Sri Lanka. Living in one of ~15 cabins located in a semi-circle directly at the beach the, protected by huge palms, hammocks and decks chairs directly at the water front - a location I was only used to from day dreams.
The stuff was very friendly and helpful when we arrived but afterwards we had to wait and beg for everything. Ordering a drink - if you've luck a waiter is available and checks every half hour whether somebody wants to order something. If you've questions the answer was usually to ask again tomorrow (e.g. for payment). I guess we did not behave 'cool' enough for this site.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ortwin K
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

If you visit Sri Lanka, this is a must. You can see it is well reviewed already and they earn it. The beach cabanas are absolutely perfect. Comfortable beds, hammocks, free wifi and stunning coastal views. We spent our entire holiday lounging in hammocks sipping fresh juices under the palm trees. We felt like we were in a movie. It is that good.

There are othere restaurants and cabana places on the beach but we ate exclusively at the ganesh restaurant. All the juice is local and squeezed right when you order it, all the fish is caught locally and basically goes from the sea to your plate, and the snacks available are delicious. Their restaurant is very cheap and serves food that is as good as anything you can find in a fancy restaurant.

We could have spent our entire holiday here. I can't say enough good things about this place. And if you have any questions or needs, the staff will do anything they can to please. They are wonderful.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms here. All are right on the beach, but the wooden cabanas are the most popular...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

we run a five star trip adviser rated guest house in england so we know how hard you have to work to obtain a high rating. Ganesh Garden is worth five stars, the quality of the service is exellent, no pressure to eat or drink, but there on hand when required, exellent well cooked fresh fish delivered from a very clean kitchen. the beach is swept every day. the bedding changed twice a week and when you leave the matress is removed from the room cleaned and aired. All of the staff were outstanding and made us feel welcome, this may make people yawn, but it is this quality service that results in the reviews they receive.
the beach is a dream, golden sand backed by palm trees, blue sea with crashing surf a hammock
with a good book and a cold beer, what more could you ask for

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mikkky
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Property: Ganesh Garden Beach Cabanas
Address: Madilla Beach, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tangalle
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Ranked #7 of 118 Specialty Lodging in Tangalle
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Number of rooms: 15
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