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“A delight!”
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Samaru Beach House
Ranked #11 of 98 Weligama B&B and Inns
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Munich, Germany
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“A delight!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

I stayed at the Samaru Beach House together with a few friends in July 2013. It was the last station of our round trip, just a few days at the beach to relax before flying home. And it was truly a nice experience to stay here. The manager of the house was most welcoming and helpful in every matter. He was extremely friendly and gave us a very good price on the rooms - without even asking for it (by the way, this place has great value for money even if you pay the regular price!). The food at Samaru was fantastic! We were all really surprised to see a small guest house like this featuring such a superb cuisine. Probably some of the best food I've ever eaten in a hotel in Sri Lanka. The sea at Weligama is quite chippy (especially in summer, should be better in winter), it's a paradise for surfers and everyone who loves jumping in the waves. And I need to mention one thing: Beware of the sand flies in that area! We were bitten by these tiny creatures while lying on the beach and two of our group had their legs sprinkled with red spots which itched and stayed for weeks. Of course, this is not the fault of the hotel and does not diminish my oppinion about it even a bit, just take care and make sure you apply some insect repellent while lying on the beach. I do not know, whether this is just a seasonal problem or restricted to that particular area. Maybe we were just unlucky.
To sum it up, we had a great time at Samaru and enjoyed every bit of our stay. Make sure you stop by here if you plan a trip to the south coast!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

If you go to Sri Lanka, don't have Westerner expectations or it is best you stay home.
Life is slow, service is poor on the island. Don't forget you are on holiday in a beautiful country. So, just chill.

The Pros: This guesthouse is ok if you travel as a group of 5/10 people and want to surf. That's it.

The Cons: Rooms are overpriced for the region. The guesthouse is definitely taking advantage of the location. For now. A 200-rooms hotel is being built a few meters away and will definitely ruin the beach.
The food and service are really bad.
Too much noise on the morning if you are staying in the room downstairs.
It is the last place you want to have diner at on the evening. There is no atmosphere. Tedious.

I suggest to stay in Merissa and visit that sport during the day. US$11 surf rental / day.
Surfing is best on the morning till 11 am and from 5pm to sunset.

If you don't surf, if you want more authenticity, Dickwella might be a better option.

Room Tip: Upstairs room are quitter. 6 & 7 get the WIFI signal from the dining area.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

This place is in a great spot and the rooms are clean. To be fair , the guy did give us a fan room downstairs for 2000 rupees which is 1500 off what we read as the normal price!
The room was nice and clean and everything worked fine, it also had an actual spring mattress which was a first for us in Sri Lanka !
The surfing "lessons" were a waste of money! They literally ha us lie down on the boards and stand up a few times, then it was off into the waves. Because there was myself and my wife, she ended up getting most of the lesson while I figured it out myself, may as well just rent a board and have a bash yourself and save some money! If you have small kids I'd say the beach here is a lot safer than Mirissa .
The food was nice although way over priced! Just down the road at Mirissa things are about 150 - 200 rupees cheaper and there is a fantastic vibe on the beach where you can get a whole grilled fish , chips and salad for 800 rupees! Here a fried rice was 500! If you're on a slight budget like we were waking into town for food is a much cheaper option!
I think the killer blow for us came when we got the bill and there was a 10% service charge over the whole bill, including the room! First time we have struck that here and a bit of a joke we think!
All in all I think staying in Mirissa and coming here to surf is a much better option, it's only 4.7 km down the road( we had bicycles) and overall a cheaper place when you have happy hour drinks at night and cheaper food!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is one of those places that you leave, not quite sure.

We stayed at this place for two weeks. Although it looked like it had great potential, that thought was quickly retracted having experienced a few question marks. We took one of the top double rooms, half board costing $66 per day. The rooms are atrocious, their moderately cleaned, the towels are in a terrible state (bring your own) and the bathroom has no working hot water. The water is weak in the shower head that has the hot water, their two separate showers, one that's normal temperature and the other that is warm/hot. There is a technique to showering in this shower but I'll save you the explanation :).

That's for the room. Now to the food/service - although the young guy runs around trying to make sure everyone gets their orders - it takes too long. The menu is bland and gets absolutely no stars in execution.

Comfort in this place is a little unexpected, as it's a small group of people, if you're not an extrovert and want to befriend everyone it may be frowned upon. So be prepared to be judged. The clientele are a little sketchy, a group came in 5 children, 3 adults, there was absolutely no supervision on the kids that were in the room next door. Bring ear plugs for sure! We asked the owner if he would have a word with the parents, as the kids were yelling, screaming, slamming doors until 2am at one point, nothing was done. It's not the owners fault, questionable parenting.

All in all, very reluctant 3 points. I would hope that Charmender (the owner), considers upping the service, menu selection, and cleanliness of the room - plus change the towel! Their apparently opening another place across the road without direct access to the beach, so do expect much of the same perhaps.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We booked the Samaru for a short break, calling the day before to ensure the booking was in place. We turned up to find that there was no room for us (we were not alone in this experience as another pair of travellers were going thought the same thing when we arrived as well). After a long journey this was the last thing we really needed!! The hotel staff were trying to fob us off with substandard accommodation across the street (they clearly were friends with the owner), and when we refused it they simply stopped helping us (despite the fact that we were later to find out that there were plenty of rooms in the guest house next door!!)

Don't trust them, if you are headed Weligama way I would suggest you don't bother with these and head straight to the property next door (Bay View) it's cheaper, more reliable and unlike Samari they haven't been spoilt with greed by being mentioned in the recent rough guides and lonely planets guides!

Room Tip: Don't bother just head next door!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Weligama was our third stop in Sri Lanka as people recommended it for surfing. We stayed 5 nights in Samaru Beach House. A guesthouse right on the beach with simple but comfortable rooms. We had breakfast on our balcony which was fantastic every morning. All the staff were friendly and helpful especially the owner Aruna who was keen to make sure that our stay was comfortable. He was genuinely helpful in helping us organise the rest of our trip. We enjoyed getting to know him, his family and beautiful wife. The location is lovely, with a great sea view. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

terribly slow service.. Seems that many of the staff just sit down doing nothing

Just getting a menu can take around 30 minutes. And that's if you tell them you want something to eat.

Better options around the area

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Samaru Beach House
Address: 544 New Bypass Road | Pelena, Weligama, Matara 81700, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara > Weligama
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Ranked #11 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Weligama
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Number of rooms: 8
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