We travelled 3 weeks through Sri Lanka as a family. We stayed 2 nights at Weligama and looked for the best hotel in internet. We choose the Bay Resort.
The hotel is relatively new and the quality of the bungalows is great. We booked 2 bungalows, each for 250$/night. The rooms and bathrooms are big, and everything was perfect. The only problem is the price. When we compare with prices of the Cinamond in Colombo, we get much less quality for 30% more price. If we compare with the hotel Safary at Tessa, we get a bit less or same quality for 130% more price.
The setting along the beach is great. The sea in Weligama is good for surfing, with nice regular waves and not dangerous. Weligama itself is nothing special, as a village. The main road runs with all the trafic just behind the hotels, but there is enough distance to the bungalows so that you do not hear the trafic. But it is not practical to walk around, as the trafic makes any walk pretty dangerous.... I could not imagine walking with small childs along the road...
Also what we did not like at this hotel is:
a) the restaurant: Food is not tasty with poor service. Actually when we looked at the poor self serving menu and waited for too long to get drinks, and after I looked in the kitchen and have seen the mess (dirty plates piled up on the ground in many places, dirty..) we just walked out and went with a tuk-tuk to a nearby restaurant 1 km away along the road (was cheap and good, with an open kitchen, but do not remember the name). Also the breakfast was nothing special. Also what is annoying is that the terrace of the restaurant is on one side beautiful, with nice view on the sea, but it is too small, and far from enough tables for all guests...also it is the same restaurant during the day for people on the beach or swimming pool, so the wooden chairs and tables are all "greecy" from hundreds of sun creams....a "turn off" if you come in evening well dressed and want to eat ...
The service was poor, just because it was understaffed...
b) When we were on the beach, we got beaten by sun-flies, we took refuge at pool...but they were also there...and had to go back to terrace of bungalow for reading without getting "eaten up". Sun-flies bites are in my view 3x worse than moskitos...there were some in Bentota too, but a lot in Weligama.
We would not go to this hotel again, mainly due to restaurant and if they can not kill the sun-flies, would not stop at all in Weligama, unless just to surf and get away after taking a few pictures..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Weligama Bay Resort is 4**** property with 24 rooms and suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Weligama Bay Hotel Weligama