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Weligama Bay Resort
Ranked #9 of 14 Hotels in Weligama
Reviewed December 30, 2008

Stayed in bungalow. Very good rooms, clean, comfortable and well furnished. Lovely locals working there, helpful, gentle and very polite. The hotel is very close to a busy and noisy road. Bungalows are more quiet then the main building. Limited grounds. Good swimming pool. Beach is not the best or the cleanest in the area, with fishing boats pretty near. Kitchen has a lot of teething problems. Hotel was half full and it was not unusual to wait for over an hour for basic food.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2008

We just spend a ten days in Weligama Bay resort. It was few days before the official opening, so few things we not completely finished. Swimming pool for example. On the other hand, the hotel was still half empty. Privacy was a big benefit. Actually, that was it, we were looking for. So let’s review it:
The hotel premises consist of a bigger two-storied building and several bungalows in the garden, which adjoins directly to the beach of the Weligama Bay. There is also a swimming pool and a restaurant in the garden.
Transport: By air, of course, airport at Colombo. A hotel minibus is waiting here, taking the guests to the hotel. The journey takes about 4 hours (170 km, 105 miles) because the coastal road is lined with an almost continuous build-up area, which does not allow faster driving. The minibus is air conditioned, the driver points out to some interesting things you can see from the car, or he possibly even stops.
Accommodation: The hotel offers a wide spectrum of very quality rooms, from simple ones just with a shower to Royal apartments with luxury above standard equipment. We stayed in one of two Junior Suite. I wish to have apartment of this size! We had the possibility to see other rooms as well.
The style of the rooms is very austere, modern, with simple serviceable shapes, however in high quality, making use of local materials, like teak wood for example.
The apartments we stayed in had a separate bedroom, a large sitting room and a spacious bathroom, a terrace along the whole length of both rooms. The bedroom was spacious, a double bed with separate, very comfortable mattresses, bed-side lamps with dimmable light. There were enough wardrobes. The sitting room was furnished with a dining table and chairs, a coffee table with armchairs, a writing desk and a lamp. Passionate readers would just miss a comfortable armchair with a standing lamp or at least a standing lamp at the coffee table. The bathroom with a small dressing table was very spacious, with two washbasins with a mirror wall, a shower and a cast, very big bath. You can enjoy a special experience while taking a bath when you can watch even the waves of the ocean, looking straight from the bath through the glassed-in door and across the living room. You can drink cooled drinks from the milibar, or you can have anything brought by the room service.
Room Service: The staff is disposed, very fast and responsive, you do not have to repeat your request every day. The cleaning is done when the guests are not present, it is thorough, paying attention to the detail – for example flowers in a bowl with water, or a living flower on the pillow.
Baths: Part of the hotel is also the baths, an oasis of peace, pleasant scent and slow movements. I cannot but recommend an one-hour massage of the whole body. Harmony, essential oils being aplied. The masseurs are professional, smiling, if the client does not want to talk, they are silent. The offer is very wide.
Reception: There is permanent service by competent workers. The space of the reception hall is airy, furnished with taste, with possibility of sitting down.
A beautiful experience is tea at five on the hotel terrace. If you add a glass of gin, you can experience the essence of the colonial atmosphere.
Restaurant: The restaurant building with a large outside terrace is located directly on the beach, just a few steps from the ocean. Furnished with solid dark wooden furniture, the restaurant has a good-class look. The disposition of tables comes up to a restaurant of many stars, simple table utensils are elegant. The staff is well-groomed, they work flawlessly and invisibly. Nice is the appropriate waiter attending at the table. In our case, there was the same waiter for the whole stay, to whom you did not have to repeat the same thing every time. A real strawberry on the cake was already the wine pouring when the waiter was holding the bottle in the serviette in such a way that the diner could see the label for the whole time. It is necessary to add that the wines were of extraordinary quality and of an unexpectedly obliging price.
The local cuisine is based on traditional seaside foods of this area. In the offer there are fish, crabs, shrimps, lobsters, poultry meat and things like that. The portions are always served with proper rich vegetables and fruit trimming. Recommendable are for example fried prawns covered with coconut, or local very popular rice and curry. We were given a special experience by the restaurant manager, who brought two living freshly caught lobsters straight to the beach for us and offered them for dinner. They were extraordinarily tasty and very tastefully prepared.
The drink list is of quality, besides standard soft drinks, local freshly squeezed fruit juices can be recommended. Even the wine connoisseur will be surely satisfied and a beer lover will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the local Lion beer.
Beach: The part of the beach adjoining to the hotel premises is always clean and permanently maintained. The long beach of the Weligama Bay has gold sand and is lined with palm tree groves. The fine sand reaches far into the sea, sloping down into pleasantly high, but not dangerous at all, waves. This rough sea is not suitable for swimming, however; therefore the hotel provides also a swimming pool, right after the beach line, shaded with palm trees.
The beaches are not covered with beach deckchairs or sunshades; these get prepared by the hotel staff gladly on request, however. Extraordinarily romantic are the walks on the wet sand when you can find shells of unusual shapes, you can take a view of remarkable narrow fishing vessels or admire the art of surfing performed by local boys.
Service: The hotel offers a plenty of activities and trips you cannot miss. The offer is attractive and it surely contains everything to satisfy the client. Also the realization is on a high level as long as it is provided directly by the hotel, of course. If the activities are provided externally, for example boating on the river, or perhaps sailing in the bay, the client will meet with ignorance and untidiness, in a worse case even laziness of the native inhabitants. Thus the trip may then get complicated or even made impossible. However, we suppose that after the experience the hotel management has already talked to the suppliers or even exchanged them.
Facit: Everybody who wants to enjoy being spoiled agreeably in luxury and adventurous experiences in an exotic country as well should not fail to visit the hotel Weligama Bay Resort in Sri Lanka. Yes, it is not budget hotel. But the price – performance ratio is pretty beneficial. Especially if you compare with resorts of similar class nearby.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 20, 2017
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  • Stayed: February 2017, traveled as a couple
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Dinesh K, Manager at Weligama Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2017

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Reviewed July 19, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 10, 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: 254 Matara Road | Pelena, Weligama, Matara 81700, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara > Weligama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Weligama
#4 Luxury Hotel in Weligama
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Weligama
Price Range: $110 - $246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Weligama Bay Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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