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“Lovely beach hotel”
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Insight Resort
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Ahangama
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Lovely beach hotel”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

We were based here as part of an Exodus wildlife tour for 4 nights. It is ideally based about 20 minutes from Mirissa the base for our whale watching trips. The staff are very friendly and our room 305 was very clean and faced the ocean. We only had our evening meal at the hotel but they provided us with a packed breakfast each morning. The food is buffet style and although the choice wasn't vast there was something for everyone. It was nice to have a choice to relax around the pool or just walk onto the beach in the afternoons. We weren't hassled too much by the locals on the beach and it didn't put us off. As we had to leave the hotel at dawn for our trips it was nice to see the stilt fishermen right outside the hotel. For anyone wanting to break the journey up between Colombo and Yala national park this is an ideal hotel to stay at.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Spent two nights here on Exodus Tour. Upon arrival received a warm welcome with chilled juice (no cool towel). Hotel reception and restaurant area are open so nice breezes flow.

Received room #306, a newly refurbished room. Very modern and spacious. Nice decor and furnishings. Two chairs, desk and wardrobe (but no hangars). 2 free bottles of water daily. No TV/phone, no kettle for tea/coffee. Bathroom is nicely done, but no wash cloths or hand towels. Hair dryer available to borrow from reception.

Lovely beach in front of hotel. A woman wearing an Exodus hat sells shirts, sarongs, etc outside the hotel on the beach-good prices and she doesn't pressure you that much. Nice walking on the beach, but you might feel "hassled" by local guys unless you're with a man (sorry, it's true).

Gated hotel with full sliding metal gate and friendly guard.

Short walk (5 minutes) to local restaurants, grocery, produce market, and a bus stop is nearly out front of the hotel. We took the #350 bus to Galle (round trip for 72 rupees).

Breakfast was pretty good; not the best we've had, but not the worst, either. Good curries. Didn't eat dinner here, so can't say.

Nice pool. You can check out games, balls, etc from reception for free. Relaxing!

Air con meeting/conference area above reception. There's free wifi in this location only. Manager on site, willing to help.

I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Room #306 is on the end, so we had windows on 2 sides. Faces west, so you'll get afternoon sun b...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

My stay at 'Insight' was part of a 2 week tour of Sri Lanka. The management and staff were extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. It is in a beautiful location right off the beach and you could see the stilt fisherman from the hotel grounds.
I loved the cricket games there and with the Indian Ocean as a backdrop- it was a brilliant experience! It was perfect how you could choose to have a 'quiet' time and/or you could ask to join in with games and entertainment.
I intend to return to Sri Lanka and would definitly visit 'Insight' again! Julie

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Wales, UK
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Insight is in an idyllic setting as the rooms, dining area and pool area overlooks the sea and the hotel is situated next to the beach.

It is perfect for just relaxing by the pool and the bar and restaurant facilities are very convenient. The disco and impromptu cricket games were a bonus. Hotel staff are friendly and helpful.

As part of an organised trip, my stay was only two nights, however, had I not been part of an organised trip, I would have stayed there much longer. Even though my stay was short, I left feeling relaxed. Of all the hotels I stayed in in Sri Lanka, this was the most memorable! When I return to Sri Lanka, I intend returning to this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Stayed at Insight Hotel in Ahangama for two nights whilst on a tour of Sri Lanka. Hotel located right on a beautiful sandy white beach. Minimal tourists/locals on the beach whilst we were there. Rooms and bathrooms are average - but clean and more than adequate (with a great view of that beach from a decent sized balcony). Air-conditioning was excellent in the rooms.

Ate at the restaurant twice and we were more than satisfied. Bar staff were happy to serve us until late! We also enjoyed the pool a number of times and free WiFi available in an upstairs (non air-conditioned) room.

I have to agree with the below review re: tsunami evacuation plan. We were also staying in the hotel when the alert/evacuation occurred and it appeared that the hotel had no evacuation plan in place whatsoever (and staff were also unable to communicate any instructions or advice). Thankfully, our tour guide quickly returned to our hotel and immediately evacuated us!

Overall - hotel is a great 2-3 star hotel. Simple, but certainly satisfactory. I would happily recommended this hotel to the budget traveller.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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London
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129 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2012

This could be a great hotel. It's in a lovely location on a great stretch of beach however the rooms don't stand up to the idyllic location. Each time we left our room we'd duck underneath the parade of ants on our doorframe then spend a few minutes picking the jumpers off. Rooms are very basic, hostel standard - sheets were grotty, towels were threadbare, dirty, foul looking things. Beds were uncomfortable. Bathroom was smelly and dirty - no way was I having a shower there - On the upside the staff were universally lovely and accommodating. This could be a really nice hotel - if the beach it's on is heaven, this hotel is hell. The owner/manager, who was fab, did tell us that the hotel was due to close for a refurb so maybe they can turn it around?

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

We stayed at the Insight hotel when Tsunami Alarm was given (April 11, 2012). The management and staff were the first to leave. No coordinated evacuation plan. Guests left behind uninformed in their hotel rooms etc...Simply inacceptable!
Thanks to the help of the guard who left last, we got to a safe place.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Insight Resort
Address: Galle Road, Ahangama 80650, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Ahangama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Ahangama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Insight Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is a place to relax, rejuvenate, and experience heritage, culture, nature and the way of life in the remote south of Sri Lanka. A resort located in an area where you can also surf and dive. From the lush green garden walk on to the golden sandy beach where you can see the natural reef breaking the blue water to a gentle wave which transforms to a tiny bubbly ripple. Swaying and whispering palms blended with the sound of waves on the quiet beach takes you through a journey of serenity. The long lonely stretch of beach offers you peace in abundance and a dip in the warm Indian Ocean is rejuvenating. Lie under a palm tree and relax on this unpolluted stretch of beach. Learn the art of stilt fishing – a mastery passed down from generation to generation and enjoy the only village of stilt fishing in the world. ... more   less 
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