We stayed at Roman Lake for 4 nights at the end of December. After a rather stressful week in the cultural triangle and Kandy we were very much in need of a bit of R&R. We didn't really know what to expect as the hotel is new and only few people left reviews online (the guest book is full of great feedbacks though) but what a fantastic surprise! Our stay exceeded our expectations at every level.
The hotel itself is beautiful. Minimal design in the jungle, open spaces, attention to detail, huge bedrooms and bathrooms, large pool, great view, garden... all of this in the most relaxing setting. We went for the Emperor Suite with the private jacuzzi which we definitely recommend.
The staff is incredibly lovely and helpful - and this includes absolutely everybody, from the manager to the chef (the food is great - there isn't really anywhere else to go but that wasn't an issue at all), waiters and reception staff. They made us feel at home and it was really hard to leave this little paradise after only 4 days.
We ended up recommending the hotel to my parents who were having a pretty terrible experience with their hotel in Galle; they loved Roman Lake just as much as we did.
Tips: the hotel is located on the Madu Ganga (the boat trip is worth it - a little adventure) but in fact the (picture perfect) beach is only 10 minutes away - ask the staff and they will happily show you around.
The hotel wasn't serving alcohol when we visited it but BYO is fine and easy to sort out. The license should be sorted in the next few months.
It's very easy to visit other coastal towns (Galle, Hikkaduwa etc) with the train. Quite a fun and very cheap experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ROMAN LAKE - Balapitiya. The luxury, the comforts and the elegance this place offers is nothing short of a premium boutique hotel by any standards and sets it way above the rest. Very elegantly designed by a famous architect to capture the essence of the location by cleverly blending into the environment with all the luxuries that one could think of and yet again tastefully aging this brand-new hotel to have a ’ look & feel’ of the passing of time. In essence this place is a ‘shabby-chic’ wonder! Set in a picturesque location over-looking the waters of Maduganga estuary which is famous for its mangroves and many endemic flora & fauna, is probably the best place for you to have a tranquil deep relaxing holiday of your life. This place is ideal for you to spend your special moments such as your Honeymoon or Anniversary or to simply get away from the stresses of city life & rejuvenate in the lap of luxury. Having a candle lit dinner on the floating platoon with millions of stars to illuminate the night sky or at dusk to simply immerse yourself in the open air Jacuzzi almost touching the tree tops of the engulfing rain forests and to stare at the waters or the distant flickering lights coming off the many crab traps laid by the fisherman, is simply a magical experience and the memories you would no-doubt will savor through your entire life time. The closest town Balapitiya ( 1 km) is a small fishing hamlet nestled between the famous Bantota and Hikkaduwa on the southern coast of Sri Lanka is famous for its world renowned Ceylon cinnamon and fishing. ROMAN LAKE would be an ideal base for you to explore Bentota, Hikkaduwa and Galle the better known tourist destinations in Sri Lanka which is just half hour's drive away. This Boutique Hotel offers 8 (5 Emperor + 3 Caesar) very spacious elegantly furnished rooms each with equally large Bath rooms some open to the sky line. Each room offers a large sit out/ balcony facing the lake, flat screen TV, IPod doc with speakers, vast selection In- House movies and Song Data Base and free Internet. The 5 Emperor rooms all located in the first floor each has a private open air Jacuzzi bath over-looking the lake as an additional feature. And the 3 Caesar rooms are on the Ground Floor with a large private sit-out. At the Roman Chain we take food very seriously. Keeping in line with the opulence and indulgence that was once famous during the period of Roman Empire we offer a large variety of cuisine with authentic flavors. Our chef takes pride not only satisfying your taste buds, for him presentation is a passion and a work of art. Hence we have no doubt that your memories of Roman Lake would be mostly coupled with the food experience that you will encounter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Roman Lake Hotel Sri Lanka/Balapitiya