Palagama Beach Resort
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Palagama Beach Resort

Palmyra Avenue, Etalai, Kalpitiya 61360 Sri Lanka
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4.5
#2 of 3 small hotels in Etalai
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Value
Palagama is a beautiful tropical beach resort designed by world famous architect Cecil Balmond and John Balmond. Ideally located along a sandy beach, more than 2 kms from the main road, the resort enjoys pristine and serene surroundings. The number of cabanas has been limited to 16 to be able to provide tailor made experiences for our guests. Designed using natural materials and inspired by the local architecture, our four Beach cabanas offer direct view of the Ocean and espouse an Eco Chic vibe. Other Cabanas and Villas are nestled amidst tropical and lush gardens. Despite its small size, Palagama offers all the services and facilities including a great outdoor restaurant serving western and local cuisines with a special emphasis on seafood, a beach bar fully equipped with an international selection of wines, a fresh water infinity Pool, SPA, travel desk, complimentary wifi, local bikes tours, handicraft shop, daily recreational activities and cooking classes. Day excursions include seasonal dolphin and whale watching, KITE SURFING expeditions in Kalpitiya and day safaris to Wilpattu national park famous for leopard sightings. Palagama has all the ingredients for a fun and relaxing beach holiday. Just 2.5 Hours from the airport, it is also an ideal gateway to the famous Cultural sites of Sri Lanka including Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Kandy, as well as a relaxing stop before or after an international flight.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Airport transportation
Spa
Concierge
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Massage
Mosquito net
Laundry service
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Mid-range
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Conchwillow wrote a review Jan 2020
St Margaret's at Cliffe, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for a whole week in the hope of really unwinding, seeing some Sri Lankan wildlife and eating lovely local food. And we were not disappointed at all. Our beachside cabana was much more spacious than we thought it would be and we had our own private space outside too. Loved the outdoor bathroom too.

The staff were all really friendly and very efficient and the food was delicious. They even offered to mix up what was on the menu for us to add variety as we were there for such a long time.

The pool is amazing with the best sunsets over the ocean you could wish for. The pool is also lovely - really big and the perfect temperature for cooling off after sunning yourself or a day’s sightseeing.

We did the half day safari to Wilpattu which was great and the dolphin watching trip right from the beach in front of the hotel.

Lovely.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lettiemarsh wrote a review Mar 2020
London
5.0 of 5 bubbles
About a 4 hour drive from Columbo, this place was our perfect first stop for our SL trip. A few days of peace and quite by the pool/on the beach, with incredible sunsets, delicious food and really friendly staff. We only ventured out on a bike ride once, but there was the option to do fishing, whale watching etc.
The rooms were rustic but comfortable; wooden cabanas amongst the trees with a large outdoor (but covered) bathroom and shower.
One of the staff, Denzil, helped us organise a car through his son. Both so friendly and welcoming.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The garden cabana was amazing but you will be woken up by the birds from around 7am.
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Jerome B wrote a review Jan 2020
Fouras, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a perfect stay here. excellent pool, and excellent food BUT the service was outstanding. Very relaxed.Lovely long beach walks collecting cowries. Whale watching was very special - small boat, no threat to the dolphins or whales and many sightings.
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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tenderah2016 wrote a review Feb 2022
Cornwall, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights here at the start of our holiday in Sri Lanka.In line with other hotels in the area, there was a shortage of guests and we were made to feel very welcome by the staff. Our Cabana was very charming, with the outdoor shower a real delight! The side door opened on to a terrace with two sun beds, a nice option to get out of the hot sun.
There is a lovely swimming pool looking out across the Indian Ocean, the beach itself is clean, although when we were there the tide was quite high, so not a lot of sand, the the sea was lovely and warm!
The menu was slightly limited but perfectly okay for our stay, and the food was excellent. A shout out to Leo the chef.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jandcafer wrote a review Mar 2020
Sudbury, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This must be one of the most fantastic places we have stayed at in years. Only 14 bungalows and cabanas in total. Service from naturally friendly and helpful staff couldn’t be faulted, nor could accommodation and food.
Laid back and smart without being at all pretentious. Highly and unreservedly recommended if you ever travel north of Colombo and want something special.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sbrock wrote a review Dec 2022
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Palagama Beach in November 2022. We really enjoyed the peaceful stay. Beautiful sunsets, cabanas are truly authentic Sri Lankan. Our Cabana was right at the ocean had a great view, most of all you can hear the ocean at night and it was so peaceful. We did not get anyone trying to sell stuff at the beach pretty much had the pool and the beach to ourselves. The Staff is very helpful and kind, specially the manager Viraj. He was very attentive provided us with delicious meals. There's also Mini the dog who is very friendly and greet you as you come by.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Nickie K wrote a review Nov 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 3 nights and were totally charmed by the time we left. There were a few problems with our beach cabana so we moved to a garden cabana which suited us better.
Huge freshwater pool so bats were drinking from it.
Best food we had on our whole trip cooked to order. Chef even BBQd a whole fish that our guide bought while we were on a lagoon trip.
Denzil was always caring and chatty.
Only small downside was lots of mosquitoes and critters but really didn't agfect our enjoyment
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Terry D wrote a review Feb 2020
United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to experience a great beachside cabanas this is the place. Great to experience living in a traditional building and we loved the outside shower. The staff are fantastic and the food superb. A very relaxing place.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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waxel1974 wrote a review Nov 2023
Wilrijk, Belgium
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very nice hotel with beautiful cabanas.
Infinity pool with direct access to the beach.
Great staff, very good food. Only the acces to the hotel is a bit strange.

The hotel is a great if you want to stay at the hotel and enjoy the beach.

However we didn’t have luck with the weather.
During the night we had a major rainstorm, and we had some rain in the cabana. The next day, the staff did everything to fix the leak.

Despite the bad weather, we had a great day. Dinner was very good local food.

You see that COVID had a big influence on tourism in general in Sri Lanka. Two hotels near Palagama were closed/ abandoned.
But the staff does everything to give their clients the stay/holiday the need/deserve.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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trithemis wrote a review Feb 2020
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a very good stay at Palagama beach. Very spacious garden cabana with a nice and warm open air shower. Good bed, mosquito net and all clean and tidy. Beautiful garden, good pool and good food. And on top of that: very friendly and helpful staff. Pool towels are provided.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Kasia S
Lodz, Poland6 contributions1 helpful vote
I didn't dive there either but I'm sure it can be arranged. They do say, "no problem" a lot, and are pretty laid back, but things get done. Have a great stay, it's a lovely place.
lettiemarsh wrote a tip Mar 2020
London4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The garden cabana was amazing but you will be woken up by the birds from around 7am."
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_markarc wrote a tip Sept 2019
Herzliya, Israel122 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Beach cabanas are the best"
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MifiK86 wrote a tip Aug 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka24 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Begonia is the closest villa to the pool/sea. If you're looking for comfort plus convenience."
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amy000 wrote a tip Mar 2019
Carnforth, United Kingdom170 contributions168 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"quieter ones back from the beach, but you can chose to be nearer the ocean. Some have air conditioning. You take your choice."
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Camillasun wrote a tip Jan 2019
Bentota, Sri Lanka11 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The larger beach cabanas are awesome and staff is flexible with regards to number of people."
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PRICE RANGE
£92 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
palagama beach hotel kalpitiya
LOCATION
Sri LankaNorth Western ProvinceKalpitiyaEtalai
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palagama Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Palagama Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include St. Anne's National Shrine (4.3 miles), Sand dunes (1.4 miles), and Alankuda Lakes (1.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Palagama Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Palagama Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Palagama Beach Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Palagama Beach Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dolphin Beach Resort Restaurant, Udekki, and Maduka Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Palagama Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Palagama Beach Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Palagama Beach Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Palagama Beach Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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