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Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Nilaveli
London, United Kingdom
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“We woke up wanting to stay another day...”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Although it's a long drive to the East Coast from Colombo, we were very glad we made the trip and stayed at Pigeon Island. The beach location is idyllic and the food was excellent - far better than some of the swankier hotels we stayed at during our tour of Sri Lanka. There's a really friendly, relaxed atmosphere at the hotel which you just don't get at the much larger, corporate hotels. We raised a house-keeping issue on arrival which was sorted promptly. Although we didn't expect it, as soon as the Manager was aware, he insisted on offering us an alternative room & his personal attention to all the guests was clearly evident throughout our stay.

Nearby Trincomalee & the Koneswaram Temple are well worth a visit but mostly we were just happy to get back to the hotel and the stunning beach. It was relatively quiet when we visited which meant we had the beach all to ourselves. There's also a lovely swimming pool.

You really get a feeling of straying off the beaten path visiting this part of Sri Lanka & of all the places we visited, this was the one where we woke up wishing we could stay just one more day.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Fantastic place and fantastic service with 100% attention from the staff the minute you check in till the time you leave..... great stretch of beach for all beach lovers, a lovely pool for those who don't and a kids play area too....last but not least I must make a special mention of the food which is realy fantastic with a great variety prepared by a great chef..... definitely a place to stay when visiting the Trincomalee area with family.

  • Stayed February 2014
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PIGEONISLAND, Manager at Pigeon Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Thank you very much for your feed back and looking forward to welcome you one again to our property
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Whilst the hotel is a fair distance (LKR1000 by tuk-tuk) from Trinco, the distance is worth it as the location is quite lovely.

On arrival you walk through a fair austere entrance into a rather lovely and contemporary public area and are made welcome by the staff. The rooms are very well designed and furnished, although the initial lack of open clear windows may be a little off putting. Blinds have been used to provide privacy which gives a wonderful diffused light on two sides of the room - it may sound odd but it works well and maintains a cool temperature without using the air-con.

Choose well in the restaurant and you will be rewarded with some amazing food (the chef is ex-Marriott in the UAE) and really can produce some excellent quality food. Breakfast is a good selection of buffet foods, with egg dishes cooked to order.

The location is right on the beach and provides easy access to walking up the the lagoons, or to other locations for lunch.

This whole area of beach is troubled by rubbish which comes from Indonesia and Malaysia (looking at the labels on packages) but is regularly cleared by the local residents and the area in front of the hotel is kept very clean.

Great Spa here and tremendous massages for a reasonable cost - well worth trying.

Great beach service and two sweet and very friendly beach dogs (trinny and suzanne) - please take care of them.

A nice hotel which if in Trinco we would use again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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PIGEONISLAND, Manager at Pigeon Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Many thanks for your feedback and we are looking forward to welcome you once again in our property .
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The Pigeon Island Resort is a top notch hotel! We were tired when we arrived but the staff greeted us with cool, wet face towels and fresh fruit juice.

The rooms are spacious, the pool a delight...you can swim and enjoy a view of the ocean!

Best of all was the delicious food. There were so many Sri Lankan and European choices on the buffet that I definitely overate! As we were celebrating a birthday the chef sent out a nice piece of cake with a candle and with birthday greetings written in delicious chocolate syrup!

Breakfast was awesome with buttery croissants and omelets made to order!

We only wish we had stayed for more than one night!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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PIGEONISLAND, Manager at Pigeon Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Thank you very much for your feedback & looking forward to welcome you once again in our hotel
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We stayed here for our last two nights in Sri Lanka, it was a great way to wind down after two weeks of exploring. enjoyed chilling by the pool and beach, drinks and food were excellent. Nice room and very friendly staff. Overall good value. We took the bus from Trincomalee and then tuk-tuk'ed.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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PIGEONISLAND, Manager at Pigeon Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Thank you very much for your feed back. We are looking forward to welcome you once again to our hotel
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

We only had 1 night here and that was a shame. was out of season and the weather not that great. But the whole ambience is just wonderful. We had a very large room that was airy and clean. The bathroom was new and very modern...great! The pool was just too good to resist so managed to get a swim here followed by some cocktails in the garden. The beach was a little windy but in good season would be perfect. The dinner was a-la-carte and the choice of seafood and the flavours were just superb.
All the staff were very friendly even the lady who raked the leaves always had a smile on her face. We were disappointed not to stay longer as it was all perfect.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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patrickrohan, General Manager at Pigeon Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, 18 March 2014
Dear Guest

We are delighted to know that we achieved to make your stay truly wonderful We look forward to receiving you again. Big thank you from our Kitchen Member for your lovely feed back about the food.

Cheers!
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Havant
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for one night during our east coast stay. We went out of season so it was very quiet. Rooms are spacious light and airy with a colonial feel. Beach is lovely. Food in the hotel is great and well priced

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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patrickrohan, General Manager at Pigeon Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, 18 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the lovely feedback you had sent us. our chef and his kitchen members are very happy to see your feedback, your comments will help to boost the moral of staff members thank you again,We hope you will visit us again.

Cheers!
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Property: Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Address: 11th Milepost, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Nilaveli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Nilaveli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Pigeon Island Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pigeon Island is located north of Trincomalee, off Nilaveli, one of the finest beaches in Sri Lanka. It offers 38 rooms (A/C), including suite rooms all of which have mini bar, internet, satellite TV facilities as further entertainment. Some of its amenities include spa and fitness center for adults, and play area for children, reading corner, and a secure outdoor playground for children. Scuba Diving ,Snorkeling,Fishing, Trolling,Whale Watching, Dolphin Watching,Catamaran Yacht for daily rent out, Romantic Dinners organized by the resort on a yacht or at the Beach (through reservations) ... more   less 
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