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“A Tasty Paradise”
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Anilana Nilaveli
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Nilaveli
Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
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“A Tasty Paradise”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Our 5-day stay at Anilana was the highlight of our Sri Lanka trip. Hotel management was friendly and helpful from the moment we pulled up. We enjoyed the 'newness' of this resort but was sad to know that the spa and gym would not be complete until Sept. This left loads of time to enjoy the two pools and a beautiful, unspoiled stretch of beach. We visited off peak so it often seemed we had the entire beach to ourself.

One clear highlight of Anilana is Chef Joe's 'open kitchen'..., an impressively modern setup. After two weeks of consuming full board buffets from around Sri Lanka... Anilana's quality, presentation a
nd personal touches from Chef Joe was a culinary paradise....still remembered and talked about around our dinner table weeks later. Every set menu had a delicious surprise...either a scrumptious appetizer, innovative soup or selection of hearty mains. The kitchen's ability to cater / appeal to our teenager and two pre-teen's appetites was amazing. Imagine our twelve year old asking for seconds (and thirds) of the cucumber soup with drops of chili oil. Waiting staff are clearly being trained, with uneven but promising results so far. Clearly this will be a notable kitchen in SL when all this investment and attention has time to mature.

We highly recommend the pool chalets given their well designed open air bathrooms (useful for drying your swim gear). Our last day in Anilana started with a 5:40am sunrise and ended with a personal tour of the kitchen. We will be back...to enjoy Anilana again....with the spa next time.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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AHP9477, General Manager at Anilana Nilaveli, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Thank you for spending time at Anilana Nilaveli and for your very complimentary review, we were delighted to read your comments and thank you.

We are currently working on the Spa and Gym, which we hope to have operational within the coming few months, construction to not as fast as we would hope!

Chef Joe is very passionate about the food he produces and is very proud of his culinary team, he was delighted to receive your comments and looks forward to your return to enable him to present new menu options, we hope you will like.

We all look forward to welcoming you and your family back to the resort again soon,

Regards
Anilana
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Recently opened and a few minor teething problems to iron out, but we had a great 3 night stay at this classy hotel. Some of the staff seemed to be lacking a little experience, but all were friendly and willing and I'm sure will be up to speed by the time the hotel gets busier.
Beautiful beach and pools but cheeky crows and monkeys that were ready to clear food from your plate at the outdoor dining area given the chance, the staff were however adept at keeping them at bay.
Rooms were very spacious and beds comfortable, with a large contemporary bathroom and the thickest towels ever.
Great food, a buffet Friday and Saturday and set menu with main course choices on our final night; chef Joe looked after the vegetarian in our party very well, in fact we wanted to take him with us when we left! Room service brought some of the best pizza I've had.
Would love to return once the 4th floor bar and dining area plus spa and tennis courts are finished in the next few months.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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AHP9477, General Manager at Anilana Nilaveli, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to review Anilana Nilaveli, we very much appreciate your comments. We will look forward to welcoming you back again soon!!!

We have passed on your comments to the team, who appreciate the recognition.

Regards
Anilana
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Stuttgart
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

After a nice round trip we stayed 3 nights at anilana nilaveli Hotel. It was a perfect stay starting from the first second. All staff members were very friendly and helpful all the time. The Hotel and rooms were clean and comfortabel. We had a nice view from our balcony and you get the best view from the roof top. The Beach was one of the best beach you can find in Sri Lanka. Absolutly amazing was the food. The chef Joe made everything happen you can imagein. Doesn't matter if you want to eat something which is not in the menu or you just have an other wish - Joe make it happen. Thanks to all in anilana nilaveli. We definitly will come back!!

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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AHP9477, General Manager at Anilana Nilaveli, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to review Anilana Nilaveli, thank you for your positive comments, we try very hard to provide hospitality for all our guests. Chef Joe is a great Chef for us to have on the team and he is very proud of the food he produces.

We hope to welcome you back soon!!

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Anilana
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We stayed for three nights and enjoyed every minute. As it was off season we nearly had the Hotel to ourselves. Ít has recently opened and the architecture is amazing. The White of the walls against the blue sky. Not everything perfect due to the recently opening, but staff helpful and always trying their best.
The beach and the sea can not be better. For Swimming in the sea a paradise. Calm sea, clear Waters. Not to forget the two pools !
The have Music on the grounds, perfect Lounge Music, Cafe del mare etc.
The only Thing we did not like was the dinner menu and the Food. Ate only one time and then tried the Restaurant south. They have good lobster and all Kind of seafood.
We would have loved to go back after seeing other places on the sea side

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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AHP9477, General Manager at Anilana Nilaveli, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thank you for your stay and for your kind review, these comments are very much appreciated. Of course we were sorry to read your comments about our food. We apologise for disappointing you. Hopefully you had the opportunity to speak to Chef to give feedback in more detail. We are eager to receive such feedback as it is very helpful. Chef is always anxious to improve and change his menus to meet the individual requirements of our guests.

So far, we have been very fortunate to receive mainly positive comments about our food, but we assure you we take these comments positively and are always keen to learn. We will endeavour to do better, your feedback helps us to improve... thank you!!

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Anilana
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

This was our last stop on our trip before we got to Colombo to head home and we were glad we took the chance on this new hotel. As it was only 49 days opened on the day we arrived, there weren't a lot of options on where we could eat in the hotel, but the staff more than made up for that. Everyone was friendly, and they made our stay very enjoyable. The staff were attentive and professional and they felt like family at the end of our stay. The food was excellent and they even went out of their way to serve us something out of the menu when we asked for it. The beach outside is quiet with clear waters and smooth sand and is a great change from many other commercialised beaches in Asia. We only wished we could have stayed longer here.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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AHP9477, General Manager at Anilana Nilaveli, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thank you for your stay and for your generous comments concerning our new Anilana Nilaveli hotel, we are trying hard to position this hotel as original and unique. We have been working hard on the service aspects and in producing an original culinary style. It will take time, but we are blessed with a positive and committed team. We are very fortunate to have some young local staff who are highly motivated, whilst young and a little inexperienced they are very hospitable, friendly and naturally keen to please our guests. Thank you again.

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Anilana
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We stayed for dinner only, but wow, this is a beautiful place. We stayed at a resort close by, we were sorry we didn't stay at Anilana. The resort is beautiful, wonderful pools and grounds. Again, as is common in Sri Lanka, the restaurant is back from the Beach - a shame. Also, restaurant, and common areas (as is common in Sri Lanka) are not air-conditioned.
We saw this resort when walking the beach, but security would not let us enter from the beach. Next day we drove past and entered through reception, they could not be more helpful - even the Executive Chef, Samantha Fonseka approached us and asked us if we had any requests for dinner. We spoke to reception and arranged to be able to enter the property that night from the beach (a quick walk from our accommodation via the beach - rather than 1km plus on the road) - security was briefed to let us in from the beach that night. Fabulous meal, gorgeous location. Staff are learning, but are really keen to do things right. It was lovely to have great food under the stars. Samantha (Executive Chef) visited our table, keen to get feedback and ensure we had everything we wanted. This is a gorgeous resort, would love to stay here in the future.
They will limit their custom unless they are more flexible on beach front entry.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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AHP9477, General Manager at Anilana Nilaveli, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thank you for coming to visit us and we were pleased to hear you enjoyed dinner at Anilana Nilaveli, we have passed on your positive points to Chef Fonseka, who is a very genial and gracious person. He is very proud of the culinary standards being offered to our guests and his original and delicious dishes are very popular. We hope next time you will come and stay with us!

Unfortunately we need to be careful with uncontrolled access from the beach, to preserve the privacy of our guests. It is sometimes a difficult balance for our Security staff, although we understand you point.

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Anilana
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

First time staying in a hotel in Trinco, and I loved every moment of staying at Anilana Nilaveli. I will most definitely be visiting this hotel in the very near future! We went as a group and the experience at Anilana will never be forgotten!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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AHP9477, General Manager at Anilana Nilaveli, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to provide us with this positive review of Anilana Nilaveli, we were delighted to read your comments. THANK YOU.

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Property: Anilana Nilaveli
Address: Irrakkandy, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Nilaveli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Nilaveli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Anilana Nilaveli 4.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Open land of the Moonshine, also known as Nilaveli. Located in one of the best beaches in the world, Our sophisticated and serene guests rooms feature colonial artifacts, white granite baths and candlelit corridors. Our tropical landscaped gardens feature 2 large swimming pools – each pool 21 meters in length, leading and directing you toward a tranquil beach with clear blue skies. ... more   less 
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