We staid 5 nights and didn't regret our choise. To begin with, the location is great, only 2 minuts to the Indian Ocean. You reach it by walking on a beautiful path where tropical butterfly and flowers are waiting for you. The beach with its golden sand is really incredible, there were almost no people there and you can easily find your own place.
The owners and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was basic but clean and spacious. We didn't try the more expensive bungalows which har shown on the homepage of the guesthouse. The garden is really beautiful and trim, the place is very quiet.
The breakfast was included in the price, basic but enough to start the day. Fresh fruit every day. We enjoyed a very good Christmas dinner in the garden, otherwise we chose to eat elsewhere.
The guesthouse provides a free Tuk Tuk-service, which is comfortable if you e.g. needs to go to the village of Bentota to get money at the ATM. Unfortunately, the Tuk Tuk-driver is really really intrusive and repetitive, always trying to drive you to certain shops or activities (where he probably gets a provision). Some people may appreciate this kind of attention, we didn't. If you like your independence, pay for a own Tuk Tuk instead, it costs about 250 rupies to Bentota (5 minuts).
There are several luxury hotels in the area, Palm Beach Inn is a very good, much more cheaper and of course more charming option. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by lush greenery and vegetation, Palm Beach Inn & Sea Shells Cabanas is situated within a 10-minute drive from the popular Lunuganga. Free Wi-Fi access is available in its public areas and parking is provided at no charge. A 50-minute drive takes guests to the well-known Galle Fort, while Colombo city and Bandaranaike International Airport are within a 2-hour drive away. The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery is 2 km away. Cooled with a fan or air conditioning, all rooms are simply equipped with a mosquito net, desk and a wardrobe. All rooms feature an attached bathroom offering shower facility. Surrounded by lush greenery, Palm Beach Inn & Sea Shells Cabanas offers a tour desk to assist with sightseeing and travel arrangements. Laundry, massage and airport shuttle service is also available on request. The in-house restaurant serves a tasty spread of Sri Lankan and Western dishes. Guests can also enjoy meals in the privacy of their rooms with room service. ... more less
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