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Asian Jewel Boutique Hotel
Ranked #3 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
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Brisbane, Australia
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“This Hotel is the reason i would go back to Sri Lanka”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Not only is this hotel beautiful, it is backed up by a compliment of staff eager to please (couldnt do enough for you), amazing food (generally what i look for in a good holiday), and great prices. I took my 3&1/2 year old son over and would do so again as whilst i was in the hotel i felt as if we were safe. The staff, as i said above, could not do enough. If we were going out on a day trip, the staff would provide fresh fruit, bottled water and fresh alovera without us asking (was not part of the package). And every moment they could would spend time with my Son entertaining him by sitting down and playing with his toys with him, giving him a body board to swim with or organising childrens dvds to watch. Hours and hours of fun he had. I only had the pleasure of Meeting one of the owners, and he made us feel like this hotel was our home. If we needed anything he had it sorted for us. (He even took me down to a local waterhole for a Ice Cold Lion Beer). We were unfortunate that the day we landed in columbo there was a Cyclone which took out most of the power grid, but again even though the hotel was without power for most of the time we stayed over there, our rooms never went without Air Con, our beer (and other drinks) were always cold or hot (depending on what we ordered) and our food always served in a timly fasion, hot and tasted amazing no matter what you ordered. Now onto my favourite part, the food! The food selection is fantastic, in Australia i am a massive meat eater, but could easily go vego at this hotel. I loved every dish they put in front of me (and i think i ordered at least one of everything on the menu) They have a great selection of local and international dishes and will customise to your liking. (i requested every curry made to Sri Lanken Hot, with a side serve of local bread).. Oh and the Cheese Burger, best i have ever had!!!. There is certainly a reason these guys have won multiple awards. I highly recommend that you visit (and take everyone you know). Just be aware that as much as the rooms are fantasticly clean and setup, this is a Indian/Asain Country so matresses are firm (im used to pretty much sleeping in what i call a marshmellow matress) but one of the softest i have felt if you compare to other asain countrys, such as Vietnam.

Room Tip: If you are traveling with family, the family room is fantastic. It is 2 seperate rooms, joined by 2...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

The staff are the thing that really make Asian Jewel a special place. They are so friendly and accommodating and I would like to thank them for making our stay so pleasant. We stayed 4 nights and ate at the restaurant 3 nights out of 4. The food was really good and I would highly recommend it. My two suggestions to Asian Jewel would be to add real coffee to your breakfast menu - nescafe just doesn't cut it! and secondly to add day curtains to the room to allow for some privacy without having to close the full curtains.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

We spent 5 days at this hotel and thoroughly enjoyed it. Tanya and Dale were very friendly and helpful, and all staff (Anura, Sunil, Cyril, apologies to the others I can't remember the names of including the chefs) were fantastic. The rooms were comfortable and clean, we enjoyed the hotel's facilities (e.g. pool and DVD library) and the food was great. Advice given to us about various things (e.g. transport, logistics etc) were much appreciated.

However, this hotel is not for everyone. As advertised and stipulated on their website, the hotel is located 2km from the beach up some winding roads (around 5 minute ride by tuk tuk which the hotel are happy to arrange). This was perfect for us as this allowed us to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the beach and the main road, as well as the charm of being inland and near the lake. We would often walk to allow us to take in local day-to-day life in these back streets. So if you're solely in Hikkaduwa for the beach and parties, then a stay at one of the beach resorts directly on the beach would probably be more to your liking. But if you're after a little more diversity, this hotel will be right up your alley!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

Let me start by saying that everything you read on here is absolutely right, you simply can't go wrong by booking this hotel. In all honesty, I am a pretty demanding hotel guest, always looking for things to criticize. The only negative comment I have about this hotel is that it was foolish of me to book it at the start of our trip because all other hotels simply won't compare after this one. Seriously, go here at the end of your trip because it's the best way to end your vacation ever!

Based on their website, I wasn't sure why this hotel is so popular, but the website clearly is a bit outdated and doesn't represent this place in the way it clearly deserves. All rooms are extremely spacious and clean. The food at the restaurant is by far the best I've ever encountered on a vacation, the nature surrounding the hotel is absolutely gorgeous and the pool is the perfect place to truly relax during your vacation.

My favorite thing about Asian Jewel was its staff though. All staff members (including the owners) are very friendly and go out of their way to make this the best vacation of your life. I'm a picky eater but I had no trouble at Asian Jewel because they serve absolutely delicious food. Even better, if you want something that isn't on the menu, they are actually *happy* to try and make it for you... The key word here being 'happy', because most of the time, I feel hesitant to even ask for a special dish, but over at Asian Jewel, everyone was so happy I felt totally comfortable requesting something special. (Ask for a mango milkshake!)

Some more highlights of our trip arranged by Asian Jewel include the river safari: a very nice day out, saw lots of beautiful animals and the tuktuk driver is super nice. Our scooter safari with owner Dale was ever better though, because you get to experience the Sri Lankan life up close. You drive up into the mountains, are greeted by random people smiling and waving at you from their houses and get to see breath-taking views of the Sri Lankan landscape (including tea plants, rice, rubber & palm trees). If you're in for a bit of adventure, you definitely don't want to miss out on this!

I could continue this review for days because I had such a great time at Asian Jewel, but to summarize: it's the best place I've ever been and I simply can not wait to go back. Thanks so much to Dale, Tanya and their entire team!

Room Tip: If you love bird watching, ask for a room that faces the lagoon.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

Initially planned to stay in Asian Jewel for Easter but the hotel was fully booked. So changed travel dates by couple of weeks so we could stay there. Suffice it to say it was totally worth it! Great hosts, service - attentive without being overbearing, good spacious clean rooms, very good food. Scooter trip with Dale is great fun. Everything is really well organized and runs smoothly from airport collection to airport drop off. One of those places you'd definitely return to.

Elena & Gary
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Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2013 via mobile

We just spent 4 days here and wouldn't have stayed anywhere else in hikkaduwa. We were the only people there most of the time which was great! Galle, Unawatuna and hikkaduwa beach were all an easy tuktuk ride away.

Food was great and the staff were fantastic. They couldn't do enough to make sure we were looked after.

Dale and Tanya, the owners, we're most welcoming and we would happily go back for another stay.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Zwolle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

I think everything's been said already, Asian Jewel is what it is: a jewel. Cut off from town, situated in the midst of the nature, overlooking a beautiful lagoon with lots of birds and insects noise (in a good way), the Asian Jewel is a small place with just 5 rooms (one bigger family room), which all look beautiful and are tastefully decorated. The English couple owning it, is nice and authentic: they mean what they say. Especially the wife is a darling, you would love to give here a big hug each day you wake up. You can tell she has a big influence on the style and look of things also, lots of nice details going around in and outside of the rooms. Her husband is a little bit more tough English guy, but in a good way ;-)

The swimming pool lies in a small garden full of beautiful palm trees, and is very nice (altough, if i remember correctly, the water was a little but warm, which would be the only minor miniscule point of criticism i could think of, apart from the Abba soundtrack during dinner ;-) Well dinner, the word's been said. This is by far the best place to eat in Hikkaduwa. Best rice and curry we had during 3 weeks in Sri Lanka, and man, that chocolate cheesecake (oh, yes) was amazing as well, as was the Sri Lankan breakfast in the morning (dal, sambol, string hoppers).

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Asian Jewel Boutique Hotel
Address: Field View Baddegama Road | Nalagasdeniya, Hikkaduwa 50820, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Hikkaduwa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Asian Jewel Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Due to its unique location, the Asian Jewel Hotel, Hikkaduwa - Sri Lanka combines the best of both worlds. Enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the picturesque Bird Lake while being just 2 km inland from Hikkaduwa, one of Sri Lanka's oldest and most established beach resorts. Ever since the very early days of travel, Sri Lanka has been known as one of the world’s most beautiful, diverse and exotic holiday destinations. So, what are you waiting for? ... more   less 
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