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“Clean but odd” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Birdlake
Ranked #13 of 26 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Clean but odd”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

We stayed here only 1 night and whilst we slept well because it was so peaceful and quiet we didn't love this place. Firstly, upon arrival (at lunch) we wanted to get some food as had been travelling. We were offered 2 sandwiches, which took about 2 hours to arrive and were not very nice (I'd go as far as to say they were inedible). The atmosphere of this place was rather odd and we just didn't feel relaxed here. However, it is in a beautiful location near the lake and you can borrow the canoe to go for a little trip out on the water.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank J K
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear JK,

Firstly let us thank you for choosing Villa Birdlake as you holiday
destination, its a pity that you didn't quite have a pleasant time
around the villa, we apologize for the momentary lapse in the service
being provided as on that particular day we were under staffed and
every one was trying their very best to get things in order, how ever,
we do hope that in the future you would grace our aboard once again so
we could make it up to you. All the best.
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

Villa Birdlake is an amazing place where you can escape the crowded beaches of Hikkaduwa. It is only a short tuk-tuk drive away (so easy access to the beach), but it feels like you have entered a completely different world.
The resort is beautifully decorated, you can tell it has been put together with a lot of love and compassion. The atmosphere on the resort is amazingly peaceful.
The best thing about Villa Birdlike though, is the amazing staff. Ranee is the best host ever and the waiting staff ensures everything is looked after. I was surprised on my birthday with candles, singing, cake and flowers. To top it off the food is more than worth mentioning. Everything is freshly cooked and the curries are the best we have had in the whole of Sri Lanka. The only reason why you should not go here, is when you like to be in the middle of the busy area. Other than that, go and experience it for yourself!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nadineknight1983
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
We are really happy that you had a super awesome time. We just wanted to make you feel special and let you feel the Sri Lankan Warmth at its BEST, so as our slogan says, we live up to our word. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed our Sri Lankan cuisine, of course, the dishes are prepared with much love just to satisfy our clients : ) Do come again, we would be delighted to have you once again.. Do like us on facebook as well : )
https://www.facebook.com/villabirdlake

If time permits, copy your kind review on the FB page as well.
Love & warmth all the way from Hikkaduwa.. :)
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Vienna, Austria
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

we simply loved the place... it's far away from noisy streets and touristy spots... but easy to get to from hikkaduwa town by tuctuc... the service was perfect, the rooms are huge and very clean... you should take a room with balcony which is the more expensive one... everyone is so nice!!!
try their homemade curry for dinner... it is amazing!!! and take their kanu for a boat ride on the lake you will see small crocodiles and amazing blue jellyfish and a lot of birds!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Isabella v
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
We are really very glad that you'll had a great time. Thanks so much for taking your precious time off in writing a review about the villa. We sincerely hope we would see you again very soon, Hope it was a memorable one for you. Love and warmth all the way from Hikkaduwa : )
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London
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

I just had the pleasure to experience my time in Hikkaduwa by the lake while going everyday to the main busy areas by the sea for surf, food, shopping... I was amazed with the warmness the owners provide you with which makes you instantly feel just like being at home. This was my first week in Sri Lanka and really i couldn't have asked for any better than this. The food Jamila cooks is excellent with that nice home made feel - i've had amazing sea food, chicken and fish currys. Also decided to go paddling in the lake on a canoe they have there, it's totally safe (according to every local I spoken to) - sunset is quite something from the middle of the lake. Fully recommend this place to everyone who's looking for someone who loves to fall asleep and wake up with the birds tweets :)

Room Tip: No swimming pool or fitness centre but amazing location if you're into yoga or meditation.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brunopapas
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, 1 September 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are pleased to inform you that we have upgraded the property and we have a total new look. We hope to see you soon, As you have been with us before you would see a clear change. Please do like us on face book. We look forward to hearing from you. Th place is now turned into a Villa. Do check us out. https://www.facebook.com/villabirdlake?ref=hl Have a great day.. : )
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Berlin, Germany
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

one can enjoy peace and quiet in perfect surroundings on the edge of the lagoon. Ranee and her staff make you feel at home and offer more of a homestay rather than a commercially run guest house. Truly personal service and attention to detail. Most delicious Sri Lankan food prepared freshly every day with an explanation of each dish. There is also a canoe for trips on the lagoon.
Rooms are simple but spacious, adequate and clean. They all overlook the lagoon and offer private balconies on which to relax.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Petna2011
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2011

Bird Lake is a wonderful place to rest, relax & rejuvenate your spirits while taking in some quality time with nature! We simply wanted a break and this was the perfect place for it.

The owner, Ranee, is a wonderful host and makes you feel entirely at home, responding to every request with speed and accommodating all our wishes for special dishes or changes in menu etc. She is also superbly knowledgeable about the area and can arrange all the needed tuk-tuks etc

The rooms are basic, but clean and very comfortable. Little touches like flowers in a vase in the room, changed daily, were a wonderful welcome from some of the other impersonal hotels we had stayed in before. All rooms have a wonderful view of the lake, with a small private balcony on which you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea or read a book in peace.

This was a great place to base ourselves, and from which to explore other places in the south, including Galle. Its best to have your own transport, as hiring a car/van for the day from anywhere in hikkaduwa can be very expensive.

But most of the time, we simply stayed at Bird Lake, enjoying the absolute peace and wonderful natural beauty of the place.

Room Tip: The rooms on the top floor are best, although the ground floor rooms give you quicker access to the...
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ManoriW
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2011

We stayed 2 nights at the Bird Lake Hotel, and we found it a very peaceful spot next to the lake and close to the busy and touristy Hikkaduwa.

The room was fine and above average compared to the +/- 10 places we stayed at in Sri Lanka. I understood an upgrade of the rooms is scheduled. I wish we had more time here, we would have read plenty of books on the balcony, overlooking the lake.

Mrs Ranee, her son and her staff are very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the conversations and we were positively surprised by the high level of English (finally!)

We walked to the beach, no problem. However, I advise to have a phone number of a tuktuk at hand, to pick-up or drop-off.

We can recommend this place to anyone who wants to stay in or around Hikkaduwa, but prefers nature and a good night sleep to a very busy Colombo <->Galle road and all the noise and crazy traffic that comes along with it.

Kind regards,
Frank and Suzanne
Amsterdam
Holland

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 188590Frank
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Property: Villa Birdlake
Address: Baddegama Road, Punchi Pathana | Maragaha Hena, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 26 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Birdlake 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Introducing the newest hot spot! Or rather one of the first hotels to be erected in Hikkaduwa over 35 years ago now comes with a complete makeover! The villa has been put back to its glory days! Taking you back to the 1960's, when the old fashion values were still intact. Over at Villa Bird Lake, we put your requests at the forefront and make you feel exceptionally special from the moment you walk in to our dwelling. Hospitality is not our profession. For us it’s a way of life, a passion, which is rooted into our very last vein. Situated in a suburban corner, down south in Sri Lanka, just 2 kms away from the busy Hikkaduwa town (right along the entry/exit road way to the southern express highway) we are the true essence of an escape from the usual – to a surreal world where, amidst lush foliage, one would be exposed to tranquil surroundings with a panoramic view of the Hikkaduwa Lake. Surrender yourself to the enchantment of an enriched land where wild flora and fauna cascade effortlessly into the surroundings; where myriads of different varieties of birds wander along in blissful ignorance enjoying the true pleasures of a tropical paradise. ... more   less 
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