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“An idyllic place to stay.”
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The view from the front door at The Mangroves AKA 'Kos'
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22 reviews
The view from the front door at The Mangroves AKA 'Kos'
The view of the cottage from the water.
The view from the side of the cottage!
View from the front in the evening
The veranda!
The cottage at night.
Art on the wall
Our little collection of books.
The Master Bedroom
Th 2nd Bedroom - with a 'Tibetan' double bed.
#3 - two single beds
The Master Bedroom shower
The shared bathroom.
The 'waterspout' shower - emulating the 'pii le', a traditional roadside bathing spot!
The 'Zen' Kermit
The 'Yellow Banana' ready to be taken out!
Out on the lagoon, heading East.
Shisha Pipes for a quiet evening.
The best place for an afternoon snooze!
Part of the 'fleet'.
The five man row boat
One of our roaming neighbours.
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Kosgoda, Galle District, Southern Province

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Lloydpere...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good Location.”
Reviewed 22 January 2017 for a stay in January 2017

Everything this place has to offer was good. They have a kayak and a small boat that can fit around 4 people. When you step inside this place, you will go back in time. Its an "Old Colonial" type setting. They do have hot water and very clean bathrooms. The only downside was the caretaker was a little rude.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Jan 2017
Thank you for your review. We certainly will look into the point made.
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DeirdreL1...
1 review
“An idyllic place to stay.”
Reviewed 15 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

Knowing nothing about where to stay in Sri Lanka, choosing The Mangroves was sheer potluck- of course it looked idyllic but you can't always go by the photos. It is idyllic and the photos do do it justice and we had a wonderful two weeks enjoying the beautiful views, messing about in boats, walking to the totally unspoilt beach and watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean, lying in bed watching the monkeys and chipmunks in the trees outside the window, tuk tuk rides to Bentota and just generally lazing around enjoying the fantastic weather.
The house itself is very well equipped and comfortable, set well back from the road and very secluded. The star of the show however, as many others have already said, is Wasantha, the perfect host. After an initial wariness on both sides,we soon got to know and understand each other and communication was not really a problem. With kindness and humour he looked after us so well, washing our clothes, ordering tuk tuks and taxis, advising us on where to go and cooking the most divine meals three times a day. He was always there when you needed him but was never intrusive.
Thank you Sumudu for your speedy replies to my emails and thank you and Wasantha for a truly wonderful and memorable holiday.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
16 Jan 2017
That your stay was a pleasant one and that we met your expectations is just what we hope to hear. We've past on the feedback to our Man@Kos who asked us to thank you on his behalf. We do hope that we'll see you all again one day - it was a pleasure to have you all, thank you!
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Kalana D
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great retreat for a fabulous friend's reunion”
Reviewed 19 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016

Superb location for a peaceful gathering. Big rooms, but 2 rooms had to share a washroom. Better to have small pedestal fans, than the industrial fans. Caretaker "Wasantha" was giving us a great service. Canoeing in the bay was super fun. Will surely visit again.

Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Dec 2016
Thank you for the review - that your stay was a positive experience means a lot to us. Points noted, will certainly act upon them. Till the next time!
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NarenG
Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Favourite piece of paradise”
Reviewed 3 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

What can I say about Kos apart from the fact that out of the hundreds of places I have visited in sri Lanka, Kos is my favourite. This was my second home from home while I lived in SL. Peaceful and quiet, a few minutes to the beach and the awesome seafood restaurant mallis in bentota, the lagoon to paddle on, beautiful decor, extensive library, eclectic music and a comfy hammock. Also one of the most cost effective little villas I know.

Wasantha the current caretaker is great as well. I will miss Kos greatly and hope I will be able to visit again sometime soon.

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Management Response
4 Sep 2016
And you are one of our favourite guests, someone we look forward to seeing again and again - thank you for the great review!
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Dinushi P
2 reviews
““Silence and Peacefulness””
Reviewed 23 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

It is something special with this place. The tranquility, the birds, the beautiful view over the lake... I definitely recommend "The Mangroves AKA 'Kos "to anyone who likes nature and
we found it very clean, good food, and Wonderful view. I'll definitely visit again for couple of nights. Ideal place to be for relaxing holiday

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Your age range 18-24
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
25 May 2016
Thank you; that your stay got us 5 stars says it all - we hope to see you all again and certainly for a longer stay.
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Ajith S
Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
“Best view to have fun time”
Reviewed 8 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Stayed with friends and had a great weekend with BBQ, boating and etc. We loved the place, view and the great service provided by Wasantha. There is no words to describe place unless you stay and feel it :)

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Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
10 May 2016
Thank you for the positive comments - that your stay was a pleasent one is what matters to us. Hope we see you all again, soon!
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Iroshan P
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
“Awesome Place to Chill out With family and friends”
Reviewed 9 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016

This is my first visit to Kos and I loved it in everyway. Really apreciated the rustic appearance of the place. It was calm and quite and we were able to enjoy the beautiful environment surrounding the place to the fullest.

Special thank goes to Sumudu(the owner) for his understanding and polite nature towards guests. And Wasantha ( the caretaker) for providing tasty meals and arranging a fabulous boat ride.

I recommend this place for family gatherings or to just chill out with friends.

I will definitely visit this place again!

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Management Response
10 Mar 2016
A 5 star review, thank you! We are extremely pleased to hear that your stay was indeed a pleasent one and that we did meet expectation. Your comment about the Man@Kos is appreciated and it will be conveyed to him. Looking forward to your next stay with us.
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