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Surf Bay Resort
Ranked #15 of 95 Weligama B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A great place to stay”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

We stayed 6 nights at Surf Bay and had a great time. The hotel is set back from the beach but its only a two minute walk. The rooms were basic, but clean and well maintained and over all it proved good value for money. Because of its location its very quiet at night, although be aware that its right next to the train line so you'll get woken by the first train pretty early. The thing that really stands out about this place is the friendly and helpful staff, they were just fantastic! Jagath really went out of his way to make our stay as pleasant as possible and Gavin & his wife were perfect hosts & great cooks! We really felt at home there and would definitely go back.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

We spent 3 nights over here, and I would recommend it to every one who's looking for an affordable place to stay in Weligama. Big spacious room with bathroom, airconditioning and fan. Friendly helpfull staff and an excellent breakfast to start the day with.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed 6 nights at the resort and had a wonderful time. The big room upstairs is great, clean and has a new bathroom with hot shower.
Garvin is a realy good cook. We were welcomed with a fresh fruit juice and could choose every days breakfast. Great service!

Thank you Jagath and Garvin for making the time in Weligame unforgetable

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Relatively new small hotel, well-kept area. very caring staff, always willing to help or suggest anything you need. Close to the beach, 3 min walk. Right in front of local surf spot. Excellent and very tasty breakfasts. There is a railway nearby, but trains goes very rarely and it's not a problem. Thanks to the staff and the owners, was very nice to stay in this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Three of my friends and I came to Sri-Lanka in january 2014. We wanted to practice serfing, but in a serf camp there were no place for us, that's why we started looking for place to stay. We knew almost nothing about Surf Bay Resort, but the place was very close to the ocean and the surf activity, and we got a very speedy reply from the manager. We came to Sri-Lanka late in the evening, and the director of Surf Bay Resort was already waiting for us.

We came to our place and were kindly surprised by the homelike and beautiful house with a garden. We booked the largest room, cause there were four of us. by the way, there are not many rooms there, that allows the place not to be croudy, but really like your personal country house. At the very late evening of arrival we went to the ocean shore. It took us 1,5 minuets!
The next morning we were delighted with the breakfast - everything fresh and very tasty.

If to speak about surfing, Surf Bay Resort has its own surf livery and several instructers.It appeared, that we got much more comfortable varient, than if we had come to a russian surf camp. My instructor was wonderful! He looked after me, explained each mistake, but at the same time didn't let me relax. I was the very beginner, so he really did a lot for me.

The place - Weligama - is situated very well, for ex 20 muniets by autobus from Galle - fortified city. Near Weligama along the shore there are plenty of small villages and you can come to any and walk around. If there is no bus, a tuk-tuk will take you any place you want and it's not very expencive.

The Surf Bay Resort manager organised almost a half of our rest. With his help we came to a far small village where watched the authentic dazzling dances, though it is not a regular entertainment - rather it was an invitation. He took us to a spicy garden, where we had great massage. Furthermore - he helped to organise a trip around the island: we saw elephants, The Temple of the Tooth in Candy - the administrative centre and a gorgeous place, we travelled by train with picturesque scenes and had an opportunity to rise the Adams peak. All the way we were accompanied by a wonderful and very friendly and thoughtfull man - Gaminy (i hope a write the name correctly). He took care of us, explained many things and showd us the real life of the island.

So the place is great, beautiful, the team of Surf Bay Resort is friendly and always ready to help and give advise.

One more advantage - not many tourists, that allows to surf not being afraid to kill smb or to be killed, to find place in a restaurant, and to observe the life of Weligama as it is.

We loved the place and the team and regret only to have spent there not enough time.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2014 via mobile

Nice old colonial house with big airy room to hang out in the centre, they didn't have much space so we stayed in the front room which was a little bit random but very good value! They cooked us up an epic curry for dinner and breakfast! The chap running the place couldn't have done more to look after us! This resort isn't on the beach but most places aren't the nice thing about this option is it's set back 2 roads back still close to the beach but not to noisy. Tuc tuc drivers will struggle to find it so do ur research on location or get the hotel to arrange pick up!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

Best freaking breakfast ever, every morning, and it's included. Very chilled guy running the place, my habibi! It's very clean, you got ac and hot water, can't really ask for more. Oh and also, fastest wifi we had on the trip. (that's not saying that much though)

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Surf Bay Resort
Address: 561 Matara Road, Pelana, Weligama, Matara 81700, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara > Weligama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in Weligama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Surf Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surf Bay Resort is conveniently located in the popular Weligama Beach area. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night's sleep. Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant, 24 hr room service, airport transfer are there for guests' enjoyment. Guestrooms are fitted with all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep. ... more   less 
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