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Weligama Bay Resort
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Weligama
Certificate of Excellence
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97 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great place to stay on the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

We spent 5 nights here after our tour of the island and stayed in a Garden Villa. The room was massive with loads of storage space and had a large bathroom with a semi-outdoor shower which I loved! The bed was comfortable and each day was scattered in fresh flower petals.

The staff were fabulous and absolutely nothing was too much trouble - even bringing a dish of prepared aloe to soothe our sunburn (self-inflicted by sitting in the pool drinking beer for far too long!). The pool was one of the biggest we had experienced on our tour and would have been perfect for laps had we brought our goggles with us.

The hotel was excellently placed for whale watching from Mirissa, the town of Weligama just 5 minutes away by tuc tuc and the train station not far away for trips to Galle.

As the hotel was full to capacity for 4 of the 5 days, breakfast was a buffet and was very extensive with western food and some sri lankan goodies too - loved the banana cake. Even on our last morning, breakfast was a la carte and we had a choice of three or four different breakfasts to choose from.

Others have complained that the food was expensive. Yes, you can eat much cheaper in Sri Lanka but to have a great ocean view with good ambience, extensive selection of food and no plastic tablecloths, we found the price of the food very reasonable.

The beach is beautiful but the sea off Weligama is best for surfing or learning to surf, although it was very calm at times for swimming. There are little coves nearby or more sheltered areas of beach which are perfect for swimming.

Yes, there is a hotel being built next door and we did experience some disturbance from it but Katerina and her staff (and Dasha the Hotel Dog) were so wonderful that we were able to forgive this noise.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

Just returned from my 2-week vacation spent in this hotel. It was a great time and I am so glad we chose this place to stay. Before we went I read something about the construction going on just next door and was a bit worried, but it turned out to be OK - the noises never disturbed us, and the site is actually to the side of the hotel so it does not spoil the view by any means.
The hotel stands right on the ocean, so you can have breakfast enjoying the magnificent view and sea breaze. We were staying in a villa which was just perfect - huge bathroom with a hot water shower and a bathtube, nice clean room with lots of space, two separate wardrobes which we liked so much as we are two girls with lots of clothing :) The big advantage is that Wi-Fi internet is available all over the hotel territory - in the room, at the pool, at the restaurant, everywhere - so we could share the sea view with our frinds on Skype :)
The staff was so friendly, everybody welcoming you all the time! Special thanks to Katerina who was so helpful with just everything. We also enjoyed some massage spa treatments which were just amazing, you'd stay relaxed for another couple of days and at such a good price. Don't miss this opportunity. I will defenitely recommed this place to anyone for premium-class service and great ocean location. Would love to come again some time!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

We have enjoyed a beautiful stay in Weligama Bay resort during 1st Nov to 14 th Nov 2012 and it was the best time we ever had!
The hotel location is perfect: right on the beautiful beach of Weligama with Weligama village only 5 min drive.
The rooms are clean and spacious, A/C and the cozy atmosphere of the place make you feel safe and right at home! The staff is super friendly and nice and the spa center has one of the best massages ever.
The place is perfect to travel with your partner or with kids!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

This is a nice and cosy place with newly built chalets. The room rates are high, and the food is good but i guess not worth the price. We could not enjoy a buffet as all meals were set menu s. Meals are tasty, but lack variety.
The people are friendly.
The pool was a small one.The Hotel does not boast of a large garden as it is built in a small plot of land,but the beach is isolated and next to the hotel is the sunday fish market with all the boats lined up.
The flower vase inside room had mosquito s breeding.Nobody has bothered to clean up or change the water.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bern, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

Nice place to stay at Weligama Bay. surf-spot directly in front of the Hotel. Unfortunately the just built a hotel next door while we stayed there.....so there was a little bit noise and the sea-view was a little bit damaged by the building site. And there is some street noise, but compared to other places in Sri Lanka it was nothing to get worried about.

Staff is very good.....rooms very clean....

Just the price compared to other Asian countries is very very high!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank cyrus_10
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hongkong
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24 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

A group of us stayed here as a family holiday in April 2012 after we booked it from reading great reviews on TripAdvisor. When we first drove up, got settled, and went to the restaurant I have to say we were really disappointed.

However, the biggest complaint we had was that there is something "off" with the hotel. For every pro there is a con. The staff are great; the food is horrible. The beach is wonderful; the pool is way too small. The rooms are okay (3 stars at most) but there is a HUGE construction site next door that is loud and ruins all the views. The traffic from the road also wakes you up at 7am every morning. The private yoga classes, which you have to book in advance, are nice, but the spa was closed the whole time we were there.

With just a little more effort (as a previous reviewer mentioned) this hotel could be a lot better. The atmosphere is just a bit dry.

If you are making a long haul to Sri Lanka, I would not recommend this hotel. But if you are going for a weekend and want to stay at a moderate place on a nice beach, then Weligama Bay Resort would work for you.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank saiyingpun
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UK
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55 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

Having stayed in 2 great properties prior to coming to weligama(in order to go whale watching from mirissa).I was not expecting too much of this hotel especially after reading some of the previous poor reports on tripadvisor.
However i like to think i give a balanced view and i enjoyed the 2 days we spent here.We stayed in the bungalows which were great.
Yes the train sometimes wakes you early in the morning ,but the track runs close to all the beach hotels on the south coast.
The beach is the highlight ,the hotel fronts onto the best part of a great surfing beach ,with warm indian ocean water and good waves ,surfing lessons available nearby at good prices-gutted i only found that out the morning we left.
The food was fine ,not great ,but not dreadful.
Breakfasts were also absolutely fine.
The only slight negative would be the lounging area around the pool is small and when busy there are not enough loungers.
Staff were charming ,probably a bit pricey for what it is ,but enjoyed my time here.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gazateer
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Property: Weligama Bay Resort
Address: Matara Road | Pelena, Weligama, Matara 81700, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara > Weligama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Weligama
#3 Luxury Hotel in Weligama
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Weligama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Weligama Bay Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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