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“A GEM STUDDED IN THE GREEN MANGROVES”
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Roman Lake Hotel
Ranked #1 of 10 Balapitiya B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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259 reviews
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“A GEM STUDDED IN THE GREEN MANGROVES”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Roman Lake hotel in Balapitiya is a wonderful get away place. It is located in the Balapitiya wetland, classified under the Ramsar Convention. One of the pristine mangroves in Sri Lanka where there are more than hundred islets.
The rooms are quite comfortable, facing the mangroves with a large balcony. Kept very clean. Service is exceptionally good. Food is quite good though there is no much varieties or choice. There is no bar. There is a large well kept lawn up to the lake side where there is a wooden pier, where one can relax for hours. A variety of birds can be found like orioles, barbets, Cormorants, Green pigeons King fishers, Minivets and so on.
There is a boat service which one can avail for couple of hours to see around the mangroves and enjoy the "fish foot massage" where one can sit on a wooden plank with legs dipped in to the lake water to feel hundreds of fish swarming and nipping the toes....
Nice place> we will visit again.

Room Tip: Take the room facing the lake with the open jaccuzi - Claudius
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Roman Lake is a beautiful extension of the Roman family... amazing location overlooking the Madu Ganga. Peaceful and very relaxing ambience with warm and curteous staff who are very helpful and quite an asset. Thusitha and Asela who served and attended deserve special mention. The rooms are very comfortable and tastfully decorated... A great place to unwind and destress.

Room Tip: The rooms upstairs have a good view of the lake, pier and temple at a distance... gives one a peacef...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

I can't say enough about what a beautifully laid out place this is.the rooms are gorgeous and absolutely comfortable..our toilet was lovely, an open sky shower!!! We couldn't get enough of the soothing aroma of cinnamon oil vapour ....so relaxing. Chef Mangala and Thushara went to great lengths to get us a bottle to take home. I highly recommend a boat ride on the madu ganga and the fish spa experience....you won't regret it.Thushara truly did everything possible to meet our every need and it was wonderful that the head chef Mangala, inspite of overlooking 2 hotels, found the time to speak to us and ensure all our dining needs were met. It was a truly wonderful holiday.my only concern was that in the event the hotel is fully booked, would the dining room staff be able to cope as we felt they were shorthanded. Other than that , it's a pretty much faultless setting. A true slice of paradise!!!! Keep up the wonderful standard!

Room Tip: Although we stayed in one of the upstairs jacuzzi rooms I think the rooms downstairs are also equall...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

Nicely built hotel, bordering the Madu River. 1st floor rooms are provided with Jacuzzi Bath in the balcony, and it is good for a romantic bath. We booked a ground floor room and it's upgraded in to a room in the 1st floor. Thanks for that nice gift! Nice pool for a relaxing swim. Room is equipped with all required amenities.
Attentive staff provides cozy environment in each moment. No words about food, chef got talent for the Sri Lankan menu. Outdoor setting for dinner/lunch was great. Boat ride was arranged by the hotel in the Madu river upon our request. This was an awesome experience in Balapitiya.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 1st floor are ideal.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Keerbergen, Belgium
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

Wonderful place to relax with jacuzzi on the balcony and great vieuw on the river.
This is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Lovely pool to cool off from a hot day.
Delicious food.
Very quiet but still very close to eveything.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Colombo
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

Bordering the Madu river in Balapitiya is this beautiful, peaceful relaxing place. There are eight large and well designed rooms . Five of them on the first floor have a jacuzzi on the balcony. which is great. The entire place is very well designed and incorporated into the natural surroundings. The view of greenery and water gives one a relaxing mood.

The service was very good, clean rooms and excellent food . The staff makes every effort to make you comfortable and feel at home from the time of arrival till you leave.. An excellent hideout for relaxing, not far from Colombo.

Room Tip: The two middle rooms on the first floor
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

We were offered a night here while staying at sister hotel Roman Beach. While not having the beachside views the view over the lake here is equally magnificent, and it was like being in your own country house with attentive staff and amazing rooms!
Do take a boat trip around the lake and watch out for the big lizards and monkeys to add to the experience.
Its a place to chill and relax.

Room Tip: central view and top floor better views.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Roman Lake Hotel
Address: Godagedara, Pathegama Road, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Balapitiya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Balapitiya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Roman Lake Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ROMAN LAKE - Balapitiya. The luxury, the comforts and the elegance this place offers is nothing short of a premium boutique hotel by any standards and sets it way above the rest. Very elegantly designed by a famous architect to capture the essence of the location by cleverly blending into the environment with all the luxuries that one could think of and yet again tastefully aging this brand-new hotel to have a ’ look & feel’ of the passing of time. In essence this place is a ‘shabby-chic’ wonder! Set in a picturesque location over-looking the waters of Maduganga estuary which is famous for its mangroves and many endemic flora & fauna, is probably the best place for you to have a tranquil deep relaxing holiday of your life. This place is ideal for you to spend your special moments such as your Honeymoon or Anniversary or to simply get away from the stresses of city life & rejuvenate in the lap of luxury. Having a candle lit dinner on the floating platoon with millions of stars to illuminate the night sky or at dusk to simply immerse yourself in the open air Jacuzzi almost touching the tree tops of the engulfing rain forests and to stare at the waters or the distant flickering lights coming off the many crab traps laid by the fisherman, is simply a magical experience and the memories you would no-doubt will savor through your entire life time. The closest town Balapitiya ( 1 km) is a small fishing hamlet nestled between the famous Bantota and Hikkaduwa on the southern coast of Sri Lanka is famous for its world renowned Ceylon cinnamon and fishing. ROMAN LAKE would be an ideal base for you to explore Bentota, Hikkaduwa and Galle the better known tourist destinations in Sri Lanka which is just half hour's drive away. This Boutique Hotel offers 8 (5 Emperor + 3 Caesar) very spacious elegantly furnished rooms each with equally large Bath rooms some open to the sky line. Each room offers a large sit out/ balcony facing the lake, flat screen TV, IPod doc with speakers, vast selection In- House movies and Song Data Base and free Internet. The 5 Emperor rooms all located in the first floor each has a private open air Jacuzzi bath over-looking the lake as an additional feature. And the 3 Caesar rooms are on the Ground Floor with a large private sit-out. At the Roman Chain we take food very seriously. Keeping in line with the opulence and indulgence that was once famous during the period of Roman Empire we offer a large variety of cuisine with authentic flavors. Our chef takes pride not only satisfying your taste buds, for him presentation is a passion and a work of art. Hence we have no doubt that your memories of Roman Lake would be mostly coupled with the food experience that you will encounter. ... more   less 
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