This is beach hotel jammed in between the busy Galle road and the ocean. Luckily you won't hear the traffic very much as the sea swell is much louder. On the other side if you don't really love listening to the breakers roaring against the rocks you won't be pleased either!
Talking of the sea swell leeds us to the usability of the beautiful beach for swimming. All five days of our stay the red flag was hissed but according to the beach boys this is common year round and merely a warning that you should take care of yourself (as any decent people should do when swimming in an open sea!) So, if your not afraid of medium to high sized waves swimming or rather bathing should not be a problem, there were no dangerous currents; neither reported nor felt. On two days though waves were to high for taking a bath but I think this is a fact valid for most of the beaches of Sri Lanka.
About the hotel: Small and exclusive, nice looking very modern architecture nice and big rooms and a beautiful pool never crowded!
Unfortunatly the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, not a single restaurant within reach and the management for sure knows about that! Having experianced a huge disproportion in price and value all over Sri Lanka the rip off in this hotel's restaurant is without precedence! 12$ for a simple tomato soup would suit a gourmet restaurant in Europe or the USA but not an average eatery in Asia. And that - unfortunatly must be said - is the standard of the quality of this restaurant! (We had to send back dishes several times, either they were uneatable or not what ordered or both, but had price tags "attached" like in a parsienne Gauld Milliot Temple!) Breakfast on the other hand, cooked to order, was very good.
Finally, would I recommend this hotel? Yes, if you want to relax two or three days and you are a strong swimmer, love the constant n o i s e of the sea and don't care about food very much. No, in all other cases.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Michelle is the latest addition to the high end Boutique hotel collection in the country and is a true star in the making. Nestled amongst palm fringed surroundings on the golden sandy beach with a spectacular view of the horizon, It certainly is a hideout for those who seek absolute peace, tranquility and ultra modern comfort.Michelle will enchant you with its exquisitely designed maze of stunning suites refined by the extravagance of the matchless ocean view and manicured gardens. Its sixteen luxuriously styled suites with contemporary finishes, premium facilities and separate lounge / living are an indulgent `new’ to her mind and body concept which stands to reason why “Michelle” is passionately committed to allure her guests to the finest in decadent hospitality. One could reach the hotel in one hour along the southern Expressway from the Kottawa entry point in Colombo.The primary objective of Michelle is to provide good value for money "In a home away from home" setting and make dream holidays a reality. Indulge in barefoot luxury in a world of your own, the tranquil atmosphere, with luxurious comforts that will pamper you to an infinity holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Michelle Boutique Hotel Sri Lanka/Balapitiya