We visited Sri Lanka in March 2006, touring for 4 days before relaxing at the Tropical Beach House.
The house, as the name implies, is right on the beach at Hikkaduwa and is well equipped, both bedrooms air conditioned and ensuite.
Gavin's staff, Mahinda and Chintikka, keep the place beautiful clean and will go out of their way to make sure that your stay is as enjoyable as possible.
If you wish to explore the area, either Mahinda or Lal (the airport pick up driver) will be only to happy to oblige you.
Sri Lanka and it's people is wonderful and really needs the tourist market to pick up again, as Bill Clinton said, the best thing you can do for Sri lanka is visit it.
My family and I were lucky enough to stay for two weeks at the Tropical Beach House in September 2005, the facilities and location are superb.
The staff who run the whole setup from our driver Lal to Chintaka the housekeeper and Mahinda the manager were extremely helpful and were kind enough to invite all of us to their house on our final evening for a wonderful meal.
It is located in a quiet part of the village but is only a short tuk-tuk trip from the centre of the action (about $1 each way).
The ability to walk directly from the garden onto the incredible beach is fantastic and we were lucky enough to help over thirty turtles get to the sea from their hatching place.
This really is one of the few places I have visited which will appeal to all age groups and types of traveller.
I am a frequent visiter to Sri Lanka and was really looking forward to renting a house on the beach. First, a few things to consider:
The Tropical Beach House is expensive, and small for what you pay for.
It is close to the road so you get a lot of traffic noise.
The house isn't well kept and needs repairs.
The staff doesn't do a good thorough cleaning, and often needed to be asked to come to clean.
The beach near the beach house is infested with sand fleas! Which are very annoying.
I've stayed here and thought it was kept very clean and tidy, the local team (Mahinda and Chintika) were fantastic and always very helpful when I needed them. It's full of all mod-cons so you have everything you need.
The location is perfect for Hikkaduwa, far enough anyway from the main hub of activity to be peaceful, but close enough for a short walk along the beach to enjoy the restaurants, bars, clubs, surf hire, diving trips etc. when required. Getting a Tuk-Tuk back after a few drinks was very easy and a good price too! ;-)
There is plenty to enjoy if you fancy lying out under the shade of the veranda and reading a good book, or enjoying the plunge pool on a scorching hot day. There is plenty of room to have a good game of badminton in the garden if your feeling energetic. The evenings are perfect too, sipping cool drinks, listening to music, playing cards and having a laugh among friends. Listening to the Indian ocean against the shore as you sit in candle light and fall asleep.
I have stayed at the Tropical Beach House on more than one occasion and have always had a fantastic time. The property is extremely comfortable and is equipped with everything you may need for a long or short stay. It is located in a small local Sri Lankan village on the edge of the main resort of Hikkaduwa - this gives it a more welcoming and relaxing feel rather than being in a guesthouse on the main drag whilst still being close enough to the centre of the action (5 minutes in a 3-wheel which can be flagged down practically everywhere). The locals are very friendly and you will not need to look far for a new friend or any advice or help. Mahinda & Chintaka will go out of their way to ensure you have everything you want and are on hand to offer information about the local area and Sri Lanka in general. They look after the house and adjoining cabana as if it were their own.
All in all a lovely place for a holiday - right on the beach in lush tropical surroundings - what more could you possibly want??
We, a family with boys who loves surfing, were lucky enough to stay in The Tropical Beach House for 3 weeks over Christmas and New Year. The house is set on a quiet stretch of the beach yet only a 10 minute walk from small resorts, restaurants and surfboard rental. The boys would walk down the beach to go surfing or we would go for a quick tuc-tuc ride to town. The house is well kept with all the modern comforts you need for an enjoyable and relaxing stay. I would recommend it to everyone as we absolutely loved every minute of our stay there. BR
Wir hatten Glück . Aufgrund einer fehlreservierung in einem der Best angepriesensten Unterkunft haben wir nach dem lesen der schlechten Bewertungen dann doch zum shangri La gefunden. Und wir sind positiv überrascht . Die cabanas sind sauber, die Inhaber sehr freundlich und der Garten wundervoll. Wir konnten keine der zuvor formulierten Beschwerden bestätigen. Wer natürlich den Pool sucht und darauf hofft dass in Asien die mosquitos bei seinem eintreffen verschwinden, der sollte sich hier nicht bemühen einen Bungalow zu ergattern. Eine cabana mit heißem Wasser , groß , mosquitonetz kostet zu Hauptsaison 30 Dollar . Wir sind schon viel herumgereist und können das shangrila nur empfehlen
My friends and I had an amazing vacation at the Tropical Beach House in Hikkaduwa! We rented both the house and the cabana and it was an extremely comfortable stay for us all. Having the Tropical Beach House as our base made our holiday so much more enjoyable then staying in a hotel or resort. We were greeted at the house by Mahinda, a kind man who cares for the property, he showed us around gave us great advice and asked us how often we wanted to property cleaned. He and his wife were very polite and friendly and always made sure we had everything we needed. We also inquired into having a bbq, the next day he and his wife organized the whole thing - what a feast it was! The fish and prawns were honestly the best I’ve ever had! We highly recommend having a bbq! The nice thing about the beach house was that we felt very safe, security came like clockwork every night to check on the place. The Tropical Beach House is a very short tuk tuk ride away from restaurants and shops and we really enjoyed that short distance as it made it quiet and peaceful. The air-conditioned rooms made it a comfortable stay and the showers were great! My friends and I had a holiday we’ll never forget and it had a lot to do with having such a comfortable space to call our own for the week. If you are coming to Hikkaduwa for a beachy, relaxing, comfortable and fun holiday you MUST stay here! Have a Lion (or two) for me!
This accommodation consists of just 4 rooms set on Unawatuna beach. The complex includes the best restaurant in the area with its deck set right over the water. There is a lounge area and rustic styled, chilled out bar. Local fishermen deliver their fresh catch daily and it is cooked beautifully. The rooms look brand new and are modern in design with very spacious bathrooms. The balconies look out over the Indian ocean. Great space for couples.
Kingfisher Hotel is just so stunningly gorgeous situated directly on the sand. The 4 balcony rooms in this new boutique resort are spacious, clean & cool with stunning views that even my photos are of travel magazine quality. Enjoyed watching locals & tourists surf the break while at Kingfisher's beachfront bar with tasty local brew Lion - it was always beer o'clock. Keen friendly young staff throughout and a tempting & delicious menu. There is a baja rank area 100m away to whisk you off to historic Galle Fort and the beautifully restored National Maritime Museum and Galle Fort Hotel for its delights. But at Kingfisher Hotel, nothing surpasses the evening swish of gentle waves on your doorstep. We have visited them all, but no other Asian country has given such a warm welcome and the urgent planning of a return holiday as has Sri Lanka - a beautiful country with charming people with heart and soul.
I was totally amazed at how beautiful this place was! It's brand spanking new, the staff are lovely beyond belief, they make a point to really get to know their guests and make sure your happy all the time. It is by far the "place to be" in regards to their restaurant, book ahead in high season or you just wont get in, and trust me you'll eat there once and never go anywhere else! The food is clean, healthy and is THE ONLY menu in all of Unawatuna that serves different styles of food, everywhere else seems to have the exact same menu where ever you go! There is also a lovely beach side bar and deck chairs, and a comfy little hut for lounging around during the day whilst enjoying the most amazing sandwiches and cocktail or what ever.
There are 4 large rooms all with hot water, mini bar, A.C, satilite TV, big private balconies, wi-fi, tea & coffee making facilities, flat screen TV's, Double beds, with the option of extra beds to add to the room.
The hotel also has massage and yoga classes, night watch security and is directly on a really nice safe swimming beach.
The helpful staff will also help you out with things like taxi's and tuk tuk's so that you don't get ripped off by anyone on the street.
Seriously I'm not kidding, this is the only place to stay if your heading to Unawatuna, it's brand new and they've really got it right!
I have NOT booked this hotel due to the laziness of the reservation staff.
I sent a very courtesy email inquiring about their availability with my tentative dates and Christina replied saying they did have availability. I then replied with my confirmed dates and also asking for an airport pick-up. She sent a very rude email back to me stating "As for your first inquiry, I do have a room available from the 2nd to the 4th November 11. After the 4th November all our rooms are fully booked." Surely something along the lines of "Oh no, I'm so sorry we can't accommodate you this time, but please do think of us next time you come!" would be more polite?! She also did not make any mention to my query regarding the airport transfers.
Regardless - I then replied and asked to make a booking for the first night and also the airport transfer and have not heard anything back at all!!! I have since made a booking with another hotel who replied to my emails.
Clearly this woman has no idea bout customer service.