During our time in Sri Lanka we were fortunate enough to receive a complimentary stay at an incredible hotel in Mirissa, on the country’s coastline. Located between the two larger areas of Galle and Matara, Mirissa offers all of the glorious beaches, luxury hotels and whale watching experiences whilst ensuring a quaint, charming experience for visitors.
There are two room types – Standard and Deluxe Double – and three board types – bed and breakfast, half board and full board. If you’re on a budget, then a Standard Double Room with breakfast will cost you around £37 a night, whilst the Deluxe Double Room with full board will cost £100. The hotel has an 8.2 rating on Booking.com which I feel is a fair reflection of the standard hotel, but if I were to rate it myself it would be closer to a 9/10.
The hotel is set back from the main road with a white walled courtyard, and the flow of white walls continues throughout the entire building. This is contrasted in the communal area with pale grey support beams and dark wood furnishings, all complimented with pale blue of the soft furnishings. The indoor-outdoor concept of the public area is perfect; the sea in full view and the fresh air blowing through the building. Behind the reception area is a dining area, followed by a pool and deck chairs and eventually by the beach and water. In the rooms the theme of walls walls and dark wood furniture is repeated, with the focus of the Deluxe Double Rooms being the wall sized window overlooking the sea. The luxury bathrooms are spacious with a modern shower and his and hers sinks. Throughout the room are photographs of Sri Lankan people and nature, adding a personal and local touch the this modern hotel.
The hotel is located near to the limits of Mirissa on the main road. It’s located on the beach side of the road, meaning it offers unobstructed sea views. The harbour, where you can depart for day excursions to whale and dolphin watch, is around a 5 minute tuk tuk ride and will cost you 200 rupees. There are bus stops in either direction right outside the hotels front gate, with direct bus links to Matara, Colombo, Yala and Galle. The railroad is accessible by tuk tuk and the nearest stations in opposite directions are Matara and Weligama.
There are six Deluxe Double Rooms with sea views and three Standard Double Rooms. The rooms all have en suite bathrooms, a large double bed with mosquito netting and a large wardrobe. Other amenities include complimentary air conditioning, a safe and refrigerator hidden inside the wardrobe, a hairdryer and kettle and cable television. Free wifi is available throughout the whole building.
From the street area in front of the hotel to the rooms, every inch was spotless. No attention to detail has been spared, with all the communal areas and beach cleaned several times a day. Our rooms were cleane daily, with the housekeepers going the extra mile and cleaning sand from our shoes.
In conclusion, Seaworld is perhaps one of the nicest hotels we’ve stayed in during all of our travels. Great location, helpful staff and luxury at a reasonable price – it has it all and then some. Having the ocean before us every morning, noon and night has made us enjoy our stay here even more, and I cannot thank the staff enough for their help and hospitality.
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