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Samaru Beach House
Ranked #9 of 105 Weligama B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Samaru Beach House is a guest house/hotel that is located smack in the middle of the beautiful Weligama Bay. In the future this will become a very popular destination since the surf is brilliant (without a dangerous reef), it is far safer than Hikkaduwa and everything is more chilled out. Plus you can play in the sandy shallows if you are a child (or not a surfer) without fear of rip currents or coral etc..

Weligama is a 45 minute taxi ($20) south of Hikkaduwa located on the southwest coast. Directly from the Colombo airport a taxi will take 3-5 hours (traffic dependant) and cost about $70 if you arrange it through the guest house. Tip - ask to go on the "new highway" as it saves an hour's journey time, is far more comfortable and will only cost you $3 extra! One brilliant thing is that the guest house's taxi's seats go flat so you can easily catch up on sleep!

The tsunami did hit here, although the damage was less compared to other parts of the island. Locals are very happy to talk about it and how it affected them, as well as show you high water marks and photos etc... You get a feeling that Sri Lankans appreciate the support the world has given them.

The guest house provides rooms (with air con for a small supplement) and freshly prepared meals (acceptable quality by western standards but good for Sri Lanka). Breakfast is included in the room rate always, and you can have dinner included too. We booked directly with Samaru upon arrival and paid about 6,000 LKR (Sri Lankan Rupee) which is about £28 or $18 for a room with aircon and breakfast (including omelettes etc...) and dinner for two. My sister and I had a great room with a great view and with air-con (one of the more expensive rooms). Expensive is a relative term here, as everything is extremely affordable. The bathroom was simple but clean with a walkin shower (no bath - but really who wants a bath in this climate?) and they quickly unblocked the loo after I had far too hot a curry at lunch!

The service for food and drinks is slow which is annoying, but it's unfortunately the same everywhere except the few 5* hotels. Like most places, it takes, 45 mins for food to arrive. We learnt to order before we were hungry and read our books on the amazing balcony above the beach.

They have a number of different boards available for rental at around $2 a day from short boards to 10ft long boards. Surf lessons are pretty expensive ($20 or £12) - I would just take a big board and ask other guests for a little help as everyone was friendly. Tip - the wind is normally offshore up until 10am so it's worth getting up at dawn - 6:30am (get the surf locker key the night before) and going for a few hours whilst just a few lucky others are in the water. The waves varied from 2ft to 6ft whilst we were there over ten days - mostly about 3-4ft though. Dawn and dusk are the best times to surf without a doubt as wind is onshore in the daytime.

Through Samaru we rented a couple of scooters for about $6 or £4 a day which was awesome - definitely worth it if you have decent hand eye coordination as the roads are hectic! If you are a nervous driver stay away! The fuel is dirt dirt cheap and available all over the place. Galle is lovely with its old fortress and bizarre antique shops - this takes about 20 mins directly north. Generally though we went farther down the coast line to see other surf breaks and towns, and to vary our days. With plenty of sun cream it's nice in the breeze when on a scooter in the midday sun. Matara was lovely and 'sleepy' as the guidebooks said - some nice spots on the beaches for afternoon cocktails. Take a basic map (or an iphone) but it is incredibly easy to get around as there aren't that many roads! Tip - if you load map data on the free wi-fi you can still access it when out and about without paying for roaming data charges. We enjoyed the scooters so much we headed inland for an overnight trip to Siharaja Forest Reserve. Although the actual reserve wasn't all that great in basic terms (yes the trees were apparently very rare - but not much else to see compared to somewhere like Borneo) we had the best time on the AMAZING roads snaking around the hills on our little scooters! Incredible views for about 2.5 hours of the three hour trip to Deniyaya.

All in all, go to Sri Lanka, go to Weligama, and stay here as it's simple, lovely and better than anywhere else we stayed in a month of travelling on the island.

Room Tip: Pay the small supplement for air-con and ask for the only sea view room!
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

We planned to stay two nights last November but it such a great place we stayed for ten. Easy surf on your doorstep and a relaxing place to chill. We were able to visit much of the South of Srilanka in day trips at very reasonable price. The guys running this guest house are friendly, helpful and a pleasure to stay with.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

Samaru Beach House, a family business, is the perfect choice for an awesome family or surf holiday in Sri Lanka. The location is right on the beach. One of the best beachbreaks in Sri Lanka is at your front door! The beach is pristene, clean, a tropical paradise. The rooms are clean, comfortable and airy with great views. The rates are definately the most reasonable in the area. The food is great! The surfboards are good quality and in good condition.The staff are friendly, helpful, and will do whatever it takes to make your stay enjoyable. They will arrange any tours you may have in mind. There's a lot to see in the area. We give Samaru Beach House two thumbs up and highly recommend this place. Enjoy!
HJF Steel and SR Janjua

Room Tip: The end rooms beachside have the best views of the surf.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Samaru is right on the beach in Weligama in front of extremely reliable surf. We stayed for four nights - three nights in an upstairs room and one in a downstairs room. The upstairs room was really nice with a comforable bed, huge mosquito net and lovely place to sit on the veranda outside. The downstairs room was more basic but still had a veranda to sit on and a rack to dry clothes and towels. Samaru also has an elevated deck that all guests can hang out on, eat, drink and watch the surf, which is cooled by the sea-breeze even when the weather is very hot and sticky. We paid 5500 Rs+ the usual 10% service charge a night for half-board, which we thought was very good value considering the great location right on the beach, the spacious rooms and that dinner and breakfast were included (and it was peak season).

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms are great.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

Nice rooms, nice friendly staff. Indee took us the whole day to some attractions in the neighbourhood (white tea factory, turtle hatchery, steltfishers, rope factory (from coconuts), temple, batik factory, gem factory). It was low season so were the only ones staying there for 1 night. Nice place for surfing also (we didn't do that). If we would have some more time we would have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 544 New Bypass Road | Pelena, Weligama, Matara 81700, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara > Weligama
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Ranked #9 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in Weligama
Price Range: $87 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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