Here are a few kind words from guests who have recently enjoyed their stay at The Tropical Beach House...
On balance, the Tropical Beach House was our most relaxing and enjoyable vacation. Gavin (and Mahinda) were tremendous from prior to arrival to all throughout our stay. We arrived (mom, dad, boys aged 13 and 11) late into the evening, and during a rainstorm to boot. Mahinda and his driver were extremely helpful, accommodating and polite. The driver even stopped off at a nearby grocery so that we could shop and stock up for the evening. The next morning, Mahinda met us at a decent time and had a million suggestions on how we could spend our time. As a family, we rely upon commercial sites like TripAdvisor to give us insight on what to do. Mahinda ended up recommending so many things and places that were close and not on TripAdvisor: we felt privileged to have someone with local insight on beckon call. Every morning started the same, long walks on the beach, stop off for coffee at a local cafe, or maybe some local cuisine for breakfast. Everyone was so nice and always smiling. After long days of sightseeing or touring (which Mahinda always arranged), we retreated to the beach house for a swim and cool off in the pristine pool. What a great add-on - a private pool with beach view. The house, by the way, is very centrally located, with access to all of Hikkaduwa, as well as short trips to Galle or Welligama. Did I mention the art? Vishmika, a local artist, has six or seven paintings on display throughout the house. We loved hem so much, we went to his gallery and purchased a few for ourselves. If we could have stayed longer we would have stayed longer. Thank you Gavin and Mahinda for a truly wonderful and relaxing vacation!
Ash Sawkar and family from Saudi Arabia staying at the Tropical Beach House, Oct 17
I definitely recommend this property. A magical place, nice accommodation, we were very happy with everything. Happy people and all services provided on a professional level. There are very good restaurants in the vicinity and interesting excursions to be had. We enjoyed it so much!
Lenka Tomesova and friends from Czech Republic staying at the Tropical Beach House, Sep 17
We stayed at Gavin's villa for three days and we really did enjoy the location as well as the comfortable house. The swimming pool was clean and lit up during the night time creating a wonderful atmosphere. The villa is just in front of the Indian Ocean so we enjoyed the amazing sight of the sea. The villa was clean and cosy, and restaurants were really near to the house and easy to reach. We strongly recommend it!
Sachith Costa and friends from Italy staying at the Tropical Beach House, Aug 17
Tropical Beach hotel made our visit to Sri Lanka quite memorable. Really enjoyed staying at Gavin's place, it offers great beach views, ideal for morning/evening beach walks. Swimming pool right in front of beach is a great spot to relax. It is designed in a great way and location is ideal to get around, not far from Galle and easy access to local shops and restaurants. Outside dining area and sofa arrangement add extra feature to the property Place offers a nice separate room for guide/driver. Gavin and his team were very helpful and approachable as soon as I booked the villa. 6 of us loved spending time at Gavin's place and we'll speak highly of the place. Keep it up, and we ll be back for sure.
Shoaib Karamat and friends from Australia staying at the Tropical Beach House, Aug 17
Absolutely loved our stay at the Tropical Beach House. This beach facing villa is spacious, well-maintained and located quite close to popular spots in Hikka. The beach is right in front of the property with easy access. Gavin and his laid back, non-intrusive caretaker were great hosts all through. Will definitely visit again!
Abhyuday Purkayastha and friends from India staying at the Tropical Beach House, Aug 17
We had an amazing stay at the tropical beach house! Mahinda is lovely and was very helpful, making our stay easy and thoroughly enjoyable! We had a BBQ on the second evening where lots and lots of delicious food was provided. The fish and chicken were amazing. The pool is lovely- swim surrounded by palm trees with a beautiful sea view! The apartment was very clean and the beds all very comfy. The cold water, tea and milk that were provided were much appreciated and the kitchen was very well equipped.
Catherine Louden and friends from UK staying at the Tropical Beach House, Aug 17
We had a great stay at the Tropical Beach House! We are a couple staying there so we used the upstairs area but there was plenty of room throughout the property for a larger group. Cleanliness was fantastic. The pool was gorgeous, huge and really clean! We loved it and it lit up lovely on a night to go for night swims. The view from the property was amazing and the beach was right in front. It was very close to the main bar and beach areas, which were great although a lot were closed when we were there due to low season you could tell if would be great when busier. Mahinda, the property manager was very helpful and responsive. We had breakfast brought to the villa each day, and BBQ on the last night which were all delicious and great value. Communication with Gavin was excellent. All in all a fabulous stay!
Alex Eslor and her husband from New Zealand staying at the Tropical Beach House, Jul 17
My family and I spent almost 2 weeks at this beautiful place. The property is very well maintained and the rooms comfortably furnished. Just unbelievable! The pool is nice, big and clean. We had the complete beach to ourselves and fantastic weather. The staff was very helpful, friendly and fulfilled every need. We recommend that anyone who wants to travel to Sri Lanka spend a few days in this great house. Thank you very much to Gavin, for the uncomplicated and helpful communication. We would love to come back!
Julia Pieroth and family from Germany staying at the Tropical Beach House, Apr 17
No words to describe this property... it's just like a paradise! Great location in front of the beach, very clean, an amazing swimming pool, wonderful service, shops and restaurants very close... The house had everything we needed to enjoy some relaxation time after a 10 day trip around Sri Lanka. I would recommend it to everyone!!
Cristina Aza and friends from Spain staying at the Tropical Beach House, Apr 17
Amazing place! Would definitely recommend this place to everyone! Friendly staff and great cook!
Joke Baert and family from Belgium & Australia staying at the Tropical Beach House, Apr 17
Everything was exactly as expected. Great location, great pool and a great beach BBQ cooked by Chandana. We had two very young kids so it was important to have a pool and be close to the beach. This place does not disappoint. Mahinda (the local manager) is great. He took care of our every need and request. We will stay again at some point for sure.
Adam Dubroy and family from Dubai staying at the Tropical Beach House, Mar 17
We just arrived back in Denmark yesterday after a lovely month in Sri Lanka. We especially loved our stay in your house in The Tropical Beach House, Hikkaduwa. Everything was perfect and Mahinda was a great help with whatever we asked for. The pool was always clean and well maintained and our two boys loved it. The night guard gave us a good sense of security. We will any time recommend your house to friends and our family!
Hedvig Johannesen and family from Denmark staying at the Tropical Beach House, Feb 17
Excellent Stay!! Couldn't recommend this place more! Perfect location with the villa being right on the beach. With the perfect swimming pool I your private yard! Couldn't express in words how great this stay was! Only a stroll or a short tuk tuk ride away to all the main beach attractions in the city. Will definitely be back to stay. The host takes extremely good of you and a call away for anything that you need.
Dan Aranha and friends from Dubai staying at the Tropical Beach House, Jan 17
Excellent house located on a beautiful part of the beach. Close enough to the restaurants and shops of Hikkaduwa yet far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet if you wish. The house was lovely and clean and Mahinda dropped in a few times to make sure that we had everything we needed. We tried the Cinnamon Gardens Hotel two doors away for dinner on the first night. The meal was lovely. I would highly recommend this house.
Julie Dover and family from Australia staying at the Tropical Beach House, Jan 17
We had a great time in your fantastic beach house. The location was perfect and I do hope to stay again at some point in the future. In terms of help, Mahinda was outstanding and we used his driver colleague Janaka a few times. Having been to similar places like Sri Lanka it didn't take long to make a load of local contacts/drivers etc.
Simon Johnson and family from Dubai staying at the Tropical Beach House, Jan 17
Our last day at Tropical Beach House. What a fabulous Christmas we have had! 10 days has been such a luxury here and all our family are loving it. Mahinda is looking after us so well as are all the staff. We have had three curry nights and a seafood BBQ from Chandana and they have been our best Sri Lankan curries. We have taken loads of photos and once we have sorted and shared them when we are all home I will send any that we think will be good for your website.
We set off on tour tomorrow and again Mahinda has organised it and will manage it for us if we have any issues. We have met the driver and seen the vehicle which we are very happy with. We couldn't be happier!
Seonaid Smith and family from UK staying at the Tropical Beach House, Dec 16
Lovely spot on the beach, just far enough from the hustle and bustle just up the road. We have just arrived back in Oz, very well refreshed. Your property is wonderful and exceeded our expectations! Mahinda and his team were awesome, there when we needed, not when we didn't. Thank you so much, we will definitely return!
Rob Hardwick and friends from Australia staying at the Tropical Beach House, Dec 16
We had such a nice time in your fantastic house! We are thrilled, the set up with the house on the beach and the beautiful pool fitted us perfectly! We'll start planning our return ;-)
Louise Degerstedt and family from Sweden staying at the Tropical Beach House, Nov 16
Location location location. Just too lovely. Really a tropical beach house, it is a rare treat to live so close to such a lovely beach at a decent price. The pool was clean, so was the house. Clean sheets and towels were provided plus a fully organized kitchen. We just had to get the ingredients and when we didn't feel like cooking, with Mahinda's help we got a nice Sri Lankan dinner from a restaurant. One night he got a cook to do a seafood barbecue for us, for a charge mentioned in the house manual. A great place for a holiday with kids, between the pool, the sand patch in front and the beach they were happily occupied the whole time. The security at night and the facility of a house cleaner were added touches that we appreciated. It is also close enough to go spend a day at Galle, which is a charming old town. We were a mixed group of 7 adults and 3 kids ranging in age from 60 to 2.5 and all of us enjoyed ourselves.
Julie Kagti and friends from Indian staying at the Tropical Beach House, Oct 16
Great location - fantastic facility for group of friends or family. Mahinda the manager was informative and ready to assist with any enquiries, also telling us much of the history of the country and local love for cricket. Enjoyed our stay immensely.
Donna McHugh and friends from Australia staying at the Tropical Beach House, Oct 16
A dream place to meet up with old friends after 10 years - dazzling sunsets with an incredible beachside outlook. Beautiful boat shaped moons and twinkling starry nights. The accommodation provided all that we required. Good and well functioning toilets and showers. Mosquito nets in all the bedrooms although at the time of the year we visited there didn't seem to be too many around. But we took precautions anyway with coils and creams. Beds were comfortable and the sheets were changed every other day. Having the private pool was such a luxury as the sea is pretty rough and the waves are dumpy in October. It's not sensible to swim immediately outside the property, but only a short walk down the beach, the water was calmer.
We took to taking morning coffee at a few of the bigger beach side hotels but we just kept thinking how lucky we were to have chosen the Tropical Beach House rather than any of the large impersonal hotels. Mahinda was a real delight to get to know over the days that we stayed there and so helpful. He advised us and arranged for a number of extra extravagances like the delicious beach barbecue and a massage day after a long outing. We took a trip with him to the turtle sanctuary and the blue lagoon and Cinnamon Island. A trip to Galle Fort is only a short bus ride away - a fun adventure in itself - but a haven of peace and calm compared to any other town centre we visited. I would love to keep this place a secret but Mahinda and Gavin deserve so much praise for the delightful and charming environment they provide for their guests. We shall hopefully be able to return one day.
Claire Chantal and friends from UK staying at the Tropical Beach House, Oct 16
We had a wonderful relaxing stay, we were very well looked after by the wonderful Mahinda and the rest of the staff. We stayed for 2 weeks and felt so at home we didnt want to leave at the end of it. Thank you Gavin for allowing us to stay in your lovely beach house!
Cushla McMillan and family from New Zealand staying at the Tropical Beach House, Sept 16
Beautiful house right on the beach with a beautiful private pool. Nice and helpful staff.
Ralf Op den Kamp and family from Holland staying at the Tropical Beach House, Aug 16
Great location. Very helpful staff who even arranged a typical Sri Lankan home cooked meal for us. This place is a must!!!
Leon Bell and family from South Africa staying at the Tropical Beach House, Jul 16
Outstanding location with very helpful staff who even arranged a typical Sri Lankan home cooked meal for us. This place is a must!!!We loved the stay at the beach house, it was really nice and relaxing. It's located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. The transport from the airport was comfortable and fast. Mahinda cared about everything and was really nice helping us to organize our holiday. Darshana, the security guy in the little blue house, made us feel safe and prepared fresh coconuts for us. We ate a really good curry at the house and they cleaned everything after. It was great!
Elisabeth Kaplan and friends from Austria staying at the Tropical Beach House, May 16
Gavin's place was great! We felt like kings hanging out on our huge beach porch. Mahinda and all of the support staff were very accommodating and helped us sort out anything we needed. Beautiful sunsets, easy access to Hikkaduwa, comfortable living spaces; we were very happy.
David Erbach and friends from USA staying at the Tropical Beach House, Apr 16
We stayed at this property with our 4 young children, and it was the perfect location on a quiet stretch of the beach.
It is not safe to swim in the ocean, so the small pool was a great touch that we all loved. The kids spent hours alternating between the beach and the pool, enjoying every minute of it. The staff was unobtrusive, yet friendly and as helpful as needed. The hotel next door was also very convenient as their restaurant/waitstaff was happy to deliver meals right to the house and then would come back later to pick up the dirty dishes.
We did all stay in the bottom portion of the house as the bottom and top floors are separate and our children are so young, but we knew that when booking. This house would be perfect for extended families, couples, or friends traveling together who also wanted some personal space, or families with older children that didn't mind the separation. In all, we had a wonderful stay and would recommend!
Susana Womack and family from USA staying at the Tropical Beach House, Apr 16
Real quick, we enjoyed our stay, your staff is great, food was amazing.
Ryan Major and friends from Malaysia staying at the Tropical Beach House, Mar 16
Everything was perfect. The house is very comfortable the staff very friendly and helpful. Great location..... what else? :) We are ready to plan our next trip. thanks a lot :)
Sylvain Herve and friends from India staying at the Tropical Beach House, Mar 16
It was one of the best experiences, the house is amazing and we had a really good time. I am sure that we will visit the beach house in the future again, so thanks for everything. I will recommended the tropical Beach House.
Andreas Goehring and friends from Germany staying at the Tropical Beach House, Jan 16
It was very easy to start fluent and fast communication with Gavin. Even though the landlord himself wasn't on the spot in Hikkaduwa, his local management team were very helpful and friendly, no matter what: we got massage at the house, money exchange with good rate, help with excursions, tasty local food etc. The house was very cosy and fulfilled all our needs. The electricity limit was very realistic. We loved the beautiful sunsets in front of our beach house!
Satu Kavinen and friends from Finland staying at the Tropical Beach House, Dec 15
We had a fantastic stay at the beach house from the pre-arrival information and arrangements right through to the follow up from Gavin after our stay. The beach house was well looked after and the location is second to none, just a 5 minute walk up to the busy part of the town with bars and restaurants but far enough out for our bit of beach to be a secluded tranquil hideaway. Gavin's housekeeper was very helpful, on site at least once a day to help with any arrangements and check everything was going ok. He advised us on local prices for tuk tuks, did our food shopping and arranged a trip to see the elephants. The highlight of the holiday was the seafood BBQ that the housekeeper's brother cooked for us on the last night - exquisite food from the lobster to the salad while sat at the end of the garden looking out on to a sea lit up with fishing boat lights and a clear starry sky. Whilst we were four singles the place would be perfect for couples and a few families as each room has its own bathroom and kitchen. Gavin and his team are really welcoming and go out of their way to accommodate your every need and advise you on the local area and customs. Would recommend the beach house to anyone and definitely stay again if I return to Sri Lanka. Thank you Gavin!
Tiffany Jessop and friends from UK staying at the Tropical Beach House, Nov 15
We had a great time. Mahinda and the staff were excellent. The property and the pool provided many hours of entertainment, and we walked up the beach for surfing and boogie boarding daily. Other than two day trips, we spent most of our time within a 1 mile radius of the house. It was exactly the type of break we were looking for. Thanks again. We hope to return and will recommend your home to all of our friends who plan to visit.
Jim Tyvand and family from USA staying at the Tropical Beach House, Nov 15
Beautiful view and the staff is very nice and efficient. We would be back!
David Ivri and family from Israel staying at the Tropical Beach House, Oct 15
Aoife: I can't express how much I enjoyed myself in Hikkaduwa. The house was exactly as advertised and the sun was shining for at least half of our stay, which was good enough for us. Mahinda is probably one of the coolest men on the planet.. Nothing would phase him and I really can't thank him enough for the tours he took us on. We laughed our heads off, took in the view, drank champagne and really just simply enjoyed every minute.
Michelle: The beach house was exactly what it said on the tin and I think we all fell in love with Sri Lanka and can't wait to return. Mahinda made our trip extra special and this guy is a total credit to you!
Aoife Conway and friends living in Saudi Arabia staying at the Beach House, Sept 15
We had a lovely time, I am sure Jackie and I will be returning to stay with you soon.
Kevin Tatler and friends living in Colombo staying at the Beach House, Sept 15
Renting the Tropical Beach House was amazing! The house is just as described, and with comfortable space for a group of people traveling together. The house is located just a 2 minute tuk-tuk drive outside of the main part of Hikkaduwa, and there were always plenty of tuktuks in the street right outside, so no trouble getting around. The supermarket is also within a 2 minute drive, and so is a lot of great restaurants
We felt very welcome at the house, the manager Mahinda took great care of us, arranging anything we asked for and answering all questions we had about day trips, the area and everything else. Both him and the rest of the staff are very attentive and easy to communicate with. We enjoyed a couple of meals prepared by the cook available at the house, and the food was excellent! The Sri Lankan curry and the sea food barbecue we got were both amazing and can be recommended!
The staff are eager to help with arranging trips, but at the same time they are not intrusive, and you get the house to yourself. There is a security guard on site every night in front of the house, and on the side towards the street there is a locked gate, so we felt well taken care of.
Communication with the owner prior to our stay also went very smoothly, he is quick to respond to messages and questions, and was very helpful in arranging transportation from Colombo to the beach house.
All in all we had a fantastic time, and would strongly recommend renting the Tropical Beach House if you are spending your holiday in the Hikkaduwa area!
Line Hellem and friends from Norway staying at the Beach House, Aug 15
Sue and I had a great time. We live very hectic lives and are apart 5 days per week, together on weekends only. So the intention was to chill and do very little..... we succeeded!! We did go to Galle one day and to Yala sanctuary the other.... and saw a leopard and every other animal on the brochure including a Sloth bear so were very lucky. Mahinda, Dilip and the team looked after us very well. Could not fault their service and attentiveness. Thanks again. We would like to be back and will definitely encourage our friends to go as a group. Cheers, Ged
Gerald and Sue Williams from Dubai staying at the Beach House, July 15
We were totally satisfied with the house! Mahinda makes a great job. Everything was great!
[June is actually considered to be one of the 'low season' months in Hikkaduwa!]
Sebastian Gößmann and friends from Germany staying at the Beach House, June 15
The villa was great for us and if we come back we will definitely book again. I will also pass your details onto some buddies of mine who are regular Hikkaduwa trippers
Rob Day and friends from Dubai staying at the Beach House, May 15
Our stay was amazing!! But too short! LOL. Longer next time and we will definitely be renting your villa again.
Nikki Summers-Dashwood and friends from Dubai staying at the Beach House, Apr 15
We had such a fab time, we are already planning our next trip! :-) The villa really has the wow factor when you first arrive and we were all visiting estate agents whilst over there to see if we could also build a villa like yours haha!
Mahinda was so helpful and knowledgeable of the area and was able to answer all of our questions! We had a barbecue two nights (I NEVER eat seafood but I actually really enjoyed the shrimps and fish!) I could go on and on about how much of a great time we had!
Madelaine Anderson and friends from Dubai staying at the Beach House, Apr 15
We very much enjoyed our time in your place. It is very clean, comfortable and has everything one would need. Mahinda is a good man; he was available, helpful and helped us get to what we wanted to do. Not every rental home has such a professional, thoughtful and kind caretaker. Also, the beach is just wonderful!
Lysa Alt and family from Malaysia staying at the Beach House, Mar 15
It's an amazing villa on the Beach near shops restaurants. Communication with Gavin and Mahinda was very easy. I will stay here again!
Nathalie Parisot and friends from France staying at the Beach House, Mar 15
Basically paradise. If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live a life that's next to a perfect beach, you should stay here.
Ben Compton-James and friends from UK staying at the Beach House, Feb 15
Hallo :) Now we are back in Salzburg! It was really nice in your beach house. Everything was perfect! Thank you so much for staying at this beautiful place. If we come to Sri Lanka, we will book the beach house again :)
Eva Krempler and friends from Austria staying at the Beach House, Feb 15
Hi Gavin, we are now back in Hamburg. The snow has begun so we already miss the gorgeous time we got to enjoy the Tropical Beach House. The group and I absolutely loved what you have created - the conditions, location, amenities and a friendly helpful staff (Mahinda, Hemalatha, Nilanthi and the night security man) were all super and we can't recommend more highly. We would love to come back and take a round trip through Sri Lanka which has so much to offer. 7 nights is just not enough! Then, before or during will will enjoy ourselves back at the Tropical Beach House. Mahinda has already offered his help for organising the trip! So, many thanks to you, Mahinda and your crew and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Michael Pankow, family and friends from Germany staying at the Beach House, Jan 15