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Hotel

Rooms

Food

We have two chill out areas with giant bean bags and hammocks; one by the pool and the other on the upper level with a view of the ocean. Projector movies are shown here of an evening and you can catch live satellite sports in the bar area.

Lion’s Rest, with its intimate surroundings, has proved to be a popular choice amongst solo travellers looking to mix with others, couples and family groups alike.

To fully unwind and get that holiday feeling, you might like to indulge in one of our Ayurvedic massages. Our fully qualified male and female masseuses offer deep tissue or flowing massage, using traditional hot oils to sooth away any lingering tensions.

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Rooms

The eight rooms at Lion’s Rest all provide Air Conditioning as standard. There are also powerful overhead fans in the rooms should A/C not be your preference.

All the upper level rooms have a communal balcony with seating and views over the grounds and the Indian Ocean. The two lower level rooms open onto the the pool and grounds.

The hand made teak four-poster beds come with high quality 9 inch sprung mattresses and high quality crisp linen to ensure a comfy night's sleep. The beds have mosquito nets although you'll be pleased to hear that we don’t have a problem with mosquitos here because of the sea breeze. The bathrooms are polished concrete and come equipped with a solar heated rain shower. All fixtures and fittings are of a European Standard.

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  • Can You Arrange A Transfer?
    Yes, a transfer from Colombo Airport can be booked as an extra at the time of booking, at a cost of $110 USD one way. The service can collect 24 hours a day and we use a reputable company. The journey time is 2.5 hours from Colombo Airport to Lion’s Rest. The vehicle can take up to 7 persons and carry surfboards up to 9ft long ( Please inform us if you are carrying surfboard) And please supply us with your flight number, arrival date and time, and we will arrange for a driver to meet you with a name-card upon arrival.
  • How do I pay for my stay?
    At the time of booking with us a 20% deposit is taken and the balance is payable 30 days before arrival.
  • What is the local currency, are there banks and ATM’s nearby?"
    Sri Lankan Rupees is the national currency. Check http://www.xe.com/ucc/ for current conversion rates. Weligama Town has many banks with ATM’s. Avoid changing money at the airport as the rate is usually poor.
  • What Is The Weather/surf like?
    Sri Lanka has a tropical climate and is therefore hot all year long. Daytime air temperature ranges from 28º-36º dropping to around 22º-26º overnight. May through to October is the monsoon season with more rain but interspersed with sunshine. The winds are mainly onshore during this period. The peak tourist season in our area is December, January and February which is the driest period, with the most consistent winds. The pre and post-monsoon months, March, April & October/November have been the best periods for surfing during recent years with bigger swells and waves, averaging head-high or more in places. The weather during this period is usually good with any storms usually during the night-time. Water temperatures are pretty consistent at 27º-29º so you can surf in board shorts the whole season long. The water quality is usually good except during storms when the river waters wash out into the ocean and can become murky close to the river mouths. This doesn't affect the breaks close to Lion’s Rest.
  • What are the Medical Facilities Like?
    There are 2 International Hospitals in the nearby cities of Galle and Matara, both approximately 30 minutes drive. For minor issues there is a good clinic with a English speaking doctor in nearby Weligama where we can take you should the need arise. We also can arrange for the local doctor to visit the hotel should you wish.
  • Is there a problem with Mosquitoes?
    Generally in Sri Lanka, there are mosquitos, but malaria has all but been eradicated from the country. Mosquitoes in the inland areas can be a nuisance, but we are lucky as we are right on the coast and they don’t bother us, as they avoid the salty air.
  • Will There Be WiFi?
    Lion's Rest has newly installed Fiber Optic unlimited super fast broadband free to cover all your remote working needs and streaming needs.
  • What Plugs/Voltage Do You Use?
    Electricity is at 220v in Sri Lanka. Our sockets are a mix of 3 pin round sockets and 3 pin square, UK-type, sockets.
  • Mobile Phones, Local Sim Cards?"
    Local Sim and Micro Sim cards to be used in android phones and iPads etc. can be bought at the airport and locally very cheaply. Data and airtime is super cheap - just make sure your devices are not locked to your overseas networks. Dialog seems to have the best coverage of those networks provided here.
  • Do I Need A Tourist Visa?
    Almost all citizens visiting Sri Lanka for less than a month can get a Visa On Arrival. This can be pre-arranged and you can check prices by visiting this website: /www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa.

Food

Providing authentic Sri Lankan food along with a variety of western dishes to suit all palates, the Lion’s Restaurant prides itself on the freshness and quality of the food it produces. The Sri Lankan breakfast is always a popular choice to start the day after an early morning surf. We offer fine vegetarian/vegan options and of course the curries at Lion’s Restaurant are plentiful, varied and mouth-wateringly delicious.

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Our Chefs source all the ingredients locally. The fresh fish we buy direct from our local village fisherman and from Mirissa market. Other produce comes from the travelling fruit and vegetable market, where all the local growers proudly sell their specialized organic produce. The travelling vegetable market is well worth a visit and so is Mirissa Harbour for the early morning fish market where you can watch the boats landing their deep-sea catch and see the auction that follows.

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Apart from turning out delicious food from the menu, our Chefs put on our famous weekly fish-barbecue buffet which always delights. On our curry-buffet nights a choice of eight or more authentic Sri Lankan curries are prepared with an array of fish meat and vegetarian options available, all served by our Chefs who are happy to explain the dishes.

Should you wish to learn more about Sri Lankan cuisine, our kitchen offers cooking lessons where you can prepare your own curries under the guidance of our chefs.

Quench your thirst with the array of fresh tropical juices on offer and of course Sri Lanka's famous Lassies which combine Buffalo Curd and fresh fruits blended together to create a the ultimate smoothie. Enjoy an ice cold Lion Beer in a frozen glass at the bar, or a Cocktail to take up on the deck to enjoy the sunset.

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