Mirissa Hills - The Bungalow Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
6.4
Reviewed:
28-Jan-2014

The Bungalow at Mirissa Hills is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area. You are not limited to the grounds immediately surrounding the bungalow since, as part of the Mirissa Hills estate, guests can explore the cinnamon plantation on foot and climb up the hill to appreciate the beautiful views. Sited on a small rise above the village and paddy fields, the bungalow has a garden ringed by high trees that feels private and enclosed. Children will enjoy the freedom to run around and explore.

With three rooms, two of which are twin, we felt the bungalow would be especially good for families, however the seclusion and comfortable simplicity would also make it a good choice for those looking for a longer stay; perhaps writers and artists. The houseboy at the bungalow takes care of everyday chores from making the beds to securing the house at night. We found him to be helpful and friendly, and although he stays in the house (in a room at the back) he keeps a discreet distance. He is joined by an experienced chef who prepares excellent Sri Lankan and Continental cuisine at each of the Mirissa Hills properties; a rice and curry demonstration by him in the Cinnamon Museum’s authentic Sri Lankan open kitchen is definitely recommended. Most meals at the bungalow are prepared by the chef, and the rates are inclusive of breakfast (there are set prices for lunch and dinner), however the kitchen is also available for guests’ use if they would like to do some cooking for themselves. You can discuss your preferences with the houseboy or chef daily or request to see a menu; or visit the restaurant at the Cinnamon Museum for a change of scene.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:7 Location:7 Outside Area:6
Living Area:6 Bedrooms:6 Bathrooms:6
Kitchen:6 Facilities:5 Staff:7
Value:8
Highlights

For those seeking serenity, the bungalow’s out-of-the-way location is a true escape. However, despite its seclusion, it’s only a ten-minute drive to one of the south coast’s most beautiful beaches – Mirissa – where activities including snorkelling, fishing, diving and whale watching (in season) can be enjoyed. Weligama Bay is also only a ten-minute drive away.

Surprises

Expect to hear the occasional rumble and tooting of trains passing by in the distance though the track is out of sight and unlikely to cause much of a disturbance. There are quite a few mosquitoes about so take precautions to avoid bites in the early mornings and evenings – you can be reassured that the houseboy will discreetly let down the mosquito nets at sunset so you don’t have to worry about getting bitten as you sleep! We also found the mattresses to be quite firm; they would certainly suit those who prefer a hard bed. Since there are no TVs, board games or iPod docks at the bungalow (nor a pool), you’ll need to bring your own entertainment with you.

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based on 1 user reviews. The Bungalow at Mirissa Hills is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area. You are not limited to the grounds immediately surrounding the bungalow since, as part of the Mirissa Hills estate, guests can explore the cinnamon plantation on foot and climb up the hill to appreciate the beautiful views. Sited on a small rise above the village and paddy fields, the bungalow has a garden ringed by high trees that feels private and enclosed. Children will enjoy the freedom to run around and explore.

With three rooms, two of which are twin, we felt the bungalow would be especially good for families, however the seclusion and comfortable simplicity would also make it a good choice for those looking for a longer stay; perhaps writers and artists. The houseboy at the bungalow takes care of everyday chores from making the beds to securing the house at night. We found him to be helpful and friendly, and although he stays in the house (in a room at the back) he keeps a discreet distance. He is joined by an experienced chef who prepares excellent Sri Lankan and Continental cuisine at each of the Mirissa Hills properties; a rice and curry demonstration by him in the Cinnamon Museum’s authentic Sri Lankan open kitchen is definitely recommended. Most meals at the bungalow are prepared by the chef, and the rates are inclusive of breakfast (there are set prices for lunch and dinner), however the kitchen is also available for guests’ use if they would like to do some cooking for themselves. You can discuss your preferences with the houseboy or chef daily or request to see a menu; or visit the restaurant at the Cinnamon Museum for a change of scene.

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