Villa Amandhira, Thalpe, Sri Lanka

Villa Admindhira, Thalpe, Sri LankaAfter a long drive from Ella, we arrive at Villa Amandhira at Thalpe, on Sri Lanka’s South Coast – and it is paradise!

We are presented with cold face washers, and the staff carry our bags to our rooms while we are served cool drinks on the terrace overlooking the garden and the sea.

The villa is amazing. It is a luxurious, modern villa that has been architecturally designed. The furniture and styling is very tasteful. We love the polished concrete floors, the white walls, the teak coloured timber furniture, the fresh flowers and the ocean view. In fact the villa is right on the beach. We have access to the sand via a gate (that is locked every night). The sunsets are incredible. An added bonus is that a stilt fisherman appears every afternoon/evening just out front of the villa.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:44+10:00October 24th, 2017|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Sri Lanka|0 Comments

Will Guesthouse Homestay, Ella, Sri Lanka

Will Guesthouse Homestay Ella Sri LankaWill Guesthouse Homestay offers three guest rooms, one on top of the other, built on the edge of the mountain. Each room has a little balcony with spectacular views.

We had a warm welcome from Will who helps with our luggage.

We take the bottom room, down a short flight of stairs. There is a balcony with table and chairs, then sliding glass doors into the bedroom.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:44+10:00October 20th, 2017|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Sri Lanka|0 Comments

Samindra Villa, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Samindra Villa Kandy Sri LankaThe accommodation at Samindra Villa is nothing short of magnificent! This accommodation is rightfully one of the best-rated accommodations in Kandy.

On arrival we are greeted by the charming owner, Sudharma and her son Enakshai, who serve cool drinks and make us feel very welcome.

Our accommodation is on the 3rd floor of their magnificent home. We have a large open-plan living/kitchen/dining area, off which is a large terrace with wonderful views. In the living area we have sofa and chairs and a TV. At the other end of the room the kitchen has a good-sized refrigerator and a large dining table.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:45+10:00October 19th, 2017|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Sri Lanka|0 Comments

Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana, Sri Lanka

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana Sri LankaThe Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is a beautiful hotel with lovely pool, gardens and restaurants.

We have booked one night’s accommodation at a special rate that includes buffet dinner for two and breakfast for two.

We are in Room 77 – a spacious room with tiled floors and timber furnishings – beautifully cool with air-conditioning.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:45+10:00October 16th, 2017|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Sri Lanka|0 Comments

My Home Guesthouse, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

We arrive in Polonnaruwa after dark and My Home Guesthouse is a little hard to find. To make matters worse, there is a power outage in the whole town – so all in darkness!

The guesthouse is accessed by a gravel road (a torch is handy) and first impressions are that it is a building site as the top floor is unfinished. However, on the ground floor there are four modern, spacious rooms available, each with private bathroom.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:45+10:00October 15th, 2017|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Sri Lanka|0 Comments

Green Palace Hotel, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Green Palace HotelOn arrival at the Green Palace Hotel Guesthouse we receive a very warm welcome from our hosts – Brian and his family.

The guesthouse has a grand entrance and we are offered a welcome drink on arrival – refreshing Sri Lankan tea, cold juice and delicious home made treats.

There are three rooms in the guesthouse, plus lounge and dining area.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:45+10:00October 14th, 2017|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Sri Lanka|0 Comments

Hao Guesthouse, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea

Hao Guesthouse is in the Hongdae area of Seoul – just a five-minute walk from Exit 7 of the Hongik Metro Station. The Hongdae area is clean, has lively pedestrian streets full of restaurants, shops, market stalls and buskers. The atmosphere in this area is fantastic and an added bonus is that there is a newly opened Information Centre on the pedestrian mall.

The guesthouse is down a small side street near the station and our room is on the ground floor of a 3-storey building.

Our room, No. 101, is quite small with a double bed against one wall and a small pine table and stool in one corner, a coat rack, a television on the wall and a split system air conditioner (heat and cold).

We have a private bathroom (off our bedroom) and it is really a wet room with toilet and pedestal basin. The shower is hand held and there is no separate shower area screened off from the rest of the bathroom.

While the accommodation is quite basic, it is clean and the bed is comfortable.

Upstairs in the reception area there are communal kitchen facilities and breakfast is included in the price of our room. Breakfast consists of cereal, toast, fruit, etc – and we make it ourselves.

Other rooms in the guesthouse include dormitory rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

This accommodation would suit young backpacker travellers and those who are young at heart looking for inexpensive, clean accommodation for a night or two.

We love the location. Hongik University is in this area and there are lots of young people about – there’s a good vibe.

Photos of Hao Guesthouse
19-20 June 2017

By |2018-08-27T15:40:46+10:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, South Korea|0 Comments

The Central Park Hotel Songdo, Incheon, South Korea

Central Park Hotel SongdoWe stayed at The Central Park Hotel Songdo in Seoul as an STPC (stopover paid by carrier) flying Korean Airlines from Sydney to Prague.

The hotel was located about a 30-minute drive from Incheon Airport and we travelled to the hotel by bus, courtesy of Korean Airlines. On arrival we had a quick and easy check in at Reception.

The Central Park Hotel Songdo is a newish hotel – built in 2014. Our room was on the 9th floor – Room 918 – a very spacious room with two beds – one large bed and one a little smaller. They looked like a King Size bed and a Double bed size.

The room felt quite luxurious with furniture that was quite ornate and decorated in gold tones.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:46+10:00May 19th, 2017|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, South Korea|0 Comments
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