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Reviewed 15 July 2017

Our stay in Bedrock was remarkable. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Will get back there anytime. My kids and myself felt so special while staying at this place. Taranga's attention and his staff were incredible and we could not ask for a better service and real Sri Lankan hospitality. The place is very tranquil, you can relax and enjoy the simple beauty of that setting. Beside that if your passion is kitesurfing - this place is a must. And adding to all of this, you could simply taste and enjoy everyday some of the best and most authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. They cater the spiceness and variety for whatever need or wish you have. Thank you Taranga and all of you for our great stay - hopefully will see you soon again. Sincerely. Oksana, Alex, Liam and Shante.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Thank barraezoksana
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

15 minutes after leaving the sealed road in our mini rental car, and having bottomed out a couple of times on the sandy tracks, our GPS announced that we had reached our destination! Not so, but fortunately a friendly guy on a motorcycle came to our aid and led us to Bedrock.

When we arrived, manager Tharanga advised us that he had told the booking agencies that he did not want any bookings as they were doing renovations. Great! You can imagine that we felt very welcome! Then we were led past 2 snarling dogs in kennels, a couple of old bedsteads and a shack which was obviously staff accommodation.

The resort itself is delightful, however. The pool is beautiful and well maintained. There are only 4 bungalows, each nicely appointed with comfortable beds, great mozzie nets, good showers and decent WiFi. The only things the rooms lacked were a fridge and a security box.

Three of the rooms have outstanding views looking out over the beach or the nearby lake - one does not. Guess which room we got? Right. The other three rooms had been vacated that morning and had not been made up. So we got the one that hadn’t been used for a while… There were cobwebs in the bathroom and the odd cockroach in the main room, lights weren’t working, etc. Despite all this we decided to stay – at least for one of our 2 booked nights.

Having unpacked our gear we explored the resort and its environs. 5m out front there’s a disconcerting notice with skull & crossbones warning ‘Danger. Do Not Entry.’ Presumably a remnant of a minefield from the civil war. Tharanga advised that following a path to the South was safe enough, however, and my partner walked on the beach for a while. She encountered a pack of wild dogs over there as well as quite a number of ‘cute’ wild donkeys.

By this time we’d met the other 2 members of staff Shirin the chef and Nissam who fills a great variety of roles. We had a stunning meal that evening, washed down with the beers we’d brought with us, and the world looked a whole lot better. We slept well, despite the howling of the wild dogs…

The following day we set off to explore the Kalpitiya peninsula. It is always windy – hence the popularity with kite surfers – and has beautiful seascapes, but there is very little infrastructure for visitors. Kalpitiya town is simply a working town. The peninsula has many wild donkeys and other domestic animals wandering the roads and byways, as well as some beautiful seabirds. We finally found a coffee in a Family Restaurant towards the South end of the peninsula and were back at BedRock for a swim well before dark. That evening Shirin excelled by serving us with the best meal we experienced in our time in Sri Lanka!

Advice: Call Tharanga if self-driving, and get him to guide you in to the resort. Ensure you get a room with a view – I think Room 3 has the best. Be aware that there’s not much to do around here if you’re not a kite-surfer. Bring your own drinks and get them into the fridge in the dining area to chill as soon as you arrive. Enjoy the solitude, the pool, the views and chill out.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank EHinOz
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a remote place to relax and to ease of your mind while being surrounded by Palm Gardens this is certainly the place to be in Kalpitiya.

We spent our first week at the Bedrock in Sri Lanka and can highly recommend this place! In our case we found the perfect combination of being able to learn kite surfing while having the benefits of a small resort at the same time.

Location:
- it's approx. 1 hour Tuk Tuk drive from Puttalam for 1.500 Rupees
- it's not that easy to find by yourself, but the Tuk Tuk drivers know the place and it being hidden just was an advantage for us (regarding noise)
- not so much going on in the area nearby, so it's a perfect place to relax and you really don't need anything anything else
- from the huts in the first row you have a view onto the sea; walking over the sand dunes might take you 5 minutes
- it's also only a 3 minute walk to the Kitekuda Camp and approx. 10-15 minutes walk to the lagoon for Kitesurfing (but normally they take you there with the jeep)

Houses/rooms:
- the place only has 4 small houses, so you'll definitely have your privacy
- in the middle there is a really nice and clean pool
- everything is very spacious and new
- the rooms are well equipped, with a kingsize bed, big mosquito net, table, chair, closet etc.
- the bathroom is very big, with shower and tub separated
- every house has a small terrace with comfy chairs to relax

Food:
- we had booked all inclusive, so we had breakfast, lunch and dinner there and loved it!
- breakfast is simple: fruits, eggs, delicious bread!, jam, curd
- lunch and dinner was fabulous! Every day different and always plenty! Shirin - the chef - spends the whole day in the kitchen preparing delicious Curries with rice, vegetables, local specialties, the best coconut rotis and seafood or chicken. Every day the food was exquisite and after 4 weeks traveling in Sri Lanka we can definitely say this is one of the best places to eat!

Service:
- the hotel is run by a very friendly Sri Lankan man called Tharanga managing the place and taking care of everything. He tries to help you with everything and makes you feel at home. He is helped by Nissam, a young local boy who claimed the palm tree for us providing us with fresh coconut juice.
- Shirin the chef is a nice lady making your food wishes come true. They even gave us a lunch package when we left for our bus ride to Sigiriya.
- It's like being part of a small Sri Lankan family and though their English is not perfect, we appreciated their hospitality and are thankful to making our stay an unforgettable experience!

All in all we therefore recommend this place highly to other travelers!

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Shi R
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

Lovely beach bungalow in a remote location. The Manager was brilliant and organised everything we needed. Where there are only 4 bungalows you really do feel as if you are in your own private oasis. The staff are really nice and the food everyday was fantastic.

Room Tip: Choose a beach front bungalow for the best views
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank James / Julie E
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Compared to what we experienced elsewhere in kalpitiya this hotel is superb. It is very beautifully furnished, the staff are extremely welcoming, accommodating and friendly.
the manager speaks reasonable English but it can be difficult to communicate when he is not around.
The lady who spends all day in the kitchen produces the most staggering array of wonderful Sri Lankan dishes every night, far too much to eat!
The location is split up by sandy walkways but the sand is white and not unpleasant.
The room we stayed in had no mosquito net and despite leaving the doors closed we were plagued by mosquitos. This is because they get in through the roof space in the bathroom. This is a problem which was being resolved in the other rooms during our stay and would have been completed for our room had we not turned up one day early.
In general a mosquito net would be a great addition because there is a wonderful cooling breeze from the sea at night and leaving the windows open would have been preferable to using the fan.
The room has air conditioning which we didn't use but can confirm we tested it and it works fine.
The location is hard to find as the road deteriorated into a sand track which our Suzuki alto hire car got stuck in just before we entered the grounds of the location, manager arranged for it to be towed out quickly though. If you are driving then use google maps app and just keep heading west after it tells you that you have arrived, don't be deterred by the narrow tracks through the coconut plantation and keep the speed up over soft sand!

The location is part owned by kite kuda which is a 3 minute walk south through the dunes. There you can enjoy kite lessons and rental from the fantastic team.

There is limited eating options locally so we ate at the location 4 out of 5 nights. Dinner was about 15£ for 2 people. Didn't eat lunch so not sure what this cost.

You can walk to the village from here for dinner at kite house cafe which serves wonderful Spanish fusion food and ridiculously good pizza. It takes about 25 mins to walk.

The lagoon is about 450m away and easily walkable.

The location does look out towards the sea but we didn't walk there due to the distance over sand dunes which are part of a military firing range, it is probably achievable to walk on days the red flags are not out but we didn't bother. We did see firing in the far distance on 2 days but it must be over 5 km away and really not a concern.

The pool was nice but we didn't really use it since we spent a lot of time at the lagoon kiting.

There is a fridge to put beers in if you bring them so come prepared! No alcohol available here. You can walk to kite kuda for a beer in the evening though if you fancy it.

For the cost this represents a good quality accommodation, strongly recommend!!!

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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