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Excellent8.4
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  • Daily housekeeping

  • Balcony/terrace

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Room comfort and quality8.8
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Value for money7.9
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10.0
IGNACIO from Spain
Solo traveler
Bungalow
Stayed 1 night in August 2017
Best stay in Sri Lanka
I stayed in Sanjis for one night and was, by far, my best stay in Sri Lanka, not only in terms relative to price. The personnel was overcaring, the cabana was perfect and the open air shower was great. Highly recommended. It must be said that it is far from Tangalle. But I assume that anybody booking it will already know that.
Reviewed August 23, 2017
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8.4
Jonathan from United Kingdom
Couple
Bungalow
Stayed 4 nights in November 2014
Wonderful stay
The huts are well built, with outdoor bathroom and WCs, and the staff were exceptional in their care, friendliness, and attitutude. We were there during quiet season, yet the team went out their way to cook us a variety of dishes beyond what we'd ordered, experimented with new cocktail ideas, and even took us canoeing on a nearby lake - all this just so that we would see and enjoy Sri Lanka as much as they do. Highly recommend.
Reviewed June 28, 2017
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8.0
Julio from Spain
Couple
Bungalow
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017
Stunning Oceanic Beach
The Hotel's staff is really something to highlight, they are always smiling and ready to help you, The food is very good, super fresh with high quality and well cooked and presented, The location is Fantastic, the beach is a Paradise, It is hard to get there because there is no signals on the way, so better use a GPS, but still it isn't easy, In general, Facilities are a bit poor and the lack of reception is a bit disappointing
Reviewed February 03, 2017
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6.0
Kate from United Kingdom
Couple
Bungalow
Stayed 3 nights in January 2017
Lovely relaxing place but room for improvement!
We had a very relaxing time here given the secluded location and private beach, also really enjoyed the homecooked food for breakfast and dinner, although sometimes the portions at dinnertime could've been a little bigger or there could've been more choice as nowhere else to go! The biggest letdown for us was the fact that there were no lunch options other than them making us sandwiches - we definitely didn't come to Sri Lanka to eat sandwiches so not having the option for local food was disappointing and the nearby options are very scarce...we actually walked to a few places and were turned away or nobody was there even serving. The same applies to drinking water which you have to pay for if you want more of - they give you a bottle each per day but this definitely wasn't enough especially in that heat! I think improving on these aspects could make the whole experience af Sanjis more enjoyable as we found them to be a bit frustrating and headed into Tangalle on a tuk tuk instead!
Reviewed January 16, 2017
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6.4
Conny from Switzerland
Couple
Bungalow
Stayed 4 nights in December 2016
Idyllic location but not good value for money
Amazing location by a wild and quiet beach, new stylish and spacious bungalows with very nice outdoor shower. However... Unsatisfying food, bland and boring, served cold. No menu choice which would be fine if it was tasty and fresh. Had much better home cooked diners at cheap home stays. Given the high price, lack of facilities in room. No need for AC nor TV, but coffee/tea maker and minifridge would be nice for this price class. No lunch menu. No drinks menu. But overall very relaxing stay, with friendly staff.
Reviewed January 13, 2017
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9.6
Stefanie from Germany
Couple
Bungalow
Stayed 2 nights in October 2016
Relaxing time
Perfect location to calm down and just relax. Nothing close by so really perfect for reading a book at the pool or on the beach. Perfect for having nice beach walks with your boyfriend 😊 We loved breakfast and also dinner. Was delicious. Definitive a place where we would come back to. Young dogs were annoying. One of them destroyed the new flip flops of my boyfriend.
Reviewed November 05, 2016
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7.2
Robert from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Bungalow
Stayed 3 nights in June 2016
Helpful but not suitable for young kids
Dangerous beach for youngsters and a deep pool on a raised platform made it too difficult to stay with a 3 year old baby. But staff and rooms were excellent and staff were accommodating and understanding of our concerns.
Reviewed June 22, 2016
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6.8
Shazad from United Kingdom
Couple
Bungalow
Stayed 8 nights in March 2016
Paradise but very basic accommodation
We had a great time at Sanjis but it was a very primitive experience and not what you would expect from the reviews and website. Good points are the kitchen staff, the food although very limited, and the seaside location and swimming pool. The rooms themselves are extremely basic with no chairs or places to set down anything you may have. The bathrooms are outdoors and aren't cleaned very well. Ours had a mirror full of toothpaste from previous guests and some rubbish in the rocks surrounding. We didn't have hot water in our shower and there weren't any insect repellent devices in the room as promised. The internet is intermittent. The staff do not give you any sort of induction on what's available so hard to plan excursions from Sanjis. We were stuck there for 2 days trying to arrange our own vehicle. They did arrange eventually but we lost a day out. I would recommend Sanjis as long as you know what you are getting and the price was higher than I paid for a Sri Lankan 4-star hotel with exceptional service and facilities. This is a very basic 2 or 3 star with almost no service compared to other experiences in Sri Lanka.
Reviewed March 29, 2016
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6.3
Tanja from Germany
Couple
Bungalow
Stayed 6 nights in December 2015
Great experience - under construction
Food, Location, Friendliness of Staff
Sanjis is located at an isolated beach that lets your Robinson Crusoe phantasies come true. Staff is very friendly and helpful and food is among the finest we tasted in Sri Lanka. Even at breakfast they serve a great variety of local dishes and at sunset they move tables for candle light dinner on the beach. On most days it is difficult to swim in the sea but now there is a large pool which was yet to be finished at the time of our stay. And here is where our dissatisfaction comes in. When we arrived we found our newly constructed bungalow empty except for a bed frame. After 24 hours of travelling and a much delayed taxi transfer, the least you would expect is an excuse and a cold drink while waiting for the place to be populated with mattress, linen and towels. Unfortunately we got none of this and during our stay we had to ask repeatedly for basics such as towels or door key. Other amenities such as a safe or warm water were never provided during our six nights there, not to mention the half-finished bathroom. This was clearly not the place we seen on the photos in the internet. All the more we were disappointed when Sanji, the owner, offered us a discount that we felt was far from adequate and he was not willing to discuss his offer. Apart from our unfortunate experience we are sure this will be a great place once finished, although in our view the room rate is far overpriced. Later we found that we paid the same rate in the great colonial hotel in Colombo where liveried butlers in white gloves open the doors for you.
Reviewed January 24, 2016
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5.7
Thomas from United States
Family with teens
Bungalow
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015
Review of Sanjis The Seaside Cabanas Hotel
the shower/bathroom (beautiful); rooms; totally rustic if you want to be like Robinson Crusoe
This was a bad choice for a hotel. The location was practically ipossible to find -- nobody in the area heard of the place, there were no signs on the road indicating where it is located, there was no phone contact for the local hotel (there was only a German phone number!). We had to use landmarks ("down the road from the Tuk-tuk factory, look for the sign for 'Good Karma', continue down a mud path and eventually you'll find it"). When we got there we inquired whether a second room would be available. The guy there didn't know, he needed to contact "the boss" (who wasn't there). We called the boss's number a few times, and gave up. We would rate the hotel a '5' at the best
Reviewed January 08, 2016
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