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If you are looking for an inspiring, relaxing, and magical getaway, this is your place! Nestled in a beautiful man made forest, Saraii Village offers Mud houses and tree houses for a memorable vacation. The staff is wonderful, and they provide organic food from their garden and local producers to cook over an open fire. They have a salt water pool which goes along with the concept and it refreshes you so well.
You also can try the excursions they do, canoe ride, or fishing on the lake, as well as take hikes around the area. They even have a boutique selling their own textiles and crafts helping the community. Go for more a few days. You will feel so refreshed!
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The service was exceptional. The staff went out of there way to make sure we had a great vacation.
Saraii Village is a very beautiful place to spend the holidays. We stayed in a suite tree house. It was an awesome experience I ever had. They had tasty foods (had a tasty barbecue meal for dinner), clean rooms, and friendly staff. I can rate a 5-star plus.
This is an awesome place. We stayed in a tree house and it was so good! Most friendly staff, simply awesome customer caring from the moment we made the booking! We enjoyed a ride in the lake and a super cool breakfast by the lake! It was a different experience to have breakfast while the ripples of water touching your feet! Will recommend it for a nature lovers who want to have an authentic experience.
Kanil Sri Lanka
My wife and I spent 2 amazing nights at Saraii as a part of an old colleagues get together. We checked in straight for an extraordinary lunch on our day 1. Hosted by the riverbank with a spread of over 15 local village sourced vegetables and greens with enough and more meat varieties and fresh water fish to suit our taste buds served in clay pots, laid out on a long table in the shallow waters in the middle of the river. The start was unique and classy.
We were a group of 40, both adults and children. Spending a good 6 hours at the river, dipping in the cool waters, reliving old memories, relating old tales and escapades, singing our favorite songs, while chilled beer flowed around freely. What was remarkable was that the Saraii staff was at hand all this time helpful, yet discreet and always with a keen intent to serve and did so with genuine pleasure, even though the last of us had our lunch by 6.15pm. The food of Saraii is a clear highlight; a creative blend of authentic Sri Lankan food given a refreshing twist of fusion served elegantly every single time, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The team at Saraii certainly knows how to cook it up.
Most of our crowd spent the night among the branches of their amazing tree houses, which was a work of art. My wife and I opted for terra firma and stayed in a spacious mud chalet, which had a large open air washroom. The rooms are commendable, clean, and with all necessary amenities; what was remarkable was the attention to detail, even down to the 100% natural toiletries, the glass bottles for water, in keeping with the sustainable philosophy of Saraii. A refreshing change from running behind certifications or ticking the boxes of the green washing concepts, which we tend to see most companies practicing today.
For the morning, the rest of the team had gone off on a sustainable fishing tour, which we missed as we opted to enjoy a longer nap. I woke up to regrets as my friends mentioned the epic of an experience they had doing rod fishing and net fishing the old school way, going for a tour on the lake in canoes with local fishermen, enjoying the fresh catch cooked by them on the lake shore, and served with local bread, manyok (Cassava) and coconut sambol.
Spending a quiet, yet relaxing day enjoying the breeze and the surroundings, we engaged in a fun filled water polo session in the all natural salt water pool with chilled beer served with numerous snacks and bites right through. Continuing to amaze and full of surprises, on the second night, we had a super BBQ arranged in their in house restaurant. I wont do justice if I don't make special mention of the excellent service the hotel staff provided; courteous and outgoing at all times; right from the point of welcoming us to the glorious hospitality they provided and showcased through out our entire stay, which in fact made it the best holiday we ever had. It was a meaningful holiday and the entire team enjoyed every bit of it.
a traveler Australia
We loved our stay here - who needs air-conditioning? We had a three-level deluxe treehouse, which was huge for the two of us. We used the second level as a chill out zone and the main bedroom and bath was on the top floor. Clean, yet rustic with a huge tree flourishing through the centre of the structure it was so relaxing. It takes a while to become accustomed to the night noises, but after the first night, we were fine.
Tip: don't leave snacks in a plastic bag exposed, you might get curious little visitors like we did. Mosquito net was essential. It is 8 kilometers from Tissa and 30 kilometers from Yala, but that wasn't a disadvantage, it was refreshing to be more remote and it is a quick ride to town. Only minor bugbear was the restaurant has mainly western meals, but on request, they did a fab Sri Lankan rice and curry for us. Staff were very friendly and helpful, especially when our water pump stopped working. And, they have a great salt water pool! Highly recommended.
a traveler Sri Lanka
It was a wonderful experience to stay two nights in a wooden tree house with no interruption. It was a perfect getaway from busy, dusty, and smokey city life and with excellent village food. Time spent with friends was awesome.
What a amazing place to be. It is wonderful novelty experience in in jungle hide out in tree houses and mud chalets. It was a real relief to get out of stress full working atmosphere to the calm and quiet surroundings with tree house roof tops and birds singing. Unforgettable experiences in the morning, fishing at Weerawila tank to experience the fisherman's life. Riverside barbecue was fantastic with endless music sessions.
Full credit goes to restaurant staff for the superior meal arrangements and overall, big thank for the entire staff on kind, courteous, and exceptionally well hospitality. I would like to recommend any company members to book this place as to go on group package to get the maximum out of your stay.
a traveler Sri Lanka
For those who enjoy the outdoors and like to be unplugged when not working, this is the place! There are all kinds of tree houses, but we selected the small one with ladder to climb up. Washrooms were on ground, which was okay for us. Breakfast was awesome. There are more fun activities to do during your stay. More fun than an ordinary hotel!
We were at Saraii Village for the April holidays and could not have asked for a better place to spend our holidays. From the hotel staff to the atmosphere, everything was very pleasant. It was our first time in a tree house and we loved every moment in it. However, having gone with our 2 year old, I felt there was a need to fence the corners of the tree house a bit more. We also spent one night in a mud chalet, which was lovely too. We did find a snake in the washroom, but that didn't deter us from having fun. The best part of the whole trip was the boat ride followed by breakfast by the lake. The scenic beauty was truly unmatched.
We stayed in deluxe tree house. It is pretty high about 30 feet or so. You could definitely feel the tree swaying in the wind, so be ready for that. This place basically has only tree houses and a few ground built units. We really enjoyed our time there. If you are looking to stay in a tree house, this place is awesome with good food and good staff.
Darshana Sri Lanka
This is just like camping in a tree house. We stayed in the suite tree house. The tree houses are beautifully constructed and the site itself is very picturesque and well-maintained. This place have a restaurant and spa. There are lots of thing to do around. Need to book early as they have only few units.
Savi Sri Lanka
It was a great experience where we both, me and my husband stayed on a tree for the first time in my life. It was such fantastic and adventurous time with delicious food served by friendly staff. Strongly built tree houses on Pallu trees. We had wonderful memories with nature activities, Yala, and the river bank of the hotel. We love the experience and recommend for well-maintaining the same.
We stayed in the largest tree house. It was beautifully built. This is ideal for a group as it is more spacious. Food was yummy! Early morning, we went on a wildlife safari to Yala National Park. Highly recommending this place if you want to have a different holiday experience. Definitely not for the people who are looking for 5-star hotel facilities.
Saraii is an amazing space. It is such a unique travel experience. My family had a wonderful time there and I can't say enough about how wonderfully delicious the food was. I can't wait to go back there!
a traveler Sri Lanka
It was a little bit hot, but that is surely because of the season. We had a different experience and special bonfire arrangement, which was done during dinner. We didn't get a tree house unfortunately, since the booking was last minute. I am sure it would have been awesome if we did. The new pool is big enough and is so refreshing. We all loved it! We will surely visit again.
a traveler Velserbroek
A nice and unique quiet place to stay. Friendly people showing us around and making us feel at home. Dinner was good as was the staff. We would really recommend this facility. Don't expect a swimming pool or other facilities.
a traveler United Kingdom
My friend and I chose to stay here over the Christmas period and we were so pleased that we did. The food was incredible. The staffs were welcoming and hospitable, not to mention, the fishing and market trips that were organized for us. Thank you so much.
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