- Boutique beachside hotel
- Good value for money
- Comfy base for exploring south coast
Coco Tangalla is a simple but very comfortable boutique hotel located in the popular seaside resort of Tangalle on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Although the hotel is located on the main road, it does offer a sense of peace away from the busier parts of the town and it’s right on the beach, surrounded by small but well-manicured gardens. The property belongs to the Manor House Concepts portfolio and features an eclectic mix of modern and traditional design features, with a vibrant array of colours, materials and local artwork lending it plenty of character and warmth.
There are six rooms in total. The main building houses four rooms and the remaining two are set in a separate, adjacent building. All rooms are spacious, with plenty of creature comforts, and each one is individually decorated and named. The list of amenities varies from room to room, though they all have air conditioning and complimentary toiletries; some come with their own private balcony.
On-site facilities include a lovely infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, as well as the dining area in the garden pavilion with delightful sea views. Varied breakfasts, two course lunches and three course dinners are on offer, incorporating both Sri Lankan and western cuisine and plenty of seafood. Though the food is certainly appealing, it’s also easy to venture into town to dine in some of the restaurants there. While the hotel doesn’t have its own spa facilities, in-room massages can be arranged and there’s also a peaceful ‘ambalama’, a designated place for rest complete with books, CD’s and a lounge with ocean views.
There’s plenty to do within easy reach of the hotel. The Yala National Park, known for its abundant leopard population, is a particularly popular destination, and there’s a great deal to explore along the South Coast with its picturesque beaches that are good for water sports and soaking up the sun, along with scores of charming settlements that are rich in local culture and traditions.
The hotel welcomes children aged eight or above. All of the bedrooms can be booked out together on an exclusive basis which makes it a great choice for families or larger groups, and the two bedrooms away from the main building interconnect via a short passageway. Note that swimming in the sea directly outside the hotel isn’t recommended, but there is a suitable beach for swimming within walking distance.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019