self contained fully furnished cabana owned and run by a Brit !. Set in a tranquil tropical village setting can accommodate up to 3 people. Located just 3 miles inland from Hikkaduwa
Self contained cabana only feet away from a large private swimming pool. Built to a high spec. it offers large living/sleeping accommodation for up to three people with one double and one single bed (optional). Fully tiled en-suite bathroom with shower and hot water facilities. Small kitchenette allows for tea/coffee and toast making facilities and fridge for the beers! (Here you need only to ask the owner for lunch or dinner and he will happily provide a home cooked meal for you). 240 volt electric power points compatible for modern appliances. The property is set in a privately owned large garden where the main house is to the front of the land and the cabana at the rear in the mature landscaped garden with coconut and palm trees, numerous varieties of tropical fruit trees and with your own area for sun bathing.
Gonnapinuwala village is just 6km inland from busy Hikkaduwa town centre. With its slow, laidback pace its an ideal base to relax, soak up the sun and then wander down to Hikkaduwa for some nightlife..! Appx. 10 minutes walk into the village which has a well stocked "super market", post office, wine shop, hospital, police station and two or three local restaurants.
Around and about.....
Hikkaduwa is appx. 450 rupees "tuk-tuk" ride away. Here is what made Sri Lanka famous....its long sandy beaches..! There are more than 50 places to eat and drink, and three beach night clubs enable you to dance the night away. Relaxing during the days and bustling at night. Full PADI courses are available – or just spend the day snorkelling around the coral. Glass-bottom boats can be hired to take you out to see the abundance of tropical fish swimming in the crystal clear water. Nearby about 2 km from Gonnapinawala is a large lake where nature is the word......built alongside the waterfront is the “nature resort” restaurant where you can bird watch with a beer in your hand and sample the locally caught crabs for lunch. Along the coast from Hikkaduwa is Seenigama where turtle’s can by found laying their eggs on the beach? Dodanduwa, 2 miles from the cabana, you can hire a small boat to explore in lagoons or Bata for the locally caught fish. Water skiing is available at a nearby lake and canoeing also is close by. A further 3 miles away is the famous village of Mitiyagoda where moonstone gems are mined. The small shop by the mine is terrific value and they will make whatever piece of jewelry you require..! Further out – 30 minutes in a tuk-tuk, is the historic town of Galle with its 16th century Dutch Fort surrounding the old part of the town. International cricket is played on the idyllic ground and plenty of shops to wander around. A chance to dine at the ”light house” hotel and maybe stay to see the kandyan dancers perform.
We had a fantastic stay. The gardens were beautiful & full of wildlife. We loved having Chill out days enjoying the many birds that visit to bath in the pool & watching the 3 different kind of bats that visited in the evening. We were lucky to see a palm cat climbing one of the many coconut trees in the evening. The village was beautiful & the locals were very friendly putting smiles on our faces every day. Nothing was to much trouble for the owner Wes, who accommadated our irregular eating times & supplied some fantastic meals. If you like peace, quiet & village life but only 15 minutes in a tuk tuk to the beach, shops & bars then cinnamon lodge is the place to stay. :-)
Gary from Greenford
Stayed Feb 2012
I have just returned from Sri Lanka staying at Cinnamon Lodge cabana in Gonapinawala 3 miles from the restaurants shops and beautiful beaches of Hikkaduwa. Gonapinawala is a small village 10 mins walk from the cabana and has quite a few shops including a supermarket.The cabana is situated in the tropical gardens of the owners of Cinnamon Lodge Wes and Jenny (and their 2 dogs Sybil & Hutch) and is very spacious having everything you could possibly need (and plenty of hanging space). Although there are no cooking facility’s apart from a kettle and toaster (and a fridge for milk and beers) to be honest you do not need them as the restaurants are a short tuk tuk ride away( with Chutti Wes & Jenny’s recommended driver) in Hikkaduwa. Having said that I would recommend not going into Hikkaduwa but staying at Cinnamon Lodge, Why? Because Jenny is a wonderful cook far better than any restaurant, she can cook you anything you want or can make suggestions for Srilankan meals or anything else for that matter and explains what each dish is and a lot of the ingredients are grow in the garden so nice and fresh. I really enjoyed our chats in the evening with Wes & Jenny on their patio after I had eaten.
The cabana has a large bed a seating area wet room type bathroom with toilet, hand basin and shower and hot & cold water. Outside you have your own patio with seats a sun bed area and an amazing swimming pool feet from the cabana.
The garden is truly a tropical paradise with exotic plants and birds, dipping in and out the pool all day.I was only at the cabana for 9 nights (not nearly long enough) but managed to fit in a 2 day tour organised by Wes who has a huge knowledge of Sri Lanka with Udara one of Wes & Jenny’s recommended tour guide/drivers who was not only a good driver and spoke good English but had an incredible knowledge of his beautiful island and a very friendly guy.
As I mentioned I was only there for 9 nights but will be going back next year for a longer visit, cant wait!!Kimber
Peter from Croydon
Stayed Mar 2011
We’ve just returned form 4 weeks in Sri Lanka and more than half of that time was spent with Jenny and Wes at “Cinnamon Lodge”. The balance of the time was spent visiting sites in the cultural triangle.
We arrived fairly late in the evening after a long flight and long journey from the airport but the sight of the garden, the pool and the Cabana really lifted our spirits. We knew then that we had chosen wisely! The next morning we woke to the sound of the jungle coming to life and stepped out into the fabulous garden.
We never tired of the garden with its flora and fauna. There were all manner of flowers and flowering trees and Jenny was always happy to tell us what things were and how they could be cooked! The pool attracted birds who would swoop down and take insects from its surface. There were two particularly memorable birds, the wonderfully coloured Kingfisher and an Asian Paradise Flycatcher which visited regularly each day. Outside the confines of the garden was the Jungle! In the trees we saw monkeys, bats, snakes and more exotic birds. We felt we were leaving Paradise when we left for home.
Although Hikkaduwa has many restaurants, Jenny’s home cooking takes some beating - she is a really good cook. She always asked us what we would like to eat but we usually left it up to her and we were always very pleased. Of the restaurants we tried, Spaghetti and Co was probably the best. Basil, another Italian restaurant, had great Pizza but the pumpkin and potato ravioli is not recommended. Ranjits bar was the best place to sit with a cold beer watching the sun go down and the surfers catch the waves.
Gonapinawala is surprisingly large. It has lots of shops, a post office two temples, a very helpful newsagent (who also sells english language newspapers) and a regular bus service to Hikkaduwa and Galle. Traveling between Gonapinawala and Hikkaduwa was not a problem - we used the bus and the local Tuk-tuk driver recommended by Wes and Jenny.
Finally, Wes has a vast knowledge of Sri Lanka and the local area and we valued his help and advice.
Ingrid from London
Stayed Jan 2011
"Peace & tranquility"
The cabana was exceptionally clean and comfortable. The pool and garden was beautiful and tranquil. One of our favourite pastimes was watching out for the different birds. It was a little bit further than we thought to the beach and is a bit remote but that too is part of the beauty of this location. We had an utterly chilled relaxing time. It would have been good to have a welcome cup of tea and a bottle of chilled water rather than an empty fridge! As a Sri Lankan ex-pat it wasnt very typically Sri Lankan and would have liked to be offered more Sri Lankan food. But a quick trishaw journey with Chuti the driver and fantastic authentic Sri Lankan food was only 20mins away. Be warned that there are two dogs...allbeit friendly and should have been forewarned.
robert from Doha
Stayed Dec 2010
Once you get past the smell of the moth balls and get outside into the most tranquil garden, full of widelife, which you can while away the hours watching, you suddenley realise that you have made a really good decision, on choosing Cinnamon lodge as your guest house. The Garden and pool are great, this coupled with Wes and Jens hospitality and helpfulness makes all out for a great holiday. Thank you for a lovely time!
p.s. Chuti the tuk tuk driver is invaluable and punctual.
Dan from Hikkaduwa
Stayed Jan 2010
I stayed with my girlfriend at Cinnamon Lodge for two weeks in mid January 2010.
The setting for the accommodation is deep within the jungle and offers total privacy and seclusion. The gardens and swimming pool are glorious and were worthy of any five star resort, if not better. Although secluded and in the jungle, you are just a ten minute tuk-tuk journey from the town of Hikkaduwa where all the restaurants are. The tuk-tuk driver that Wes and Jenny recommended was punctual, courteous and in short - a great bloke.
The accommodation itself was great. It was extremely comfortable, spacious and was the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful South Western coast of Sri Lanka.
Wes and Jenny were fantastic hosts. They took the time to give us lots of helpful advice, which wouldnt be found in a guide book and proved invaluable in helping to make our stay a memorable one. I also greatly appreciated the fact that Wes and Jenny made considerable effort to ensure sure that my girlfriend and I had our own space around the pool and gardens. They were also happy to prepare meals for us at short notice. The food Wes and Jenny made was excellent and gave the nearby restaurants a run for their money.
My favourite memory from my stay at Cinnamon Lodge was swimming in the pool at 4pm, when the pool was at its warmest the sense of peace and tranquillity was awesome.
In short, I can fully recommend Cinnamon Lodge. It exceeded my expectations and resulted in me having a truly wonderful holiday in Sri Lanka.
Thanks Wes and Jenny!
About the owner
A self contained fully furnished cabana built in 2006 owned and run by Wes & Jenny, a British couple. We arrived in Sri Lanka in 2003, fell in love with the island and stayed ! We built the cabana in 2006 to live in while we had the main house rebuilt. .Now we look forward to inviting guests to Sri Lanka.We are on hand during your stay to give you advise, recommend tours and to give you the benefit of our knowledge. The cabana is in a tranquil tropical village setting and can accommodate up to 3 people.
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