Heritance Ahungalla

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, LK
Heritance Ahungalla
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 37% less than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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New luxury hotel

by bianchis about Heritance Ahungalla

I did not stay in this hotel only went to have a look at this much talked about 5*luxury hotel. Formerly Triton originally designed by the famous architect Bawa has been newly reburnished and looks like a really pleasant place to stay. Extensive gardens, super large pools and an excellent broad sandy beach. Looks like a place where you will be pampered.

A beach paradise

by CleoCatra about The Heritance (previously The Triton)

Two and a half hours drive from Colombo, this is a glorious hotel set on a long beach on the Indian Ocean. It has just been refurbished and the architecture is gorgeous. The infinity pool is spectacular

Heavenly Heritance

by TripAdvisor Member MandRLondon

The hotel is a dream, the staff are lovely and the food is fantastic. Don't pay the travel agent or hotel prices for trips, tours and transport you can get them outside the gate at a fraction of the price. We found a couple of lovely guys called Nimal Tours (Nimal and Wimal) who took us all over the place. They were reliable friendly and fun to be with. They live just across the way from the hotel in Station Road Ahungalla, everyone in the town knows them so they are easy to track down. We loved the place and can't wait to go back.

Heavenly Heritance

by TripAdvisor Member Caz1006

We’re a family of 2 Adults and 2 Children on AI we stayed at the Heritance for 5 nights…….only wished we could have stayed more and even contemplated changing our flights!

The Heritance is a wonderful, opulent and very peaceful hotel not full of ummmm how can I say this, sorry to offend Brits Abroad. The staff couldn’t be any nicer in fact the best staff we’ve come across, yes, you give them a tip but 100 – 200 rupees isn’t much. The rooms (we had 2) were extremely clean had 2 single beds put together which didn’t bother us, mini bar, a magical bathroom and turn down service just added to that loveliness of it all.

There are 2 swimming pools, again both clean and well maintained, the lifeguards bring you sunbeds, mattresses, towels and umbrellas nothing was too much trouble.

The hotel wasn’t full in fact only 50 guests in some ways nice but it needed more atmosphere. We had a dinner at the fine dining restaurant but were the only people eating…………could not fault the food but again the lack of atmosphere just put a little dampener on it.

Touts on the beach were a little over bearing and it’s a shame that we couldn’t take our children on the beach, we tried once but I started to have a little panic as they surrounded me, but some people from the hotel used them.

We did the day trip out and visited Galle, spice and stone factory lastly we visited the turtle hatchery, it was a great day not once did we feel intimated and the Sri Lankan people are so very friendly.

Don’t worry about the war in the North we had no trouble whatsoever. Don’t worry about the Tsunami I think that’s what putting people off of going to Sri Lanka.

Would I go to Sri Lanka again…………yes without any doubt and maybe try a safari next time.

If you're going enjoy.................wish I was coming too!!

Amazing Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Blackburn1980

We stayed here between 18-24 June 2007 for part of our 3 centre honeymoon and we were amazed by both the country and the hotel.

We were greeted by the Duty Manager and a refreshing cold towel and shown to our rooms following a brief introduction to the hotel as well as a choice of cocktail or wine upon ones arrival. One thing to bear in mind from the momnet you arrive in the hotel, is that tipping is a necessity, 100-200 rupees (50p-£1) is adequate and you will find that you tip practically everyone, so make sure you have small denominations of GBP or USD.

We stayed in a standard room over looking the pool and the Indian Ocean. The room was exceptionally clean, with a well-stocked mini bar and a tv with various satellite channels. The room boasted a well equipped en-suite, with a huge walk-in shower. The balcony was big with a table and two chairs which were much used when watching the sun set! The room had wooden floors and tiles in the bathroom and there was seating area within the room with a sofa and table.

The pool areas were very clean with plenty of sun loungers around. Once you found the sun lounger of your choice a member of staff would bring towels and an umbrella if so required to you. The jacuzzi was not operational all the time, though that is partly due to the lack of clientele, although when it was turned on, there were very few people using it anyway. Periodically, the waiters would bring round refreshing water melon free of charge which was always welcomed. Waiters were also there if you wanted a drink that would then be brought to your sunlounger. Be wary, if you do get a sun lounger facing the sea, you are likely to be bombarded with the locals trying to sell you their goods. A polite shake of the head will move them on as they cause no harm. The hotel have tried to move on the sellers, but they rely on tourism so basically bear with it or move nearer the pool.

Although we were half board at this hotel, it was easy to eat in the coffee shop which was excellent value for money and they had a good range of foods. The breakfast were good, with a wide variety which catered for most nationalities, including Sri Lankans themselves who tend to have Pol Sambol (a type of curry) for their breakfast. The evening meal tends to be a buffet, but as the hotel was pretty empty, we had most of our meals from the A La Carte menu which was excellent. On the occasion we did have the buffet, there was a great choice of barbequed meats and freshly cooked meals, all of very high standards. Dress code is smart /casual.

The hotel was only 1/3 full as a result of the lack of tourism following the Tsunami and the Civil War, which is such a shame as a lot of staff had to be laid off as a result. The Civil War is taking place to the far North East of Sri Lanka and it was only on the way back to the airport late at night did we ever see army personnel as there are many check points to go through, but don't let this put you off as it doesn't affect you at all. As a result of the low numbers, the evening entertainment was null and void, although as a honeymooning couple, this did not bother us as it was nice to have a walk around or a couple of drinks in the bar before retiring to the room. That being said, the hotel was busy over the weekend and the evening entertainment did pick up.

There is nothing about the hotel we would change. The staff are friendly and extremely attentive and they will go out of their way to help you. The hotel in our opinion was worth every penny and would recommend it to anyone. PLEASE don't be put off with the post-Tsunami clear up as we hardly saw any of it taking place, although the hotel is a constant reminder how strong these people are in the face of adversity. The only evidence that you will see in the immediate vicinity of the resort is the boutique on the beach and you can see where the waves ripped the walls apart.

Go to the Heritance Ahungalla, it is wonderful and we certainly go back and it is certainly worthy of its 4* reputation.

Top class hotel - Throughly worth it

by TripAdvisor Member ryanairgirl

We spent 12 wonderful nights at the Heritance Ahungalla.
My husband, son (8) and I will remember it for the rest of our lives.
we flew to Quatar and then to Colombo, where we were met at the airport by the hotel company's driver (aitken spence hotels). We spent 3 hours transfering to the hotel in an old mini van... but it was fully air conditioned and the seats were very comfortable and the views much better from that height than would have been in a car. It was also spotless and the driver gave us a commentary about the places we were driving through. The time went very quickly, was what I considered to be a better class of travel that anyone else on the roads (tuk tuks, bikes etc) and I throughly enjoyed roughing it a little... We saw loads of things on the way too.

The hotel was like an oasis. 2 guards opened the gates to the drive and closed them afterwards and the drive was awesome... the beautiful lilly pool at the front of the hotel followed by the reflective marble open reception and onto the infinity pool and then the Indian ocean was breathtaking, truly.

We were met at reception and our bags where whisked away by bell boys an we were taken to the cool upstairs hotel bar and given ice cold fruit cocktails - Nelli juice?!?! and passionfruit and weird tropical fruits - YUM!
Chilled towels were brought for us to refresh ouselves and it was blissful. check in was done at a leather sofa with the hotel manager and was throughly pleasant. The staff all spoke excellent English (obviously) and even thought the accent was a little difficult to understand, you soon got used to it.

We booked this hotel as our 10th Wedding anniversary present to each other, and as such blew all expenses and upgraded to their Luxury Suite which added a 3rd more to the total cost of the holiday... but it was WELL worth it!

We stayed in the Sir Cliff Richard Suite... it consisted of a large lounge, triple aspect patio, bathroom with hot tub and jaccuzzi, dressing room and large spacious bedroom with the biggest bed I have ever seen! It had everything. Flowers, candles, home cinema, Dvd library etc. We had ice and canapes delivered eery evening and a free laundry facility (which was great at the end of the holiday).

The other rooms we saw were also on the same vein... decorated in the same beautiful wood and ornamentation and were just as lovely, just smaller.

The place was spotless. I could have eaten my dinner from the bathroom floor, and everything was taken care of in every way.

The babysitting service, which we used twice, was awesome. The chap who babysat looked as if it was more than his life was worth to let anyone in that room! It was wonderful.

The hotel was also very beautiful, and the food, which people are seeming to complain about, was AWESOME. We had the most excellent food (please see my photos!) and I cannot understand the remarks from others about the menu etc, because it changed from meal to meal and also nightly. There was a such a selection that you never eat the same meal for 6 months. Also, if there was nothing on the VAST menu that took your fancy, they would prepare you whatever you liked. My son didnt like anythign too spicy, and they were always prepared to whip him up spomething different... local vegetables and rice, beautiful soufles and garnish, beef stew and mashand even common garden variety chips and burgers. You could have had whatever you wanted.

The serice was OUTSTANDING... being met and welcomed in such a way is a little unnerving at first because no one is really that nice are they? Yes! These pople who work at this hotel bend over backwards to make your stay wonderful. Being a cynical English girl I thought maybe they were after tips... but no. We didnt tip during the holiday except occasionally if someone really went out of their way (like a guy bringing us spices from the shops which we asked him to get for us if he could). We tipped at the end of the holiday. All tips apparently go into a communal pot, and get divvied up between the staff. It was great, and such a relief!

The beach was the only downside. It was rough (even in May and June because its nearly monsoon) and you could not swim... but you could sit at the edge of the water and soak up the gorgeous sun and sea breeze to cool down. it was as warm as a bath. Some days it was hotter than the pools!

The hawkers were obsesively *there* but, we said hi, and were pleasant and told them that we would buy something at the end of the holiday if they left us alone, and that is exactly what they did. A nice guy often got us banana's and coconuts for nothing and we shook his hand and off he went, and we would wave and say hi as we went to the beach. We honoured this and bought a sari (wrap around thingy) and a table cloth, simply because they need to make their living and they had not bugged us like I had seen them bug other people (those who rudely ignored them, or buzzed them off and were frankly horrible to them..).

It was, however, not necessary to go to the beach because of the wonderful pools and the wonderful cool melon and fresh fruit kebabs brought for you to eat whilst you were taking a dip. Heavenly.

I THOROUGHLY reccommend this place to everyone.

Divine hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Fierydormouse

We stayed here in April 2007 and it was absolutely gorgeous.

The vista which greeted us - from the marble floored reception to the infinity pool and the Indian Ocean beyond - was just amazing. Photos can't really do it justice (nice as they are).

The staff could not do enough for us. In fact I felt a bit uncomfortable to start with, having every wish anticipated, someone always hovering about - to open a door for me, pull a chair out for me, etc. It took me a couple of days to get used to such attentive service - it's not something that happens back home in London!

Special mention must go to Jayantha - the restaurant manager. He was so friendly and kind and really made our holiday.

The rooms were beautifully furnished and all of them have a sea view. There are two pools, a jacuzzi and a well equipped gym. There is also a library on the 2nd floor with lots of books in English/German and other languages.

Food was excellent. The main “Jute” restaurant breakfast buffet was great, as was lunch. Dinner in the Jute restaurant however somehow never seemed as good as lunch - it was usually a buffet with lots of choice but somehow never quite what we fancied. Sometimes the food had been sitting out too long as well. But there was always a freshly-cooked-in-front-of-you option so you could avoid that problem.

The food in the Fine Dining restaurant was not included in our package, however we did get a discount in there and I must say it was fabulous. We ate there twice and the seafood was amazing. Well it was ALL amazing!

The main bar had a nice snacks menu but again this was not included in our package.

They had live music – the set lists usually weren’t quite to our tastes but it was nice that they bothered to have live musicians.

One word of warning for those who may be thinking of booking "semi all inclusive" - also known as "full board plus" - with Kuoni. Kuoni's website and literature leads you to believe (it certainly strongly implies that) ALL your soft drinks will be included, all the time. This is absolutely not true. Soft drinks are only included with your meals. When we were there we met other people who had booked the same deal with Kuoni, expecting unlimited soft drinks all the time, and got there to find this was not the case. We complained to Kuoni about this (to no avail) as we felt we had been deliberately misled on this matter. (However Full Board Plus/Semi All Incl does include one wine or one beer with your meal though as stated). It was really very silly of Kuoni to mislead us on this, as we thought our holiday was fantastic value - even though all our soft drinks weren't free.

Watch out for the touts on the beach. This was a problem throughout Sri Lanka. They are dreadfully persistent and a huge nuisance – they made going on the beach at the hotel a bit of a no-no which is a shame as it was a divine beach. If you want to go to the beach I recommend going elsewhere along the coast. Also, ladies watch yourselves when you are out and about. One guy repeatedly tried to feel me up in the supermarket despite the fact I was with my husband! He didn’t get far and ran off pretty quick when I shouted at him, but be aware.

But Sri Lanka was amazing and we had an unforgettable holiday. It would be tempting (especially at such a nice hotel) to never leave the hotel but you must – there is so much to see. My personal highlights were the 3000 year old (I think) Buddha statues at Dambulla and the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda.

The Heritance and it’s lovely staff contributed immeasurably to our holiday and I can't recommend this hotel enough.

Great Honeymoon

by TripAdvisor Member LotteLondon

We had a lovely Honeymoon in this hotel, the staff where friendly and helpful.

The food and choices were amazing with everyone catered for.

The room was very clean and the towels where changed up to 3 times per day!

Don't forget to tip everyone who helps you, it need only be a little 100 ruppess, 500 for a room boy for a week.

excellent quality hotel

by TripAdvisor Member ziggyDurham

stayed for five nights as a family of five and we enjoyed everything about the hotel. The long well maintained driveway and the large pond in front of the entrance. Everybody smiled and spoke to you and were all very happy. The reception when we arrived made you feel instantly welcome. Our rooms were first class clean tidy and well maintained. We were even visited by a tribe of monkeys playing around the walkways one morning. The dinning area and quality of food was excellent. The waiters were all experienced and very helpful. There are two swimming pools both of which were large and clean. The security staff kept the beach area quiet but you could approach the beach boys and banter with them and they all wanted to be your friend and guide. We had no qualms about using a couple of them as guides and these enhanced our experience of the area and the people. The only complaint I had were often the number of flys in the dinning area which was hard to stop due to the open plan design. The entertainment was low key but very fitting for the hotel and its location

Good hotel with amazing food

by TripAdvisor Member Mindenhof

We stayed here for 4 nights following a tour of the national parks of Sri Lanka. The hotel was of a good standard and the food in the restaurants was excellent. The pool was good and the welcome from the staff was great.

The only negative point is that the beach attached to the hotel is public and as such has a lot of hawkers on it who will not leave you alone although this is the same on a lot of Sri Lanka's beeches.

Even in the monsoon season when we went (could not swim in sea due to its roughness) it was a good break after a tour and i would recommend it to anyone for a short break. Any longer than 5 days however may get boring as there is nothing in the local village.



Forum Posts

Ahungalla Sri Lanka

by kimxx

We stayed at the triton hotel in november 04. We made friends with a guide/taxi driver from the village next to the hotel. His namis is Roashain de Silva. We had tea at his house and met his wife, 10 year old daughter and1 year old son. He is a fantastic man and has a lovely family. If anyone has any news of him, the village or the hotel please let me know. Thanks.

Re: Ahungalla Sri Lanka

by stormy69

Hi Kim
He was the driver for our hotel - club palm garden and we hired him to take us touring around Sri Lanka, he gave us a great tour and you are right a great guy. If you hear anything can you let me know as well.
Thanks Chris

Re: Ahungalla Sri Lanka

by paulandnicola

We got married at the triton hotel back in the year 1999.The people we met here will be remebered for a life time, cant wait to return.

Ahungalla in september

by candi_girl

hiya guys,
im going to sri lanka with my boyfriend in september 2007 and we are staying at heritance ahungalla (formerlly triton hotel).
was wondering if anyone had any advice on going on days trips as this location seems rather secluded! really wanted to go to the millenium elephant foundation and visit kandy... any recomendations on how to go about this or any other trips to do?
we r 19 yrs old so a bit nervous bout the whole thing and any advise would be appriciated!
thanks, candi x

RE: Ahungalla in september

by erikdr

Hi there,

Basically all of southwest has the same array of tour options. For Pinawela and Kandy I'd advise an overnighter, many other things (Galle Fort, river trip, sea turtle hatchery, glass bottom boat, even tea plantation) can all be done as day or halfday trips.

Have a nice time, and don't hesitate to come back with more detailed questions,

& [Sandya] - leaving in 1 week for Lanka

RE: Ahungalla in september

by nishantha076

Hi Candi,

As a day trip to Kandy & Pinnawala from ahungalla may be difficult. Probably you could stay somewhere near kandy & visit those places. There are enough of excursions can be operated from ahungalla s day trips. f you need further details conatct me.

Have a nice trip.


RE: RE: Ahungalla in september

by candi_girl

thank you for your replies guys they were very helpful! could you tell me what the watersports and other activitys are like in/around ahungalla? would bentota be the best place to go for things like that? and how far away is bentota? sorry to ask so many questions!! thanks in advance, candi x

RE: RE: Ahungalla in september

by nishantha076

Hi Again,

In Ahungalla you cannot do much water sports but Bentota will be an ideal place to do that. It has bentota river & the sea both. Enough of water sport centers around.

Have a nice trip.


RE: RE: Ahungalla in september

by candi_girl

thanks, sounds good! how far away is bentota from ahungalla?
candi x

RE: RE: Ahungalla in september

by erikdr

Hi Candi,

Around 15 km, that's 20-30 mins by tuktuk.

Have fun,

& [Sandya]

Girly question!!! :-)

by vikisav

Hi all!
Thats it now, I'm afraid all the questions are comming out, you'll be wishing I'd never found this forum!!!
Does anyone happen to know whether I will be able to get my nails done while at the Triton (sorry forgotten the new name)Hotel? I do feel abit pathetic asking that, but I was going to get acrylic nails done before we go on the off chance that I'd still have them on for my wedding day after touring for a week!! My friend actually said I should have them done while I was there and its something I hadnt really thought of!! But thinking about it, it does make sense, so if anyone could help me out- would be grateful........again!!!

RE: Girly question!!! :-)


Hi Viki
Don't worry about asking too many questions, that is what this forum is all about ok.

Ok, so your fingers!, i am not sure about there being a facilty for doing them at Hertitance Ahungalla (Triton), but maybe i could text a friend there and she will know.
But, you can always ask one of the lovely girls on guest relations, Varshi, or Suzzette, and they will surely know where you can get them done, i no there is people at The Neptune Hotel, about 20 minutes away by cab that can take care of this for you, and yes your hair too, or indeed the 2 girls will help you themselves, they are gorgeous looking, so must be expert at those things themselves!!.
I will let you know as soon as i get a reply.


RE: RE: Girly question!!! :-)

by Treshi

Good Job Done Dave!!! this time the cats seems to be out of the bag instead of the cat..ha..ha...

Hi Viki,

Do as Dave our local expert says, I m sure the girls will take care of everythign out there..

Treshi, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

RE: RE: Girly question!!! :-)

by vikisav

Lol, well once again....thank you!!
I am getting quite excited now as we get closer to going, started our malaria tablets yesterday and so far have had no reactions to them which I am pleased about, just a pain having to take tablets daily- and for 6 weeks too!
Have to say that since finding this forum, I have been having late nights just reading through the questions and comments people have made- quite useful and sometimes amuzing!!!
So no doubt I shall be asking for advise again nearer the time!!
Thanks guys.

RE: RE: Girly question!!! :-)


Hey Treshi
Do i sense a little girly jealousy here?, only kidding, you know about Suzzette, i told you about her, or did i?, can't remember now, ha ha.

RE: RE: Girly question!!! :-)


Hi again Viki

My friend at Heritance Ahungalla tells me that at this time there is NOT anyone who can take care of your nails, or hair, but as i suggested, there would be some one at The Neptune about 20 minutes away, but, best to check again with Guest relations when you arrive (Suzzette, and Varshi)., please say Mr David says hi ok, thanks.

Have a great time, and i really hope that all goes well for your holiday, and of course wedding too!


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