Mermaid Hotel

Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean

The hotel

Nestled in a vast coconut grove, the Mermaid Hotel & Club offers a haven for sun, sea and sand lovers. Overlooking a beautiful stretch of beach, the hotel is reserved for rest and relaxation. There's not one but two swimming pools to splash about in, a fitness centre for the body conscious and a spa with sauna, steam rooms and Jacuzzi. The main restaurant overlooks the gardens and has an al-fresco section for making the most of sunny days and warm evenings. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two or tuck into the hearty buffet, with a sublime selection of seafood available daily. Four bars will also tempt you, especially the beach bar situated amidst coconut palm gardens and the restaurant bar with its snooker table. Evenings can be spent quietly or strolling in the moonlight alternatively, there's live music, to keep you entertained.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Volley Ball
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Close to the fishing village of Kalutara, overlooking golden sands. Transfer time from Colombo International Airport: 2 hours.

Hotel information

81 rooms. All with air-conditioning, terrace or balcony, 32" LCD TV, CD player, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar*, safe and hairdryer. Standard Rooms overlook the gardens with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive of: Breakfast, lunch and dinner (all buffet), plus snacks between 10:30am–12:00pm and 3:30pm–5:30pm. Local-brand alcoholic drinks (excludes wine, cocktails and Champagne), soft drinks (excluding diet drinks and mocktails) and tea and coffee between 10:00am–midnight, fresh fruit between 10:30am–5:30pm.

Superior Rooms overlook the gardens with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Sea View Rooms face the ocean, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premium Sea View Rooms overlook the ocean with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Premium Deluxe Sea View Rooms are larger and include a bath overlooking the ocean with special toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Restaurant with al-fresco area (buffet and à la carte dishes). 4 bars: Pool bar, beach bar, air-conditioned bar with a pool table and Music & lounge bar in the Mermaid Club (open 3 days a week). Quiet and activity swimming pools. Sahana Spa* with treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Fitness centre. Squash court, badminton, table tennis and pool table (in bar). Aerobics, yoga (selected days), water polo and croquet. Entertainment most evenings including live music, ballets, cultural and magic shows. Library. Room for card games and board games. Computer room with complimentary WiFi.

* Denotes local charge

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May 16, 2019 AjithH25 London, United Kingdom

Stayed here for few days after Easter Sunday's massacre, hotel was empty and staff did everything in their power to keep all guests happy. Did not meet or see Managers trying to speak to anyone during my time at Mermaid.
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May 8, 2019 Isleland

We spent the month of April in this excellent hotel, the management and staff can not do enough for you. We have travelled to a few hotels & locations in Sri Lanka but we always return to the Mermaid Hotel. Sam kept our room spotless. The food was the usual high standard. We had a great time at the party held for the village children and the new… Read more
We spent the month of April in this excellent hotel, the management and staff can not do enough for you. We have travelled to a few hotels & locations in Sri Lanka but we always return to the Mermaid Hotel. Sam kept our room spotless. The food was the usual high standard. We had a great time at the party held for the village children and the new Year.A big thanks to all the management and staff who helped to make our holiday special. Looking forward to seeing you all next year Read less
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May 7, 2019 rockyEssex essex

We stayed at this lovely hotel in March, we were a group of 5 adults. The sea view rooms were lovely and kept clean by smiling and helpful staff. It is a nice size hotel on the beach, and so relaxing laying underneath the trees on a sunbed. Food was good and we never had a problem finding a nice meal. We were all inclusive and with tea and snacks… Read more
We stayed at this lovely hotel in March, we were a group of 5 adults. The sea view rooms were lovely and kept clean by smiling and helpful staff. It is a nice size hotel on the beach, and so relaxing laying underneath the trees on a sunbed. Food was good and we never had a problem finding a nice meal. We were all inclusive and with tea and snacks available between meals we never went hungry. The gardens and pool are well maintained, there was plenty of activities to keep you occupied, the sa is really relaxing. We went on a couple of tours booked through Suresh on the beach, excellent. The real treasure of this hotel is the staff, always smiling, always helpful, nothing is too much trouble. The Sri Lankan people are warm, welcoming and genuine. We have travelled quite a lot and stayed in many types of hotels, we all agreed that we would gladly return to this little gem. Read less
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May 7, 2019 plumbq London, United Kingdom

We have just returned from this lovely hotel, I can not express sufficiently how fantastic this place is,and how I would like to thank all the staff from receptionist (Ushani) to waiters(Sunni) pool boys and the Bar staff as well as the Chefs everyone was very friendly and polite and could not do enough for you. Our Maid put fresh petals on our… Read more
We have just returned from this lovely hotel, I can not express sufficiently how fantastic this place is,and how I would like to thank all the staff from receptionist (Ushani) to waiters(Sunni) pool boys and the Bar staff as well as the Chefs everyone was very friendly and polite and could not do enough for you. Our Maid put fresh petals on our bed every time he cleaned the room (Nishal). The facilities are excellent with SPA & gym and recreational sports such as Croquet,badminton cricket,table tennis and pool. The grounds are well kept with the Indian Ocean at the end of The gardens. The food was excellent catering for both western tastes as well as more local food for the more adventurous. We will definitely return Read less
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May 6, 2019 Ingle55

We returned to the Mermaid for the second time in 4 years and it didn’t disappoint. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms are great and kept beautifully clean with many a nice touch. This is a great place to relax or enjoy the sports facilities or an introduction to yoga!! We look forward to… Read more
We returned to the Mermaid for the second time in 4 years and it didn’t disappoint. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms are great and kept beautifully clean with many a nice touch. This is a great place to relax or enjoy the sports facilities or an introduction to yoga!! We look forward to revisiting soon. Read less