About the property
The Tree House Crib is a comfortable and charming natural tree house that accommodates 1 to 4 persons. Ideal for a couple to spend a memorable night under the stars... It can also accommodate 4 individuals who would like to hang out on the tree house.
There's a restaurant and hang out area and our chef will be able to serve you tasty dishes, local and international...
Location – neighborhood description
Saraii Village is a truly unique location that provides guests an eco - agro tourism experience. Located in an agro-forestry land in Wirawila, there are both Tree Houses and Mud Chalets as accommodation options. This location is built using environmentally friendly and recycled material and is based on a sustainable green philosophy.
Attractions and distance
Saraii Village is close to many interesting sites, such as the Yala Nature Reserve, Bundala Bird Santuray & Nature Reserve, Lunugamwehera Nature Reserve, Wirawila Tank, Kirinda Beach, great for surfing, diving, dolphine & whale watching. Famous religious site, Kataragama, all located closeby, with many more attractions available for you.
Check-in time - After 1.00 PM
Check-out time - Before 11.00 AM
Meals - There's a restaurant and hang out area and our chef will be able to serve you tasty dishes, local and international...
We can arrange for responsible tours within the nature reserves and visits to places of interest around this location.
We stayed at Saraii Village for two days and the place is nice and if you reduce Eco to the fact that the houses are built with wood and earth it hits the spot. Now eco for me means more than that and Saraii Village did not fully meet this expectation. We booked through (website hidden) and the impression we got was that its a charming place, with focus on details, however with two people on duty, who were really nice and helpful, at the same time it seems they were stuggling to keep up with the maintenance of the place. The food was soso and cleary the tree houses are not children friendly, which made us feel worried at the beginning. If you look for tree house experience, with basic comfort the place is spot on - if you ar looking for real "eco" that goes beyond constuction and takes a look at litter, etc and/or a charming place - take something else.
5 star tree house not only with electricity (fan, light, plugs), but also... wi-fi (if your device has good wi-fi receptor), right inside the 'jungle', close to Yala, Tissa, Kataragama. Superb toilet/shower – for common use. If you're not afraid of some mices and lizards playing above your head (but 'behind the curtain') and have some extra $ to spend (that's rather expensive as for Srilankan budget tourism standards) – you won't regret. Trully eco hipster sort of experience. Fantastic food (dinner 1800 lkr/pp – worth every Rupee). That's the way eco business shall be done!
I haven't met Charitha herself – she's sort of boss/PR of the village, engaged also in various slow food/eco activities, not 'host' in traditional airbnb style. Anyways, she was kind enough not only to respond my every e-mail in seconds, but also to upgrade me for free to the 'better' tree house. The crew at the village will help you in any way possible (organizing tours, serving delicionus & romantic candlelight dinner). Thank you, evereyone out there.
Our 2 night stay at Saraii Village was a bit of a mixed bag.
The treehouse was really cute and certainly a unique experience. The bathroom was beautiful.
Unfortunately though there were a few things that marred our stay including the following:
- We needed to ask them to change the sheets as it looked like there were spots of fresh blood on them...but they were happy and willing to do this.
- Both days we were there we had to listen to several hours of noisy 'wipper-snippering' which wasn't the 'sound of serenity' were were after!
- The tree house is located right next to the communal lounge/dining/kitchen area which the 'manager' seemed to use as his office so privacy seemed a little lacking and their talking, music and TV could be heard at night.
- Unfortunately we were the only guests for the first night and as we had planned to go an safari to Yala, therefore had to pay for a whole jeep on our own which was quite expensive.
Furthermore it would have been nice to know beforehand that Saraii village is quite far from anywhere, certainly there is nowhere close to walk to. This means you need to eat all your meals at the restaurant or organise transport. The dinner we had was certainly very yummy and VERY abundant however it was also twice the price of the meals at other guest houses we'd been to.
We were also surprised to learn that the person we'd been communicating with (Charitha) actually lives in Colombo and that Saraii Village is staffed by 3 male staff members. This was disappointing to us, as we'd been expecting to meet the person we'd been emailing and texting, and who is advertised as the 'host'.
We stayed here for Yala Safari trip the next day. This has to be the most affordable and perfect exciting accommodation adventure! Staying in a treehouse has been a childhood fantasy for my friends and myself. 4 of us stayed in Saraii Village - in the Crib. Netting helped ensured that wild moths and mosquitos stayed out of the sleeping area. It was very quaint, full of stars at night, even fireflies, as well as the random wildlife around the compound. Showering although only with unheated water (eco-friendly), felt like a luxurious spa experience with a waterfall-like faucet was simply amazing. Hassan, the GM of the place, was especially accommodating, served up excellent Sri Lankan fare, and took great care of my group, even calling up the following days to enquire on how our trip was going, and also on the driver (who called me on a separate occasion, with his son telling us how much he enjoyed ferrying our group) he arranged to bring us to Kandy, Sigiriya and the surrounding destinations. We will definitely be back to Saraii Village when we visit Sri Lanka. You will not be disappointed with this amazing experience!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.