About This Listing
Built on Saraii’s oldest Palu tree, Nest is your home away from home. Just like Crib, this tree house too comes with an exclusive Ewok-like landing space with a spectacular view. Nest can accommodate 2+2 people
Bright and colorful, Nest stands tall at 25 feet above the ground and is a little bigger than Crib. This tree house is perfect for families looking to spend some quality time together under the stars. Children always have the time of their lives in Nest. The floors are made of recycled wooden railways sleepers (called ties). There is a fan to keep you cool and it comes with a balcony and private bathroom on the ground floor (with a shower facility). Complimentary mineral water and tea/coffee is available. You can also avail free Wi-Fi services.
Saraii Village is your home away from home and in keeping with that spirit, guests have access to all areas of the property (except private rooms of other guests, of course!). There is a restaurant and hangout common area for all guests of Saraii Village as well.
Beautiful and charming location in the South of Sri Lanka. Rural village with the lake at a walking distance.
There's public transport (buses) and tuk tuks. We can also arrange for transport - private cars or vans as well. Closest International Airport is just about 15 / 20 mins away, which has direct fights to Colombo International Airport almost everyday.
Other Things to Note
The Yala Nature Reserve, Bundala Bird Sanctuary and Nature Reserve, Lunugamwehera Nature Reserve, Wirawila Tank, Kirinda Beach and the famous religious sites of Kataragama are all close by. Saraii Village can arrange tours and visits to your places of interests
Hunting of any animal is strictly prohibited.
Kindly use the tree houses responsibility and follow the instructions given by the staff at Saraii Village.
Do not climb up/down the tree house under the influence of alcohol.
Kindly refrain from smoking inside the tree houses.
Use appropriate protective gear while riding bicycles on the main roads.
Kindly wear proper attire at all times so that you don’t shock/disrespect other guests at Saraii Village.
Be kind to the stray dogs that hang around. They are fed by our staff and are friendly little things. Adopt one if you like!
Avoid keeping your shoes and other belongings outside the room, the dogs may use it as a chew toy and the management will not be held responsible.
Keep your surroundings as clean as possible. Enjoy every bit of the nature around you, but we’ve got to respect and protect it.
Nice tree house, but doesn't justify the high price. When we arrived, our tree house was occupied due to a double booking. According to staff this can happen due to the different booking systems. We were offered an "upgrade", i.e. a bungalow with its top integrated in a tree, with air conditioning. However, we insisted on our original booking, which we got towards the evening as the other guests had accepted the upgrade. There are 5 cabanas and 4 tree houses, of which in my opinion only 2 are really tree houses to which you climb up on a ladder, the other 2 are bungalows built around a tree, with stairs and air conditioning.
The place is nothing special, not inviting, quite plain. So is the food. There are two dogs on the premises who ask for food at dinnertime and have to be chased away by staff. When we asked, we were told they do belong to the place and if we see other dogs we should chase them away by throwing stones at them.
All in all, a bit disappointing and expensive.
I'm surprised by your comment. We work with many booking engines and we admit there was a hiccup with your reservation. As you are well aware we did all we can to get you the Superior Tree House you wanted. You went on a Safari, and by the time you were back we had the Tree House you wanted available for you.
We offered the upgrade which is about a 150 USD more than what you booked and I am unsure why you think there's Air Conditioning, because non of our units have AC's. I'm baffled why you thought we have AC's at Saraii.
We do offer two types of tree houses, one more rustic than the other, as we are trying to cater to a variety of guests. The Suite has more easier steps to climb, larger spaces to hangout and the bathroom up in the tree, which something some guests prefer.
We have Western and Local cooks, I am sure you would have been able to ask for whatever that you wished for. But since food taste is a personal preference, I am not able to comment on it.
Again I'm baffled by your comment about the dogs. Saraii does not have any dogs, there are one of two regular dogs that come to Saraii, since most of our guests feed them. They have owners in the neighbourhood, but they don't get fed. So they come to Saraii sometimes. Usually guests are very kind to the dogs.
And I categorically refute your claim that we would ever encourage anyone throwing stones at dogs. We are kind to the dogs and there are many times that we have even taken them to vets, since as Sri Lanka's, we are not people who are unkind to animals. I even have a house rule on airbnb stating the fact that all guest have to be kind to the strays. I have copied this house rule below. You can see it in all our listings. -
"Be kind to the stray dogs that hang around, they are here as Saraii is the only place where they can get a decent meal. They are friendly and may try to act as your guide. Adopt them if you like..."
I am very disappointed to hear such a comment from you.
You paid 166 USD for 5 guests. This is almost at a 50% off our normal rates.
Sad to hear that you were disappointed with your stay. We would love for all guests to have a happy stay with us. We hire local people, they may not have hotel experience, but we are trying to empower them. I would have thought that guests who understand the concept of eco tourism, would understand this fact and respect the community tourism aspect of Saraii.
You and your family are welcome if you ever wish to visit Saraii again.
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About the Host, Charitha
Founder of Saraii (website hidden) Social Sustainable Enterprise MBA graduate from the Colorado State University, US...
I set up Saraii Village as i love traveling to this part of the Island, where its close to the beach and to a host of nature reserves, lakes and historical sites... and the land being Organic is a huge plus too...
I've open up my treasued getaway to guests as i would like them to enjoy and experience it the same way i have... I am a believer that each of us can do something in our own small way to help others understand why and how to respect and take care of our environment. I welcome all responsible travelers to come see Saraii Village, which will showcase the true essence of Sri Lanka...
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