Ocean Moon Guesthouse and Cabanas
Since people have started to come to Mirissa Beach, Ocean Moon Guest House in Mirissa Beach has always been a favourite place to stay in Mirissa . It's a small family run Guest House that is noted for its friendliness and hospitality. All Travel Guides to Sri Lanka seem to recommend it as one of the top 3 places to stay in Mirissa. It is noted for its direct beach access, clean cabanas and seafood. Ocean Moon guesthouse in Mirissa fills up extremely fast and mostly by advanced reservation.
Sirri the owner is one of the most helpful people you will ever meet and both he and his staff will go out of their way to make your stay here memorable.
During the evening time his Friends and Family all drop by to chat to him and his wife and they are always interested in chatting to you.
Warning, come to Ocean Moon with a small child and you will quite possibly never see it for the whole time you are there . Both Sirri and his Wife love kids and Mrs Sirri owns the local sweet shop so the kids are always happy to see her as well.
Ocean Moon has no more than 10 Cabanas all with private en-suite bathrooms and balconies set in a tranquil garden like environment with direct access to the beach. All rooms are spotlessly clean and have fans, mosquito nets and come with fresh towels and sheets daily.
If you are lucky you might get one of the second story Cabanas facing the ocean with amazing sunset views but not if I get there ahead of you.
Have a meal in the small restaurant facing the ocean and listen to the waves crash or have it brought to your balcony where you can have a quiet moment alone with that someone special.
Ocean Moon has its own Tuk-Tuk and Sirri can sometimes pick you up from Welligama Train Station if you have a confirmed reservation. Keep in mind what was said previously about ass size, these tuk-tuks only can hold 2 Western people and their luggage and have no way to carry a surfbord.
Ocean Moon guest houses in Mirissa can also arrange a Taxi / Minibus service to the Airport or up to the Hill Country. One of his friends owns a Minibus and his rates are extremely reasonable. This driver can also act as a guide and take you to places like Kandy, Adams Peak and Haputale.
Sirri is about to invest in some bicycles so his guests can rent them for the day and head into the beautiful countryside across the read from the beach. There is a lovely lake, a snake farm, lush green rice paddies, loads of birds and in fact it’s a photographers dream. I was no more than 10 minutes away from the beach when I came across 3 wild peacocks just hanging out by the road. People will stop and stare at you as tourists rarely venture far from the beach. Trust me, this little day trip would be one of the highlights of your stay in Mirissa.
Bicycles are only available to Guests of Ocean Moon.
There is also talk of Sirri installing wireless internet ( WiFi ) for his guests in Ocean Moon. Internet cafes in Mirissa are limited but there is a great one across the road from Ocean Moon.
Speaking from experience, if you are bringing a laptop to Sri Lanka you have to bring a plastic airtight bag to keep it in. Ziplock make some large freezer storage bags that are ideal for this. The air on or near the beach is full of salt and in the Hill Country the air is damp, neither environments are good for a PC these days. Also bring packets of Silica Jell with you and when you are not using your computer, camera or Ipod store them in this bag.
Sirri is also a bit of a whiz in the kitchen but you can see more about that in the ‘ Places to eat ‘ section.
Right on the beach in a secure garden like environment
Fresh water showers for Guests to wash off after a swim.
Laundry Service is available.
Free safe parking for your car / van if you come with a driver. Please call before.
International calls can be made and received at reception.
Internet access + wifi available in the restaurant and some rooms by March 2010.
Valuables can be safely stored with Sirri.
Payment by cash only – Euro and USD also accepted.
Nearest Bank / ATM is in 25 minutes away in Matara .( Commercial Bank )
Pharmacy and a Local Doctor nearby.
Great little shop that sells everything is across the road.
Bicycle rental for Guests.