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Ethukala , 11500 Negombo, Sri Lanka
13 July 2016
눉Couldn't have asked for more.
눇On the pricey side but value for money, and watch out for very cheap deals that come up. Staff were friendly and helpful. Great service and facilities for individuals or families. Beach nearby and 2 pools; good restaurants and bars; and entertainment if you're into that.
4 July 2016
눉The main dislike was locals touting for business. I know the coastal resorts rely on tourism but when it's hard sell its really annoying especially as you come away for a break. The hotel employs local ladies & gents to sell scarves & jewellery along the beach & they are there all day waving scarves in front of you. They are not cheap as I bought 3 for my daughters back home thinking that would be the end of it, but no, they pester me more every day. Also, differing rates for drivers & tours. We paid a driver to go to Columbo & he charged us more than double the amount. It was very disappointing. There are good tour drivers who can take you around & it's worth hiring then for all your trips. Check the prices with a few companies to get a good comparison. Everything is tips, tips tips But it's a fantastic country & a fantastic hotel in a great location so go with an open mind.
눇The view from our room was fabulous, every day I loved to look out over the sea, beach, trees & pool with the sounds of nature so close. There were plenty of squirrels about which were very cute. Also lots of crows which were noisy & many stray dogs, but I like animals so that didn't bother me. Plus they were part of the local scheme that vaccinates & neuters all the animals. The rooms are also a great size & the shower is fantastic! Breakfast was great. , the curries in Sri Lanka are excellent & I found myself having curry for breakfast everyday with King coconut juice instead of orange juice. although there were all the usual English & continental options available. We stayed B & B so only have 1 experience of the evening meal in the main buffet restaurant & it was very good. Lots of choice & fresh cooked fish as well as meats & other choices. The table service was excellent! The beaches are lovely but near the sea there is quite a lot of rubbish washed up on the shore. This is partly unavoidable due to the tough waves but if each hotel did some rubbish collection outside their stretch then it would look much better. It wasn't possible to swim in the sea because the current was too strong due to being monsoon time. But the view is always stunning & the hotel pools were great. The gym is really well equipped with lots of machines, air conditioning & a friendly staff member to welcome you in, We stayed toward the end of monsoon period, though there was never any rain, a few cloudy days but a lovely constant breeze & mostly warmth & sun. We like the peacefulness so weren't too bothered that there wasn't much evening entertainment or loud pool music during the day. That for us was a bonus.
30 June 2016
눉the food was bad
눇the courtesy was cool
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