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Dolphin Beach Resort

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Elanthadiya, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a very relaxing stay with our 3 year old at Dolphin Beach. Our family tent was well designed and comfortable. The pool and beach were lovely, and the dolphin-watching was a great wildlife experience. Half day trip to Wilpattu was well worth it. The Sri Lankan food and pizzas were good. Dean is a charming host, who made... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Dush & Maryann, thank you for taking time and share your experience at Dolphin Beach with Trip adviser readers. It was a great pleasure meeting you all and thank you for choosing Dolphin Beach. We wish you all the best and hope to see you again. Cheers Dean & DB dream team More 

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our fourth visit to Sri Lanka and this has been my favourite hotel that we have stayed in. The setting is incredible, right on a sandy beach, and the whole set-up is totally relaxing, with huge comfortable sunbeds next to a beautiful pool overlooking the sea. We were very lucky that the hotel was quite quiet when we... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Megan, it was a great pleasure meeting you. We are extremely pleased to know you had fantastic time in Dolphin Beach. Thank you for shearing your experience with Trip adviser readers and for choosing Makara resorts for your stay. We hope you will come back to visit Sri Lanka and stay with us again. Until then all the best... More 

Fowey, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed 6 nights at Dolphin beach in March in a family tent. I say tent but it was the lap of luxury with big comfy beds, hot shower, hairdryer, lovely cool patio area, in fact everything you could want. The food was amazing especially the rice and curries and if we tired of that (we didn't) then there was... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Sian, great pleasure meeting you all and talking to you. We are very pleased to know you had fantastic time at Dolphin Beach. Thank you for fantastic review and for choosing Dolphin Beach. Hope to see you back one day. Until then all the best to you and your family from all of us Dean & team More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A truly wonderful place to stay, starting with the name "Makara" which is the same as our house in France, down to the truly relaxed yet professional attitude of all the staff, supervised by Dean Jelinek who had all the right qualities to run a place like this. Makara became almost magical at night with all the subtle lighting etc.,... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear David, it was a great pleasure meeting you all. Thank you for fantastic review, all great compliments and for choosing Dolphin Beach for your stay. Best regards from Makara resort Dean & DB team More 

Al Khor, Qatar
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101 reviews 101 reviews
19 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't know what more to say, perfect, paradise.... We have just returned from a week at Dolphin beach. Loved every minute of it. Check in (if you can call it that) was very smooth. I was more being welcomed to a home rather than a hotel. Taken to the luxury tent with fresh watermelon juice. Perfect after a flight... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Marsh family, Tina it was a great pleasure meeting you and your family. We are glad to know you had fantastic time at Dolphin Beach and hope to see you again. Thank you for shearing your experience with Trip adviser readers. Hope AC was turned on at home :-). Take care and say hi to boys from me. Best... More 

Pendleton, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A perfect place to relax, enjoy and also do some water(sea) activities like whale/dolphin watching, snorkeling and scuba diving. We stayed at the resort for 2 nights and 3 days and had a wonderful overall experience. Not to forget, this resort transforms into a magical setting in the evenings. Dean Jelinek of the resort is welcoming and warm. He is... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Swetha, it was a great pleasure meeting you and your husband. Thank you for fantastic review and for choosing Dolphin Beach. We are very pleased to know you had fantastic experience and that you enjoyed our food and service. Hope to see you again one day, untill then all the best from SUNNY Sri Lanka Dean & DB team More 

Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in the hotel for 4 nights in Fev 2015. Just a perfect place to relax and enjoy life. Food and service is excellent. Staff is dedicated and helpfull. Bungallows are well maintained and the layout of the resort is good with plenty of areas to chill and relax next to the pool. Highlight of the stay is definitely... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Nicolas, it was pleasure meeting you. Thank you for great review and compliments about our food and service. Hope you will come back soon to Sri Lanka and that you will choose Dolphin Beach for your stay. Best regards from all of us at Dolphin Beach Dean More 

Milan, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second time around and so much better in any possible way. The service provided by all the staff was superb all the time. They where obliging, friendly and could not do enough to ensure my comfort. The meals prepared by Wasanna were delicious and beautifully presented. A great breakfast as well, either Sri Lankan or Western. The Luxury tented accommodateon... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Vicki, thank you for fantastic review and compliments. It was a pleasure seeing you again at Dolphin Beach and we all hoe to see you again next year .All the best from all of us at DB Dean More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to Sri. Lanka we arrived at Dolphin Beach straight from the airport at 7am for. 5 night stay. We were met by the main honcho Dean Jelinak (Croatian don't you know) all the previous reviews I had read about the resort & Dean do not do either justice. Without being intrusive he looks after every... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Peter & Julie, it was a great pleasure meeting you. Thank you so much for lovely evening chats and drinks on your veranda. You broth beautiful positive energy with you to Dolphin Beach. Thank you for all the compliments and for a great review. We hope to see you again one day untill then take care and all the... More 

new york
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Is it best to relax on the sand chairs under the umbrellas on the beach, or on the padded lounges in the special six inch deep section of the pool under the shade canopy, or on the king size day beds with the woven cotton shade covers on the side of the pool, or on the queen size daybeds on... More 

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Deanjelin, General Manager at Dolphin Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Carol and Richard, it was absolute pleasure meeting you. Thank you so much for fantastic review and great compliments. Hope it stopped snowing in New York and that Spring is coming. Will let you know when im in NY so I can see you. All the best from all of us at Dolphin Beach. Dean More 

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