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Rafters Retreat

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Hilland Group, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was very serene and peaceful and the sound of the gushing river put me to sleep at night! The magic that the nature brings still lingers in my head! On top of that, the owner, Mr. Channa, is the friendliest and kindest businessman I know! Plus, they serve huge portions of food that we ended up begging to save... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

These unusual little cabins are nestled in the trees over looking the river. The cabins are completely open on one side so you constantly hear the rapids crashing and gushing. If you are afraid of creatures be warned! We had a furry visitor steal bananas from our cabin during the night. The rustic room is basic- a double bed with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Warning: this is not five star. But it doesn't matter. The rooms are all very basic and open out onto the river. The beds are comfortable enough and all come with mosquito nets. Air conditioning is by way of the breeze that comes through the rooms. The downstairs bathrooms are fantastic as again they look out onto the river and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This place is a great spot, ideally located for rafting on the river, which runs below the hotel and rooms. Basic cabins with open rooms overlook the river. Friendly staff and good food. The rafting is manageable for all abilities and good fun and very scenic. We spotted Kingfishers and eagles. The rafting ends right below the hotel so nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Spent a night a treehouse and a rafting experience, absolutely loved the place ... Really enjoyed the Sri Lankan cuisine. Late night feast with buddies in the outdoor hall with all the beauty of the river stream sound.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We got there in the early afternoon, being shown to our room we already loved the place! The coolest view of the river right from your bedroom! We immediately went river rafting as we only had 2 days to spend there. This was pretty much the highlight of our stay as you have sooo much fun in the river with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I wouldn't call this a regular hotel, because it isn't. Rather, it's like a collection of treehouses near the river. Each room is designed like a balcony with a fence. No windows, just a bamboo curtain. The bathroom is accessed by going down a ladder through the floor. Here, the walls are made of stone and still no windows, just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This place is absolutely stunning! Beautiful view, nice cottages next to the river, extremely good food and friendly staff. We enjoyed the rafting tour (even in the rain it is definitely worth it)! If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy nature, this is it! They can arrange transport from Colombo (and from and to other places)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a jungle stay. The villas have a very open concept & all of them overlook the river. Since its so peaceful all around, the only sound is that of the river gushing below. It took sometime for us to get used to this, but the experience is heavenly. The interiors of the rooms are very basic - but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Very friendly, rustic and homely/family feel to the place. Can't give the friendly and helpful staff enough credit. Great activities available (can recommend the White Water Rafting and Jungle Treks), and will be organised for you whenever you want. The food is great, curry, chicken, rice etc, and more western offerings like hotdogs and toast too. As the lodges overlook... More 

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