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Rafters Retreat

Hilland Group, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Jeffrey V Hilversum, The Netherlands
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

+ Amazing location next to the river + Rooms are great - The staff was often very hard to find. Expecially difficult if you want to order something or should start a jungle tour at 6 am while there is no one... - Quite expensive - Dinner is very basic (the first night we where lucky to join a local... More

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights in August 14 and really enjoyed it. As other people pointed out, this place is very much more an ecolodge / forest lodge and therefore anyone coming with the expectation of home comforts will be disappointed. However, that is definitely the appeal of the place. The huts are open to the trees and river,... More

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Poppel, Antwerpen, Belgium
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly personell, good local meals. The hut you sleep in is really Nice, like you are Sleeping outdoor. The shower is cold, but part of The experience. We realy enjoyed our stay, relaxing and wild water rafting

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Doha, Qatar
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a hotel or a guesthouse, its an ecolodge so you probably need to make sure you are that kind of person before you stay here but with that aside this is a one of a kind experience. We stayed in a tree-house pitched on a few stilts 6-7 feet above the ground with a great view looking... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved it. Cabin round a tree with crazy view of river. Any reviews you read that are negative re insects etc are written by people with zero experience of nature who have probably only ever slept in air con hotels on their hols. Of course if it is a bungalow built round a tree with open view of river then... More

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Chongqing, China
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23 hotel reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We've done a good bit of eco-tent camping and cabin camping throughout Asia and thus thought we had a good feel for what to expect. While we definitely enjoyed our stay, it was a good bit rougher than we expected. I think a big disconnect for us was that most of our eco-lodge experiences had been beach-side and this was... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Do not miss out on this place!! Gorgeous place on the side of a mountain with a rushing river below where we went white-water rafting! The place is very eco-friendly, but well done and extremely relaxing. The owners suggested we go for a swim just below in the river and the natural jacuzzi was absolutely wonderful! Breakfast and dinner was... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went and did four really fun activities and ate lunch there both days. We were a group of 5. All the activities were great fun (as a cycling enthusiast I loved the biking but it is a biggish hill). The staff were so friendly and accomodating and just wanted us to have a great time. The food was the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The location is just perfect on the side of the steep river banks with the sound of water passing over the rapids below. A rustic stay in a beautiful location. The huts are made well with timber and stone and do not intrude into the natural landscape or harm the views from the river. It is staying in nature which... More

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Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

You can get a good experience in water rafting with this rafters experts and very good sri lankan hospitality with great sri lankan foods. If you choose a cabana faced to river, you'll get a very good view of nature.

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Address: Hilland Group, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Kitulgala
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