Stayed at this hotel for two weeks from 8-23rd December. We initially had a superior seaview room, which was beautiful (having been refurbished). There are three floors and the top rooms, where we stayed, have a wooden high roof. Unfortunately, the pidgeons tend to get in the eaves and start billing and cooing from sun up,making a terrible racket which I didn't realise was slowly driving my husband around the bend. Also the roof had small gaps through which bugs would get through at night and drop onto the bed. We did seem to get bitten at night so had to spray ourselves with mossie spray. So my husband finally cracked a few days before coming home and asked reception to either change our room or give him a gun!!! We changed rooms the following day to a first floor room and even though it was smaller we were happier. I think other people have complained so think the hotel need to put up some netting to deter the pidgeons. The staff were very helpful and would deal with any complaint quickly and efficiently. Overall we enjoyed our stay. The food was good quality. It was my birthday the night before we came home so had a 'fine dining' meal in the Waves a la carte restaurant, which was superb, that and a bottle of wine came to £71 (you're looking at over £100 in the UK!). We had five courses, the main included lobster, scampi and jumbo prawns - and they made me a complimentary cake!! The location was not great, we were a taxi or tuck tuck ride from the town but the tuck tuck's are outside the hotel if you want them. Travelling in a tuck tuck is not for the faint hearted though. Negombo is 30 minutes away and Columbo is an hour and a half drive away. The beach was ok but you can't swim in it due to the currents (red flag up). The Asda and Harald tour boys are on the beach and although they will approach you to ask if you want to go on a trip they are alot cheaper that the rep tours. Asda have insurance too, which is important. There is a sign outside the hotel for Dolphin Tours listing the price of car journeys wherever, which gives you an idea of cost.
Tip. Wine isn't included in the AI and a bottle will set you back £20. You can buy house wine by the glass at the Aqua bar for around 370 rupees (£3).
Overall enjoyed this holiday and met people who have returned year after year.
Would go back, maybe with the grandchildren as the pool and food are safe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Here on Sri Lanka's golden west coast, we believe that every moment of your time spent with us is precious. . Precisely why we offer a host of facilities for your comfort and opportunities for you and your loved ones to enjoy an unforgettable stay with us in Sri Lanka. Whether you want to PLAY or PAUSE you can have the best of both worlds at Club Hotel Dolphin Waikkal. Our hotel is known to be the ultimate family beach holiday destination in the region.. PAUSE... Find a place under the swaying coconut palms, and re-discover that inner peace that you've been missing for so long. Take a long walk on the golden beach. Enjoy the sensation of curling your toes in the pure sands and revel in the warmth of the sun on your skin. Lie back and listen to the soothing roar of the waves as you slip into a deep state of relaxation at the spa. PLAY... Dive into Sri Lanka's longest swimming pool and score the winning point at water polo! Hit the gym, or take a water aerobics class. Say yes to adventure! Learn to paddle a kayak and explore the mangroves, or feel the wind whistle past, as you see the world from horseback trekking along the beach. Enjoy top notch entertainment and live shows, indulge in beach-side BBQ s and delicious buffets, take time for a romantic meal for two under the moon and stars... Whether you want to PLAY or PAUSE at Club Dolphin you can enjoy the very best of both worlds... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Hotel Waikkal
- Club Hotel Dolphin Sri Lanka
- Dolphin Hotel Sri Lanka