My friend, her 15month old and I stayed at Reef for 3 nights last weekend and had a fantastic time, just what we needed! From the moment we booked (and I bombarded Brendan the owner with questions) to the moment we left nothing was too much trouble, they even bought us a babyseat especially for the little one which was hugely appreciated. The resort itself is about a 2-2.5hr drive from the airport depending on the traffic so I think some people use it as a stopover on their way back from the south but we just went there as didnt want to spend our entire trip travelling. Malith the manager greeted us on arrival and attended to our every need throughout our stay.
The rooms are decorated in a colonial Indian way with four poster bed and absolutely huge bathroom and bath with a lovely veranda and swing next to a pool with fish - very nice. They were kept pretty clean although we did notice evidence of drywood termites by the large wooden wardrobes - this was't a problem.
All the staff were extremely friendly especially the lifeguard who was very good with the 1yr old playing in the gardens, they were very patient with us at meal times too when he would throw everything on the floor :) I'm not sure the other guests appreciated us though! The nice thing about reef is that it never felt busy, even though it was fully occupied there are only 7 or 8 villas I believe and the resort is vast so it was rare to see much of other people.
The pool is a good size and very attractive when lit up at night, it was kept clean even after they had a storm one night during our stay, the beach is steep and isn't kept clean in this area, I wouldnt really recommend for someone who likes to lounge on a beach or swim in the sea unfortunately.
We had all our meals at reef during our stay and everything was delicious especially the seafood platter and seafood curry - if you like it spicy make sure you tell them as the first one I had was very mild!
We had one excursion to a turtle sanctuary about an hour away which at 9k for the drive seemed expensive but it was worth it to have the babyseat as opposed to travel that distance in a tuk tuk. It was fantastic to release the baby turtles into the sea.
We both had a couple of spa treatments each, there seemed to just be one therapist who was male and very professional, although I was quite surprised during a "relaxing massage" when lay on my back he pulled the towel down and massaged my stomach and other areas! Perhaps this is how massages are done in sri lanka! Treatments are not cheap like thailand but still cheaper than Dubai prices!
On our last morning we sampled the traditional sri lankan breakfast with hoppers, spiced roti and omelette curry which we were hesitant to try but was all delicious. I watched the fishermen on the beach singing whilst bringing in their nets and then we went by tuk tuk to see a nearby elephant before we left.
Thank you Bernadette, Brendan, Malith and the team for a very memorable stay!
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