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“My other home and friends” 4 of 5 stars
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The Blue Water
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Thalpitiya | Colombo and South West Coast, Wadduwa 12560, Sri Lanka   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 18 Wadduwa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sutton Veny
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“My other home and friends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2010

I visited The Blue Water in February for the sixth time which speaks for itself and each time I return there I feel quite at home and comfortable. As my partner feels that she can't do the long hauls anymore I have taken to travelling on my own. It daunted me at first and then I realised that I can jump on a local bus or train to tour the island without having to worry about someone else, they do get very crouded. The beauty of the Blue Water is the staff who virtually remain constant apart from the odd change and new face.
Moving on to the tours with the beach boys- Ruchi who I know well seems to have cornered the market for trips partly maybe due to some of my former trip reviews when I made a point of mentioning the beach boys. Guests are deterred from dealing with them by the reps for obvious reasons and so Trip Advisor was a way of encouraging the guest to be adventurous and give the boys a chance of making a living. There are more equally talented guys on the beach in need of making a living, Asanka and Lala. Lala is a most charming man who will give you a wonderful tour. Ginny & Manju also all very talented and charming people with a mountain of local knowledge between them. I'll take nothing away from Ruchi only to say there are others. Give them a chance, have a chat with them, I'm sure you won't be dissapointed.
I will return in December for my next trip and know that I will enjoy every minute of it.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

Never has a holiday haunted me so much with the longing to return. We will definitely go back. Although the hotel is not "5 *" by western standards, the staff alone are 6*. Nothing is too much trouble for them. I had a birthday whilst we were there and the hotel staff went out of their way to make it a very special day. I won't say what they did as much of it was a surprise, suffice it to say - just superb! The food is amazing and so varied. The drinks on AI are good. I used the Spa and it was so calm and relaxing. Definite pampering. We also visited Yala Nature Reserve via Rucchi, who can be contacted either at the front of the hotel or at Benetton Gems across the railway track. (Don't worry, you would not know that there is a railway there whilst in the hotel.) The trip to Yala was great and very informative, not just about the nature reserve but Sri Lanka itself. Roy at the hotel will also arrange excursions at affordable prices. We upgraded to a superior deluxe room and the room was lovely. Spotlessly clean. Fresh towels morning and night. Flowers in the room. Ben's Gems opposite is good for jewellery and for having tailor made clothes at reasonable prices. Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist country and this is reflected in the kindness and gentleness of the people. We loved it all.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

Just got back as we stuck a week on the Maldives at the end of staying at the BlueWater . We had read so many conflicting reports about this hotel on TripAdvisor that we were very concerned as to what we could expect but from the moment that we arrived to the normal welcome ( drinks / cold towels etc ) our previous negative thoughts had gone ! Yes the rooms could do with a makeover especially the bathrooms . Yes, the travel time from the airport is long. Yes the traffic is crazy but ,HEY you are in Sri Lanka for a holiday experience ...... it aint Cornwall thats for sure !!
We found that the service level around the hotel and pool area was great.... this has a very large area around the pool so its takes the bar staff a little bit longer to get around .
The food at all times was very acceptable and the Chefs are very willing to do any extras that you require . The restaurant is aircon but you can eat outside if you prefer .
We went on a couple of organised tours which was arranged by Ruchi as I had previously emailed him prior to our arrival. Great guy, has a great command of Sri Lanka history and culture . This was the first time that we have ever used a " beach rep " on holiday before but the reviews that this guy got on TripAdvisor were and are truly amazing !!
All in all , we had a fantastic time at the Blue Water , dont take any books as there is a large library, and there are good quantities of "bathroom stuff". The entertainment is enjoyable but low key except the duo who were brilliant . However most people seem to go to bed quite early so it is never noisy .. only when Brandon gets hold of the guitar !!
We went with Mercury Direct and it did exactly what it said on the " tin " and for that ..Well done . Just a couple of hello s to Jane and Rod ( thanks for joining our band of travellers ) to Carol .. nice to put a face on Facebook ... to Nicola and Jeff .. missed you later on in Maldives ( had to get my own G/T s !! )

So..... if you are going here in the future , sure ,read all the reviews but go with an open mind .. you make the choice and you can make a difference to the people of Sri Lanka ... we certainly had a really good holiday and the Sri Lankans have to be one of the friendliest people in the world .
Good Travelling

Keith Wales

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

This will be a relatively short review. Everything good that can be said about this delightful hotel has been said, and then some. We had a fabulous holiday in beautiful, relaxing and peaceful surroundings. No complaints about anything, and we would thoroughly recommend it. The biggest problem is working off the extra pounds put on from eating far too much of the delicious food on offer. With food so good it would be rude not to.
One final word.......Ruchi.........he's a remarkable young man who will make his way in the world. Give him a go for any trips you might be considering. You wont be sorry

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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england
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Blue Water which is excellent value for money and a very friendly and welcoming hotel. It is an interesting and elegant hotel and the food and service are of a high quality. There is always a wide choice of food, some spicy and some not, so all tastes are catered for.
There were a few minor negative points which in no way spoilt the holiday. The seating in the bar and reception areas looks good but is very uncomfortable. Everyone seems to agree that the bathrooms are in need of refurbishment, although they are always very clean. Some of the evening entertainers were very good, but a couple were so bad that we found them entertaining!
One of the gems of the holiday was Ruchi. Find him on the beach or email him before your holiday. We did this, and he organised two excellent trips for us, one to elephant orphanage, tea plantation,Kandy [temple of the tooth], and Sigiriya. You really should climb the 1502 steps to the top of Sigiriya if possible. It is worth it for the view. We are not young or super fit and we made it! The other trip was a safari in Yala National Park where we saw elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, wild boar a leopard and lots of exotic birds.
Ruchi is charming, friendly, efficient and very knowledgeable. Some people were worried about using him, but we could thoroughly recommend him as he is so professional and well respected. Even other holiday reps acknowledge he is probably the best on the island.
If you have time to spare you could take a tuc tuc ride to one of the nearby towns,or visit one of the nearby orphanages [one for boys and one for girls] and perhaps take a few gifts for the children. Any help you can give them is greatly appreciated as they get no financial help from the government.
Overall a very enjoyable holiday and we would definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2010

We visited this hotel as part of an extended trip (6 weeks) that included a short stay in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately this hotel was the worst we visited during our entire stay; it had the lowest overall standards of service and quality. In short it's a budget hotel in a budget location and it's trying to pass itself off as Luxury. It does not come close to any 4* international hotel. We should have stayed 5 nights but left after 2.

The whole point of a luxury hotel is to enjoy a level of comfort and service you don't indulge in on a day to day basis (I accept this is relative). In my view there is nothing indulgent or opulent about this hotel, the rooms are very standard with small uncomfortable beds, poor quality sheets, no luxury furnishing and the air-conditioning makes a lot of noise. The bathrooms are disgusting, an awful brown and black combination with chipped tiles and grime in the corners, not the kind of place you'd feel clean. The hotel is deceptively large so breakfast and dinner is a little like feeding time at the zoo, all buffet style meals and again perfectly acceptable if that's what you like or expect. The food is far from good but perfectly acceptable; there is a lot of choice. The food did upset my stomach but that could have been the high chilli content of some dishes. The pool area is open and large; it feels like you've come on holiday with the entire hotel. The service is slow and inconsistent; it took up to 30 minutes to get a drink but the staff are very friendly like most people in Sri Lanka.

The worst thing about the hotel is the location. There is nothing close to the hotel (nearest small town is 20km), you have no other options but the hotel facilities. On paper the beach side location sounds good, it's only when you get close you realise the beach is pretty awful, it's not the long golden stretch of sand you may imagine, it's dark brown clayish sand, you soon realised why it's deserted... Instead of feeling remote and idyllic, this place feels claustrophobic and confined. And lets not forget the railway line at the front of the hotel, it's a shame the trains don't stop to allow a quick get away... This type of mass residency budget hotel did not appeal to us. If like us you prefer hotels with fantastic service, high levels of comfort and an unforgettable experience then this place is NOT for you.

I do wish people would not confuse their review of a hotel with that of their general holiday experience. Whilst your holiday may have been fantastic, that is not say the hotel was the same, it seems many develop a rose tinted perspective. So many people say how good it was to get out on excursions, if the hotel is so good why do you want to get away? Why hasn't the hotel got tours pre-arranged for its guest (i.e. a good concierge)? Why, because it's not a genuine quality hotel. I can't believe the hotel allows its guests to be touted by men on the beach, worst still so many people chance this approach. It would make an interesting start to any insurance claim should anything go wrong...

There are so many fantastic locations in Sri Lanka and many interesting things to see but this hotel is neither. If you’re visiting Sri Lanka for sightseeing then stay close to the attractions as we did, travelling endlessly on the roads can be very tiring. If you’re planning only to relax in the sunshine then don’t consider this hotel, in fact, I’d suggest you save your money and go to a top quality hotel/resort in Europe. Remember, 60 to 70% of the expense is the airfare, if you’re not primarily interested in seeing the country, why go to the expense of getting there?

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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england
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2010

Stayed at this hotel for 4 weeks in jan. This was not a good holiday it was a wonderful holiday.
Staff - All staff were very friendly and helpfull with nothing being to much trouble.
Room - Clean and Comfortable , with seating area and great sea views.
Food - Having stayed in other beech hotels where food has run a weekly cycle,
the food here was varied and exelant for the whole month. Well done !
Hotel - Open plan with views of water / sea every where. The only negative was the seating - not at all comfortable.
Gardens - Very spacious, plenty of shade and plenty of sun beds even when the hotel is full.

During our stay we were invited to go and stay at "Glenross" which is a plantation house in the hills owned by the hotel. This was like stepping back in time fabulous food, accommodation,and views.

To sum up the hotel staff ,food and relaxed atmosphere made this a holiday to remember. Hoping to repeat the same next year.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Thalpitiya | Colombo and South West Coast, Wadduwa 12560, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Wadduwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Wadduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Blue Water 3.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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