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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
In Sri Lanka, on the Alankuda Beach in Kalpitiya just two hours from the airport is Bar Reef Resort. Bar Reef is aptly named after possibly Sri Lanka's finest coral reef. A secluded eco resort on the beach well known for its activities and excursions such as Dolphin watching, Wilpattu National Park, Kite Surfing, Bird Watching etc. An eco retreat, it offers its guests a taste of Sri Lanka in a unique tailor made tropical holiday experience.
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Free Internet
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Outdoor pool
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Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
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Palmyrah Avenue, Norochcholoai off Kalpitiya Road, Alankuda Beach 00300 Sri Lanka
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Bandaranayake Intl Airport62 mi
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I am sorry to have to write this as the staff at this resort were very pleasant but I have to say I was so disappointed with this place. After a very long drive from Colombo I expected a lot more. Especially at these exorbitant prices!!! The beach is very nice and the pool is
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I chose this resort as it followed our Safari in Wilpattu National Park. It looks unspoilt and a great place to relax It certainly was everything I hoped it to be and a great way to finish a very busy holiday to Sri Lanka There isn’t a lot to do here- but that was actually
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Response from Bernard F, Manager at Bar Reef Resort
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi, Catriona, We are incredibly grateful that you took time out to leave us such a wonderful & detailed review. We are so pleased you all are enjoyed your stay @ Bar Reef Resort. It's only when we receive such positive feedback, do we rest knowing that we have done our jobs well. We will strive to deliver great experiences consistently, please do visit us again.
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We were lucky enough to stay here over Christmas 2018. We stayed in one of the Garden Cabanas which was amazing. Whilst the bedroom was in a covered bungalow, it was not totally enclosed, the toilet facilities were outside so we really were at one with nature. The noises of
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Response from Bernard F, Manager at Bar Reef Resort
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Lisa Coleman, Thank you for your nice review. I am glad to hear that overall your experience was very positive. I have already addressed the Breakfast issue, so you will get more warm verities at the breakfast on your next visit.Thank you once again for taking time to write such a detailed review, and look forward to seeing you soon.
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we arrived from Colombo airport exhausted, and instantly felt at home in the peaceful and beautiful setting. essentially a completely private beach and pool, the excursions made our trip, with reasonable costs to see wild elephants in Willpattu, and spinner dolphins 3 miles off
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Response from Bernard F, Manager at Bar Reef Resort
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Happy Guest, Thank you for choosing to stay with us and I am glad to hear that your stay with us was a memorable one! We look forward to welcoming you back to Bar Reef resort on your next visit to Sri Lanka.
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We stayed with our three children of 5, 8 and 10 years old in one of the spacious villas. Since the swimming pool and beach are close by, the children felt very comfortable to go their own way during our stay. The personnel is very friendly and are walking the extra mile to
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Response from Bernard F, Manager at Bar Reef Resort
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Kerssemakers, Thanks for leaving us such a good review. We are glad that you and family loved our resort and its services, our dedicated staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise. They work very diligently and it will provide them with great encouragement to keep doing what they are doing. Thank you, once again, for your kind words, and hope to serve you better on your upcoming visits to Bar Reef Resort.
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Garden Cabana - Clove
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Greetings from the Bar Reef Resort! We shall definitely take care of this request for you. Prabhath Wedakara General Manager
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Hi, You don't have to be concerned about the issue; it's not cold- the water gets warm while in the pipes so you can take a normal shower. and it's an answer from an"always freezing person" so it'll be ok. there's no hot water if you look for it but enough for a splash shower.
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As the weather is warm/hot, the water is never cold, but very pleasant to have the shower cascading down on you and refreshing you.
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The official season starts in November through to March. The monsoon starts April/May and goes on till October. In September and since we are in the dry zone we will not experience much rain as it would be the case in the south. The sea is not at its best and swimming is not pleasant. The sea condition is ideal for kite surfing. No boat/ snorkeling/ dolphin and whale watching trips are conducted during this time. Game drives to Wilpattu park are recommended. Hope this helps.
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The beach cabanas and villas have AC's installed and not the garden cabanas. The AC's are operational at least from 6pm to 6am. The beach cabanas are new and ever so slightly larger than the garden cabanas. Beach cabanas are closer to the pool and have a partial view of the sea. The garden cabanas are a bit more private and located in private fenced in landscaped gardens. Hope that helps. Howard. Bar Reef Resort Reservations
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"The Garden Cabana was huge; there are no traditional comforts of a normal hotel room but it offered something else which is so special."
"Poo poo poo and more poo"
"Either ocean or garden villa would be great."
"Beach Cabana was great for quick access to the pool area"
"rooms nearest the sea and the pool are good."
$133 - $218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
bar reef hotel kalpitiya
Sri LankaNorth Western ProvinceAlankuda Beach
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