We flew emirates from Glasgow via Dubai. The taxi was waiting for us when we arrived at Colombo airport. After a journey of 2 hours we arrived at the hotel. We were taken to our room on the first floor which was clean and well air conditioned. The room was a good size and adequate for our needs, nice balcony overlooking the pool. Probably best to keep the aircon on at all times as we did, due to the fact that it can be a bit temperamental We were all inclusive and found the curries to be excellent. Overall the food was fine, although the beer on draft was undrinkable. However you can purchase a decent bottle of Lion Beer 660ml for 160 rupees, roughly £1 at the time. Wine is not included and choice is limited.
There is not much in the way of nightlife. The hotel provides entertainment but is was not to our taste. All hotel staff were friendly and helpful.
There are plenty of tour guides on the beach offering excursions. We opted to go with Rambo tours, the owner's name is Ranga. We had heard about him from previous reviews and were not disappointed. He took us on a personal tour of the local village market and temple, even got to meet his mum. He also arranged a river safari for us and a group of hotel guests which was most enjoyable. Ranga and Nadin who also works on the beach threw us a beach party one night which was pretty cool. Plenty of booze and traditional music around the bonfire. Later on in the week we and 6 others from the hotel went on a 2 day tour with Ranga to Kandy. The price was reasonable and the hotel accommodation in Kandy was excellent, although you need to watch out for the monkeys! We managed to soak up a lot of the cultural delights that Sri Lanka has to offer. If you are visiting the rock at Sigiriya, do not accept the offer of help to climb the vast staircases, you will be pestered for large tips. Best to tell the helpers firmly at the start that you do not need assistance, otherwise they are a real pain!
There is a nice beach bar around 200yds down the beach to the right. Drinks are even cheaper than the hotel and you can watch the sunset. You can take a tuktuk for very little money and there are nice restaurants a short drive from the hotel. We would recommend the Golden Grill.
Overall the holiday was thoroughly enjoyable and we would recommend it to anyone. Just remember to be prepared for mosquitoes, especially at night time.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Palm Garden Hotel Beruwala
- Hotel Palm Garden
- Club Palm Garden Sri Lanka/Beruwala