We spent 5 days here and welcomed in the New Year with a great party organised by the hotel - dancing, prizes, raffle and fireworks - congratulations!
We had half board as we were not sure how accessible restaurants would be in that location - there were a small number of beach cafes which were fine for lunch but we didn't venture too far from the hotel to eat. Food was fine in the hotel, nothing exceptional and a fair variety to choose from. But a queue for the eggs at breakfast and fruit juice was poor.
Hotel right on the beach, which is cleaned regularly, and is amazing for a walk in either direction. Boat trip from the beach was excellent- up the lagoon, river and among the mangrove swamps.
We were bothered by flying ants(?) in our room each evening and the staff came and sprayed it but we ended up buying our own insect killer. This rather spoilt our stay but could happen anywhere.
We came across the odd grumpy staff member not willing to fulfil a request, but on the whole staff were very friendly and helpful - a smile goes a long way. It was lovely to see the staff wishing us and each other Happy New Year - a happy community....
Outside of the hotel in the towns and on the beach we did not enjoy the touting by the locals offering trips, to show us around etc. So we were pleased to be within the confines of the hotel - that sounds awful when you go to visit a country for a holiday - but it just got wearing and unpleasant in the end when you want to relax and do not want to be rude to anyone. That said we enjoyed our holiday and have much to return to visit in the future....
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- Also Known As:
- Palms Hotel Beruwela
- The Palms Hotel Sri Lanka/Beruwala