All we were looking for was a nice place to stay before going Dolphin watching in Kalpitiya, but this resort turned out to be a hidden paradise that became a special part of our memorable and enjoyable stay. We were accommodated at the Khomba House, the newest addition to this resort, which was very spacious and comfortable and more than enough for all of us - 5 adults and one child (in fact, the house can comfortably accommodate 10 people). The deco was luxurious and tastefully picked, the beds and many seating areas were cosy and comfortable, the indoor/outdoor bathrooms, where you could shower under the stars, were fascinating, and we were well looked after by the caretakers who were exclusive for this house. The attention to detail in this house and all around the resort is unique, treating you to delightful discoveries at every turn. The ecological and innovative ideas are quite heart-warming if you love nature.
We were well taken care of all throughout our stay and the staff was excellent. I think we were quite lucky to arrive on a day that had only two other guests, so we had the beautifully-designed pool all to ourselves, and the whole atmosphere was very relaxing and quiet. The golden sands and the calm, crystal-blue ocean that would turn to a lovely green from time to time provided a perfect backdrop for any picture.
And the Dolphin watching was simply AMAZING and more than we hoped for! Right after leaving the shore we encountered shoals and shoals of Dolphins, and in the hour or so we were cruising, we must have seen thousands! I guess we were quite lucky. The only regret was that the boat tended to quickly move from place to place, which made the dolphins move away faster and thus making it hard to capture much on camera. And the journey back was pretty bumpy, so I personally felt that the excursion would have been more enjoyable on a bigger and more stable boat with a more patient driver. However, just as we turned to leave, hundreds of dolphins who were swimming lined up across the front of our boat, suddenly started to jump in unison, providing us a spectacular finish which wiped away the few little disappointments.
The food was good but a little too dull in spiciness maybe...we Sri Lankans, and I am sure foreigners who came to Sri Lanka expecting to taste something close to local cuisine maybe disappointed as hardly no chili was used in the cooking creating a lot of "yellow" curries. So if you stay at the Khomba house, it might be a good idea to tell the cook how spicy you want your food to be. The variety was good though, and the beverages were unlimited, which was very thoughtful and generous I thought especially for families with kids.
All in all, it was a wonderful resort and a unique and memorable experience. We thougt the price is quite reasonable if you have the luck of seeing those amazing Dolphins. If not, it might be a little expensive, but I am sure you would still enjoy the resort, warm hospitality, the lovely golden beach, the beautiful ocean and Sri Lanka's priceless sunsets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The founders of Ulpotha, the highly acclaimed retreat in the heartland of old Ceylon (see TripAdvisor listing) together with a close friend renowned in the marine adventure and water sports worlds, have opened a unique and captivatingly quirky beach resort on the western peninsula of this tear-shaped island. Situated on an undiscovered and deserted two kilometer stretch of a pristine private beach, Alankuda Beach offers a truly relaxing, discrete and romantic getaway. The azure, warm ocean is almost always mirror-calm and welcoming during the months of October to May. The coastal waters offer the treasures of dolphin and whale watching as well as snorkeling over nearby spectacular coral formations. In addition there is deep-sea fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, kite and wind surfing. Alankuda Beach is situated 3 hours north of Colombo and just over 2 hours from the airport. There is a range of accommodation along the beach all managed by Alankuda Beach, so there is something for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alankuda Beach Hotel Kalpitiya