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“a piece of paradise”
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Alankuda Beach
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“a piece of paradise”
Reviewed March 26, 2010

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.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 7, 2010

This is a very special place. Kalpitya is about three hours drive north of Colombo, lying on a wide spit of land between a huge lagoon and the sea, it feels rural and remote as there's very little tourism development there.
You sleep in open sided thatched cabanas which are well appointed - kind of rustic luxury, with outdoor shower and loo. Well designed for privacy. It's very dark at night and the lighting isn't great so take a head torch if you want to read in bed!. No a/c but mossie nets. It's run like a private house party, no formal dining room, food is laid out at breakfast, lunch and dinner and you just help yourself and mingle with the other guests (max 35 or so on the site). Food excellent. Beautiful huge infinity pool and wonderful beach for walking and swimming. Boat trips are free - you can go dolphin and whale watching. it's in an interesting area for birdwatching also.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 5, 2010

There I was, not overly excited abt visiting the resort after having a lil miscomm w Dallas, one of the owner. Our flight arrived really late at night, which make the drive there seems longer than it is.

Firstly, I wanna thank the staff for taking such great care of us. They were attentive and sincere. Excellent service.

We had 4 days there so we were definitely taking things very easy. spent most of the time reading, swimming, chatting w the staff and other guests, watched the sunset by the beach.

On the 2nd day, we went on the dolphin n whale watching trip and luck was on our side. We spotted the whales abt 15min after we set sail and spotted 2 schools of dolphins later. That alone made my trip worthwhile!

Food were served in buffet style, local food. I'm sure the staff will be more than happy to accomodate if you have any special request. Afternoon snacks were served to you wherever you are.

The day before we were due to leave, a big group (15-20) checked in. I must admit that I was worried that the peacefulness and tranqulity will be ruined. (We considered checking out early n head to colombo and spent the rest of the day there but we didn't cuz we just didnt know where to go!)

Thou I know one of the lady from the group reads this website but i'm gonna say it anyway, the children (abt 8 of them) were screaming and running by the pool for most of the day. And the kids just took our used towels that was hung on the chair next to us without asking. That says a lot... We wished we left that day and probably the other danish family, too. you can see annoyance on their faces.

Some might feel I'm exaggerating but if you are paying at USD 300 per nite and were there looking for some quiet time but there were screaming children and really loud ppl... why should I spend that kinda $ for that when I could walk into any shopping mall on wkends for that? Or even there are more afforable resorts with wide selection of F&B n entertainment + screaming kids guranteed!

Many other guests that I met there were spending 2-3 days there. Imagine I guess this is what the resort has to take into consideration abt its marketing strategy: a family place or adult's getaway.



Other than that, I really think Alankuda is a great place to be alone, or with your other half, for some quality time. I must thank the staff there for looking after us so well

I wouldn't recommend the massage thou. It felt like having rubbed all over rather than massage.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed December 26, 2009

Went there with my boyfriend and fell in love with the place. The fact that we were one of the very few guests at the hotel made our stay even more exclusive. What I loved the most was the attention given to detail. (e.g - the pathways to cabanas/houses were lit up with kerosene oil lamps) Rooms are pretty decent with mosquito nets as well, and they also have an infinity pool which is lit up with LED lights and looks heavenly at night. The food wasn't too bad at all. The service is really good (probably because we were the very few guests staying at the time and luckily we got their full attention)

I also loved that the environment had not been harmed too much due to the hotel thus is quite eco-friendly. The beach is gorgeous and the sunset was breathtaking.

However, what disappointed us was the value for money. We felt it was a bit over-priced.
Also, we paid in full and this included a boat ride to see the dolphins and for our bad luck, the sea was too rough to see them. We never got a refund for this or any other compensation. So, in case the sea is rough and you can't see the dolphins and do any sea sports, you're basically stuck in the room or the pool.

Nevertheless it's a beautiful place to visit especially if you're in the mood to relax or just spend your time with a special someone. :)

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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antwerp
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Reviewed November 1, 2009

We went to Alankuda with out son of 9, we arrived in an hidden paradise...we got a cabin with outdoor bathroom, luxurious bed and a living room and garden just for us...there is a very stylish swimming pool, a catamaran to go on the see, you can waterski and you can go and look for dolphins....a cabin at the seeside were you can wonder, hide from the sun and relax. The beach is a beautifull sandy beach, large and very private...this is how we think about paradise.
The staff makes wonderfull seefood, fresh from the see, we had incredible crayfish for example. The service was very good to, rooms were kept very clean everyday, and they provided us with anything we could wish for.
If I would have the time, I would you there every year!!! This was really a place were we found our energy again.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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antwerp
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Reviewed October 31, 2009

If you want to see more of Sri Lanka than the touristic places, go to Kalpitiya !
Kalpitiya is a very beautiful and calm place at seaside, with a beautiful sandy beach.
Although you are nearly sleeping in the open air, the rooms and the beds are perfect, nice and clean, with a lot of unexpected details and cupbaords. You have your private bath-room also in the open air, but well protected and organised, and very private. In the cold climate of Belgium we can only dream of this.
I loved also the food very much, with a lot of fresh fish, and fresh crabs, most of them prepared in delicious "curries'.
We had a lot to do in Kalpitiya. We loved to swim in the sea and in the very beautiful swimmingpool at day as well at night with all the thinkling liitle stars. Off course we went with the boat on the sea, to watch the dolfins. Some of us went fishing, and they liked it very much.
We did also a little bit of sailing. And after that all we enjoyed a sunbathe, reading a book, are chatting a little bit with the other guests.
And a least, don't forget, the surroundings of Kalpitiya and the trip to Kalpitiya are worth to do!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Alankuda Beach
Address: Palmyrah Avenue, Kalpitiya 00300, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Western Province > Kalpitiya
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 53 Specialty Lodging in Kalpitiya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Alankuda Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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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