Kalpitiya is a dream destination for dolphin watching. Ruwala Resort is probably the all-round best value for money resort among all those in Kalpitiya.
Excellent location by the lagoon. Hotel provides kayaks free of charge for a fun time.
Kids loved the pool and the baby pool - few resorts in Kalpitiya have a pool so that was a definite plus.
Rooms were very comfortable and bathrooms were good. The power company is apparently delaying a good power supply, so there's air-conditioning only for a few hours. But we were told that's likely to change within a couple of months. Not that you need it, because the breeze keeps the mosquitos away (there are good nets around the beds too) and it's very cool in the night.
If you're with family, as we were, the chalets are preferable to the cabanas which are more suited for couples.
Food was great - barbeque, lobster, crabs...
Service was excellent. Not often that a hotel's proprietor personally attends to everything, but he does at Ruwala, including the boat ride to watch dolphins The staff are recruited from the area, which is a wonderful policy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- a rustic eco-retreat and adventure-park on the banks of the scenic Puttlam lagoon, located in the unexplored north-west coast of Sri Lanka, making it an unforgettable holiday getaway - especially for the adventurous and nature-loving visitor. Nestled in the remote fishing village of Thihaliya, Ruwala Resort spans 9 acres of coconut garden and is geared to provide a relaxing as well as an adventurous holiday experience for adults and children alike. ... more less
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