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“Memorable for all the right reasons”
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Tulip of Ceylon
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mawanella
Norwich, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Memorable for all the right reasons”
Reviewed January 8, 2008

We have just returned from a six night stay at the Tulip of Ceylon which was organised by a friend and travelling companion. Before leaving for Sri Lanka I searched for reviews of the Tulip on the web which without exception proved to be full of praise - being a sceptic, that worried me! The truth is that they were all accurate as we had a genuinely memorable time, as much from the natural welcome and hospitality from Jan and his staff as to the surroundings.
This was my first visit to Sri Lanka and Jan's local knowledge and contacts ensured we made the most of our time. There are a number of standard excursions available, such as to the Elephant Orphanage (a bit commercial but still a wonderful experience), trip to the local village etc. We opted to go on a few of our own trips and Jan was able to offer invaluable advice and make arrangements.
The Tulip is unique in my mind and you forgive some of the rougher edges (a sharp few concrete edges and occasional flaking paintwork for example) for the experience and surroundings.
The food is a high point with many unusual recipes and ingredients (banana flower curry anyone?)
The security situation was obviously on our mind but our assessment was that we are not targets and the airport is removed from Colombo city where many incidents happen. There is a security presence and some risk but no more than other countries I have visited recently
We will soon be returning to Sri Lanka and certainly to the Tulip of Ceylon
Andy Bullen, Dubai

Stayed December 2007
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Reviewed March 16, 2007

The Hotel is owned and run by Jan who is Dutch and welcomed us on arrival and explained how he is trying to work with the local people.

The hotel is like an Oasis in the forest within easy reach of Kandy (26km) and ½ hour from the elephant orphanage by Tuk Tuk

There are plenty of opportunities to explore the locality by foot or Tuk Tuk and the highlight of our stay was to return from the orphanage on an elephant. We also had the chance to bathe with her in the river which runs past the Tulip at the bottom of the hotel grounds.

The staff could not be more friendly and welcoming, we felt that we had made friends with them all by the time we left.

The food is wonderful and vegetables are organically grown in the hotel gardens.

Jan is able to help organise onward trips and excursions, we found the people he recommended to be excellent.

It is difficult to describe how good it was we planned to stay for 5 days and stayed for 8 and we intend to return. I can not recommend highly enough this hotel and the wonderful team who made our stay there an experience of a lifetime.

Stayed February 2007
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Property: Tulip of Ceylon
Address: Hinweela Road, Mawanella 71500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Mawanella
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mawanella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is the ideal location for those people who like nature, rest and culture. The mixture of Sri Lankan hospitality and European perfection makes the hotel unique in the country.Tulip Of Ceylon hotel is situated in middle of the country (Sri Lanka). It gives you the ability to travel to any destination in Sri Lanka within few hours. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tulip Of Ceylon Kandy
Tulip Of Ceylon Sri Lanka/Mawanella

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