We have just returned from a wonderful 2-week holiday to Sri Lanka. We did a 4-day tour followed by a 10 night stay at The Royal Palms Beach, all booked through Mercury Direct. The food at the hotel was excellent, which included salads, international food and a good choice of meat and vegetable curries. There were also chefs outside the restaurant on the terrace, cooking different foods each evening, such as pizzas and nasi goreng (which was excellent). On the very last night there were no curries in the restaurant. My partner fancied a chicken curry and mentioned this to the staff and within 10-15 minutes the chefs had made one for her. I also obtained a few recipes to bring back to England.And there was even proper bacon for breakfast! The level of service was excellent. All the staff were extremely friendly throughout the hotel, including the animation team. We did the water aerobics in the mornings and played croquet and Boules in the afternoons. We got to know many of the other guests and everybody got on extremely well. This made the holiday extra special. The room we had near the beach pool was large, with its own balcony area, but I agree with the other reviews that some of the rooms are a little tired - but you're not in them most of the day anyway! At the present time a whole wing is being renovated. During our stay we received a letter from Mercury Direct to recommend not doing any trips with the Sri Lankan people on the beach, for safety reasons. Well what a load of rubbish this is. We did a trip with a man called Indika, who lives a 5-minute walk from the hotel. He can often be found by one of the gates leading to the beach. You can recognise him because he has bloodshot eyes and a scar on one shoulder. (apparently some people pretend to be Indika to get your business). We paid him £20 up front for a trip to Galle and ended up paying two-thirds of the amount that Mercury Direct were charging. We were also able to tailor-make the trip. Indika turned up with a driver at the hotel's reception the following day, as arranged, in a 6-seater air conditioned minibus for the 2 of us. Great! We visited a local fish market, a turtle hatchery and had an excellent boat trip on a lagoon at Bentota, where we saw crocodiles, monitor lizards, kingfishers and cormorants. He also took us to a temple not visited by Mercury Direct (see picture). The next day we saw Indika on the beach and he took us back to his house to meet his family. He even climbed a tree in his garden to get us fresh coconuts. Fantastic. Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Sri Lanka.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Palms Beach Kalutara
- Hotel Royal Palms Beach
- Royal Palms Beach Hotel Sri Lanka/Kalutara