Just returned here after 19 days on all inclusive package with Mercury direct. Went out ostensibly to watch the cricket but that was just an excuse for a beach holiday. It's important to say this hotel is very good. The food is excellent and varied especially the puds which are wonderful. There is a small Japanese restaurant attached to the main restaurant and the menu was good although the staff didn't have much idea what the menu options were. the booze on the all inclusive is OK . The beer is Lion which is excellent but the spirits were a bit rough. The rooms are nice with big comfy beds, nice bathrooms Some of the older rooms have a shower in the bath but newer rooms have a walk in shower. The pool and gardens are lovely but theres no beds on the beach and the sea was too rough to swim in when we were there. The staff are generally great and do their best to help
The main niggles are 1. ongoing minor building work. This is not a big problem but mercury said there wasn't any which is clearly wrong ( see pics). 2. No free wifi. This is annoying. cards can be bought for £2 or £4 but most hotels in Sri Lanka of this class do have free wifi. 3. The trainline directly at the back of the hotel. There nothing anyone can do about it , but people who say they cant hear the trains must be seriously deaf.
Theres plenty to do in Sri Lanka. Kalatura is about an hour from Colombo (nice shops -try Odel) and 1 1/2 hours from Galle which is well worth seeing. Kandy is OK and the elephant orphanage en route is superb and there's plenty of trips to wildlife parks to see elephants and leopards. The mercury rep is very good but their trips are very regimented with too many sales orientated stops. If you don't want this, arrange your own with one of the many tour companies just outside the hotel but check on your vehicle and which hotel you're in for overnight stays. Overall a very nice hotel and definitely would go back to Sri Lanka.
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