I have just returned from the Avani Kalutara after two weeks spent there and highly recommend this hotel to any visitors looking to travel to Sri Lanka. The hotel itself has recently been refurbished and looks great. The layout and pool is very stylish. The rooms are lovely - it is worth paying that little extra for the superior sea view to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Indian Ocean. The staff are superb without doubt the most friendly and helpful I have come across. Nothing is too much trouble and everyone will greet you with a smile. All of the staff were excellent but In particular some need mentioning: Dulanka and Melaica on the front desk - so helpful and went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed, Donald the Restaurant manager - for always ensuring we had a great experience - loved the cocktail party on the beach on the last night! He will arrange special tables, meals and just generally make you feel like a film star.
The chef is superb - he and his team consistently provided a varied and delicious selection of freshly prepared delights. If you get a chance to attend the seafood market night - do! Fresh lobster,crab and fresh fish all cooked to order.
Len - our room boy - he looked after the room and arranged the bed with flowers and messages.
Su - for some great pool entertainment/games.
We did have one issue with noise one night when a band was playing outside. They finished at 12. It was only because we had to be up at 4.30 that this was a problem however the manager acted immediately and offered us alternative accommodation so I was impressed by his desire to resolve the issue.
We went on a couple of trips, mainly booked through the holiday company however also booked through Fernando on the beach for a bargain tuk tuk into town.
Also try the spa - is truly excellent. A little pricy but well worth it. My husband and went for the Ultimate full body massage -90 minutes of sheer pampering!
We had a fantastic holiday and I wish I was still there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Breathe in that fresh sea air and feel the warmth of the sun against your skin. Before you, lies the ocean; behind you, the Kalu Ganga river, twisting almost 100 miles back to Sri Pada, the sacred mountain believed to be the footprint of the Buddha. Where the river meets the ocean, you'll find AVANI Kalutara Resort, and discover a place where your dreams of an island paradise come true.. This hotel was formely known as Kani Lanka Resort & Spa. Skim the white waves of the Indian Ocean on board a traditional fishing boat, or watch the sunlight glitter on the water as you kayak along the riverside... it's almost like you're paddling through diamonds. Later, draw close to the warmth of the beach-side fire and share stories of another incredible day. Savour every bite of that juicy fresh seafood and enjoy a sunset that's beautiful beyond belief... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- AVANI Kalutara Resort Sri Lanka