We (Swiss couple) stayed in this hotel for a week in January 2014. The hotel is very nicely refurbished and renovated and so are the rooms. It is a very quiet hotel, there are no animations which was more than fine for us. You hear the train from time to time, which can be annoying especially in the early mornings, but there are hotels much closer, so watch out for the situation when you book a hotel in South Sri Lanka. You should really take the time to visit the country, it's amazing and people are super-friendly (in non-tourist places... otherwise they're running after your money as everywhere else..)
Rooms: Very modern, clean and quite spacious. Bathrooms are nice and it has a good water pressure in the shower. We had a garden room on the ground floor which lacked a bit of natural light though. I would recommend taking a sea-view room on 1st floor, for the view (very nice sunsets) and also because you might hear the train less well. Beds are comfortable.
Food: Was ok, but not exceptional. Same kind of curries over and over. I couldn't eat rice with chicken curry after this week (and believe me, I'm not a picky eater!).
Service: Especially in the food area very slow. Took sometimes 45min to get a burger at the pool area. Also drinks served for the main meals took long. Roomboy was very good but in the end ran after us and insisted to get a tip, which I would have given under normal circumstances, but he was almost harassing us which bothered me so much that we ended up barely giving anything.
Reception: was ok, but not an exceptional help when we asked for tips for tours, etc.
Beach: it was nice but not very practical for swimming as there where waves and as it's public area, there are beach boys who want to sell you trips or souvenirs, which is very annoying in the end. ( I wouldn't recommend going on a tour with them, they are more expensive than a certified guide)
We ended up hiring a (very comfortable and new) car with driver to visit the country, his name is Suresh, he speaks English, he did a special education to be a guide in Sri Lanka and he lives very close from the hotel, so it's really practical if you just want to check him out. He was recommended by the hotel reception when we insisted a bit, his number is 0094 77 746 8702. He is a very nice guy, very funny, reliable and we always felt safe in any situation. We asked him to show us around non-touristic places, which he did, we ate in typical restaurants for 2 USD and saw places you wouldn't see with a tourist-bus. We paid an average of 60 USD per day for Galle & Colombo and 120 USD for Kandy & Nuwara Eliya on one long day (leaving at 5 in the morning, but no other tour offers this in one day...). If you call him, tell him that he got recommended by Nicole from Switzerland, he will for sure remember us :-)
- 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