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“Amazing and Authentic Sri Lankan Experience”

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Blue Haven Guest House
Ranked #15 of 366 Kandy B&B and Inns
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Amazing and Authentic Sri Lankan Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

We had a superb 1 week trip to Sri Lanka consisting of 1 night in Colombo followed by 5 nights organized by Linton, the proprietor of the Blue Haven Guest House. We rounded the trip off with a few days on the beach in Bentota. We booked the hotel in Colombo and Bentota, but everything else was arranged by Linton & his driver Praba. Im sure they could have arranged this for us had we asked.

First of all, the Blue Haven Guest House is a real gem set high in the hills of Kandy. It’s just perfect for those who are looking to avoid impersonal big hotels, and who want to embrace the local culture and beautiful country side. We stayed in a nice clean room with a balcony which had the most stunning view. Most people were staying for a night or two before setting off on their Sri Lankan adventure either organized by themselves or Linton. We ate both breakfast and dinner here- breakfast was ok, dinner was excellent.

In terms of the tour itself, the itinerary that was planned out for us was excellent. We are so happy that we enlisted the help of these guys because we could never have covered as much ground and experienced so many wonders in the time we had by ourselves. A very special mention has to go to our driver and guide Praba, who took such excellent care of us throughout our trip- stopping for pictures, pointing out interesting things along the way, finding beer for my other half in the most remote places, seeking out local delights, arranging everything in between and just being great company for the 4 days.

Praba was exactly what we were looking for- a local, with a car, with great knowledge and experience, who knew where to find the best curry & rice! He is an absolute credit to Linton and he made our trip so memorable. There were no questions he couldn’t answer and we would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a genuinely nice guy to show them around his country. Having a national guide is not necessary, just ask for Praba and you'll be sorted!

Our itinerary consisted of- Kandy, Adams Peak, Ela and Yala, taking in such beautiful landscapes and quaint little towns along the way. Activities we enjoyed were- elephant orphanage, tea plantation, gemstone factory, climbed Adam’s Peak, herbal and spice garden, botanic gardens, temple of the tooth and probably lots more that I cant remember. In short, if you’re looking for a truly authentic experience in Sri Lanka, look no further than having Linton organize your trip and please request Praba as your driver/ guide.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

We did not stay at the guesthouse, however this is the second time we have used the services of Mr Linton and in particular our driver Tissa. On my brother and his wife. Our trip was organised to cater for both couples - we enjoyed safaris, surfing, walking, mountain climbing and eating. Tissa, our driver, was just the most knowledgeable, patient and genuinely kind person. Very happy to give this recommendation to Blue Haven Guest House tours.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

Mr. Linton is the owner of this tour agency. We met him in the Colombo railway station after contacting him based on a listing in Lonely planet. He listened to our ideas of our vague itinerary for our week long trip through Sri Lanka and then put it together for us practically. It was very clear from the beginning that he cares about maintaining high business standards as he felt that each trip is important to his company's reputation. He also clearly understood the needs of travelers in general and wanted our trip to be a good value and amazing experience. While on the trip, we did have an issue with our trip and how it was handled however we contacted Mr. Linton by email and he fixed it beyond belief. He is an honorable man and runs an honorable business.

Our driver, Tissa was absolutely excellent! We can't say enough wonderful things about our experience with him. He went well out of his way to make sure we saw everything along the route of our travels. He is an expert bird watcher and pointed out so many during our trip. In addition, he gave us so much historical and cultural background. His enthusiasm for travel and for making sure tourists get to see his beautiful country was absolutely fantastic.

We stayed in the Blue Haven hotel the first night of our travels. It was clean and simple. It had beautiful views of the surrounding hills.

I highly recommend this tour agency, but my only regret was that we never got an official copy of our final itinerary. Our driver was fantastic but did not know our itinerary and thus we had to keep referring to our rough copy which had many cross outs and parts of longer itineraries. We should have asked for this when paying but we didn't so I don't hold it against Blue Haven Tours. I would just recommend asking for an official itinerary for any future travelers. We would definitely use Blue Haven Travels next time we are in Sri Lanka. Thank you Tissa and Mr. Linton!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Linton W, Owner at Blue Haven Guest House, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear Sir / Madam,
We thank you for taking your time to review our service on Tripadvisor.

We are pleased that you had enjoyed your tour with us, as well as the professional and friendly service of our tour driver. Many years of experience goes into the preparation of a tour so that our guests have only to sit back and enjoy their holiday. All our drivers are trained so that our guests consistently receive the quality of service which they expect from us.

We are also happy that you had enjoyed the scenic views stay at the Blue Haven Guest House in Kandy.
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Whilst we didn't stay in the guesthouse we did stumble across Blue Haven Tours in Kandy, and we were really glad we did. We booked a trip up North and East followed by a pick up and two day drive back down to Negombo, and off back to Europe. We had a superb time, the two day trip with our Driver, Saman, was the best part of our entire fortnight. We spent much of our time laughing and joking as we drove around, and we got all the help we needed from Sam. He was such a joy that we both missed him when we said 'goodbye' in Negombo! I'd reccomend Blue Haven any time and if you want some fun to boot then see if Saman is available!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Linton W, Owner at Blue Haven Guest House, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you for taking your time to review our service on Tripadvisor.
We are pleased that you had enjoyed your tour with us. Our tours are carefully prepared and all our drivers are trained to give a professional and courteous service so that our guests can relax and enjoy their holiday.
Such reviews makes us motivated to give even a better service to our future guests.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Rooms: As mentioned, the ones on the first floor are small and damp and in dire need of an upgrade. The bed sheets were dirty and not big enough.

Owner: Seems only interested in your money. We wanted to take a day-trip by train to Nuwara Eliya. Mr Linton told us that the train would be too full and impossible to get tickets at the station. Instead, he offered us transport in his new mini-bus for $2,000 rupees each. We declined, but he managed to convince two other couples. At the station we had no problem getting tickets for a few hundred rupees, and needless to say had a fantastic time on the train. When we got back that evening, Mr Linton did everything he could to avoid talking to us.

Overall: This place has great potential (the balcony view is great, and we actually enjoyed the location), but the lack of genuine hospitality made it our worst stay (by far) in all of Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Linton W, Owner at Blue Haven Guest House, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you for taking a few minutes to review our service on Tripadvisor.

Since your visit here in December 2012, all our rooms have been renovated, a brand new top floor with superior quality rooms and a swimming pool has been opened.

Guests can take the train or a tour to Nuwara Eliya. The former is transport only. Second class train tickets in Sri Lanka are cheap but do not guarantee a seat as more tickets can be sold than seats in the couch, so it is a pot luck to get a seat. Some guests would not like to take the chance of standing on a crowded train for several hours.

A sight seeing tour is more than just transport as our drivers stop at waterfalls, tea plantations, tea estates, off the beaten track visits and any other break for food or refreshments, according the wish of our guests. Therefore taking a train or a private sigh seeing tour are not strictly comparable, while our rates are highly competitive compared to the market place.
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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

I booked a tour with Blue Haven and stayed in Sri Lanka for eight nights. My driver/guide Nisha was very attentive and knowledgeable
about the culture and history of the country. I stayed in the Blue
Haven Guest House for a total of three nights. The staff members are very
friendly and the view from the guest house is breathtaking. They
served a decent breakfast (fresh fruit, tea or coffee, eggs and toast)
and overall, the cost of my tour was very affordable which is why I
chose Blue Haven. What made my tour memorable though was the driver.
Nisha was very professional, courteous, spoke English and really cared
about my well-being. I was on a tight budget so he made sure that I got a
good deal on everything which I appreciated. I would go there again
because of him. Thank you Nisha!

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at kandy station,after the visually interesting trip from Colombo Fort. The tourist train is ok. But try to get near the a/c unit seats at the rear of the carriage ,away from the tv screen,if you're too hot from waiting at the fort station. Also try to get seats on the right going out for more interesting views, as you climb the 500 mts upto kandy. We were met as promised by Linton, by the hotel people carrier. The room we had was in the new wing,overlooking the pool and valley below. Shower room and toilet clean. Be aware of slippery tiles stepping out of the shower. As you would expect. It's a Sri Lankan 20 min walk to town.down a long and windy road. Take a tuk tuk for about 200!R. Be sure to confirm price coming back,as it can vary and is interesting to discuss after the ride from town. I believe their was a dispute with the chef,when we stayed. I found the food to be ok. Just a little bit of confusion with some orders. Staff are very helpful and the new pool is very nice to cool down in. Staff are always helpful and keen to teach Sri Lankan phrases.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Blue Haven Guest House
Address: 30/2 Poorna Lane, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #15 of 366 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Haven Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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