The first thing that struck me about this all-chalet resort was its clever architecture -- preserving the jungle and building around it, in harmony with nature.
Our chalet was perfect, spotlessly clean , with a comfortable bed, shower and toilet and an additional outdoor rain shower . Well stocked mini bar and complimentary tea/coffee. The patio was great for a chat and in room dining. Good lighting, flat screen TV, DVD and iPod docking unit. Wifi could have been better but this was not an issue.
The family area which consisted of three chalets ( sleeps upto nine pax were were told ) and its own pool in a semi circular arrangement was beautiful and cosy -- noted for a future visit!
The beach nearby was fine although there are better beaches in Sri Lanka -- not too far from the hotel.
All the staff were super - friendly, efficient and very conscious of their role as guardians of the environment. In fact they said that this last fact was crucial to their recruitment.
Chef Vichalya must be one of the greatest assets of this resort , with his innovative fusion cuisine -- high quality, great taste , variety and presentation.
The resort has a resident naturalist who arranges excursions -- whale and dolphin watching, boat trips to Pigeon Island etc. The area is a bird watcher's paradise , especially during the annual winter migration from the northern hemisphere starting around November.
It was heartening to see the area around Kuchchaveli developing after Sri Lanka's 30 year civil war, with all communities living peacefully together; an effort worth supporting. I will definitely return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within just 30 minutes drive from Trincomalee Jungle Beach is located in Kuchchaveli, on the eastern seaboard of Sri Lanka, Jungle Beach is every bit as its name implies; spectacularly set in an entirely natural and harmonious blend of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated virtues – its wondrous beaches and teeming jungles.Nestled within a secluded 10-acre reserve, sandwiched between the vast Indian Ocean and a lagoon filled with colorful bird, this luxury beach resort beckons with over 4km of private beaches, tropical mangroves and endless pursuits. 48 luxurious villas of modern design yet crafted from indigenous materials as to appear born of the jungle and fused in harmony with the natural surroundings all offering spectacular views of the ocean. Each villa tucked deeply within luscious foliage, offers utmost privacy and seclusion. Spacious 650 square feet villas, each one luxuriously appointed with king sized beds, high-end entertainment systems, private decks and outdoor rain showers ... more less
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