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Vendol Resort - Wadduwa
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Wadduwa
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“A gem you shouldnt give a miss”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is one peace of gem you should never give a miss. An amazing hotel - cut off from the buzz, near the shore.. it has an amazing infinity pool and the ocean adjacent to it. We had booked a Ocean suite at the resort - the approach road to the hotel is a bad one, but once you are inside the premises of the hotel - you are in the lap of luxury.

The room had an amazing view of the ocean and the bathtub too :-). The rooms were so spacious and had a pleasing and welcoming vibe with the very own courtyard and tree.The beach so clean and good amazing water. So you could dive into the sea and swim like crazy and then back into the infinity pool.

The food was amazing. After leaving India, i was longing to get my hands on some biriyani - and i tried it at the resort. It was AMAZING - chicken biriyani was muglai style and spot on. Their cook did an amazing job in whatever he cooked - th edinner was amazing and the breakfast had an amazing spread of continental food. There are guys roaming around the periphery of the hotel (near the beach) - telling you the hotel food pricing is high and they can arrange for a tuk-tuk to some other hotel, where food is cheap and affordable. I didn't look at their menu, but after having the food at the resort, there was no looking back - because the resort served the best food and amazing taste. In fact after leaving wadduwa i tried at other hotels i stayed, but i couldn't get the good taste ever again.

The staff is very friendly and they are too eager to be at your service. Well, i did the mistake of booking for a single traveler, and didn't notice it until i checked in at the hotel. They hotel was okay with that - and they allowed my wife without any extra charges. The decor of the room, stay and food was amazing experience - maybe we will come back and just stay there for 3-4 days just lazying it out on the vacation and enjoying the rich experience.

Wifi is available at the lobby only. - the only issue i could see.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the sea - ocean suite is much better
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Vendol Resort - Wadduwa, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear Ashok,

We are delighted to hear that you & your wife enjoyed your stay at Haridra ! Thank you for taking time to write a review in Trip Advisor ! Your comments make us motivated & increase the performances of us. We are planning to install few more modems to increase the efficiency of the Wi-Fi & apologize any in convenience caused. Thank you again & looking forward to welcome you to Haridra by Jetwings again !

Ayubowan “
Gamunu Srilal General Manager
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

I first visited the Haridra Resort & Spa in December 2012, shortly after Jet Wing took over the management of the hotel (please see my previous review). This initial stay had been for business and I was delighted to have the opportunity to return with family for a more leisurely visit in March. Whilst there are other high-end hotels in the vicinity, I chose the Haridra specifically for its service, all suite rooms and superior restaurant food.

From check in, and although it was three months after my last visit, I was recognised and greeted personally by all staff. In fact, throughout the visit, we received what seemed like VIP treatment, from a complimentary upgrade to the biggest suite in the hotel - a Mansion Suite complete with a private pool on the balcony - to a personal invitation to plant a tree as part of Earth Day on the first morning after breakfast!

Following this, we booked an afternoon of packages in the Spa, where we were educated and indulged in various Ayurvedic treatments. All of these were overseen by a wonderfully knowledgeable and hands on Ayurvedic Doctor, who is permanently based in the hotel. He discreetly oversaw the actual treatments and even rolled up his shirt sleeves and took over from his highly competent therapists to administer the most specialist treatments. Following a mix up over a consultation, the aforementioned Doctor impressively wrote me a long email when I'd returned to the UK, offering to carry out a follow up consultation via email! Like in so many other facets of this hotel operation, the staff genuinely wish to please and go beyond the call of duty to ensure total guest satisfaction.

No hotel is perfect though. Where could the Haridra improve in its fast journey to perfection? Firstly, as I mentioned to the Group General Manager in December, the excellent restaurant cuisine is at times let down by a rather "flat" atmosphere; it is high time they followed up Yamaha's quotation and installed a sound system, so discreet background music can be played during meal times. This was never more apparent than during the evening they hosted a BBQ in the hotel. Unfortunately, there was a heavy downpour so proceedings unavoidably moved indoors, but the fact that our only soundtrack to dinner was rain-drops could have been avoided. Music, music, music please, Haridra! Secondly, in the bar of a 5* hotel, I would expect cocktails/ any drinks to be served with a complimentary bar snack, even if only nuts. There was a plentiful supply of such snacks behind the bar, which were never offered - we had to ask each time.

These are, of course, small issues in what remains a first class resort, offering perfect tranquility and escapism from busy modern life. I am sure Haridra will consider my comments carefully as it is constantly striving to improve.

I am already counting down the days to my next Haridra stay in May 2013 - highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Vendol Resort - Wadduwa, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Dear Mr.Nick,

Thank you for taking time to write a valuable & a constructive comment ! It’s great to hear you, your mother & friend enjoyed your stay with us. These comments keep us motivated & more importantly; improve our standards . We being team of people want to do something extra for our guests all ways. As for your review our Ayurvedic doctor at out spa has done exactly what we wanted & what all of us need to practice at Haridra. We will have the Yamaha music system when you visit us next. We have already finished the wiring for the music system. We ‘ve discussed about the snacks service at the bar we decided to standardized the same & maintain the consistency. We too have introduced new Ala carte menu since 1st April with better variety & better presentation. Thank you again & looking forward to welcome you to Haridra resort & spa by Jetwing !

Ayubowan !
Gamunu Srilal
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed in one of the Mansion Suites at Haridra Resort & Spa for couple of nights. Spent some of the most relaxing times we had in Sri Lanka here at the resort and wished if we could've extended our holiday a bit longer. Resort is conveniently located with about 10mins drive to the town but away from the city's hustle and bustle to give you enough quietness to peacefully unwind. Beautiful sandy beaches, open wide ocean and the view of seafaring fishermen were amazing. The pictures I've attached here which were taken at the resort speak thousand words.
Air conditioned living area and room was very clean, tidy and beautifully decorated. Spectacles of the setting Sun could be witnessed either on the comfy bed in the bedroom through the tall windows facing the ocean or while dipping in our private plunge pool (we did both,superb!). Open buffet breakfasts had good variety both veg & non-veg. However, I personally would like to see more Sri Lankan options available on the breakfast menu. 5 course luncheons and dinners offered good choice of Sri Lankan and international cuisine with huge portion sizes. The spa offered a good selection of ayurvedic treatments. We both had ayurvedic massages during which we both fell asleep. Need to spend at least a week to get the full benefit of the spa. However, none of the above qualities exceed the hospitality we received from the hotel staff. Every time we received a warm, friendly smile and greet from a member of staff, they gave us a drop of true Sri Lankan spirit. We would like to thank the management and every member of the staff for making our stay at Haridra an unforgettable experience. Wish you all the best and keep up the good work guys!

Room Tip: Mansion suite 301(if I got the room number right) has the bedroom facing directly at the Sunset. Ama...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Vendol Resort - Wadduwa, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Dear Mr.Rachitha,

It is wonderful to hear that you two enjoyed your stay at Haridra, Thank you for your excellent comment ! We are overwhelmed of your compliments & these comments takes us to greater heights. I shall share your thoughts with my team. As you said in you review on Sri Lankan food in breakfast buffet; we decided to offer 2 Sri Lankan main courses with 2 curries. Beside the buffet, guests request on special preferences such as Hoppers will be offered with no extra charge. But for these special orders needs to be given in advance as it long time to prepare. Once again we thank you for taking time to write a review & looking forward to welcome you to Haridra resort & spa by Jetwings again.

Ayubowan !
Gamunu Srilal
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dubai
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Lovely quiet hotel for those looking for a relaxing holiday. Rooms are faultless, every room is a suite with ocean views...very good for families..the breakfast had good vegetarian choices but not the room service menu which had only a couple of veg items...
The beach is a narrow strip of sand unlike that at bentota but we did not mind that...the hotel spa was ok would not say excellent.. Not very good value for money..expected better ..
They have a very inefficient travel desk for a hotel of their class. Had to wait for the airport transfer to the hotel on arrival. At departure they organized the smallest hatchback car and tried to convince us ,a family of four to travel with our lugauge in the front seat next to the driver. Also did not enjoy the ride to bentota in an 8 seater with no leg space for the couple of seats we needed..
Overall these things did not spoil our holiday but with a little improvement this hotel has a lot of potential. Also there was nothing special..need to introduce some surprises ,turn down or something for the kids..

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Vendol Resort - Wadduwa, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time to write a constructive review in Trip Advisor ! We are indeed happy to hear that you had an enjoyable holiday besides the transport issue at the departure. We have communicated to our staff to be more attentive when handling transport; specially with families with few members to travel. Thank you bringing this to our attention & apologize for any inconvenience caused. We are delighted to announce our newly compiled menus shall be in operation from next month with more vegetarian items. Thank you again for your comments. Looking forward to welcome you to Haridra resort & spa again!”

Ayubowan,

GAMUNU SRILAL
Genaral Manager - Haridra Resort and Spa
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Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

i went in Dec'12 for one night stay. Garden suite is awesome. Very spacious , clean and comfortable.Amazing view. Food was excellent. Thank you staff for the great service. i will definitely visit this place again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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RanjithChandrasiri, General Manager at Vendol Resort - Wadduwa, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
We are delighted to learn that you were able to spend an awesome sojourn with us recently. Your positive comments on excellent food, service, cleanliness, accommodation etc. are very much appreciated and shared by all the staff. We look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful resort in the near future.

Ranjith Chandrasiri
General Manager
Haridra Resort & Spa
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We stayed in Haridra hotel & spa for 3 days after staying in Negambo and Colombo. Booked it after finding it on Trip Advisor while in Negambo so we took a chance. Found staff freindly and helpful. Food and room good. My wife used the 3 days to have a lot of beauty treatment. They were so professional, they even have on site doctors there who examine you before allowing to take any treatments. Good place to stay if you want to spoil the wife!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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RanjithChandrasiri, General Manager at Vendol Resort - Wadduwa, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
It is indeed nice to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Your very positive comments on our staff’s services, food, suite and spa treatments have been well noted and shared with all the staff members. We very much look forward to welcoming you again to our beautiful resort.

Ranjith Chandrasiri
General Manager
Haridra Resort & Spa by Jetwing
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We went there for our honeymoon. We stayed for three days. Staff is very friendly. The rooms blew our minds away. The rooms are well equipped and they look really classy. Beach suite is what I like. We went there not more than two months from opening. So there were not many guests at that time, so the buffet wasn't open but the set menu with five courses is not bad either. Infinity pool is the attraction. We definitely want to go there again.

  • Stayed December 2012
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RanjithChandrasiri, General Manager at Vendol Resort - Wadduwa, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you for selecting our resort for your special occasion and we are very pleased to hear that you have enjoyed spending your honeymoon at Haridra Resort.

We very much look forward to welcoming you again to our beautiful Resort in the near future.

Ranjith Chandrasiri
General Manager
Haridra Resort & Spa by Jetwing
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Property: Vendol Resort - Wadduwa
Address: 921 Paralle Rd | Pohodaramulla, Wadduwa 12560, Sri Lanka (Formerly Haridra Resort & Spa)
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Wadduwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Wadduwa
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Wadduwa
#6 Luxury Hotel in Wadduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Vendol Resort - Wadduwa 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Vendol Resort & Spa is an all suites exclusive Boutique Hotel, situated on an extremely breathtaking beachfront along the West Cost of Sri Lanka, designed to be the smart choice for up market leisure and business travelers with a unique experience of leisure and tranquility combined with genuine Sri Lankan Ayurveda Healing Therapies. At The Vendol Resort you'll bask in the warmth of pure, unadulterated luxury, with the beach at your window and palm trees in view. Located near the town of Wadduwa, you're perfectly placed between the Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo and the southern capital of Galle, which is one and half hours' drive away. ... more   less 
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Hardira Resort And Spa
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