We arrived at the Blue Water after a long hot drive down from the Hill Country with an even hotter couple of hours at Pinnawela. We were really ready for the welcome drink and friendly reception while we said our farewells to our guide for the last eight days.
This was our sixth and last hotel on our trip to Sri Lanka and we were ready for a rest! What a place to chill out!
Right from the beginning, as you walked through the gates to reception and onto our room, there was the feeling of tranquillity and a relaxed and slower pace of existence. There were pleasant views in all directions, plenty of sunny areas and also plenty of shade. Water features gushed everywhere adding another layer of coolness. Every time you passed a member of staff they smiled and acknowledged you - something that continued for the whole duration of our stay (three nights) which we would have loved to have been longer.
We were upgraded I believe, and offered a super deluxe room on the ground floor alongside the pool not far from reception. This room soon developed a fault and we had to move further along the same wing to a similar room almost at the end of the block. Now some people may not have appreciated this new location (it overlooked the end of the pool pump room and bar/kitchen) but it suited us just fine.
It was tucked out of the way, there was shade and sun all day whichever you needed. When you were on the sunbed next to the steps from your balcony, the views across the pool and further onto the palm tree covered gardens were so photogenic. In addition you were so close to the pool and the drinks bar that all that was needed was within a few metres either way!
The main pool was a single depth of 1m7 and sufficiently large for a good swim around - a bit deep for a less confident shorter person! However a long canal emerged from one side of this pool and runs parallel with the accommodation wing towards the reception/bar/restaurant area. This canal gradually gets shallower until it meets another large pool which is about 1m1 deep as I recall. Swimming from one pool to the other was a novelty and took most of the puff out of me!
I did take a dip in the sea, but the red flags were flying throughout our stay and after riding some large waves a few times, I knew it was best to return to the safety of the pool. There were some beach vendors around, but I never saw them myself and have known far worse resorts for this annoyance.
On our first day at breakfast, my glasses parted company with a lens due to a small screw coming out. To give you an idea of the friendly, efficient service available, reception took my glasses and the maintenance department were very quick to sort this out for me - well I didn't pack a jewellers screwdriver did I (only the kitchen sink)!
We too saw the cats outside our first room and they were a real couple - a bit scruffy but no trouble and they were never tempted to chase all the egrets that frequented the grounds. Others have commented on the trains which were noisy during commuter times but it didn't bother me.
In fact I couldn't wait to go outside the gates and explore the railway a bit (and take some photographs). With all the unmanned crossings, cows and local people crossing the tracks at will, no wonder the trains have to sound their horns so much. I chose to pop outside after lunch and there were not so many trains around (three in one hour) it was hot but I found some shade and nearly every local person who passed me stopped to chat. They all wanted to say hello, find out where you were from, where you had been, where you were going and whether you would return next year! So friendly.
It was whilst I was outside that I realised how easy it would be to get a Tuc-Tuc ride - something we had not yet done. We didn't want a long trip, so after breakfast we chose to take a one hour trip to Panadura for a quick look around the local market ( and could have visited a Batak factory en route). This was not a touristy place and the market traders were just as interested in us as we were in them. We had the Tuk-Tuk driver accompanying us in the market (recommended) and saw the locals at their best. They were very keen to appear in the photographs showing off their produce etc. Priceless.
Back at the hotel we were just in time for another cocktail, a dip in the pool and then it was lunchtime. We seemed to be always in the restaurant on the two 'all inclusive' days we enjoyed and there was always a warm welcome at the entrance. Soiled plates and cutlery was quickly removed after each course (and there were many) and the food was excellent. Travelling around the country as we had, all the restaurants were of a high standard, with a similar mix of both international and local dishes. The Blue Water probably had the best selection of dishes to suit all tastes and moods and coupled with the 'all inclusive' option was similar in many ways to what you would find on a Caribbean all inclusive holiday. Or was it that we were at our most relaxed here?
We lost count of the number of wedding parties we saw being photographed in the hotel grounds. These were so colourful and provided further photo opportunities. Each one was a different style, uniforms, Kandyan, Western etc, etc.
Our time at Blue Water ended all too quickly. It was a lovely hotel and as guests were not turning over as quickly as in some other hotels on our tour, the staff had so much more time to provide real service.
Very much recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- The Blue Water Hotel Wadduwa
- Blue Water Hotel Wadduwa
- Blue Water Hotel Sri Lanka
- Blue Water Sri Lanka