We booked with Rafter's Retreat and were quite glad we did. The cabin we had overlooked the river, and we fell asleep to the sound of the water rushing by. The staff of the retreat take care of their guests. The only reason I didn't give this resort 5 stars was because of the transportation used to get us from Columbo airport to Kitulgala. Our family of four SQUEEZED into the vehicle. Made for a very uncomfortable transport up the mountain. But, once there, everything was relaxing and beautiful. We arranged for a white water trip for our family, knowing that we might not be able to do it due to the water levels. We ended up having to wait an hour or so, but did the trip, which was great.
We stayed in an eco lodge, which had 2 double/queen beds and one twin bed. The bathroom was down below, and is "outside," which is interesting if you have to use the facilities at night. Mosquito nets are provided, and are definitely needed. We traveled with 2 adults, and 2 boys ages 12 and 16. We all had a great time.
During the day, I highly recommend sitting in the water right in front of the retreat. It's refreshing and wonderful after a day of travel. The food is fantastic and plentiful too. If you are looking for super luxurious, this is not the place to go. But, if you are looking for a nice, family-run business, with a staff who is friendly and a retreat in a natural setting, this is the place!
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- Also Known As:
- Rafters Retreat Hotel Kitulgala