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“Fantastic situation, amazing food and great rafting”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rafters Retreat

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Rafters Retreat
Hertford, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic situation, amazing food and great rafting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2010

The guy who runs this is amazing, all staff were very welcoming, the rafting was great with an experienced leader with a great sense of humour! The absolutely best bit though was the lunch we had, vegetarian curries and as much as we could eat. They arranged transport for us back to our hotel and we felt well looked after and in good hands.
Didn't stay at the hotel, but saw the bungalows hidden in the trees.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2008

We only stayed here for one night (thank goodness) as we were keen to do some white water rafting.
As you drive in, there is a really beautful old colonial house in the middle of a massive garden and we thought this was where we would be staying. Turned out this was the owners house and our accomodation was in a badly built treehouse down the way. I dont want to be mean, as the staff were very friendly, but the accomodation itself was super basic. The 'treehouse' was really badly constructed, the bed was on a slope and the 'walls' did not really offer any protection from the mosquito's since the windows had no glass and were open to the outside. The treehouse was set right by the river, wich offered a great view, but at night when we were trying to sleep - it was almost impossible due to the crashing noise of the river.

The staff did put up a mosquito net for us on request, but it was full of holes. The sheets also looked like they werent entirely clean.

The bathroom was very basic too. The first treehouse we were offered had the bathroom in a horrible 'basement' which you had to access through a trap door in the floor. Luckily they were able to offer us a different treehouse where the bathroom was at least on the same level as the bedroom. There was no hot water but at least the facilities looked relatively clean.

On a positive side, the rafting was great and though the guide didnt speak much english, it was enough to communicate the essentials. The river rafting was really fun. Also the food served was suprisingly good. I guess you get what you pay for here as the accomodation was cheap. Be careful not to book up front for the rafting (or to book it through your travel agent) as you will be charged approx $38 dollars per person. If you book it locally you should be able to get it for $15 - 20.

  • Liked — good rice and curry
  • Disliked — the treehouse
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2006

This was exactly what we needed!
We stayed here in July 2006 which is meant to be the rainy season.. it rained once! But we were the only guest staying there, which was amazing... we had a wicked room, the bathroom was thourgh a trap door on the floor, and our balcony overlooked Kitulaga river. Food was fantastic, so beautifyl... we had curries all the time and loved it! We also went on a jungle trek... and white water rafting... would advise people to do both...
It was an amazing experience and would do it again.

  • Liked — The bathroom!!! and the view from our balcony
  • Disliked — creepy crawlies all over
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rafters Retreat
Address: Hilland Group, Kitulgala 71720, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Kitulgala
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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Kitulgala
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Number of rooms: 11
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