Resorts and Hotels in Sri Lanka - share your experience.

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Please share your experience of Hotels or Resorts in Sri Lanka which you stayed in for the benefit of tourist planning on visiting Sri Lanka.

I was at the Kandalama hotel in 2005. Just stunning - the service was excellent - the staff just pamper you silly.

It is a tad bit on the pricey side - for me atleast - but well worth it!

http://www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama/

Watch the hotel emerge from the lush foliage of the mountainside. Enter the fantasy ambience of five star luxury suspended in a natural dreamscape. Relax and let your vision blend the sapphire blue of the infinity pool with the cool grey of the Kandalama Lake, where time has stood still for 2000 years. Wander the corridors amongst the twittering swifts and befriend the monkeys lazing among the branches. Watch green blend into green from floating rooftop lawns to virgin woodlands. Gaze upon the Sigiriya rock citadel from your room window. Absorb the magic of Kandalama; transcend time and reality.

Few shots from my crappy camera below - doesn't do justice to this amazing place!!

View from our room

The hotel has several pools which include small natural rock pools around the hotel premises.

Photos from hotel's website

 

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I love staying at Heritance Kandalama

I really like the minimal deco there. But the novelty with monkeys are worn off now, lol.

I've stayed there about 6 or 7 times and I enjoyed every time.
Staff are very nice, make you feel very welcome and the hotel rooms and facilities are very high standards.

When there's Cricket on at Rangiri Dambulla stadium, Kandalama hotel provides catering for Crickerters and invitees. And it's very nice too.

No wonder Cricketers love it there. English team stayed there during there ODI series in Oct 07.

All Heritance hotels are nice actually, I stayed in Heritance Ahungalla too, during England v Srilanka Galle test in December 07 after been very badly let down by the Light House hotel in Galle, the day before Galle Test, despite almost ruining my holiday, making me 2 hours late for the test match I waited to see for so long, they did not even offer an apology. 

Instead, the general manager and the front office manager were very unprofessional and tried to make out that we were lying about the booking.

If anybody thinking about booking at the Light House hotel during Cricket  beware, they will not hesitate to strand you on the streets.

That made me weary of booking with any belong to Jetwing group. Although I've had very pleasant stays at many of there other hotels before. Notably, their  the Yala Safari Park hotel the year before it got completely destroyed by the Tsunami. 

Hope in the current economic climate , when their bookings are down and if they have to reduce staff numbers, they'll  cut out the "dead wood", get rid of the  staff that gives a bad name to the company. I certainly won't be going back there and won't recommend it to anybody.

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More from Kandalama
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 Anything from hikkaduwa?

 Anything from hikkaduwa? Down south beach resorts are the best!

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What about galle fort hotel

What about galle fort hotel ?

www. galleforthotel .com

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