good points:- tennis court is free, sufficient sunloungers (although this is a bit of towel reservation going on, even though there are signs asking you not to do this), pool is fine, good location by the sea (although you can only enter at certain times of the year), hygiene is good, bedrooms are nice and well maintained by friendly and cheerful staff, but have heard that damp on lower floors, so request one above ground level. Breakfast is good and lunch by the pool is nice. Drinks are fine and cocktails are free in the all inclusive package. Easy to get to local train station which takes you to other locations (such as Galle, Bentota etc)
bad points:- the food is let down in the evening by being a bit lukewarm and the puddings are fine as long as you like pappy substances - every pudding seems to be gelatine based with the only variation being colour. We did have a very nice crepe with mango and icecream, only to be informed that we would be charged 500 rupees each (this was after we had eaten it) - this was not expected as we are on an all inclusive stay.
Service can be slow on the all inclusive package and some waiters can be a bit surly - we have based this on the other two hotels we stayed at, where we were paying for drinks and found that speed of service varied dramatically and the smiles increased with the amount you paid for the drinks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Breathe in that fresh sea air and feel the warmth of the sun against your skin. Before you, lies the ocean; behind you, the Kalu Ganga river, twisting almost 100 miles back to Sri Pada, the sacred mountain believed to be the footprint of the Buddha. Where the river meets the ocean, you'll find AVANI Kalutara Resort, and discover a place where your dreams of an island paradise come true.. This hotel was formely known as Kani Lanka Resort & Spa. Skim the white waves of the Indian Ocean on board a traditional fishing boat, or watch the sunlight glitter on the water as you kayak along the riverside... it's almost like you're paddling through diamonds. Later, draw close to the warmth of the beach-side fire and share stories of another incredible day. Savour every bite of that juicy fresh seafood and enjoy a sunset that's beautiful beyond belief... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- AVANI Kalutara Resort Sri Lanka