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AVANI Kalutara Resort
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Kalutara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 August 2010

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.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

This hotel is a little odd. There seems to be some issues with the management as there was not the friendly manner from most of the staff that we had come to expect in the other 7 hotels we had stayed at in Sri Lanka. On arrival, we were really disappointed to find that the pool was small and over-crowded. There were also a number of men waiting on the other side of the fence who on the first day we arrived were desperately trying to get our attention by shouting and whistling at us. A snake charmer with a monkey appeared at one point and a family who had gone onto the beach had the monkey make a go for their young son. I know that people have to make a living, but this is advertised as a 4 star hotel and the management seem quite happy to let it happen. The hotel also needs another swimming pool to cope with the volume of guests that it has.
We had problems with the bureacracy of ordering food and drinks. They seemed confused and unsure how to handle you if you weren't on the all-inclusive package. We faced delays as a result. You can pay an extra £15 per day to go all-inclusive, which is probably a good idea, even if you are all ready on the half-board package as drinks are expensive. We weren't told that you had to go to reception to get the band cut off although had removed it ourselves when we reverted to HB for the final day and received a rude phonecall from reception that implied that we had tried to use the band when it had run out.
The food was reasonalby good, with nice breakfast, good burgers for lunch and dinner had a range of food, although the meat (and on 1 occasion the tuna) was always very chewy!
Rooms are damp and so the air conditioning is meant to be left on all the time although they are clean and modern. The cleaning staff were the most over-bearing in terms of being over-friendly to gain tips in all the hotels that we stayed in and seemed to linger around all day so that they would see you to spark up small-talk.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

Stayed at Kani Lanka from june 24th for three weeks, this was the second time for us as we had been there last year same period. We wondered if it would be as good as it was last year and we were not dissapointed. The food and all round care was as good as before.

It was the last week and a bit of the world cup and being non football atall we were able to watch the wimbledon tennis instead, sounds boring but after wonderful days it was relaxing to the end of those days when football was on. We spent the first week relaxing pool side and walkling on beach and around in Kalutara, second week we did two trips , first one was taking train up from Columbo to Nuwara Eliya, left on 5.45am train and arrived around 7 1/2 hours later, wonderful scenery as we climbed up through the hills/mountains and tea plantations, a lot cooler up there. Left around 9am next day by car going back down on the other side of the valleys etc. Had a great driver 'Ganesh' who was really helpful as to views etc and great company, arrived back at k/l around 5.30pm , this tour we did through Walkers Tours, well worth it but you need to book seats in observation carriage on train, they will do this.

We then did a three day trip to Dambulla Royal Rock Temple, Pollonaruwa, Minneriya National Park finishing up with elephant riding . Stayed at Pelwehera Village Resort really sweet, good food, service and lovely gardens, this was very hot around 40c + , loved it . Dambulla is amazing has to be seen to be believed , and as for Pollonaruwa, well when you consider it is spread over 800acres with only 400 acres discoverd you realise how vast it is, went into google earth when we arrived home and that gives you a very good indication of how large it is and how much you don;t see but can see in jungle. Minneriya was (if your an elephant fan) incredible, we were amongst herds of 30 + which even a couple of local Sinhalese were saying that in their life time they had not seen so large herds.
Our good friend Jambo organised this trip for us, we met him and used him last year and again he was really good . We certainly recommend him very highly, in our experience you certainly won't be dissapionted.

Our last week the weather wasn't so good with monsoon showers now and then , however we did our own thing going into Kalutara again just to wander around and walked back along railway track very hot walk but lot to see. We also bussed into Aluth gama, interesting town worth a visit have a walk and look around you.

So second time in Sri Lanka , really good had a great time met a lot of lovely new Sinhalese, Tamils etc + old aquaintances so all being well might come back next year to look at the northern end of the island now it is more open.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

Hotel fine in terms of quality and variety of food, cleanliness and service-no tummy bugs and no mosquitoes to speak of. Well worth going all-inclusive.Shame about not being able to swim in the sea but waves were enormous and strong rip tide evident. No pressure to tip staff at all. We ignored the advice about not speaking to the beach boys about tours and did a 3 day trip with Leo which was very good value undercutting both hotel and regular tour firms. Excellent rooms provided on the tour which Leo, who was an experienced driver, very good company and totally trustworthy, made great fun-would recommend you to contact him even prior to departure (---.Mobile=--). Kani Lanka a good and friendly base, with regards to staff and guests, from which to tour a beautiful island. Don't be fooled by the cloud, cream up well and you'll still get tanned even though the forecast suggests thunderstorms on a daily basis; they never arrived!

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1  Thank oskar77
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

Stayed for 2 weeks and found the hotel pure relaxation.Good swimming pool and nice restaurant with plenty of choice. The staff were fantastic and could not do enough for us. We booked a few trips out and used JAMBO LANKA who we found to be excellent. He will organise any itinery and his guides speak english. He delivered everything we asked for . Jambo can be contacted via Facebook so you can organise everything before you arrive. We found all the locals to be very friendly and knowledgeable. All in all we thought the country was fantastic and will visit again.

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Additional Information about AVANI Kalutara Resort

Address: St. Sebastian's Road | Katukurunda, Kalutara 0001, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Kalutara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kalutara
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kalutara
#2 Family Hotel in Kalutara
#3 Spa Hotel in Kalutara
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kalutara
Price Range: RM413 - RM1,400 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — AVANI Kalutara Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 105
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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