First of all a big thank you to all the regular advisors on here. You all do a grand job, wont name you as you know who you are! And Erik, I missed seing you too in 2007!
Anyway, we have agreed 5 nights at the Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana, 1 night in Kandy at the Earl's reach and 1 night at the Tea Factory. so far so good. All Half board etc.
I have spent hours ( and im not fibbing!)trying to decide where to spend our 2nd week.
Reddot sent me a couple of quotes for Sl and the Maldives, but since my email on Saturday saying we wanted to stay only in S.L, they havent replied. I sent a polite reminder today, but still no quote. Hope the guy is just having a couple of days off and isnt ill.
Dream Ticket have also failed to get back to me, I chased them up this afternoon and they said sorry and would look in to it as I was on the system, by hey ho still nothing back !!!
BUT here is Kuoni's offerings:
Taj Exotica = £2602 Half board
Kani Lanka = £2994 All inclusive
Heritance Ahungalla =£3022 HB
Eden Resort =£3034 HB
Blue Water =£3121
Our original quote was for the Taj, which is the cheapest. But many reviews complain about damp musty rooms, expecially the bathrooms and a very tired hotel.
As Iv explained before we lead (like many folk) extreemly busy lifes. We are foster carers so work 24/7 365 days minus our 2 weeks respite break! One of our kids has special needs. So after our lovely inland jaunt all we wish to do is sit in and out the sun/shade and vegetate, reading a book, dipping a toe in the pool and munching on some tasty food.
I have asked Reddot for a price for the Wunderbar hotel, but suspect it might be a bit too basic for us, one site says its like an 18 to 30's holiday and anyway still waiting for them to get back to me).
Which one to chose, is it really neccesary to spend out the extra £400 plus to do better the the Taj?? I know Travellerguy like the Heritance, should we do upgrade to that. Or would there a be a lot more life in the Kani Lanka which is All Inclusive, so perhaps will be less deserted as folk will stick around in the evenings to get their moneys worth? We enjoyed eating out in Koh Samui as our hotel was so posh and dead in the evening, but I hated walking past all the bars/shops where the staff harass you to enter their business. This is likely to be our last big holiday alone, as our respite carers(our sone and his wife) are having their 2nd baby in the spring and it will be too much for them after that. Also my husband was redundent this spring. We are having one last big holiday as its my 50th birthdya at Christmas, but we are not loaded with cash! If we upgrade from the Taj, we will probably go for either the Kani Lanka or Heritance Ahungalla. Main difference Heritance looks nicer, but the K.Lanka is All Inclusive and we may get to save a bit of cash there and make some friends. Will we spend a lot on drinks at the H.A? We only drink soft drink in the day. Sorry for long posting! I really want this last big holiday to be special.