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“Unearthing Further Secrets of Dutch Bay”
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Dutch Bay Resorts
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Kalpitiya
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Unearthing Further Secrets of Dutch Bay”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

The lure of Dutch Bay was irresistible and the return in March came naturally. Dutch Bay Resort was the Oasis in which to lay anchor. Exquisite food in the form of Chef’s special seafood inventions kept us guessing from one meal to the other.
With no pressure of time behind us, possibilities within the precincts of the Resort itself dawned as we leisurely hiked through the expansive property set in virtually no mans land. Mini Villus (natural ponds carved in the sand due to actions of the wind over millennia) and parkland interspersed with bushes, scrub and various arid zone tree species gave the place a unique ambience disturbed only by the birdcalls. Tracks made by animals and carts were our walkways.
Slowly we meandered towards the pristine coastline with shell studded golden sand and turquoise water. We wondered in awe at the sunset. Blue Tailed Bee-Eater, Kingfishers of different types, Orange-Breasted Green Pigeon, Blue Faced Malkoha, Grey Francolin, Jungle Fowl, various kites, waders and the list could go on.
Going north up the peninsula we encounter remains of an old Dutch Church with its sturdy walls still surviving. Wild donkeys peer at us from different directions. Light blue coloured jellyfish types appear like flower arrangements in the shallow brackish waters of the waterways. A King Cobra peacefully strides past us. As the strip of land narrows we pass through the fishing community at Kirimundel with its Sub Post Office manned by a diehard Postman with his one of a kind postal delivery van in the form of a bullock cart. In this cart he delivers the occasional mail sometimes travelling ten miles to deliver just one letter. Facing West the blue Sea and facing East the Mangroves and the expansive lagoon. The land now becomes a bare sand-strip and slowly the peninsular blends itself into the sea. Beyond one can glimpse the snake like sand bars and tiny islands stretching along a dotted line for some miles.
At dawn we take the boat ride to see the Ocean Dolphins, encounter hundreds of them merrily doing their gymnastics, being reminded of Sperm Whales within touching distance seen during the previous visit. Thereafter, snorkelling at Bar Reef, one of the largest pristine reef systems in the Indian Ocean where we see the beauty of the corals and the associated fish along with an occasional shark. We end up for a packed brunch at a riverine beachhead past Gangewadiya long way up the estuary of the mighty Kala Oya, after a stop at the great Baobab tree, which elephants had just visited to venerate. We pass smiling migrant fishing families, each in their own cove carved in the mangroves and stock up with crab and prawn for Chef’s next meal. A soothing swim in the crystal clear fresh water and we are revived. Here we witness the nearby islanders coming for their regular freshwater bath in their boats. For whole families it is a picnic outing where they bathe, wash their clothes, cook a mid-day meal and stock up with drinking water before returning to their parched islands to carry on with their fishing. Back across the lagoon with its birdlife including scores of Spot Billed Pelicans literally at the border where the lagoon merges with the sea and the occasional Indo-Pacific Hump-backed Dolphin or lagoon pink dolphin, we return to our Oasis.
It was time to say goodbye. But the experience of the Dutch Bay Resort brought to the forefront by the vision of its founder Neil d’Silva had by then made us re discover the ultimate blessing in life. The blessing so beautifully expressed by the Roman poet Juvenal - Mens sana in corpore sano or Healthy mind in a healthy body.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Neil D, Owner at Dutch Bay Resorts, responded to this review, 5 November 2014
Dear Mr. Lalith

Sat Nam and Blessings for another wonderful review and I could not have explained the environment better. You are a very passionate Engineer who is in love with the Mother nature. Wow.. your review is widely spoken about by most guests and thank you soo much for encouraging them select our Paradise.

You have got me in to bird watching and seem keep an eye on every branch that moves. Thank you for the great article you wrote on the History and the rich biota of the Kalpitiya Peninsul. A great encouragement to 304 Sq Km of a gazetted Sanctuary

I enjoyed the wonderful boat ride with you and the Photographer Mr. Stefan D'Silva to discover the amazing 900 year Baobab tree (could be one of the largest on the Island of Ceylon). The white sandy river swim at the most Southern border of the Wilpattu forrest "Gange Wadia" was a memorable experience for me and thank you

I enjoyed taking you both around the Island and specially to discover the resort land with many diversification of flora and fauna.

Thank you for sending the CD full of picture by post and it was delivered to us on the bullock cart, two days from posting it in Colombo. Wonderful experience

I am anticipating your 4th visit later this month. Until Then, Blessings to you and the family from Dutch Bay Island

Sat Nam

Neil D'Silva
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

The light underneath the inviting bridge guided us to the entrance of Dutch Bay. Staff met us and guided us to the reception where we were given our choice of liquids, tranquility and only the sounds from night birds. After a evening meal of freshly caught fish and shrimps we were escorted to our private chalets, hidden in the mangrove forest.
Next morning we were woken up by bee-eaters sitting on our private terrace - heaven. Silence, tranquility and peace of mind. After an early breakfast we went with the arranged boat to the reef to watch dolphins and whales -wonderful! We also sighted a number of migrating birds on the sand banks before returning to the Dutch Bay, relaxing in the pool before dinner and longed for deep sleep. The following day the boat took us to Wilpattu National Park to look at leopards, elephants and the wildlife - thrilling!
What a place to unwind and relax for stressed business men and animal lovers.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Neil D, Owner at Dutch Bay Resorts, responded to this review, 27 October 2014
Thank You Doctor for your kind words

I enjoyed spending time with you. Thank yofor your wonderful support and continues promotions you do for Dutch Bay Resorts. My staff enjoys your company and we look forward to your 3rd Visit in two weeks

The timing is perfect for Dolphin and Whale watching season that will last till end April. Of course your Leopards and Elephants awaits your arrival

Sending you great cosmic energy that is extremely obvious at Dutch Bay Resorts. I look forward to our meditation session

Neil D'SIlva
DBR
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Probably the best deal in all of Sri Lanka. Super luxury at an affordable price, This place is amazing and Neil was one of the most helpful caretakers I have met. Definitely worth the drive off the beaten track.

Love the decor, the food and the outdoor bathrooms.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Neil D, Owner at Dutch Bay Resorts, responded to this review, 27 October 2014
Dear Aaron

Thank you both for selecting Dutch Bay Island for you brief stay with us. I am very glad that you loved the environment and the "Small Luxury Hotel" set up. Specially, coming from a rich tourism destination where live and work. We will continue to grow due to genuine nature lovers and good travelers like you. Thank you for giving my team the opportunity to serve you both. With great Blessings we look forward to see you soon for a few more dives at the reef. Sat Nam
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Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

This place is love. The staff are extremely homely and the secluded nature of each chalet helps you really let go if all the stress from work. The beach is pristine and it's peaceful with hardly any other person for miles. The treck between the resort and the beach is peaceful and is a good way to stretch your muscles. There's plenty of things to do from kite surfing to dolphine/wale watching tours. There are many places to see around the island and on clear nights the stars are breathtaking.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Neil D, Owner at Dutch Bay Resorts, responded to this review, 5 November 2014
Dear Ms. Milan

Thank you for bringing your parents over to our rich biodiversity and giving us the opportunity to share our passionate destination with your family. I am glad you enjoyed the 20 minutes walk to the beach while discovering the land and the inhabitants of the nature . With no infrastructure facilities on the Island outside the Resort area, our beach will always remain pristine and uninhabited to site only migratory fisher folk. We hope to enhance the bio diversity and the socio economic factor of the local fisher folk with all your support. Therefore, your review has helped us in great deal and thank you

Thank you again for your visit and please return to join us at the Yoga retreat program as discussed. We look forward to surprising you, your Mom and Dad during the next stay where Villa 12 will always be reserved in advance

Sat Nam

Neil
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Newark, null, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Spent a holiday in Dutch bay resort, Kalpitiya. reached the resort by boat and for people who cannot make the journey by boat had a jeep. Very personalised service. very clean environment and delicious food from the local products. Lovely private beach. Your own dock to the lagoon from your shaley. Went Dolphin watching arranged by the resort and spent an excellent morning. unfortunately did not see any whales. there were facilities for Kite surfing.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Neil D, Owner at Dutch Bay Resorts, responded to this review, 5 November 2014
Dear Doctor

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to welcome you to Dutch Bay Resorts. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to share your wonderful experience on Tripadvisor. your experience is encouraging many travelers select Dutch Bay's Rich bio diversity. I truly enjoyed meeting your Dad and the family and hope we get to see your family soon again. Sending you great blessings for your wonderful work

Sat Nam

Nei D'Silva
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Visited the Dutch Bay with family, a party of 8. A truly memorable experience. The Dutch Bay Resort is something distinctly different. Beautifully built, and luxurious chalets built abutting the mangroves, close to nature with all the facilities one requires. Beautiful open air bathrooms. A wonderfully relaxing place, full of history and spirituality. Neil D'Silva is a wonderful host, passionate about making his guess enjoy every minute of their stay. And everyone else is so polite and helpful, for once a hotel with a truly personal touch. None of the blandly formal politeness one experiences in most places, the people here were genuinely friendly and nice, and would do everything to make things as comfortable as possible for the guests. Special thanks also to Mevan. This place makes you feel wanted and special, and was what we appreciated most. We went out to sea to see dolphins and saw loads of them. Its was a delightful experience.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Neil D, Owner at Dutch Bay Resorts, responded to this review, 27 October 2014
My Dear Dr Senaka

It was amazing that we met and thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet your visiting family. You are a very passionate human being who helps Universal children in many forms. You have a gifted family too.

Thank you for selecting Dutch Bay Resorts and for sending friends and family. Your beautiful words and encouraged Thousands of visitors select Dutch Bay resorts and Kalpitiya region

I thank you again for recognizing our humble ethics that we have introduced in the service of Hospitality. It made me easy to train humble villagers who hardly had three meals to eat. Today, they are the shareholders of this profit module as we take nothing with us

Please continue to visit us

Sending you great vibes and Cosmic energy though our mind power

Blessings all the way to your loving family

Neil D'Silva
Dutch Bay Resorts
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Unforgettable breath taking Holiday. Pure Quality service and facilities at Dutch Bay Resorts go hand in hand with the True Nature.
Had a wonderful time with my family. Well done Neil and THANK YOU. We will be Back soon.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Neil D, Owner at Dutch Bay Resorts, responded to this review, 27 October 2014
Dear Mr. Nishan and the Family

Thank you very much for selecting Dutch Bay Island for your family vacation away from the UK. Thank you for your continues patronage. Your visits and genuine reviews and recommendations have added tremendous value to our sustainable Socio friendly profit module. Thank you for promoting us amongst your loving family and friends. We will always assure you of our quality all around

We look forward to seeing your family for the 4th time on Dutch Bay Island

Blessings to you all

Neil D'Silva
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Property: Dutch Bay Resorts
Address: Dutch Bay Island | Dutch Bay Island, Kalpitiya 61360, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > North Western Province > Kalpitiya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Kalpitiya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hideaway destination is built on the historical Dutch Bay Island surrounded by its unique rich bio diversity (underwater and forest sanctuary) well recognized for Whales, Dolphins and the nature park "Wilpattu." There are 16 signature mangrove chalets, fully furnished with customized 5 star amenities to include free wi-fi, 24/7 butler service, same day laundry service, 24/7 Duty Manager, 24/7 housekeeping and front desk and maintenance, common pool and beach access.25 Minutes to Wilpattu safari park ... more   less 
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