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Unforgettable stay

Review of Ruuk Village
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 Jan 2020
My boyfriend and I have spent more than two weeks at Ruuk Village and we couldn't be more happier!

When we arrived late at night, they helped getting our stuff to our cabana, explained a bit but we could do the check-in the next morning. This already gave a feeling of "no stress and relax".

We didn't see much of the surroundings that night, but waking up in a nice ensuite cabana with all the palmtrees and the animal noises was a perfect start of the vacation.

Later at the lobby we were welcomed by Abdul, the greatest host ever! He explained everything about Ruuk Village and if you needed something or wanted to do an excursion, he was the man to talk to.
He was also always in for a joke, there were no dull moments with him 😁

In the kitchen preparing our food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) was miss Rani, the best cook ever! She made all kinds of Sri Lankan/Indian food and it was delicious! There was not one thing that we did not like and she even taught us how to make energy balls.

The other people working there were also so friendly they all made our stay wonderful! There wasn't one time that we felt uncomfortable.

Concerning the surroundings, Kalpitiya isn't a busy town but you can do a few excursions that are not too far away.
We even took the sups across the lagoon and went looking for oysters!

The great thing about Kalpitiya, is that it's very authentic. Everyone is super friendly, helpful and they all say "hi".

Overall we had a great experience visiting Sri Lanka and Ruuk Village for the first time!
We didn't need electricity the whole day and warm water wasn't necessary. . These are the privileges that we are used to, but didn't miss for one bit.

A big thank you to the whole team who made our stay so much fun!
Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2020 via mobile

Ruuk village is a nice and very relaxed place away from mass tourism.

Accomodation:
The bungalows are simple but nice and functional with a hammock outside. There is no hot shower but you dont need one. The water is also not cold and in the night you can shower under the stars, since there is an outside bathroom.
A mosquito net around the bed is also provided.

The food is great. You don't have a menue to choose from but the two ladies in the kitchen prepare different types of breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day. So there is a great variety of freshly made food and once a week is pizza night in their own pizza oven. On request you can also have fresh juices or shakes.

There is no real beach to swim directly at the resort. You will have to go with the boat that transportes the kitesurfers to the kitesurf spot.
Be carefull when you step on the wooden structures like the yoga deck or the Jetty, they are not too strong.

Kitesurfing:
If you go there for Kitesurfing and you bring your own gear, thats perfect.
They don't have a lot of rental equipment. The biggest kite is 15 m2 and there is only one, but I have been to other Kite-centers and they usually don't have a lot of big kites as well. Especially when it is normally an area with stronger wind.
On request the manager organized some more kites (17m2 and 14 m2) from the kitecenter next door.
Kiteboards are Crazyfly boards (ok but not great).

You will be transportet to a kitebeach by boat. U can store the gear u don´t immediately need in a little hut there.
When I was there we had low wind for over a week. With 80 kg you would have needed a 15 m2 or bigger kite. The lagoon is in most parts deep enough for a foil as a low wind option.

It might be difficult to find booties in your size, better bring your own because there a nasty shells sometimes.

They offer a great downwinder.
The Kite Instructor that was there during our stay made a good impression.

The staff is alltogether really nice. Abdul (and his assistant) organized a lot for us and he was always there to answer our questions.

He also organized the following trip for us:
When we left, we went with a boat at sunrise to the Wilpattu national park and crossed it with a safari jeep. It was not cheap but a great way to see the park, and to go on with our trip.

Conclusion: I recommend ruuk village, if your there for kitesurfing and you have your own gear and/or you would like to chill and have a good time. Its not the perfect place for a beach holiday.

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2019 via mobile

Continuous smiles, exceeding expectations, and a genuine appreciation for guests is how I experienced Ruuk Village. The location, gardens, and wildlife are gorgeous. Then add a hammock and a king coconut drink to the mix...perfection. I enjoyed getting to know the team; Abdul, Veejay, Shehan, Rani and Ruchira (and the younger guys who support).
All our wishes were granted and at times I felt like a part of their community-at home. Outstanding for kitesurfing. Wow...kitesurfing the lagoon after the healthy breakfast minutes from the cabana; epic. The best part was that Ruuk Village really is eco-conscious. The Tourism sector and Sri Lanka need more Ruuk Villages. Big kudos to the founders, Roshan and Thileeban. I HIGHLY recommend Ruuk Village.

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2019

Ruuk village is a great very chilled and calm place. The Ruuk team is very welcoming, especially Abdul was very actively communicating with us! We enjoyed our stay in the village. However take into account that if you come here not for kiting there are not much activities to do in the village.
The accommodation (cabana) was really nice and basic, especially we enjoyed the open air shower :)

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2019

I loved everything about the space, the open lounge area, cosy rustic cabanas, the open roof bathrooms for showers under the open skies/stars and comfortable beds. I had the best nights sleep here in pin drop silence - a rarity for me in the city! An amazing space to reset & rejuvenate with lots of options for fun activities and a great place to learn to kite surf.
The food was amazing and I felt really taken care of by Roshan and the Ruuk Village the team. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and I felt right home here.
I would definitely go back and recommend it anytime.

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 June 2019

I just stayed for 2 nights, but still it was a wonderful time. Delicious local food, clean and comfortable cabana and really caring and obliging staff (special shout-out to Abdul)!
The village itself has a great location for different kinds of activities and is full of elaborate details. I would definitely come back and recommend it anytime.

Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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