I used this as my home base while traveling in Sri Lanka. It was arranged by my friends (who are Sri Lankan and live locally). I arrived at the hotel at around 2:30-3am, and was welcomed warmly by the staff there. The room had been prepared, and the hot water and airconditioning had been turned on prior to my arrival (Sri Lankan homes do not usually have hot water, so it's a luxury at a hotel). The room was huge! Two four-post queen beds with mosquito nets, a couple of lounges and coffee table, and a writing desk in an alcove, plus a couple of sideboards and a wardrobe furnished the room. The bathroom was large as well, and had a bidet (which I didn't use, but I guess it's good if you're used to that kind of thing!). The front porch had a couple of outdoor chairs and a table where you could enjoy the fresh air and the view of the surrounding gardens.
The hotel backs onto a lagoon, and over the hill is the beach. It's quiet here, and clean, whereas Negombo beach can sometimes be noisy and messy. The hotel restaurant is right on the shore of the lake, and is huge and open. They often have weddings, homecoming parties and other events here, which are interesting to see for a non-Sri-Lankan ;). The pool is right next to the restaurant and is a lovely place to spend the afternoon/evening after a hot day exploring Negombo.
The food served in the restaurant is delicious. While I was there they had a breakfast of local specialities such as string hoppers, fish curry and fresh fruit. The restaurant also does western-style cuisine very well, and you can order to your room - but I would suggest eating in the restaurant, the view and atmosphere is something you don't get every day. Try the special meals they have on offer - the restaurant manager will let you know when something is happening.
My room at Kumudu Valley Resort was my refuge and sanctuary during my stay in Sri Lanka. The staff were always happy to help, whether it was towels for the pool, a sunbed for the room, or advice on attractions in the area. I visited other places in Sri Lanka and so there were a couple of nights when I wasn't sleeping in the hotel - I wasn't charged for those nights, and they kept my main luggage safe for me until I returned, and placed my bags back in my room before I got back.
My last day in Sri Lanka I had a very late flight, and the manager gave me a late check out (8pm!) so that I could be comfortable up until my flight. They didn't charge me extra, and actually at the end of my stay I was surprised at the total charged - much cheaper than I was expecting!
I will definitely be staying here again next time I visit Sri Lanka!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for a relaxed environment close to nature? Then you can head towards Kumudu Valley Resort in Negombo which is about a 30 minute drive from the International Airport. The hotel offers 20 accommodation units, standard and superior which are well appointed and comfortable. All rooms include a satellite television and minibar.The restaurant serves a la carte and buffet meals while you can always relax by the outdoor pool and enjoy some Ayurvedic therapies to ease off your stress. Activities such as boat trips and fishing can be enjoyed since there is a water sports centre adjacent to the hotel.Kumudu Valley Resort LocationSituated approximately 17km away from the International Airport in Katunayake, along the A3 highway, Kumudu Valley Resort is located only 7km away from the Negombo town. The drive from the airport takes about 30 minutes while Kumudu Valley Resort is located in the midst of a tropical garden bordering a river and just 250 meters away from the Indian Ocean.Kumudu Valley Resort AccommodationKumudu Valley Resort has 20 chalets that are divided in to 10 standard and 10 superior rooms. All rooms are well furnished and include a telephone, satellite television and a fridge/minibar. Standard rooms covers a surface of 35 sqm and consists of a veranda, air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a fan, while the bathroom includes a shower, hot and cold water and a private toilet. Superior rooms are also similarly equipped but are spread out on a 80 sqm surface. The room includes 2 verandas while additional amenities include a water boiler, hair dryer and a private safe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kumudu Valley Resort Sri Lanka/Nainamadama