We absolutely loved our first trip to Sri Lanka, and staying at the Old Clove House was a highlight of an amazing vacation! The house is beautiful. The pictures online don’t begin to capture how great it is. The location nestled back in the trees meant that the kids woke up to the chirping of exotic birds, ecstatically watched monkeys in the trees and sighted a number of indigenous animals scurrying across the lawn. The pool was lovely and stocked with toys. The kids swam every morning, evening and in between outings.
Each day when we returned home we were greeted with cold towels and a delicious drink. And every morning when we left our bedrooms we had a yummy smoothie waiting for us while breakfast was prepared. The food was absolutely incredible, exceptional really. We loved every meal that was prepared for us and kept saying we had to come back for another vacation just because of the food!
We fell in love with the staff and the tuk tuk drivers Tai, our host, hired for us. We were overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and professionalism of the staff. They were particularly good with our kids and just pleasant to have around. We quickly came to trust and appreciate the tuk tuk drivers. They helped carry bags, herd children, run errands and stayed close by throughout the day. They were pleasant and we enjoyed having them around. We quickly learned to trust the recommendations of our host. He put a great deal of thought into what places and foods our group would enjoy the most.
A quick example of how great Tai was. On our last morning in Sri Lanka we went souvenir shopping in Galle before heading to the airport. When we got back to the house to pack up, I realized I did not have my daughter’s dress I bought. I asked Tai if we would drive near that store on our way to the airport. Next thing I know Tai is calling me, telling me he is in the store and looking for my dress. He made it back just in time before our cab pulled away. Talk about customer service!
We all agreed that 5 days was not enough time for a trip to Sri Lanka and will come back again soon. And when we do, we will definitely stay at Old Clove again.