We flew to Sri Lanka on 28th August 2008 for a 2 week holiday, staying at The Club Hotel Dolphin. We feel this hotel was excellent value for money.
On arrival at Colombo Airport we changed £200 sterling into Rupees and got a good exchange rate. We then made our way to the Coaches, be prepared for the Porters to try and grab your Cases to carry them for you then ask you for tips. A polite no and they walk away.
The journey to the Hotel was about 35minutes.
On arrival we were given a cold towel and a cocktail, then allocated our room.
THE ROOM. This was ideal it could have done with a little more hanging space for our clothes apart from that it was perfect. Each night the room boys came round sprayed our room with Mozzie Repelant, turned our beds down and decorated the room and bed with flowers. A nice touch.
THE GROUNDS. There were 2 swimming pools one being the quiet pool which we prefered and a large pool with music. There was a pool bar at each pool for drinks and snacks if you didnt want to use the main Buffet Resturant. The grounds were laid out lovely, kept clean and tidy by the Gardeners. Plenty of Sunbeds which the pool boys laid matteresses and towels out for you as you approached them. Lots of Wildlife around, cute little Chipmonks, Pretty Birds, and some very noisey Crows.
FOOD. In the main Buffet Resturant there was always a choice of different meals, and if there was a time where nothing suited you then the Chef would always prepare something for you. He does a great Chicken Salad. Puddings were nice plenty to choose from and the fresh fruit was wonderful.
STAFF. Thoughout the Hotel the staff were all happy and friendly and would go out of their way to make sure you have an enjoyable Holiday. We couldnt fault any of them.
ENTERTAINMENT. There was entertainment 7 days a week, we wouldnt say it was brilliant but it was ok and they did try hard working long hours.
REPS. Our first Rep was Zam who only lasted 2 days into our Holiday he was a complete waste of space who loved his own voice and wasnt interested in you unless you wanted to book a trip with him and Hemtours. Our 2nd Rep was Sam he was much the same as the first Rep, an issue First Choice should look into.
CANAL GARDEN RESTURANT. We visted this Resturant on our last evening in Sri Lanka and really regretted not going before. We had a wonder meal at a very good price. My Husband had Lobster and King Prawns and said how wonderful it was. Myself not being a Fish lover had a very tender Fillet Steak which melted in my mouth. We sat for part of the evening with Raj the owner and really enjoyed his company. If your thinking of going there come out of the main gates of the Hotel turn right and you can see it along the river bank.
EXCURSIONS. Before we travelled to Sri Lanka we read reviews about Asda, Harolds, Tescos, Sainsburys and Mary. When we arrived we looked for Mary but sadly couldnt find her, so we walked to Harolds shop and booked a trip to The Elephant Orphanage at a cost of £35 each. We did not enjoy the trip with Harolds as we felt we werent looked after properly and hardly spoken too during the day. Several times during the day i need the toilet and Harolds guy showed me to a hole in the muddy ground in an open shed with no door which he found highly amusing.
We booked a River Boat trip with Tescos and our Guide was a young Lad called Ravi, he was brilliant, he was only 20years old but could answer all our questions and made sure we enjoyed our trip. He pointed out all the wildlife along the way, Monitor Lizards, King Fisher Birds, Monkeys. He took us to see The Toddy Man who climbs the Coconut Tree and gets you a drink, then on to the Arrack Man who makes Bootleg Booze...try at your own risk...it will blow you away.
The next day we were walking along the Beach when we met Mary and Joseph, this proved to be one of the highlights of the holiday. Speaking to them they told us so much about the Island and trips they could offer us to make the most of our stay there, and the prices they charged compaired to Harolds and others were so much cheaper.
We booked to go to The Elephant Orphanage again at a cost of £11 each. A fantastic day out with normal toilets.
We also booked an overnight excursion to Kandy where Mary and Joseph arranged and All Inclusive stay in a Hotel. The cost of the 2day trip was £60 each. We left at 8.30am Saturday morning, our first stop was a Tea Plantation, which was an amazing experience watching the women pick the Tea Leaf then we went into the factory and saw how it was all turned into Tea, followed by a lovely cup of tea. Then we travelled on further and stopped at a viewing point and were surrounded by little Monkeys. (Just hang on to your Cameras). Then we travelled to Kandy and were taken to a real Kentucky Fried Chicken Resturant. (They get everywhere). The we walked around the Lake at Kandy on the way to the Hotel. Upon arrivng we were shown to our rooms and had showers then went to an evening show watching Dancers and Firewalkers. We returned to the Hotel for a Buffet Meal and an early night. The next morning after Breakfast we went into Kandy to visit The Temple Of Tooth, then on to Dambulla and Sigiriya .We stopped for lunch at a nice resturant before finishing our trip with a Safari at Habarana National Park, this was amazing to see about 400 Elephants in the wild. All roaming free to do as they like. Fantastic.
We then travelled back to The Club Hotel Dolphin arriving back about 9pm Sunday night.
All the trips we booked where in Air Conditioned Mini Buses.
We booked a Tuk Tuk trip once again with Mary and Joseph, they took us into Negombo where we visited a Jewlery Shop, Fish Market, A Temple, Shops and a Market. Mary took us into a local Cafe/bar for drinks. The 3 hour trip cost us 700 Rupees approx £3.00 for the 2 of us which included Mary, and the Driver of the Tuk Tuk.
Mary and Joseph looked after us very well, made us feel as if we were all part of the same family. We regard them as friends now. We felt safe with them at all times.
Mary even telephoned us on our return to England to make sure we arrived home safely. we can only recommend that you talk to Mary and Joseph before booking trips with anyone else.
We were shocked to see a gentleman who was involved in an accident with one of Harolds drivers who fell asleep at the wheel. This gentleman ended up in hospital for 2 days with a terrible head injury along with other cuts and bruises. He was in a terrible state and very lucky to be alive.
There are lots of Children along the Beach who love to say hello if you walk along the Beach, take them some Sweets and Pens and Pencils as they are really greatful for these things and are so lovely.
We made lots of friend with other guest, Heather (Helga) and a family who live near us Lauren, Nigel and Louis. along with other couples Paul and Judith, and Pete and Karen. Hello to you all.
On the whole we had a fantastic holiday which has left us with some amazing memories and we now look forward to returning to Sri lanka in the very near future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Here on Sri Lanka's golden west coast, we believe that every moment of your time spent with us is precious. . Precisely why we offer a host of facilities for your comfort and opportunities for you and your loved ones to enjoy an unforgettable stay with us in Sri Lanka. Whether you want to PLAY or PAUSE you can have the best of both worlds at Club Hotel Dolphin Waikkal. Our hotel is known to be the ultimate family beach holiday destination in the region.. PAUSE... Find a place under the swaying coconut palms, and re-discover that inner peace that you've been missing for so long. Take a long walk on the golden beach. Enjoy the sensation of curling your toes in the pure sands and revel in the warmth of the sun on your skin. Lie back and listen to the soothing roar of the waves as you slip into a deep state of relaxation at the spa. PLAY... Dive into Sri Lanka's longest swimming pool and score the winning point at water polo! Hit the gym, or take a water aerobics class. Say yes to adventure! Learn to paddle a kayak and explore the mangroves, or feel the wind whistle past, as you see the world from horseback trekking along the beach. Enjoy top notch entertainment and live shows, indulge in beach-side BBQ s and delicious buffets, take time for a romantic meal for two under the moon and stars... Whether you want to PLAY or PAUSE at Club Dolphin you can enjoy the very best of both worlds... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Hotel Waikkal
- Club Hotel Dolphin Sri Lanka/Waikkal
- Dolphin Hotel Sri Lanka