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Club Hotel Dolphin
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Waikkal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 September 2007

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.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 September 2007

After reading other reviews before going it sounded like a good place to go to. IT WAS. We arrived at about at about midday it was lashing down with rain so we where not very happy. We where given a welecome drink then it was up to our room 307. The room boy brought our cases up so we had no heavey bags to carry. It rained for 2 days but then the weather was good after that. The hotel was excelent the staff was excellent every ting was just great. We booked all our trips with Joseph and Mary on the beach we did 2 river trips a weekend in Kandy visiting 2 temples, fire walking , a tea plantation and an Elephant safari, it was brill. We did a full day at the Elephant orphanage then on to elephant riding. We also did an afernoon getting a TUC TUC to Negumbo the local town, 700 Rupees about £3. 20 for 3 hours. The food at the hotel was good always plenty of choice differnt theme every day.Say hello to Pete,karen,John,Carol,Jackie and superman for making it such a great holiday. We are just in the throws of booking up again for next year.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank PAULICRETE
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Reviewed 15 September 2007

WONDERFUL, wonderful, WONDERFUL. Myself and my husband have just returned from a two week holiday at the Club Hotel Dolphin. What can I say. If you want to ever go to Sri Lanka, then this is the place to stay. The hotel and grounds are kept immaculately clean and tidy. I didnt ever see a dirty plate or empty glass lying around. The staff at the hotel are always willing to help and the smiles were all genuine. The food in the hotel was good to. Something for everyone. The serving area was always kept clean and the dishes never ran dry. The entertainment at the hotel is a must see. These guys work from early morning to late evening 7 days a week and put on a show almost every night. When they are not doing the shows themselves they are still around working. They take pride in what they do and they do a great job. Look out for LaLa ... this guy is so funny, and such a lovely guy with it. Every aspect of the hotel was 5* it really was. You must take a look at Tescos and Asda. Its funny they actually have the company logos and everything ... funny. Also visit Harrolds store which is a left turn outside the hotel gates. They have a lovely range of wood work and you can take a boat ride along the river where you will see lots of water and bird life yours for only about £3.00 ... yep definitely worth it we were out for 2 hours! If you do nothing else whilst your there visit the Elephants at Pinnewella .... you might see elephants at the zoo, but this is a must see. Its amazing they are just there standing in front of you. Its a good thing that this place is there or these elephants would probably be dead. The little ones are so cute when they go to bath at the river, they go mad and just walk in between the bigger elephants. We were lucky enough to have two elephants visit the hotel as well. Odd, there you are sunbathing, next moment you turn around and theres a 2 tonne elephant behind you. Dont be worried obout the children on the beach, they are so nice. We took them out some biscuits one day and some cake from out anniversary the next. They are so grateful. its like they had never seen cake. If you do go take some bic pens with you to hand out to them. They will be so grateful. They learn to write at school but cnnot afford writing materials and always ask if you have 'english pen'. All in all we had no complaints about our stay at the Dolphin ...... well just one, we had to come home. If you are thinging of Sri Lanka, please give the Hotel Dolphin some serious thought!!!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank archibold
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Reviewed 14 September 2007

Just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks holiday at the club hotel dolphin.
And yes it met all of my expectations and more!

The hotel and its grounds are well kept and clean, and you always see smiling faces from all the staff. Very helpful and friendly.
Our home for two weeks was a deleux room in the hotel, very spacious, clean and well presented. Even had 2 visitors with us...2 small geckos, they never caused a problem, but the room guys will try and remove them, if you wanted.
We had a corner sea front view room, with a large balcony and beautiful views of the sea and swimming pool. Tv channels werent that great, sometimes unable to recieve any british ones. But you can rent out dvds from the hotel or buy them from local shops in negombo there about £1 each, bargain.
Our room was cleaned by a guy named saman, and he was so friendly and smilied all the time, made out room spotless and left many flower decorations for us. Also 2 wonderful room boys come every night with flowers and spray your rooms.

we spent most days at the zig zag pool....although theres the quiet pool...more for the older guests i think!
There are many activities goin on for all age groups at the pool, the staff will provide you with beds, mats, towels and umbrella. Theres a bar and snack bar nr the pool, which serves food and drink...basic but very good! no complaints.
The beach is beautiful, sea is a lil rough....so i wouldnt suggest goin in unless your a strong swimmer. You'll have harald and his guys on the beach, really friendly guys...so dont be too bothered or scared of them.

Talking about harald...we did 3 trips with him! and we couldnt complain about any of them...absolutley fantastic!
we did the 2 day tour, which took us to both elephant orphanges, kandy temples, tea factory, spice gardens (be warned they try to rip you off), botanical gardens, sygeria rock and an elephant safari! even had beer and biscuits in the wilderness! you would never get this from first choice. there was only 8 people in our party...so you can spend as much time in places, as you want or not. couldnt fault the tour at all...and had the best laughs of the holidays on the trip. (but expect to pay out lots in tipping)
we also went to colombo with haralds missus....she took us to 3 different department stores....full of bargains, worth a try.
The boat trip is fantastic espcially for £3! they take you along the river...showing you all the local wildlfie, fishermen, some crazy guys who jump from trees etc......absolutly worth a go.
Harald and his boys were brilliant and made our holiday....shout out to blackie and stu.

Zam and Sam our reps...well what can i say! what a waste of space they both were.
Zam was there for the first week, and was pressuring lots of people to book trips asap, so he could get his comission. We also had a nasty phone call from him, when we cancelled our trips...which worked out £140 each....when we got it for £85 with haralds. he will try to put you off goin with anyone else outside first choice using many excuses and lies in my opinon. Absolute disgrace of a rep.
And then there was Sam.....what another waste of a rep. We found out that our flight was delayed for min. of 12 hours, he never held a meeting, arranged connecting flights (which we missed), rooms etc....some people never heard about the delay until 6am the next morning when they turned up to go home.
serious problem with communcation.....we ended up payin out another £200 on flights from gatwick.
But on the bright side, we got to spend another day in sri lanka and kept a room.

ENTERTAINMENT.....
was a lil naff, but the boys are wicked blokes. Shout out to danny and lala.
The disco was wicked, although we had to ask many a time to have it opened....as there was many young singles and couples who didnt want to go to bed at 11pm, so they keep the club open till 2am.....and you do have to pay for drinks, only downside.
But we had some great nights in there.....if you wanna go midnight swimming, so to the quite pool! (i didnt tell you)

FOOD.....
wasnt anything special, but i enjoyed it and had no complaints. many dishes to choose from, if nothing takes your fancy you can always order food (at a price) or get room service.
Everyone raved about the canal garden restaurant, but we missed out on that.


SHOPPING....
never used any of the on-site shops, used asda and haralds. found some great bargains.
had some linen pants made for £5....and she can do any design.
Also had a ring made by the jewellers in asda, its absolutly gorgeous and worth the price i made! a bit of bling goes a long way! I definatly recommend him if you want anything made.


i will finish off by saying what a wonderful place sri lanka is and the club hotel dolphin too.
Met my expectations and more, hope to back in the near future.
If you want anymore information, feel free to contact me.

  • Stayed: September 2007
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5  Thank wigan84
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Reviewed 10 September 2007

We have just got back from the Dolphin and have to say we were disappointed! Most people seem to love it but it just wasn’t us.

The all inclusive is very limited- you cant get anything to eat at all from about 5 til 8 in the evening. The drinks are fine - but not presented particularly well. The food was on the whole "international". We went to Sri Lanka to experience the country - not each steak and chips! We particularly found the desserts odd- never seen so much use of gelatine!

On the whole the staff are good - although some can be moody. As there is such a culture of tipping everywhere, perhaps we didn’t tip enough to make them smile??!!...

The beach rooms were v musty and 70's. We didn’t want to upgrade as I love the sound of the sea and being near the beach, and also we liked the isolation of having our own house as such. But these rooms are very dated and basic. The "outdoor" shower was very odd! They were kept clean although were v dusty to begin with, and in desperate need of at least a new shower curtain!

As for entertainment- although we did enjoy the karaoke we didn’t go all the way to Sri Lanka for that surely?? Where was the Sri Lankan dancing at least? |The animator’s shows were awful- and we do appreciate their restrictions in terms of language etc – we know it’s not Broadway! But lip synching to Grease and changing behind a see-though white sheet was just too funny- I though the fact we could see them taking their clothes off was part of the act!

Trips were excellent, and as many have said before, Harald's tours are good - Blackie was especially entertaining and informative. (Even he got annoyed at the constant requests for money though). If you do go to Pinnewalla (and I suggest you do) make sure to take plenty of small notes as lots of tips are required!

We went to Colombo as well, which was very interesting. Take your passport though as there is a hug military presence who will ask for i.d. We went to the Galle Face hotel and it was really good - cheap but good quality, and amazing views. (All v colonial). Only problem we had was we got a taxi from the hotel and they aren’t actually taxi's - more tour guides. We are independent and wanted to do our won thing, whereas the taxi driver took us straight to Odel (a shopping "mall" - not what we came to Sri Lanka for!). Also when we asked for him to pick us up in a couple of house he wasn’t happy - he wanted to show us the sights and drive straight back. I would make it clear before you go what you want to do and how long for so you aren’t rushed as we were.

Best meal we had and well worth a visit was the Beach Hotel in Negombo. We ate in the fine dining restaurant and it was amazing - we were given complimentary canapés and after dinner chocs, plus had three courses of some of the best food I have had - ever. (And we live In London and eat out a lot). The whole lot came to 40 pounds with tip, for us both, and if you think about 15 pounds of that was for a decent bottle of wine, you can see it was v good value. The service was impeccable - if a little too attentive for our taste!

We loved Sri Lanka and would recommend it - but if you are an independent traveller who likes good food perhaps the Dolphin wouldn’t be for you. (I would go for the Beach Hotel if budget allowed!) If you do go with First Choice we would def upgrade the plane seats again- for the bit of extra money it costs its def worth it. First time I have flown long haul and not had jet lag, and I would say this is because of the extra leg room/ comfort. (They do bombard you with sales stuff though- very annoying) and beware that you still have to pay for seats together, on top of the upgraded price! (and as the plane formation is 2 - 3 -2, lots of couples found they were split up)

Go to Sri Lanka, but beware that you do get what you pay for - this is a good value hotel on the whole, and has some nice touches, but also has a lot of downfalls!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank rosieblue777
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Reviewed 3 September 2007

Just returned from the dolphin. We had a fantastic holiday. The staff were exceptional and the beach front bungalow was basic but very clean and had all one wanted and if you did require anything else the hotel staff were only too pleased to help. We hired a fridge for the two week stay which was very nice. The quiet pool was lovely. We booked our trips with Harold who organised our trips to our taste. He was very resonable and his drivers etc. were so friendly. Zam the first choice rep. was a waste of space, but he left on Sunday so I hope the new rep. will be more helpful. We took the two day trip to Kandy saw all the sites and were lucky enough to be there for the carnival of the elephants which was a wonderful spectical. We also took the trip down the river opposite the hotel and the boat trip to Nagombo. We finished with a trip into Columbo which was another experience not too be missed. All in all it was one of our best holidays. We met some lovely people., and had some great laughs. Thanks Sam and Colin for making our holidays so special. Thanks also to Harolds boys Blackie, Tony etc. and finally thanks to all the hotel staff they were excellent.

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3  Thank anne51Hastings
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Reviewed 2 September 2007

I've just returned from a 2 week holiday at the Club Hotel Dolphin in Sri Lanka. Having read a number of reviews on TripAdvisor prior to travelling I would say that MOST of the comments I have read here match my own experiences. However, it appears that some people's experiences of the hotel appear to be quite different to mine in some areas - so I decided to write as honest a review as possible from my point of view. It's a bit long but if you want the facts about this hotel READ ON!

First of all (and most importantly) I must say we had a wonderful holiday in SriLanka at the Dolphin Hotel Resort. The hotel and grounds were very well kept and the staff very friendly and helpful (as most of the other reviews on this site will confirm). The location is beatiful with a fabulous pool and sunbathing area and a lovely beach right alongside. I would imagine that most if not all rooms have a sea-view and the sea-breeze is gorgeous even upto 2am in the morning. Also the resort is quite well situated for visiting the Elephant Orphanage and local town 'Negombo'. The rooms were of a good standard, and the room boys make a great job of cleaning and decorating them with flowers : all-in-all in relation to other 3 star places we've stayed, I would say it is well above average.

We were a group of 21 people of a broad range of ages and were there for my Niece's wedding (we seemed to become known as "The Wedding Party of 21"). The first person we met was a chap called 'Zam' who is the First Choice rep for the hotel. If you check the other reviews on this site I'm sure you will find plenty to read about Zam. My opinion : he seems to like the sound of his own voice a bit too much and waffles on and repeats himself to the point where you can't help but switch off - not good when you are trying to obtain vital information about your stay. Also he is constantly trying to sell you day trips (which I'm sure he must get commission from) which just adds to the irritation of dealing with him. Our 'welcome meeting' consisted of about 2 minutes of useful information and about 45 minutes of him trying to sell trips and slag off the local tour operators (who you will no doubt come into contact with on the beach). Not what you need having just spent the best part of a full day travelling and we were struggling to stay awake during the 'presentation'.

On our first day we met a chap called Harald who is one of a bunch of guys who tout for business on the beach. The bottom line is that Harald made our holiday the brilliant event that it was. He really could not do enough for you and spent time showing you cool things like the little sand crabs which bury themselves on the beach, and telling you the real things you need to know about your stay. He would turn up to the beach and bring us fresh fruit like 'red bananas', lychees, fresh coconuts and cashew nuts for which he expected no payment. That was his investment in gaining your trust - I reckon I am a pretty good judge of character and Harald never let us down once. He even organised a beach party for us, completely free of charge (that's right - the beer & spirits too) and lit a bonfire where his 'boys' entertained us with 'fire-walking' and played drum music for us. The evening being ended off with fireworks!! That would probably have been £30 each with First choice, but free from Harald.

We did 3 trips with Harald - started off small to make sure he was up to it and built up to a full day excursion. The first trip was a boat trip up the river which runs behind the hotel where 'Blackie' (one of Harald's boys) fished a monitor lizard out of the water and climbed a coconut palm for coconuts which we all got to sample. Our second outing was a boat trip by sea to Negombo for shopping and then back to the hotel by Tuc-tuc. Finally a full day excursion to the Elephant Orphanage, elephant riding, spice gardens, botanical gardens, rubber plantation, tea factory and the Temple of the Tooth. All three were brilliant days out, we felt totally safe (apart from the roads/driving technique in SriLanka) and it was all at a fraction of the cost that you'll pay to First Choice! Get to know Harald, be fair with him and he will look after you. BTW, his wife is also a fine seamstress and quite a few of the girls in our group had dresses made at Harald's shop just up the road).

HOTEL ALL-INCLUSIVE (food & drink) : The food was great. A wide range of choices in the restaurant which opened three times a day : 8.00 - 10.00am for breakfast, 1.00 - 3.00pm for dinner and 8.00 - 10.00pm for evening meal. There was also a snack bar that offered tea & coffee throughout the day, and where you can get burger and chips between 11.00 and 2.00. Unforunately if you didn't fit into those times or you got a bit peckish in between, basically it was hard luck as there was nothing else available, which I thought was little disappointing for an all-inclusive. The drinks were also disappointing - the beer was very weak as were the 'local' spirits, so if you do fancy getting a bit merry don't think you'll manage it on your all-inclusive deal. We ended up buying bottles of 'Lion' beer which are about £1 for a 500ml bottle. Decent spirits like Jack Daniels were downright expensive - I paid £3.50 for a JD & coke, and wine costs anywhere from £13.50 a bottle upto about £20. It strikes me that they do not want you to actually get drunk, which (not unreasonably) many of us Brits do associate with having a good time on holiday. One other thing - someone else's review mentioned that there were no diet drinks. When I first read it prior to travelling I thought 'big deal', but actually it is - you are constantly drinking sugary drinks and again you get the feeling this is engineered to keep your consumption down. If you have spent the last 6 months losing weight for your holiday (like we did), it is a bit of a slap in the face to constantly have to drink this stuff or pay through the nose for diet. One night a month SriLanka has a 'Holy Day' on which they cannot serve alcohol and the hotel does enforce this - it is on the night of a full moon, and the hotel will not serve you alcohol (even though you have already paid for it on your all-inclusive) on this day. A few of the other guests had complained about this and the hotel did open one bar between 8.00 and 12.00pm - call me a cynic, but this just seemed like another way the hotel could save a few quid and stop you from drinking again.

HOTEL ENTERTAINMENT : the hotel has a team of 'animators' who during the day try to get you involved in mini golf, archery, cricket and other little fun games. It wasn't really 'our thing', but there did seem to be quite a few people who enjoyed joining in with it. The same team were also involved in providing night time entertainment like the kids mini-disco and some of the 'productions' like Grease, which were a little amateurish but passed the time. Being sober most of the time it was difficult to get enthusiastic about it. There were other acts but nothing that you would 'write home' about, and I would have to sum them up as 'boring'- no energy at all in what they were doing, and it would have been all to easy to fall asleep listening to it. The music around the hotel was always quiet and subdued - not that I'm a party animal or anything, but the evenings were distinctly lacklustre and the place simply did not have any 'atmosphere' around the bars. Putting the comments about the booze and the entertainment together, you simply felt that they wanted you to go to bed as soon as possible after your evening meal. Shame really - in my opinion this type of holiday is predominantly about sun-bathing during the day and making merry in the evening.

Lastly, you will probably be told by the rep that the weekend sees an influx of 'locals' to the hotel and Zam suggested to us that we would be better off getting out of the way to the quiet pool. Having paid nearly £30,000 (yes thirty thousand) for this holiday, we felt a bit miffed at the suggestion that we should be treated as second rate guests on a weekend. We turned up for our breakfast one day to find that they had given our large table (to seat 21) to a group of locals and our group was scattered around the other tables. The same thing happend at the following two meals, and unfortuntely we felt we had to complain about that. To be fair it didn't happen again, but it should not have happened in the first place and the fact remains that the hotel apparently gives the 'locals' preferential treatment. We found the 'locals' to be rude and intimidating 'taking over' the pool and ogling and taking photos of the girls in our group when they were sun bathing.

IN SUMMARY : A fantastic holiday, lovely place, great weather, nice clean hotel, fabulous pool, decent food, nice rooms - if you want something above utterly boring on a evening or expect to be able to at least get tipsy on your pre-paid booze, then go somewhere else. The whole of the hotel grounds and around the bars are very dark (not enough lighting), once again making the the whole night time experience very subdued. We were lucky in that there were 21 of us so we kinda made our own fun. A couple or young family on their own would probably be in bed by 10.30pm but hey! - there wouldn't be much chance of being kept awake by people partying :-/

Feel free to email me if you have any questions, and if your already booked I'm sure you'll have a great time.

  • Stayed: August 2007
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6  Thank JimmyJex
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Address: Kammala South | St. Sebastian Mawatha, Waikkal 61110, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Waikkal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Waikkal
Price Range: £71 - £256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Hotel Dolphin 4*
Number of rooms: 154
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

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