We were offered an upgrade when we arrived (apparently a cancellation) and had a Superior Deluxe room on the top floor at the quiet end away from the swimming pool, and looking directly over and through palm trees to the ocean; perfect for us.
The room was imaginatively designed to maximise natural light reaching the wardrobe area and bathroom/shower/toilet which otherwise would have been very dark.
One characteristic was the lighting in the room; it was entertaining determining how it all worked - but that was an amusing quirk that just made the hotel all the more unique.
The buildings and layout were impressive; beautifully designed and giving a feel of openness and friendliness yet with privacy.
The staff were charming, friendly and helpful. They were also very patient with my (appalling) attempts at a few basic Singhalese words.
The food was superb. We were on half-board and both breakfasts and dinners were buffet style with an immense array of local Sri Lankan, Indian and European foods. And it wasn't just the same range each day; there were always new dishes to try. Everything was so fresh - not only the fruits and salads, but the curries were made with the freshest local spices and herbs. The range meant we could each have what we preferred - my husband with the more European foods and me with the local dishes.
I was intrigued with the food sculptures and carvings that were at the buffet tables; one of the chefs told me they had a sculpture team and they'd spend hours cutting and carving fruits and vegetables into intricate shapes and patterns, or butter or ice into large figures.
Unfortunately, I don't think many of the guests appeared to notice or appreciate the skill involved.
Some days the local net fishermen would haul in their catches on the beach right in front of the hotel (where they end up being dependent on the fish and sea conditions).
A lovely hotel with personality - and I'd go back anytime!
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- Also Known As:
- The Blue Water Hotel Wadduwa
- Blue Water Hotel Wadduwa
- Blue Water Hotel Sri Lanka
- Blue Water Sri Lanka
- The Blue Water Sri Lanka/Wadduwa