I booked a triple chalet for two nights last weekend expecting an eco lodge which is very common now in Sri Lanka. I have never stayed here before so I was worried about over expecting something and disappointing my parents whom I was taking along.
To our surprise the hotel standard exceeded our wildest expectations.
I will write about the hotel in sections
Rooms- The rooms were lovely and in proper hotel standard. Similar in design to a small bungalow with outdoor verandah. The inside was quite spacious with all creature comforts one would expect from a 4-5 star hotel.
Food- The food was right up our alley with lovely rice and curry served for lunch (complete with rice made "gourmet" by the chef and displayed in creative manner every time served on a lotus leaf), to creative desserts, and continental dinner menu where we had succulent medium rare beef steak (Somthing I didn't expect to find in Habara) and many more. The breakfast was amazing as well with a lovely bakery basket complete with breads, buns, pastries and an array of sweet treats which I loved. Kudos to the chef for making every meal a pleasure.
Staff- The staff were very helpful and polite in every way. The manager during our stay Danushka was particularly attentive and .looked to our every need. The young staff are all from the local region and hence the hotel is "giving back" to the community. From the security guard at the entrance to the young boys carrying our bags they all were with smiles and eager to please the guests.
The Environment- The overall environment of the hotel was as it should be a natural haven with unspoilt jungle surrounding the hotel and the hotel itself being built around the jungle rather than the other way around. Full of birds, butterflies its such a pleasure to wake up early morning and sit out in the verandah listening to the various calls of birds.
Price- I have to say for a fully serviced hotel with A/C, Swimming Pool and great dining the rate was very very reasonable.
Final Verdict- 10/10 in all aspects from a seasoned traveller, and hoping to visit TOC for years to come.
Congratulations to Rahula the owner of this amazing eden of a hotel, for getting this spot on and thank you for ensuring an amazing and unforgettable stay for my parents and myself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated within 172Kms, about 4 hours drive from Colombo towards North Central of Sri Lanka, 'The Other Corner' is a place of rare beauty and tranquility. The picturesque Eco Resort is located within easy reach of National Parks, Historic Sites, Cultural Triangle and best beached in Sri Lanka. The Other Corner is an ideal layaway for tourists and naturalists, photographers alike. ... more less
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