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... with the Cruise Director about my concerns.
Yesterday the Daily Explorer noted that “In preparation for our forthcoming passage through reported piracy waters until our arrival at the Suez Canal, our Security Officer Paul will be giving an informative presentation on ships security.” He not only talked about how the ship is prepared, but how shipping through the area is now using the “convoy” method for ...
... card catalogue, shabby but ok academic collection) and had lunch of fried rice in restaurant nearby.
Wandered up to galle face green and watched locals playing in surf and enjoying a day off before going back to hotel getting pitta bread to go with our tuna and beer for dinner (so t could watch a man u game on ...
... waved the men through with scarcely a look but searched all the women very carefully ... why is that, I wonder?
We arrived just as the match started. As we passed the gate on the lower concourse (still locked, as yesterday) we were able to see the small place where people had been squeezing through the day before and were really glad that we hadn't tried it ourselves. We found ourselves a place to sit on the ...
On our walk to the supermarket to pick up some supplies for the day we passed a group of about 20 kids all lined up with their families watching. It's Sri Lanka's national holiday/full moon celebration/Good Friday and we think the children were celebrating with a race through the local streets. We sat at the bottom of the hill and waited while they all came speeding down, with people throwing water. They all ...
As the aircraft descended into what appeared to be a sea of palm trees, my heart skipped a beat with excitement to be coming back to this island of serendipity, twenty-three years after Gerry, Michael and I first arrived here.
Comparisons flooded my mind on the journey from the airport into Colombo:
- gone are the numerous potholes that previously ensured a bouncy ride
- gone are the oxcarts and the bicycles that used ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Kani Lanka Resort & Spa Kalutara
We were at this resort from 30th August 2006 for 2 weeks and had a great time overall. Comments about the food being cold are not quite correct as most of the food all the time is warm or hot, you just have to look first. If you need something just ask and they will oblige. There was apple crumble one night and i mentioned to the food manager that in England we normally serve this with custard, he was very pleased for this information, and within 10 minutes there was a large bowl of piping hot custard on the table. The rooms are clean and serviced by various boys throughout the day you just give them a small tip to keep them happy. The boys on the beach who try to sell trips are a bit of a nuisance but we had two trip and they were both enjoyable. Just remember to say "no" and be firm. After all they are just trying to make a bit of money. We just went on one day trips but feel the best way to see more of the island is to do 2 or 3 day trips as some of the other guests say these excursions were really good.
What a great time we all had, there was five of us, including Milly our 6 year old daughter who couldn`t stay out of the pool the whole holiday, and made friends with most of the other people there including the hotel staff.!
This hotel is in truly a lovely location, and I found the food excellent and the bar service good. The hotel design is attractive, and generally the staff are very helpful. And now the negative points:- Within 15 minutes of arriving at the hotel a significant sum of money was stolen from my hand luggage en-route to my room. I immediately reported the theft - but the hotel manager doesn't visit the hotel every day - it took three days before I could speak to him. The result of reporting the theft was a visit during the night by someone to the balcony of my room - an extremely unpleasant visit. You are provided with a modern electronic safe in your room - unfortunately the safe is portable - not screwed down - thus eminently stealable. The hotel security staff occasionally forget or don't bother to lock the side gates. Generally - this hotel needs to look hard to improving security. One further minor criticism-at weekends the hotel offers cheap rates to locals - they advertise regularly in the local press.So during the week the poolside is pleasant and quiet - at weekends - it's really noisy and very crowded.
OK if you like your food cold
We stayed at the Kani Lanka in August, from day one the food was cold, i informend the hotel manager and our holiday rep but this did not change things for the rest of our stay. Room smelt very musty and was quite small. Limited variety of drinks and very quiet in the evenings. I really don't think that this hotel merits its four star rating, three stars would be about right. Location is nice and in the main the staff were helpful but overall not the high standard we were expecting, we wouldn't visit again.
my daughter and myself (mother) were on our own and found that my daughter felt very uncomfortable as the male staff never left her alone , one member of staff rang her at the room to ask to meet her which upset her. Other staff would follow her around trying to chat her up which left her unable to go around the hotel on her own.
Kani Lanka Hotel- Kalutara July 2006 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kani Lanka Resort and Spa was just about what we expected, having read reviews on this site. The rooms were spotless, the grounds very well tended. There is very little in the way of entertainment either during the day, or on an evening, but all the staff are very freindly, and cannot do enough for you.The food at the hotel was very poor the first week of our visit, but improved somewhat after we had a go at the rep - then the Head Chef. We were told that the UK guests were the only ones to comlain about the food - the Germans & Belgens were more than satisfied. I find that very surprising, having met Germans on holiday before, they are very clear about what they want from a hotel, and quite prepared to let everybody know their views.
we were at the hotel the same time as the essex couple (what a nice couple) even though liverpool supporter ha ha
Journey from airport between 2.5 and 4.5 hours dependant upon traffic and time of day. Transfer mainly by mini bus ( 8 seater or 12 seater) terrible roads and driving, very bumpy.