Kani Lanka Resort & Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kani Lanka Resort & Spa Kalutara
Have a lazy time in kani lanka (Allan & Sue. Sutton Coldfield)
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.
Great relaxing holiday!
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.!
All the staff are really friendly and sincere which made us feel really comfortable. The hotel and grounds are excellent and have a small amount of security personel which are there 24hrs a day (you don`t really see them much as they are out of the way so to speak) The two pools (one which is a childrens pool) are looked after by the pool boys, who maintain and clean every day.They are really clean believe me !... my two sons played water polo with the poolboys, and had a few races and games towards the end, and got quite a few of the guests joining in too, it was a good laugh!
The two restaurants are really good, with an excellent range of food, both local and international, none of it we found to be cold, . Most days there was a chef cooking on a grill, fresh fish and a selection of meats and vegetables , Sri lankan style. The rooms were really clean, a little small maybe, but hey, you only sleep in there really!, the room boy turned down the sheets every night and left arranged flowers across the top of the bed.. not to my taste but the wife loved it!
There is a library where you can borrow books, and they have two pc`s with free internet connection that guests can use to surf the web or call home. We went all inclusive, so had free drinks, afternoon meals too, the kids has burger and chips about four in the afternoon! and we had tea and cake! free use of the canoes at the watersports centre is good too, if you want to get away from the missus for half an hour! The beach is ok, and is cleaned from driftwood every day, ....the boys went swimming , you can go out about 15 meters but have to jump the quite high waves! bear in mind they are 16 and 18 years old! so youngsters would only be able to paddle with someone holding their hand!.
If you want a quality hotel, without the hustle and bustle of evening discos and loud music (there is still bands and local entertainment!) then this is the place.
All in all a great place for a relaxing time to chill with the family!
Lock up your valuables
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.
The food at the hotel was not the standard of a 4 star it was boring and mostly cold when it should of been hot.
Being all inclusive i felt the choice was very poor in the food and the drinks .
The rep we had couldnt cope with complaints from anyone and just tried to ignore it ,the hotel was ok but there is alot of room for improvement especially with the rooms . There was not the entertainment that was stated ,that side of the holiday was very poor along with the food .
If booking trips do so from the beach men as they take you were ever you want to go at half the price they were friendly and very helpful.
I would not go back to that hotel again and i would advise anyone with teenage daugthers not to go , but even on your own i would think twice as we found it a very long two weeks we couldnt even go on the beach or in the sea as it was to dangerous .
it is not what it says in the brouchure. very very disappointed in the whole package.
Kani Lanka Hotel- Kalutara July 2006 - email@example.com
Had a brilliant time, hotel was excellent and clean, hotel staff very friendly, food good and well presented. The hotel is surrounded by water on all sides and quite isolated. It is a good idea to go fully inclusive as there are not many local restaurants.
For the fitness fanatic there was a small but adequate gym with new equipment and also a tennis court, this was great for working out after spending a day lounging by the pool.
There is also a Spa which is very good but quite expensive.
The only down side was that there was no entertainment in the evenings, and no-where else to go in the evening.
Take a Tuk-tuk ride into the local town of Kalutara, a busy, bustling town, to take full advantage of the area get a local guide to take you around.
The best way to see Sri-Lanka is to take an excusion with one of the locals, we found Freddie and from there our holiday took off. He took us to places we would never have thought to visit when going on an organised trip with a tour company. The prices were very good too. We paid our money and Freddie and his driver did the rest. The locals are usually found on the beach most days touting for business. All the locals are very friendly and like to try out their English.
All in all we had a brilliant holiday ranging from busy when going on a trip to lazy days spent around the pool. We would definately recommend the Kani Lanka hotel in Sri-Lanka
Beach guide trips
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.
My wife & I have only just returned from Sri Lanka 2 days ago, and found the people wonderful. Organise your own tours with the boys on the beach, don't bother with the rip-offs from the rep!
One boy called Mark Chaminda Thisera was particularly good, and organised trips out in an air-conditioned mini bus to places such as Galle (long trip out but worth it) Penawalla elephant orphanage (Great). He is straight as a die and will not ocercharge you. If you go with him, let him know that Paul & Barbara recommended him. To sum up. Sri Lanka is full of new sights and sounds but beprepared for a culture shock!
we were at the hotel the same time as the essex couple (what a nice couple) even though liverpool supporter ha ha
the hotel really is paradise and we found the food excellent and the management and staff very helpful and friendly
in regards to the problems with the locals after heated discussions with management and hol rep we were assured this would become a thing of the past - the following week-end was very quiet and truly paradise.
over the next two years the hotel will be extended and upgraded and should be one of the best hotels in sri lanka
althought the hotel is almost 2km from the main road we enjoyed the walk on a couple of occassions and found the locals very friendly.
a trip into kalutara was also very enjoyable with no hastle whatsoever.
all in all an excellent holiday and we will most definately be going back next year.
Kani lanka hotel points you must read!!
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.
Excellent location when you get there, between river and sea. Brochures are correct on this point. All staff very friendly and helpful. If you want the pool boys to reserve you a place around the pool just ask them and make sure you give them 100 rupees ( 60p). As with anywhere beach hawkers look for new arrivals, very persistant but be firm!. Not a place to go if you are anything other than full board or all inclusive as restaurants and bars are almost non existant around location. Kalutara town just one road really with shabby shops of sorts and temples galore. If you feel the need for a tuk tuk experience 700 rupees will get you to and from the town centre with and the driver will be your guide as well. Food here can only be descibed as average, buffet every night and only a little variation. Unfortunately it seems in the low season ( april-sept) the hotel encourages wealthy locals and their children (even the staff say they dont like them!!) to stay fr short weekend breaks. This meant that during our stay the week was very quiet, only about 20 guests and the weekends were 100 plus with families. Basically they overran the place. Also avoid religious icons birthdays. Eg buddha about 12th may as this may mean that the government decide at the last minute to ban the sale and consumption of all alcohol in public places. This includes hotel bars, restaurants and general areas. Basically if we wanted a drink we had to order room service and drink it tucked away in our room. Doesnt make for very sociable evenings. But we understand that this practice is only reserved for special occasions. General holiday overview. Glad we went and experienced the place and hotel. Food needs to improve. Staff very good and friendly. Roads awful. No places to eat out of hotel really. Enjoyed time here and quite relaxing. Watch the weekends!!
P.S. if you come to Sri Lanka you must go the elephant orphanage, Fabulous and moving experience, but be prepared for a long day unles you stay in Kandy.
Fantastic, peaceful hotel
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in February, and thought it was fantastic.
After a rather disorganised check-in, we were shown to our room, which was very nice and spacious, with a lovely balcony overlooking the sea (perfect for sunsets!), and a large bathroom, with a wonderful shower. The rooms were very comfortable and clean with modern, stylish furniture and decoration.
The pool area was again very stylish, and had plenty of sunloungers, although it may get a bit crowded if the hotel was full.
Some negative comments have been made about the beach and sea. If you are expecting clear white sand, and sparkly blue sea then yes, you may be disapointed. But the sand is clean, and the sea is safe for paddling/swimming, certainly at this time of year. As with anywhere in Sri Lanka, I would recomend swimming only when there are other people around. There was a life-guard about most the time. The hotel was on a peninsula of land between the sea and the rivermouth, which meant that there was no passing traffic, and the hotel grounds were very peaceful and relaxing.
The food was good, although you do get a little sick of buffets at every meal. There was a good selection of food, both sri lankan and western, and this did change daily. The entertainment was very low-key, and mostly good.
I didn't try the spa, as it was very expensive, and although watersports were available, noone seemed to be using them.
The staff were very friendly, and mostly efficient. We went all-inclusive, which saved the cost of the pretty expensive drinks. There was a lack of information about what was included though, and we had to ask a couple of times for this.
Kalutara itself is not that interesting. We spent a couple of hours there. There is an interesting temple, but beware of people showing you round and then demanding money. There are big signs everywhere saying 'no guides, no fees' but one guy got fairly agressive with us when we told him we were only giving a donation to the temple. Also, as elsewhere in Sri Lanka, beware of people pretending to be from your hotel (call their bluff, and ask which hotel it is) and then asking to borrow money.
We went on a nice morning boat trip organised by Kuoni, which I would highly recomend.
All in all, an excellent hotel, which is desperately trying to build up it's reputation. A few teething problems, but we enjoyed our time there.
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