Kani Lanka Resort & Spa
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We were all having a wonderful time and the time went quickly, aided by the apparently endless supply of beer appearing in front of me although nobody else appeared to be drinking. It really was great fun but it had to end all too soon as they had to again return the rig to the safestore. It was a shame as I could have stayed there and played a lot longer but leaving a load of very expensive kit in ...
... could ride a bike. But even they hadn’t ridden the proposed number of kilometres even in their dreams. Rimaz was all gung-ho from the word go. It took a bit more mental persuasion to convince Indika of the same. Either he convinced himself or felt sorry for us because he never refused to do it. So that was it. The mental game was all set.
Carrying a travel bag for all four of us was not a practical. We travelled very light. So we were able pack ...
... it very interesting that the guy had told us our Doshas after only meeting us for a few minutes and identifying me as Pitta (fiery, irritable- haha and intelligent - much better) and John as Vada (forgetful, earns but spends money quickly and very active). So we got massages with special ingredients that are chosen to satisfy our doshas. All very interesting to learn and my skin is much smoother ...
... until dinner...dinner....Michael had selected the restaurant before take off from Zurich, yes yes, food is still on top of his list!!! So off we are to the Ministry of Crab...Sri Lanka has lots of crabs but most of them are exported to Singapore and until 2011 it was almost impossible to eat some in Sri Lanka...but since 2011 the restaurant Ministry of Crab opened and only serves wild, Sri Lankan crab and only the days' catch. We go for a big specimen over ...
... horse track. Once we were both dressed in our traditional Sri Lankan attire, (me in a sarong) we said goodbye to our host family and walked through town to the track. The town was alive with a carnival atmosphere, tents and stalls lined every street. Music blasted from every restaurant, and cars and buses streamed into town bring people from all over the country. We had heard that the Presidents wife, 1st lady herself was flying in to officially open the days racing and so we were ...
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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.