The Sands by Aitken Spence Hotels
Travel Blogs from Kalutara
Gathered our full bridal party of friends and family together and had a wonderful time hanging out together at the Villa Ocean View in Baduwela. Monica the elephant came to visit and Damien won at his first and last game of bingo. We got married on 29th July at the Golden Sun hotel nearby. All the men in the bridal party looked handsome in matching …
... all the way along. Pretty cool. It only took 45 minutes to reach Negombo. Back to where we started. After completing a whole circle. A quick tuk tuk ride later and we were back by the swimming pool. By 2.30pm. 4.5 hour journey. I was impressed. I had expected it would take a lot, lot longer than that. The rest of the afternoon was spent swimming and doing nothing. Sad that Sri Lankan had come to an end. Again, sadly a rubbish sunset. Never ...
... if you leave stuff lying about. Instead of shooting them with the air pistol like we were supposed to (who would?) we fed it some bananas and cookies by placing them outside and running back in. Watching them peel bananas and have a nibble is pretty funny!
After a mad rush to try and find an internet cafe to print train tickets, we went to the beach for another sunbathe and lunch after getting back in the tuk tuk and getting to the train station. We had a half hour wait for the train ...
... Tim take some more sweet pumpkin curry, you need a heavy lunch, its 3 hours until dinner!"
Archa was a fantastic host, organised for us to meet so many relatives and friends, who were all so so nice. Sojapunchi (punchi means auntie) who makes the best tempura ever, Sujirapunchi who told us loads about Yala national park which we will go to soon, Chichiraarcha who helped Teeks loads with her dissertation, Kapilamama (mama means uncle) who ...
... the Clock Inn as it was brand-spanking new and had all the latest amenities. To save some money I booked myself a four-person mixed dorm room where not surprisingly I ended up being the only female, which I don’t mind except with males you can usually expect some kind of snoring. And sure enough, one of the guys warned me about the guy below me and true to form he was a snorer beyond all snorers. Oh well, it’s only for two nights.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Sands by Aitken Spence Hotels Kalutara
Excellent Beach Hotel
Rooms a good size, staff couldn't have been more helpful, buffet style food well above average, pool and beach area very good, only criticism was that bathrooms need refurbishing
My husband and I stayed at the Golden Sun Hotel in August for our Honeymoon. We had a fantastic time all the staff were polite and couldn't do enough for us. The hotel was clean and tidy, always to a high standard. We would recommend this hotel to anyone. Although it was not their peak season we had a super honeymoon - it was like having the beach, pool and staff all to ourselves. Bliss.
We were in this hotel on full board for two seperate periods of a few days as part of a 2 for 1 VJV. package tour of 2 weeks including 5 other (all better but 4 / 5 star) Hotels in Sri Lanka in April 05.
Just spent 4 very relaxing days at the Golden Sun. The staff are very friendly, the food is very good, the rooms are spacious with excellent service. A wonderful beach. Not luxurious but good value for money.
What more could you ask for!!
Loved the peacefulness
Have just returned from staying 7 days here. Very pleasant staff lovely choice of food. Lovely beach. Water areobic staff very enthusiastic!!!!!!. Wonderful massage up on the roof. Saw man climb palm trees collecting toddy and the icing on the cake was releasing baby turtles back to the sea.Altogether a wonderful place.
Hotel Golden Sun - Sri Lanka. - Devastatingly Awful.
A very poor quality hotel. It aspires to be shabby. A tired, worn-out and faded memory of a quality hotel. Food is lukewarm and immensly inedible. I wouldn't wish a holiday at this hotel on my worst enemy.
FANTASTIC BUT ARE THEY OK OUT THERE
Came back to England on the 7/12/2004 from the superb Golden Sun Hotel what a beautiful place fantastic food -service-people,
if only we could go back now and give help to all the friends we made especially Mahesh our friend
God bless you Mahesh and your family we pray you are all safe.
We will return-one day
We have just returned from this hotel 30th November 2004 and had a great time. The staff can not do enough for you and the food was great. We never once had to go and get a drink as this was brought to us and the sunbeds were made available at our favourite space. The entertainment staff are good at getting visitors involved in the games and the bar staff never seem to stop working. We appreciated the flowers left in the room each day and look froward to our next visit.
Can't wait to return.
I too found this hotel great. Friendly staff, always at hand if you need them.Great food. Clean rooms and Hotel bars- resturants.Can't wait to return to this Hotel.
We Will Return!
We returned on 22 November from the Golden Sun Hotel, after a truly wonderful holiday at a superb hotel with a great team of staff. We have never come across staff so friendly, helpfull, and willing to make our stay with them really special.
From reception to restaurants, bars and room boys and garden boys, they were all smiley and happy.
Good selection of food, fresh bedding and towels every day, usually beds made with decorative flowers, so pretty, and a really good pool, a gem of a hotel.
The sea is a bit scary if you'e not a good swimmer,there are a few beach boys but they are good too -especially if you spend a few rupees with them.