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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 …
... We set off on the road for Colombo after an interesting, enjoyable and, in some ways, exhausting stay in Kandy. The distance was little more than a 100 km from Kandy to Colombo but as always the journey time was much longer than that. Nevertheless we enjoyed looking out at all the sights along the way and giving us a greater understanding of a life so very different from our own.
We made a short stop at ...
... agreed with the amount 1400 Sri Lankan rupees for a 3-hour tour around the city.
Off we went to temples, museums and city landmarks, shopped for a crazy amount and variety of tea (yes, Sri Lanka owns the tag name for the best tea in the world) and the highlight of today's trip was a visit to Beach Wadiya, a very humble seafood restaurant in a beachfront setting along 2 Station Ave., Wellawatta. You reach the restaurant ...
... to be given a number of the cards back with handwritten message inside.
I handed over the large bag of stationery items that I had brought from home which were well received and will hopfully be put to good use. They do get quite a lot of visitors here, but from the log book most of them donate tea (?).
So, I would recommend to any visitor to Sri Lanka to stop by here. You ...
... road ran alongside an electric wire and there to my amazement we spotted four or five elephants Young boys were selling small hands of bananas so my guess was that people feed them.
We waited while our driver went into the office to fill out all the relevant paper work and to find us both a driver and a tracker. Our Land Rover was a beaten up old thing with a passenger door that wouldn’t shut. The good thing was we had enough room at the back to stand up which gave us ...
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.