The Sands by Aitken Spence Hotels
Travel Blogs from Kalutara
... at a little "hole in the wall" before we all went straight to bed, exhausted from the last intense couple of days.
The next morning it was time for the activity that was the actual reason to why we first decided to go to Sri Lanka. A couple of years ago Tim's family helped to build a pre-school in Sri Lanka together with an organization called Room to Read. This was the day for us to go visit the pre-school. We met up with 2 people from Room to Read in their office ...
... I had also discovered from the in-flight magazine that Doha was like Dubai in that the 'planes do not taxi up to the building but rather they just stop out on the tarmac and you get a bus to terminal. OK, I am sure they know what they are doing. Well, they did, sort of! Sorry to leave you hanging like this but I am conscious of my time and I need to get a wriggle on and get into town. I'll have to put my best togs on as I am meeting Treshi in some posh hotel ...
... 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 ...
... purchase a travel adapter! Schoolboy error) and have a well deserved drink. It wasn't long before we spotted a Tesco express and Asda - not entirely sure if they were legit, but Steve found it funny - coupled with saying 'Christ I've been here 20 minutes and already seen a Tottenham and a Chelsea shirt!' This made the 8,000km distance between Sri Lanka and England feel a little closer! After having a 'cold' shower and both pulling down the curtain rail - ( which was held together ...
... to enter the cargo area and pick up their container load.
About an hour after we boarded and had filled our tummies, the skies burst open and dumped rain so hard that our table mates ensconced in their veranda cabins said that the ships at the next dock were hardly visible.
We sailed promptly at 7 PM and are now heading north along the Indian coast and “piracy waters” to our next port of call; Mumbai, ...
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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.
Good in parts but not for those sensitive to smells or poor air con.
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.
Air conditioning was not cooling properly in our rooms, also on the second floor rooms oily smells from air con (we complained to our rep. & swapped rooms twice so tried a total of 4 rooms) we talked to other guests in our group who had complained / room swapped re. aircon too. The main hotel dining room had no operating air con. despite claim in hotel description - fans worked here and helped a lot.
Carpets on all floors smelled rather unplesent and needed proper cleaning / shampoo also lifts in particular smelled horrid. (Tsunami was probably not the reason as ground floor & part 1st floor had been mainly affected).
Buffet Vegetarian food V.Good , Deserts excellent, but meat often a bit tough. Service Good.
Pool V. Good for this class of hotel and Gardens OK.
Most staff were friendly and realy did try their best but, the poor air con. and nasty smells realy let this hotel down - what a pity - we hope these are fixed soon!
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.