Hotel Mermaid & Club
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... the classes presented in the Digital Workshop, but am having difficulty accepting the methods the “Techspert” uses to present these sessions. HE is so much different than the person on our last cruise. He seems too anxious to get you out the door once he has finished his presentation. (No time for Q&A with this fella). Yet he will contradict himself by saying if you have any questions I'll be around the ship!! I did have a ...
... and hadn't really decided on our next move...India was the plan but the Maldives had become an option. We'd been doing some research and the Maldives is very expensive and quite difficult to understand the options.
An email at 10am changed all that and suddenly were we of on an 8.30pm flight that evening for a few days stay in the Maldives... a little stressful flying by the seat of your pants but as Roger says 'it's not work'!
... most fascinating thing about the temple is its museum which houses a vast array of antiques mixed together with general 'old stuff’ and random junk of which there is so much that it spills out and can be found all over the temple. All the items have been presented as gifts over the years and range from ivory carvings, brass, jade and crystal Buddhas, through an old typewriter, out of date computers and cameras, several ...
... me feeling a bit like a wilted rag. Thus, I will simply end with a few final photos that will hopefully convey just a bit of what it is about Sri Lanka that has meant so much to me.
As I sat down to post these photos, I felt the room vibrating with what felt like an earthquake. Yes, a friend has just phoned to tell me of the large earthquake that struck under the sea off Indonesia's ...
... ate two but was not particularly impressed; Ishan ate the rest of them up. Then we went through a place he called ‘cashew gama’, or cashew town, a place where cashews are grown. He pulled off the side of the road and a woman shoved bags of cashews in through the window and we had to cut in half what she had decided to sell us. These cashews were particularly good, very fresh and crisp, some with chili powder and some without. Strangely, the nuts that did not have ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mermaid & Club Kalutara
The mermaid was wonderful, we had 2 weeks of relaxing and brilliant service. The staff we always kind and helpful.
We fully recomend this for destination in Srilanka
Shaun & Anne Ingall
Loved the Mermaid!
We have just returned from spending 10 mights all inclusive at the Mermaid. We really coudn't fault it! Lovely rooms (CD player, flat screen TV, Air con), great food and a fantastic location. The staff were wonderful. We would definately recommend this hotel.
Just returned from two weeks staying at the Mermaid. We had good & bad experiences here. The rooms have been recently refurbished & are quite nice, however, don't let them put you in room 101 as it's very noisy very early in the morning- one day the reception staff were playing the Rolling Stones at full blast at 6.30am, & every day from 7.00am, the grounds staff had conversations at the top of their voices right outside the room.
Just got back from a 2 week stay at the Mermaid Hotel. All I can say is brilliant! The hotel has just re-opened after refurbishment and the rooms are a good size AC, TV, CD player. Staff can't do enough for you. I can highly recommend the massage along with all the other facilties in the sports centre. I went on a trip to Kandy with Sumi, one fo the beach boys. The trip was very well organised and proffessional. Can't wait to go back.
We stayed 10 nights at the Mermaid Hotel & Club, wish it had been longer. What a wonderful place, everyone is so friendly and make you feel very relaxed and couldn't do more for you. The rooms are clean, spacious, the attention to detail is second to none, your beds in the evening are prepared with a flower while you are having dinner. The food was excellent, a lot of choices plain and spicey food. If you have any requirements or do not like spice or curry then the Chef will make you special requests, you must make sure you let the hotel no before.
Everything was relly good, the staff are very friendly and help you with whatever you need. The rooms are really nice and the furniture is all new and beautiful. The sports centre has a lot to offer, with a fully air conditioned GYM. The trips from the hotel are really good as long as your are prepared to travel long distances. I cant wait to go back next year!!!
Cheap and Cheerful
Stayed at this hotel September 2004, it was not the best, but the price was OK. The rroms were very basic and so was the food. We found the staff to be the joy of the holiday, they couldn't do enough for you. We would not go back to this hotel, but may visit Sri Lanka again but not at this time of the year as the sea is very rough and dirty.
Ive been to this hotel twice and my husband has been there 3 times - we love it!!!
Great food, great trips, low cost !
spent xmas and new year 2002 all inclusive, travel company wanted far to much for tours, went to beach boys and found Silver he arranged 2 -3 day tour all inclusive $150 for 3 of us a/c bus +4* hotel in candy, we were given the Bs knees by the locals and felt very safe. Went everywhere even into tamil country and it was great, check silver out he is the man and tell him john sent you from england as he fell in love with our daughter josie-lee and we were very safe with this guy.
Stayed for 10 nights all inc. end of July 2004. Very friendly, helpful staff. Good clean, air con. + fan room. Balcony with sea view. Excellent choice of Sri Lankan food. Very attentive staff. Wine not inc. but a reasonable price. Beach boys great - don't be afraid. Sammi will sort your trips excellent reports from all who used him. Try Bentota river trip -loads of wild life. Tailors outside hotel on the left really excellent quality. 'Quality Jewellers' near Tangerine beach hotel fanastic workmanship and good prices. Green Bamboo restaurant for wonderful Prawns and rice Sri Lankan style. Did a 4 day tour first Penewara Elephant orphange, Sigiriya Rock, Kandy, Hill Country. Fabulous!! My wife managed to sprain her ankle on the last night(no arrack involved) excellent treatment by hotel and airport staff(Emirates)