Sri Lanka October 2006
We have always wanted to visit Sri Lanka (The Pearl of the Orient.) Before 1972 is was know as Ceylon. With it being our (Pearl) 30th wedding anniversary, where better to go than The Pearl of the Orient.
We booked our holiday with First Choice and up graded our flight to Star Class Premier we had never flown first class before it was worth the upgrade, with priority check in and boarding first. We boarded the plane and had strawberries and champagne, it was a comfortable flight.
We stayed at the Club Hotel Dolphin situated in Waikkal, a small fishing village, which has a beautiful palm fringed golden sandy beach, near Negombo on the Southwest coast of Sri Lanka. The Club Hotel Dolphin is 40 minutes drive from Katunayake Airport, the journey time that can easily be increased according to the chaotic traffic. The hotel’s location is quite remote, so there’s nowhere to go at night for evenings out apart from the restaurant over the road called canal garden. The evening entertainment in the hotel was different but entertaining, as the hotel animation team worked hard to put on shows at night although some of the humour was a little strange.
Our stay was for 2 weeks on an all inclusive basis, the hotel is extremely clean, all the staff, were very pleasant and helpful people, the hotel has 2 swimming pools the large pool is the largest swimming pool in Sri Lanka, with a bar and there’s a snack bar close by where there were burgers and chips, toasties and sandwiches, tea, coffee, and from 11am to 2pm afternoon tea/coffee and cake was served, the other pool is smaller, it’s known as the quite pool, here there is a small bar serving tea, coffee, beer and snacks, it’s also the location of the fine dinning restaurant.
The hotel has a large restaurant, which is very clean, there was always plenty of choice, something good on the menu, breakfast were very good with lots of choice, in the evenings dinner was usually a theme night i.e. Chinese, Mexican, international, barbeque, as well as lots of different curries rice’s, etc, and a good selection of sweets, including a delicious hot puddings.
Dave N Julie