We chose this hotel based on the strong reviews and it’s mid-range price point versus the other hotels in the area. We stayed for 2 nights and left feeling like part of the family after such a short time! The manager did everything he could to make us feel welcome and the curries he prepared both nights were some of the best we had in Sri Lanka, with great pride and care taken to use different local ingredients and show us what he had used to prepare each feast!
The manager was also very good to our driver - we arrived just before the curfew that had been set (the day after the Colombo attacks) and he offered our driver a room and food (this is normal for the bigger hotels, but not the small ones).
We loved the grounds, set in a very peaceful rural area - we saw peacocks, iguana and monkeys without even starting our safari drive! The private rooms/bungalows are stunning, we have been on safari in Africa several times and the rooms here rivalled those of a 4-5* resort in Africa.
The reason for the the 4 star versus 5 is that clearly this is a fairly new hotel and there are a few areas that can be improved (as there always are) and so I wanted to make sure we gave some constructive feedback - we could see that they have been taking on feedback from other reviewers as they go, which is great. There are just a few little details such as curtains fitting properly in the bedrooms (I appreciate that’s not a massive issue if you’re there for a