The Blue Water Hotel - Sri Lanka - Quality Hotel and Location
We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Blue Water Hotel in Wadduwa, Sri Lanka and it was excellent. The hotel is well designed, spacious and very clean. The staff are very friendly and only too willing to make your stay personal and enjoyable. Rooms are cleaned twice daily with fresh flowers placed on your pillows at night. The food at the hotel is fantastic, plenty to choose from and a different theme every night. If you are a fussy eater then dont worry as the chefs are only too willing to cater for personal needs. The restaurants are clean and pleasant and the waiters are very attentive without being intrusive. The swimming pools and hotel grounds are immaculate. There are plenty of sunloungers and towels and mattresses are available from the pool attendant. The poolside bar offers a good selection of drinks and snacks and you dont even need to get off your sunlounger to order as waiters will bring your drinks to you. The sunloungers are positioned in amongst tall coconut palm trees which give the hotel an exotic feel. Set right on the beach, the hotel is paradise. The hotel spa offers a variety of beauty treatments, we indulged in a swedish massage and an aromertheraphy massage, both expertly and proffessionally delivered. The hotel has good sports facilities boasting tennis courts, squash courts and a well stocked gym. At weekends the hotel fills up with wealthy Sri Lankans escaping to the coast for the weekend. At the time we visited Sri Lanka the see was very rough with a strong undercurrent and not suitable for swimming however in Oct-Dec the see resembles a millpond according to the locals. The beach is hassle free and you can walk for miles without being hassled by the locals. Talking of which, all the people we met were very very friendly and helpful and happy to see you.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and trips out are strongly advised. We booked with a local company 'Marley Tours' instead of through the tour rep and it turned out to be a good choice. Apart from being cheaper they were proffessional, safe and a delight to travel with. Nothing was too much trouble and they tailored your trip to meet your exact requirements. You will find Saman, the Marley Tour Rep waiting at the edge of the beach to talk to you, my advice is do so, you wont be disappointed. Payment can be made in Sterling, Dollars, Ruppees or by Credit Card and the beauty is that you can pay on completion of your trip. Best time to go on excursions would be at weekends to avoid the influx of locals. Sterling and Dollars are widely accepted throughout the Island.
All in all the holiday, hotel and location were fantastic - I would definately return and would definately recommend it.
We stayed in the blue water for 8 days and it was fantastic,the staff cant do enough for you,the food was exellent,the rooms are beautiful. The hotel is based around water, there are water features every where,it has one of the biggest swimming pools in Sri Lanka.
Our stay here was fantastic. The rooms were large and very clean and the room boys would make your bed up with flowers or arrange your towels as swans most days. The grounds of the hotel had a lot of water features whic made it a real pleasure to walk around
The beach was good but not the best in Srilanka as the currents were very strong. The pool more than made up for this though as it was huge
The food was really tastey if you like curries but if you dont then i am afraid this hotel is not for you! The hotel is said to have the largest pool in the area, i am not sure if this is true but the pool really was big.
Also the water features around the hotel really made the most of the grounds and were a lovely backdrop for photographs!
I love this hotel!!
I stayed at Blue Water Hotel for a weekend and really enjoyed the beauty of the place and the atmosphere of tranquility, the excellence of the food and the friendly and accomodating staff. Swimming in the pool or from the balcony, you can see an unending line of water, stretching for infinity on the horizon. Its such a relaxing and beautiful place. The rooms are also great, very modern and clean and not at all stuffy. It was a really fun weekend!
Not good over Xmas
We went to Sri Lanka with 2 children and travelled around for 10 days and then had 8 days in the Blue Water Hotel. The facilities are excellent and the food is too. Although the buffet does get dull after 5-6 days. However, New Year celebrations were a disaster as the night drew to a close at 1ish in the morning. But the staff and locals (and the hotel manager) kept celebrating till 4 in the morning with the music so loud the whole hotel was kept awake. All the people we had met in the hotel complained. However, no apology was forthcoming and nothing was done. My husband had to go down and physically offer to pull the plug on the DJ before action was taken. We heard Xmas was no different ! AVOID over the Xmas period.
The blue water hotel is without a doubt the best hotel I have ever stayed in.
The hotel itself is cool and calm and stylish and the staff are wonderful, nothing is too much trouble even spending ten minutes trying to get the water out of my ear when I had problems from the swimming pool. The food was wonderful and the snacks from the pool bar were cheap and well cooked.
when we were there the hotel was fairly empty but at the weekend there was a local wedding reception which was very colourful and noisy but this did not disturb us in tour room
The beach was fine but steeply sloped so parents of young children should be careful
My wife and I both had a massage in the spa which was my first and so a little strange but the sauna and cold pool after were great. (check your bill we were charged twice for the massage and didn't realise untill we got home
All in all a wonderful place I would be happy to go back.
Superb with good local friends to meet
I stayed for 2 weeks at the Blue Water with my brother, sister in law and was also joined by my nephew, girlfriend and travel friend on their world tour. The hotel is almost unreal as it is so stylish, clean and the staff very happy friendly and attentive. The time spent there was made even more enjoyable as we took some time to talk with the locals on the beach who became good friends. We had a three day tour round Kandy seeing Elephants, gardens, Temples, Sigiriya and Dambulla. This was booked by the travel rep who got hold of us on the first morning. The tour guide was excelent but the price was 30 to 50% more than we found with the locals of Marley Tours or Ben Tours. They are to be found on the beach or over the railway at the rear of the hotel. We used them for a one day tour around Galle for £20 each in a good clean minibus and saw the tourtle sanctuary, Moon stone mine and two boat trips.
Back at the hotel I found it good to escape the couples to join, Malli, Manjo, Buba and Guchi of Marley Tours for a cheap drink in the local hotel next door where we enjoyed the local drink Arrack at much lower proces that the drinks serverd in Blue Water. I was also helped to go on the train to Columbo, many Tuk Tuk rides and assistance to mix with the local in Wadduwa shops, which the travel rep would not have done.
I will stay in contact with the Marley team as they are interested in improving the service they can give and would like to help to improve the beach area bejond the hotel which is in need of some litter clearing and care. They also can prepare beach sports hire to compliment the hotels indoor sports services.
Blue Water Hotel, Waduwa, Sri Lanka
"Sri Lankan airways and Colombo"
We booked our holiday though Trailfinders over the telephone whilst viewing their suggestions online at the same time using their own website and Google to look at hotels own homepages. Our flight was from London Heathrow to Colombo via the Maldives with Sri Lankan airways-the airline was very good with exceptional service onboard. The brand new Airbus aircraft was quite roomy and the seatback tv screens had live views from video cameras on the nose and belly of the aircraft which made a great change from the repeats of the US open golf on one channel and Mr Bean movie on the other (A friend has just flown with them to Sri Lanka and claimed that seats at the rear of the plane didnt have these?). You should watch the front view when coming into land on the Maldives as it is very scary-the island runway appears at the very last minute on the horizon and looks no larger than the plane itself!!. Colombo airport was very busy and hot! A short queue for the baggage was dwarfed by the longer one for immigration clearance-carried out by the most miserable looking officials you could meet-why the landing cards couldnt have been handed out to us whilst in the air is a mystery to us!). Our Blue Water driver greeted us warmly and we were soon outside waiting for him to bring around his car. You may be pestered by baggage handlers touting for trade-our driver seemed to take this as a personal intrusion into his patch and scared them off with lots of shouting, in fact everyone seemed to be shouting at each other! The drive down to the hotel for the first time visitor to Sri Lanka is a baptism of fire-being used to the organised roads of the UK we found the islands 2 and 3 lane highways disorganised chaos-large trucks and buses seem to exist with no rear lighting at all (including no brake lights) and totaly bald tyres and no-one indicates their turns but just swerve from lane to lane. Its was the ultimate white knuckle ride and yes you do get used to it after a day or two-great stuff!
"The Blue Water Hotel"
After a lengthy and scary drive south from Colombo dodging trucks, Tuck-Tucks, people, Communist Rallys and cows we arrrived at the turn for the hotel. The entrance didn't look too promising in the dark-just a dirt track heading into a gloomy lane finaly emerging at a level crossing for the islands North/South coastal railway line. Beyond the crossing flaming torches lining the drive signaled we had arrived. The hotels gateman, with an armed guard present, greeted us warmly and we entered the hotels huge gated entrance. Inside was a oasis of calm, beautiful pools of illuminated still water flanked the marble and slate walkways to reception where we were seated and served refreshing cool fruit juices whilst we signed in...super! Our standard room on the upper floor was simply furnished but very nice-with a fantastic views over the huge swimming pool and the lawns to the Indian Ocean beyond. One thing that surprised us was that the sea was so rough-the staff told us this was quite normal and that a member of the England Rugby team who recently stayed there had to be rescued due to being swept beyond his depth by the strong undercurrents. We dipped our toes in but stuck to the hotels fine pool when needing to cool off with a swim. The staff were absolutely super and the food very nice indeed.Each evening in the restaurant was a differently themed buffet which due to the lack of insects/bugs we ate outside although the resident cats prowling for treats were a pain-but I'm not a cat lover anyway!
We booked a couple of day trips through the local Trailfinders representative (a lovely man named Tizza). I suspect we could have saved some money by booking privately through the hotel or out on the high street localy, but as it turned out our driver was fantastic and our brand new air conditioned car a cool haven away from the heat, humidity, and dust we were to experience! On our first trip we travelled to Kandy, the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela, some spice gardens, and the Temple of the Tooth. It's a lot to do in a day and had to leave the hotel at 5am to get to the elephants at breakfast time when they feed and bath. It is well worth the effort though as the centre of the island is very picturesque with the hillsides covered in tea plantations.
Our second daytrip was south to Galle. This is a couple of hours drive south along the coast road which is next to the railwayline that was the scene of so much devastation during the tsunami-a wrecked railway carriage has been left as a memorial to the poor souls who perished and we stopped for a heart wrenching few minutes meeting the orphans and widows that gather there. The fort at Galle contains the old town which was untouched by the waves but the cricket pitch and new town, with its navy yard and docks, were terribly damaged with much loss of life. The town is well worth a visit as the journey from Waduwa takes you through many small towns and villages where you can see such things as turtles being rescued by volunteers from a certain death (as the locals eat the eggs) and go on a small boat safari as we did for a few hours where we saw sea eagles soaring over the mangrove swamps, lizards and moored on a tiny island where we met an old man who lived alone there harvesting cinamon and packing cinamon sticks for export.
Blue Water Hotel Sri lanka - Any damage?
Im due to travel to Sri Lanka in a couple of months on a multi centre holiday staying at the Blue Water Hotel Wadduwa. Can anyone tell me if there has been alot of damage.
RE: Blue Water Hotel Sri lanka - Any damage?
Hi Lisa,we are still in contact with friends we met at the Blue Water hotel,the ground floor was damaged,but everything is up and running as usual.hope this answer helps.
RE: Blue Water Hotel Sri lanka - Any damage?
The blue water suffered only minor damage and never closed.
It is one of the hotels that escaped with relatively minor damage. It is functioning as normal.