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Enjoyable jungle retreat
we'd heard that in high season both Cinnamon Wild and the adjoining national park could become very busy with the pool full and the jeeps backing up to glimpse the fabled and largely invisible leopards. We found it a peaceful place to spend two nights with two splendid safaris during which we glimpsed one leopard and saw many other species of animals and birds. We were on a private tour of Sri Lanka with our own guide/driver who after a very painful bumpy safari in an aged jeep with no suspension which produced a sore back the following day, secured a new LandCruiser for our second trip, which was a great deal more comfortable. Our lodge was delightful, well equipped and peaceful apart from our usual cavil that the low level lighting we keep encountering everywhere made reading at night almost impossible except on a Kindle or iPad. We would recommend this place highly.
Amazing stay in wild
We got a upgrade to a bungalow on stilts with sea view. thank you chatura for upgrade. Interior was very luxurious. . Huge room, good shower, nicely furnished. All the staff without exception were extremely friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. thank you all for your hospitality
Underwhelming & Unusual average/poor Sri Lankan service
First impressions did not get us off to good start. The dirt track road from the main tarmac road to the reception is a vey undulating surface with big dips and some seriously wet parts after rain. Not at all suitable for a Toyota Corolla, at best only suitable for 4wd safari jeeps. The good parts. Escorted to our dwelling whenever we asked in darkness unlike the difficulties others encountered. It is a nice setting but not a patch on South Africa. The dwelling was spacious. Not so good The beach dwelling is misleading as whilst next to the beach the beach can only be seen through thick bush and no chance of seeing the sea. The room was very dark as teak like most in Sri Lanka but better lighting would have obviated that issue but sadly only a few dim bulbs. The buffet food is very mass market and lacks any individuality and is like the fast food places at home. The best options were hand made salads and the stir fry. The rooftop bar for happy hour is similar very dark and difficult to see each and the the bar tenders are painfully slow Not sure if the hotel is linked to the safari but the safaris were very very poor and again are mis-leading in our opinion. We saw 2 elephants and what looked liked a leopard wrapped around a tree branch in the distance. The queueing is horrendous. There are far too many jeeps in the reserve and far too little animals unless you like to look at lots of water buffalo, peacocks and storks Our final disappointment was our departure. After hours of torrential rain our guide asked for safaris to take us and the luggage to the road so he only had to drive the car. After agreeing to this at the last minute the management withdrew this offer. When I asked to speak to someone about it I was advised no-one was available to speak with me. The behaviour of very selfish company. We have no hesitation not recommending this place for people visiting Sri Lanka, give it a wide berth The establishment seriously under delivered to the marketing gloss. A very disappointing place and easily the worst of 5 different hotels we stayed in in Sri Lanka
Lovely hotel in a great location
Great hotel in the centre of Yala. Ideal location for safari. Lovely rooms and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Nothing much other than the National Park outside the hotel, so you will need to have dinner and drinks in the hotel. Lovely rooftop bar.
We decided to book this place for many reasons and we chose the right location...when we arrived we're given a nice welcome, staff were extremely helpful and attentive. Thank you for your kind welcoming and help! Specially to Sandamali at reception. We definitely recommend it and we'd come back when we can.
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