- Charming eco-friendly rural retreat, 14 rooms
- On site birdwatching and complimentary bikes
- Near Uda Walawe national park
- Pool, volley ball, games room, fishing lake
Kalu’s hideaway is an immaculate 14-room retreat set in peaceful gardens adjacent to the Udawalawe Reservoir in Sri Lanka’s southern reaches. This charming eco-friendly property has a rustic ‘close to nature’ feel and offers genuine comfort and some luxurious touches in a rural location just 15 minutes away from the Uda Walawe national park. There’s a lovely large swimming pool with jacuzzi, an in-house spa service, a volley ball court, a games room complete with pool table and a welcoming bar. There’s also a fishing lake in front of the hotel and some wonderful birdlife to boot.
The 14 spacious rooms range from the 5 ‘Superior’ rooms, to 2 ‘Chalet’ rooms, 6 ‘Deluxe’ rooms and a suite. All house an en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, and pristine garden views. The five ‘Superior Rooms’ in the main building are ideal for families due to their interconnecting doors; the 6 ‘Deluxe Rooms’ are closer to the swimming pool and overlook the gardens and the 2 ‘Chalet Rooms’ have balconies with garden views. There’s also a single luxurious ‘Suite’ on the top floor of the newest building which opens out to a private balcony.
The hotel’s restaurant is open to the general public. It comfortably seats around 50 people, but it’s a popular venue so be sure to get a table early. Buffet style meals are served, although there is an a la Carte menu available. Either way, guests will enjoy fruit and vegetables from the hotel garden, as well as fresh local meats and seafood.
Activities aside from relaxing at the hotel comprise nature walks and bird watching, and anyone who wishes to explore the nearby rural village can borrow one of the hotel’s bikes. The nearby Uda Walawe National Park is the best place in Sri Lanka to see elephants in their natural habitat and it’s also home to leopards, wild boar, Ceylon spotted deer, and even a few crocodiles.
Children are more than welcome at Kalu’s Hideaway, with the interconnecting ‘Superior Rooms’ ideal for families. There’s plenty of space for children to run around in the gardens, including a play area with a swing and a tree house to keep them entertained. Parents should note that the pool is unfenced so children must remain under adult supervision at all times.
14 day Sri Lankan surf and sightseeing family holiday, featuring idyllic beaches, stunning Tea Country, ancient cities, and verdant national parks
Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks
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It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019