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Croydon
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Arrived exhausted after too long transfer from airport due to hotel not wanting our party to arrive until after 2pm! However after bad start, we enjoyed two fantastic days at the hotel. Surroundings are very 'green', river and waterfalls everywhere, wild monkeys playing in trees, and very welcoming pool to relax in after long hot day. Buffet selection extensive, staff...

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Loved this place, arrived after a very long journey to a be greeted by friendly staff. The rooms were large and had a lovely jungle garden view . There are monkeys local that visit (friendly ) and a river running through the resort . We found the drinks a little more expensive than other hotels in Sri Lanka . The...

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Boynton Beach, Florida
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The hotel is very nice . They gave us a cold drink when we entered which was welcome. There is a small boutique store where we bought few things that were interesting. The rooms were large . The food in the restaurant was good with varieties to fill any ones appetite.You could even order buffet or alacarte . All in...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited for a family holiday. Very spacious and comfortable room. Plenty of choice in the daily restaurant buffets. Friendly and helpful staff who also arranged safari. Very pleased with our choice and would stay again.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with Family. Like the place. People are very friendly. Love the spicy food they served. Great value for money. Kids love the swimming pool. Had great fun. Had early morning safaris were able to see Elephants and birds only.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited there on an office trip. First impression with surroundings was marvelous with huge trees all round. got thee feeling that we amidst a mini jungle. Food were good with lot of varieties. Welcome drink was superb. Rooms were too good. But the path and way to rooms need some attention though it is not untidy could have improved with...

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here with family for a break journey and to spend sometime , from the entrance it self no one was there to guide us and we were wondering where to go for the reception since all u see is an empty lobby giving entrance to the main restaurant. I'm not sure i saw any direction board to say lobby...

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Thank Wildy F
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of only 2 out of the 8 hotels we stayed in to be given 5 stars. Having read some of the previous poor reviews we decided to upgrade to a suite. We could not have been happier with the room, great air conditioning, comfortable bed, great shower, good wifi and for us still excellent value on a full board...

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MarskebytheSea
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for one night on our tour, the staff had noticed that we were on holiday to celebrate out 25th wedding anniversary and had kindly up graded us to the Royal Suite, fantastic room, decorated to suit. Really appreciated. Close to the parks where we went on Safari, we had 2 meals of the al a carte instead...

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London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only stayed here for one night but loved it. Hotel is lovely, staff attentive and good choice in the restaurant. Rooms have high ceilings, balcony and have a lodge-like feel. A couple of mi s drive to the elephant sanctuary, where you can watch the babies being fed and a base for the Jeep Safari trips which were the highlight...

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  • Pool
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  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, offering 4-star facilities. We have 53 Deluxe and Superior rooms and 4 suite rooms.The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, situated on 7 acres of land, is located 163 kilometers away from Colombo, We are only 500 meters from the Ath Athuru Sevana (Elephant Orphernage), five minutes drive from the Uda Walawe National Park. It is very conveniently located with easy access to places such as the Mahinda Rajapaksa Cricket Stadium, the Ruhunu Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port and the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport.One of the most significant feature of the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is its’ picturesque swimming pool. Ingeniously fashioned from the Malabotu Ara, a natural waterway bordering three sides of the property, it preserves the natural ambience and the awe-inspiring quality of the jungle atmosphere with the shade of the stately Kumbuk trees, which were preserved in order to allow the guests of the hotel the coolness and to maintain the healthy quality of the air and water.The other significant feature of the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is its’ open air theater named ‘Wala”.The hotel is equipped with a Banquet Hall seating 400 pax and a Restaurant seating 250 pax, a fully equipped Conference Hall and a state-of-the-art Business Centre, a complete Gymnasium, a Mini-Theatre, the Main Kitchen catering to the Restaurant, and a satellite kitchen catering to the Pool Bar and a Banquet Kitchen in the upper floor catering to the Banquet Hall, located so as not to disturb the idyllic existence of the guests, who venture into the jungle to escape the humdrum day-to-day life in the City braving the rat race. The hotel has 24 hour room service and extensive laundry facilities. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Address: No. 912 Thanamalwila Road | (1 km from Thibolketiya (Barrier) Junction), Uda Walawe National Park 70190, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Uda Walawe National Park
Price Range: $155 - $205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 61
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