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Michelle Boutique Hotel | Sri Lanka

Monday, October 14, 2013
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Planning our trip to Sri Lanka was not something easy to do. I find myself wanting to do it all! There are tons of places to see, things to do, temples, UNESCO sites, mountains, activities and visiting islands. We were planning to do all this in just 4 days! When someone advised me against trying to see the whole of Sri Lanka in one trip, I secretly laughed and said to myself “Little does he know!” Well, Sri Lanka kicked my butt! It was the most challenging trip we faced so far, yet, we made the best out of it and visited 60% of that beautiful country.

We landed at 1am. Not the best time to land in a foreign country, flights were scarce, October is meant to be a slow season, but flights were fully booked. Fly Dubai flew us there and in 4.5 hours, we made it.

Once we passed immigration, we rushed to the nearest Etisalat booth. {Lesson 1: Do not be so patriotic. Drop that and buy the local phone carrier, Dialog, Etisalat’s network was poor}
Sri Lankan SIM cards can be easily bought at the airport too. 10$ cheap.
The airport was clean, modern and new. Advertising posts take over few walls. Nothing like what we were about to experience on the outside.

We met iamSriLanka outside. It was finally good to see him after so many exchange of emails and constant messages. It was 2:00am and 28 hours of no sleep. We got into our hybrid Toyota and drove off south to Balapitiya. Passing Wadduwa, Kalutara and Beruwala… Nothing can be seen really, it was dark and the city shuts down by 8:30pm. It would pour down with rain and then stop, we would doze off and then wake and still find ourselves on the road. Luckily the streets were empty. As we nearly reach Balapitiya we pass through the tsunami ruins, our driver explains to us more about the tragedy that happened at these spots. I choked.

We finally reach. Check in. First hotel stop:

Michelle Boutique Hotel – opened 7 months ago {1.5 hours away from the airport}

{Location} Balapitiya, 1hour away from Galle. Do not be fooled by the KM distance. When they say 10Km it will probably take you 1.5 hour to get there, only because the roads are one way lanes.

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{Rooms} The greatest thing about the room is that it was facing the beach. 5 meters away. Exactly on the beach! So, if you are a fan of the sound of waves, then you will probably like this feature! To me, the sound of crashing waves is exactly crashing and just makes me tired.
Bed is solid firm, we had one of our breakfast on the terrace which was beautiful at 6:30am. Our room had a second floor where the TV is located and the minibar. It was useless to us but added a nice touch to the loft feeling. Still though, the room did not look like it had just opened, the toilets though were also big. Room Amenities were not much, just the usual, nothing extra. They did have the nicest coconut hair conditioner though.

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{Food} Probably the best thing in the hotel. Breakfast is a la carte and not buffet style, food and fruits are fresh and filled with colors. The muesli was delicious and made perfectly! We devoured the fruits and most especially the passion fruit. A good friend repeatedly mentioned not to miss the fruits, so all we did was eat fruits as if we never tried fruits before.

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{Service} Sri Lankans love to serve people, love to please others and try hard doing that, nevertheless, food was slow at dinner, but tasted so good so was quite worth the wait.

{Spa} They have a long list of spa treatments. I was not too impressed with the outcome.

{Family Friendly} Sri Lanka is famous for their child friendly atmosphere. It’s all about families. They welcome them with open arms. There is a very small kids pool, but yet again, this is a boutique hotel, not a resort, do not expect more. It would be perfect for children up to 3 years old. There are no beach activities, nor any onsite entertainment.

{Overall} It was not the best first night stay we hoped for, I had to sleep with the lights on and have not done that in a long time. It is a beautiful hotel, but they still have a lot of work in maintaining the property. Only 7 months old but it does not feel new. We had chosen this hotel because of it’s location, close to Bentota where we were visiting few places and donating clothes. The beach front is not very big but very beautiful. Sri Lanka’s south beaches are rough in October, the pool is covered by a roof and the tanning deck is facing the sea but very private. Waking up though to the open sea was freeing. I had to admit I did a little dance. Good for honeymooners, families, singles and couples.

{Pros} The great food, the stunning view.

{Cons} Bed was uncomfortable but that is a preference, pool was covered by a rooftop, you could hear almost everything that is going on outside, no atmosphere.

* Rate is 5/10

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8 comments

  1. Jessy says:

    This is where i want to go. THANK YOU!

  2. Dana A. says:

    You look so adorable in the last image! Well done and keep up the great work!! X

  3. Maya Gaafar says:

    Totally agree! Lovely images! Thank you for being so honest!! It sure does look amazing though. How long did you stay there? Would you recommend it for a week?

  4. PoisedinPrint.com says:

    Gorgeous photos; sorry about the shotty amenities. Sri Lanka is on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the heads up about the one land of travel.

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