Ranweli Village, Negombo Sri Lanka, Colombo, Negombo & Around
Just 18kms from the international airport, to the north of Negombo, lies the Ranweli Village. Situated on a peninsula between the sea, river and lagoon; the Ranweli is blessed by the natural environment upon which it sits. An abundance of bird life exists in the surrounding lagoon and mangrove forests and the hotel has been developed with the protection of that environment in mind. Access to the resort is by a raft which is gently punted across the lagoon.
The resort's 84 cottages and rooms are simply furnished and comfortable, with outside sitting areas, tiled floors and ethnic decor. The cottages are fitted with open-roof showers and bathrooms. Constructed with bricks and clay tiles from local factories, the resort's design and architecture is tasteful and simple.
The hotel provides a great deal of information about the environment around it, with excellent handouts on the birds and butterflies of the Ranweli and naturists on hand to answer all manner of questions. There are over 230 species of fauna and 70 species of flora within the environs of the hotel!
Beyond the sweeping beaches and enticing pool, there are a number of nature-based excursions offered through the hotel. There is a nature trail running around the hotel and also a boardwalk in amongst the mangroves around the resort. The hotel offers cycle tours, guided or unguided, canoeing trips, bird watching excursions (by foot, vehicle or boat) and also cultural trips to the nearby ancient sites of Yapahuwa and Panduwasnuwara. Other water based activities are river cruises (in motor boats), paddle boating and fishing. The hotel also has a good Ayurvedic treatment centre which was opened in 2004. Sports facilities are also good here - there are tennis and squash courts, billiard and table-tennis tables and Carrom, the local favourite.
The hotel's commitment to sustainable and site-sensitive development has seen it instigate mangrove rehabilitation schemes, community awareness projects, organic farming plots and eco-friendly waste treatment techniques. It has also been awarded numerous accolades for its efforts in promoting and developing sustainable and eco-friendly tourism. Beyond that, the Ranweli Village is a very relaxing, charming and welcoming place to reside. Excellent for families and ideal for a first or last stop on a tour of the island.
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Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
- 24 Hour Room Service
- Ayurvedic Centre
- Bicycles available
- Day excursions to Wilpattu National Park
- Laundry Service
- River Boat Trips
- Tennis Court
Ranweli was an excellent choice to start the trip. We were all exhausted from GCSEs, end of term and working silly hours before we left. So, two days acclimatising in beautiful surroundings was spot-on. Bit of canoeing with the water monitors was fun.
Renwalli Village - a real surprise on arrival that we took a raft boat across the lagoon to get there. I'm so glad we didn't know this in advance as it added to the excitement of arrival at yet another new and different place. There was enough to do here to stay longer as already mentioned and we would recommend two nights at the end of the tour we did. Great for buying jewellry!
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