A piece of paradise

Published : 11:07 am  July 4, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (232) reads | 

  

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By Shabnam Farook 
The waves crash onto the wide beach past the coconut trees that line the far end of the hotel. For a moment everything else is forgotten, a nibble on the delicate white bread sandwich and a sip of my cup of Ceylon Tea. A perfect moment in my weekend holiday. 


Most often we look for the perfect hotel, reviews on the aesthetics of the building, the size of the pool and the spread at the buffet. But what we really yearn for is to get away from the daily grind, the noise, and the throngs of familiar faces and spend time by ourselves or in the company of our loved ones.

Sprawled across a small fishing village in Kalutara, Mermaid Hotel and Club is where you should be heading over to this weekend, if you’re looking for that idyllic holiday, away from all the noise and prying eyes, to enjoy some much needed peace and tranquility.

You can thankfully calm your restless soul here, where unlike most other properties, you can enjoy your privacy with no interruptions, whether you’re lounging near the pool basking in the sun or savouring a cold beverage at the lounge. 

 

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The Mermaid Hotel and Club’s larger than life personality which attracts repeat guests from across the world every year rests mostly on the graciousness of their amazing team.

The team at the hotel is courteous and hospitable and treats you like royalty from the moment you step in. From the affable General Manager Ajith to the charming Front office Manager Dharshi, everyone collectively makes an effort to go the extra mile to make your stay a memorable one. 

The rooms at Mermaid Hotel and Club’s are well appointed and comfortable. The spacious rooms are well equipped with all the amenities you need to make your stay comfortable while the large window that frames the room draws in plenty of natural light giving you a glimpse of a hotel’s lush surroundings. However, the new wooden deck, with its black steel structure is by far the best feature of each room. The deck extends out into the garden offering glimpses of the beach, creating a unique outdoorsy vibe.

Food is another integral part of travel and the hotel’s main restaurant offers an array of delectable local and continental cuisines to satisfy your cravings. Headed by Chef Malindu, the team lovingly put on an extensive buffet with a wide selection breads, salads, mains and desserts. The restaurant, located on the first floor of the hotel, overlooks the pool and beyond, so you can choose a cosy spot inside and get settled in or opt for alfresco dining, depending what suits your fancy. Full Board Plus also means having the luxury of an all day snack room, with an array of finger food and fresh fruit laid out at mid morning and for afternoon tea with tid-bits to munch on including sandwiches, savouries and cookies, a choice of fruits, fresh juices and unlimited tea and coffee. 

 

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There’s always something to keep your toes tapping at the hotel, with a miscellany of entertainment lined up throughout the week from calypso to country music and a live band and a DJ spinning groovy music. 

If your soul is looking for some pampering, the Sahana Spa is a must visit. The spa, which is a reflection of traditional Sri Lankan vernacular architecture, is a charming edifice. The spa has two treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam bath and a Jacuzzi and offers a range of treatments such as aromatherapy massages, Ayurvedic full body massages, head and shoulder massages and hand and foot care. I treated myself to a green facial, which was fabulously refreshing. This treatment left my skin feeling moisturised and smooth, especially after a long day in the sun. 
So, whether you need catch up on some alone time or want to chill with your game face on with your friends, Mermaid Hotel and Club serves the perfect  piece of paradise to keep you happy and content.