Arriving from the Hill-tops of Nuwara Eliya to a beach area hotel in the dark night was a bit of surprise with all the neon lights adorning the other well-known hotels along the beach street of Negombo.
Not to be out-done by the other 4-Star hotels, this Sea Garden is fronted with some bright lights with an open space lounge and billiard table. This view should have been put up in the internet to invite curious web surfers.
We are are party of 4-senior golfers having booked a 4-person room with the purpose of late night discussion of strategies for good tee-offs and short games and straight putting.
But no, that 4-person room is not available and we were allocated 2 twin-sharing room.
For the price that you pay and only to stay in the night after a 18-hole rounds, you don't bother with the amenities in a 2-1/2 star hotel possibly a 2 star. The other objective is to dip in the Indian Ocean is just a few feet from the dinning area facing the sea.
We took a dip in the surging waves of unpolluted waters vast Indian Ocean as we had planned earlier. Unlike some other beaches, the sea water does not give any itchy after effects and all you need is to wash off with a bathroom shower before your sleep.
The only disadvantage with golfers is that you do not get the pleasure of foot and body massage after walking holes in the evening. Sri Lanka , it seems, has a good policy to allow Foot Reflexology and Massage to operate until 8pm only.
We discovered this as we were driven to several locations in search of Foot Reflexology and Body Massage after coming back from Royal Colombo Golf Club.
We were however, to experience night market of fish mongering all along the street near our Hotel. Those wishing for sea food meal will certainly enjoy the treat of fresh marine food.
Breakfast is ample and the Half-boiled eggs were served in the traditional English style egg-cup [pure white sauces, cups & plates]. We were pleasantly happy to have the "butler" prepare us our morning "Take-Away" breakfast as we had a very early Flight to catch. This choice of hotel is another reason to be near the Bandaranaike International Airport.
BTW we had a excellent driver and a very big Luxury Van to for the 4 days of travel.
To be fair to intended travelers, the rooms and amenities are simply bare minimum and most unsuitable for seasoned travelers who are used to "international" 3-star rating and above.
I would rate the rooms & amenities at 2-Star and below !