Club Hotel Dolphin

Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean

The hotel

The Club Hotel Dolphin is a wonderful place to relax and soak up the Sri Lankan sun. Situated on the beach front in peaceful Waikkal, the area is perfect for those looking to completely slow down and unwind. This all-inclusive hotel offers a range of amenities, including the largest pool in Sri Lanka, but there’s also a second quieter pool. Dine at the Sands Restaurant, sample one of the other dining experiences or enjoy cool drinks at one of the five bars. At night, join in the fun — there’s always something going on, with live music or traditional shows on the agenda.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking

Where is it

Overlooking a glorious beach and just a few metres from Waikkal, a friendly resort on the west coast, with several restaurants and bars. Transfer time from Colombo International Airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

102 Rooms and 50 Villas. All with air-conditioning, balcony or terrace, cable TV, complimentary WiFi, telephone, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. Superior Rooms overlook the landscaped grounds and sleep maximum 3 adults.

All Inclusive of: buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the Sands Restaurant and snacks served at The Cove Bar. A selection of local brand alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (excluding wine and Champagne) and soft drinks, juices and tea and coffee. 

 

Superior Sea View Rooms are on the first floor and have balcony overlooking the main pool and the ocean. They sleep maximum 3 adults.

Superior Poolside Rooms are on the ground floor with a terrace overlooking the pool. They sleep maximum 3 adults.

Superior Family Rooms sleep maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Villas are in a separate area amongst the gardens.

Garden View Villas have a terrace and small sitting area, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Sea View Villas are the same but overlook the beach and ocean, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

  • Honeymooners: Couples staying for 5 nights or more receive one candlelit dinner for 2 people on the beach and a bottle of house wine and cake on arrival. Valid for stays between 1 Jan '20–6 Jan '21. Travel must be within 6 months of wedding day and a copy of the wedding certificate is required. 

  • Early booking bonus: Save 15% on accommodation costs. Book by 31 Oct '19 for stays between 7 Jan–30 Apr '20. Book by 30 Apr '20 for stays between 1 May–31 Oct '20. Book by 31 Oct '20 for stays between 1 Nov '20–6 Jan '21. Offers may not be combinable. Terms and conditions apply.

Sands Restaurant (Sri Lankan/International buffet). Waves Restaurant (speciality restaurant with show kitchen). 2 swimming pools. Fitness centre*. Tennis courts*, beach volleyball*, water polo*, squash*, mini-golf*, kayaking expeditions*, aerobics*, bicycles for hire*. Amphitheatre. Regular evening entertainment, including live music, magic shows and cultural shows. 24-hour room service*. Complimentary WiFi.

5 nights: 28 Dec–31 Dec '20. No checkouts 31 Dec. 

*Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Mum stayed here 20 years ago, not disappointed on her return

Mar 28, 2020 JuliaM697 Waikkal, Sri Lanka

Mum & Dad stayed here 20 years ago & when we lost Dad I promised I would take Mum back to Sri Lanka. We booked with TUI, as they went to The Club Hotel Dolphin, and they advised a main building room as Mum had a knee replacement. Next time it will be a villa as better for Mum. On arrival, mid afternoon, we were given a lovely welcome, a warm wipe… Read more
Mum & Dad stayed here 20 years ago & when we lost Dad I promised I would take Mum back to Sri Lanka. We booked with TUI, as they went to The Club Hotel Dolphin, and they advised a main building room as Mum had a knee replacement. Next time it will be a villa as better for Mum. On arrival, mid afternoon, we were given a lovely welcome, a warm wipe & drink to freshen up. Room was lovely & large with all you need, tea & coffee, water replaced daily, hairdryer, toiletries in a large bathroom. Pool towels provided daily. Pool bars & staff all very good. Food was brilliant, the fussiest eater would find something at each meal, waiters very helpful & drinks kept topped up. I had a problem with the WiFi on my mobile & the reception staff were helpful each time it happened. Gardens & hotel kept clean & tidy. Staff incredibly friendly & helpful. I am already making plans to go back next year. Thank you for the most amazing holiday! 🙏🏻 🙏🏻 🙏🏻 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still lovely after 25 years!

Mar 26, 2020 Wander695395

Well it's certainly changed a lot since we were last here 25 years ago for our honeymoon but pleased to say it's just as lovely as we remember it! It's grown considerably since then but still has a friendly feel about it. We had a Sea View villa which was in a perfect position close to the beach with a fantastic outlook (perfect for watching the… Read more
Well it's certainly changed a lot since we were last here 25 years ago for our honeymoon but pleased to say it's just as lovely as we remember it! It's grown considerably since then but still has a friendly feel about it. We had a Sea View villa which was in a perfect position close to the beach with a fantastic outlook (perfect for watching the sunset each evening). The villa was well equipped and kept spotlessly clean and the little touches the staff added (like the towel swans on the bed) were much appreciated. Sadly we were only there for 3 nights this time but the food we had in that time was absolutely great, considering how many people they are catering for. There was always plenty of choice at any meal time (evenings especially) and my veggie wife always found plenty of choice too. Some of the food could have been a little warmer on occasions but that is to be expected in a buffet style restaurant. We didn't have time to try out the A La Carte restaurant but spoke to others who said the food was superb there too. The restaurant staff were always very polite and attentive (good at topping up water & drinks when needed). We only used the 'quiet pool' which was ideally located close to our villa and this was perfect for us, away from the (understandable) noise of children playing and the entertainment that the staff put on regularly. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our (short) stay and would highly recommend Club Hotel Dolphin for couples or a family holiday. Hopefully it won't be another 25 years before we come back! Read less
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Mar 22, 2020 jeffs732016 South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Our 6th vacation Club Dolphin, just gets better. It is all about hospitality, quality, comfort, cleanliness, friendliness and choice which we found in abundance in all aspects. All the staff work together as a team and never leave you wanting as it provides the complete package. Should you request anything, pop along to reception and have a polite… Read more
Our 6th vacation Club Dolphin, just gets better. It is all about hospitality, quality, comfort, cleanliness, friendliness and choice which we found in abundance in all aspects. All the staff work together as a team and never leave you wanting as it provides the complete package. Should you request anything, pop along to reception and have a polite word with Chandana, Muditha or the other girls and you will find they have a can do attitude and all love to please, as do all the staff really. The entertainment throughout the day is second to none, weather it be activities with the animation team or the the evening music in the aqua bar or culture shows at the ampitheatre. Every Sunday, a trio called Dash, play endlessly in bar and the place is rocking, even the staff who are in earshot can be seen moving to the music. Food wise, there is a great selection of bar snacks available at lunchtime as an alternative the the excellent restaurant fare.Booked for the Beach B.B.Q. and Fish market (chargable), what nights they were, abundance of food, wine flowing all night and the ambience was fantistic. Sadly we had to leave after 15 days of total relaxation and enjoyment, our memories will linger till we return. We wish all the staff the best of health in these troubled times and God bless. Read less
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Mar 22, 2020 captmarkeasterby Yeovil, United Kingdom

The staff, The food, The hospitality. During our recent stay in troubled times we were looked after like family. The staff were out of this world never a bad word always checking you were ok anything you needed or wanted was not any trouble. Always with a SMILE. The food spoilt for choice Something for all tastes. Rooms Spotless Pools garden Bars… Read more
The staff, The food, The hospitality. During our recent stay in troubled times we were looked after like family. The staff were out of this world never a bad word always checking you were ok anything you needed or wanted was not any trouble. Always with a SMILE. The food spoilt for choice Something for all tastes. Rooms Spotless Pools garden Bars spotless. Read less
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Mar 21, 2020 asifcab Greater London, United Kingdom

Just returned from negombo from march 5th to 19th it was a wonderful an amazing relaxing holiday all the staffs very absolutely amazing the food was great the room really lovely our house cleaning maid Mr anton was fantastic he very kind and helpful all the time the waiters in the restaurant were great special mention to the chef kumar and the… Read more
Just returned from negombo from march 5th to 19th it was a wonderful an amazing relaxing holiday all the staffs very absolutely amazing the food was great the room really lovely our house cleaning maid Mr anton was fantastic he very kind and helpful all the time the waiters in the restaurant were great special mention to the chef kumar and the animation team were lovely reception staffs special mention to ranil , Angela rafiq and all of them made our holiday beautiful and we made plenty of friends from the uk We would definitely recommend this resort Read less