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 Excellent Experience in Club Dolphin Negambo

Aug 14, 2020 kapugamge

I want to thank you for the unbelievable hospitality that you extended towards me, and surely for other guests during these difficult times. Everything was well organized, arrival, check in, baggage delivery to rooms, Well done, COMMENDABLE services and hospitality. From the time of arrival to the hotel, it has been a very welcoming experience.… Read more
I want to thank you for the unbelievable hospitality that you extended towards me, and surely for other guests during these difficult times. Everything was well organized, arrival, check in, baggage delivery to rooms, Well done, COMMENDABLE services and hospitality. From the time of arrival to the hotel, it has been a very welcoming experience. Other services, front desk, daily checks through phone calls, and the kitchen staff have been excellent. Room was clean, and ready with all requirements for the weary traveler. I want to specially thank the kitchen staff who did an excellent job, for the preparation of food. It has been a wonderful experience with food here, with quality, quantity, variety, presentation and cleanliness / hygiene. Job well done, and I am sure you will keep these high standards. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful beach resort with an amazing buffet

Jul 27, 2020 NoniaLahore Lahore, Pakistan

Although I visited this resort for five days of meeting sessions, I still managed to make use of the beach and the phenomenal view outside my beautiful hut. Clean, friendly, relaxing and comfy are words that come to mind. But I must say the highlight is Chef Dadison Zoysa who whipped up a full German meal one evening (I’ve grown up in Germany… Read more
Although I visited this resort for five days of meeting sessions, I still managed to make use of the beach and the phenomenal view outside my beautiful hut. Clean, friendly, relaxing and comfy are words that come to mind. But I must say the highlight is Chef Dadison Zoysa who whipped up a full German meal one evening (I’ve grown up in Germany and so have most of my colleagues who were present) and it was good!!! If you want to get away from the big city life, this is a perfect place to go to. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating My little angel ' s first Birth Day at CLUB HOTEL DOLPHIN............

May 8, 2020 270rashd Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

It was extremely delightful to have such a marvelous cake on my baby's birthday through these critical pressurized activities. its so exciting, absolutely thrilled and immense value . Had it not been by you we never celebrate in this manner . Thank so much to all of you. Special thanks to the staff of Club hotel Dolphin Mr.Suresh GM / Chef… Read more
It was extremely delightful to have such a marvelous cake on my baby's birthday through these critical pressurized activities. its so exciting, absolutely thrilled and immense value . Had it not been by you we never celebrate in this manner . Thank so much to all of you. Special thanks to the staff of Club hotel Dolphin Mr.Suresh GM / Chef Dadison Chef Ranjith and Mr Mapa. We wish to visit again as your guests not quarantine but to enjoy such a great hospitality Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A game of two halves!

Apr 28, 2020 robiwatts Seaford, United Kingdom

This is a lovely resort. However, when we first arrived our chins nearly hit the floor. Being taken to our room we found a loud and noisy poolside, loads of kids, music and “animation” blaring out from the busy bar area. We rapidly realised that this was not our scene and thankfully this was picked up by the Customer Relations team who went out of… Read more
This is a lovely resort. However, when we first arrived our chins nearly hit the floor. Being taken to our room we found a loud and noisy poolside, loads of kids, music and “animation” blaring out from the busy bar area. We rapidly realised that this was not our scene and thankfully this was picked up by the Customer Relations team who went out of their way to find us accommodation that suited. We had booked for a month. Luckily, we were billeted finally in an individual bungalow on the other side of the resort and well away from the hustle and bustle of the other part. It was heaven, and a short walk to the Quiet Pool and straight out the front onto the resort beach. In the month we were there we never once ventured to the “loud side”. We did however have the misfortune to bump into many of the residents in the large restaurant. They were normally identified by choosing to wear vests, bathers and other inappropriate garments to dinner despite the hotel request not to. I really hate to be subjective over this but their presence also seemed to coincide with badly behaved children. Food choice on the whole was good and waiters mostly attentive although even as far back as January chose to shake hands (something I tried to persuade Management to change - with varying success) Poolside at the Quiet pool was heaven,mostly, but occasionally interrupted by noisy childish groups. I am pleased to say that if it was noticed by most of the pool boys it was stopped. We had a very good BBQ evening on the beach, a lot of food choice and sadly a lot of waste. Some local singing and dancing really made it a special event. My Fiancée had visited this hotel some 20 years ago and as a result we were given a few benefits as well as a couple of invitations to special cocktail parties. The a la carte restaurant was ok but we both felt they could have made more of it. There were only about 2 or 3 other couples when we visited which was very sad. We both felt that the resort would make an ideal “Adult Only” , this not being a concept in Sri Lanka. The resort clearly had a lot to cope with given the lack of customers after the Colombo incident and probably couldn’t consider a change but they should really give it thought once they can. I really don’t think they would have any problems filling their room space. We would revisit if we ever get to this area again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Hotel with lovely staff

Apr 21, 2020 Maggi113 London, United Kingdom

We stayed here in March as the 2nd week to our holiday, having stayed in Unawatuna for the first week. Sadly the lockdown started while we were here but we still had an amazing week. We had upgraded to a junior suite as a treat, wow amazing room!! it was enormous with great views over the pool and sea. The bed was also enormous and so… Read more
We stayed here in March as the 2nd week to our holiday, having stayed in Unawatuna for the first week. Sadly the lockdown started while we were here but we still had an amazing week. We had upgraded to a junior suite as a treat, wow amazing room!! it was enormous with great views over the pool and sea. The bed was also enormous and so comfortable. The room was kept spotless by the friendly staff with various towel art daily to make us smile. The pool is great, loads of sunbeds and shade if needed, we generally stayed around the big pool, until the last day when it was closed due to the Covid 19. The quiet pool was also very nice. The food selection in the buffet restaurant varied daily and had a great deal of choice, something for everyone and loads of veggie options. The pudding selection had its own chilled room! YUM!! The grounds are maintained immaculately, there were plenty of staff around if you needed anything and nothing was too much trouble. The hotel had live music acts most evenings when we were there and they were surprisingly good. This was our first time in Sri Lanka and we will definitely go back to see the rest of the island, already looking for next year... I would not hesitate to stay here again and would recommend this hotel as a great base for exploring this beautiful island. Thanks to all the staff for helping to make it such a great holiday. Read less