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10 Nights B&B at a beachside resort in Sri Lanka for £499pp from Thomas Cook through Travelzoo
10 Nights B&B at a beachside resort in Sri Lanka for £499pp from Thomas Cook through Travelzoo

10 Nights B&B at a beachside resort in Sri Lanka for £499pp from Thomas Cook through Travelzoo

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Look a fantastic deal, saving £670 off the normal price. Travel dates seem to be in June, but for a small supplement you can have different dates. Includes flights from Heathrow, transfers, accomodation and breakfast.

From Travelzoo website:

Thomas Cook Signature is offering 10 nights in Sri Lanka at a stunning beach resort for a cut-rate price of £499 per person. That's £673 OFF the normal rate.

The offer includes 10 nights B&B accommodation in a Sea View room at the exclusive Taj Exotica in Bentota, plus return flights and private transfers. Youll stay in a Sea View room with your own private balcony partially overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Flights are with Sri Lankan Airlines, departing from London Heathrow.

This deal is valid for stays between 2 and 19 June, with departures every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but there is limited availability and you must book by 25 March to get this special price.

About the hotel: The Taj Exotica is an exclusive beach resort hotel located in Bentota on the west coast of Sri Lanka, 37 miles from the capital of Colombo. Its surrounded by tropical scenery, coconut plantations and landscaped gardens, and set on a stunning beach. The hotel offers a health club with a sauna, Jacuzzi and massage rooms, watersports like windsurfing and jet skis, a range of stylish bars and restaurants, and a Jiva spa.

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Im surprised by this on the above website...

Same sex relations are illegal.

justy79;4674451

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/sri-lanka



yep. I would like to go there, but even my Sri Lankan friends have advised not to. shame, this is a good deal.

(I don't consider myself to be 'sheltered' - as someone who works in London, I probably stand just as good a chance of getting knifed, glassed, or caught up in a terrorist attack, etc. but, Tamil attacks have been moving further south and they're also using air attacks)

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I would imagine you've got more chance of being killed by a peanut or a bee, but if terrorism worries you, then don't go! :thumbsup: Personally, I think it adds to the excitement!

isn't there a (sort of) civil war going on at the mo?

Trickyjabs;4674807

I would imagine you've got more chance of being killed by a peanut or a … I would imagine you've got more chance of being killed by a peanut or a bee, but if terrorism worries you, then don't go! :thumbsup: Personally, I think it adds to the excitement!



"There is a high threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. Fatal attacks have become more frequent. They have occurred in Colombo and throughout Sri Lanka, including in places frequented by expatriate and foreign travellers. Further attacks may occur at any time. There is an increasing risk of British nationals being caught up in an attack. See the Terrorism section of this advice for more details."

HOW can you have made the post you just did, have you even READ the advice??

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therealslimkaty;4674969

"There is a high threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. Fatal attacks have … "There is a high threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. Fatal attacks have become more frequent. They have occurred in Colombo and throughout Sri Lanka, including in places frequented by expatriate and foreign travellers. Further attacks may occur at any time. There is an increasing risk of British nationals being caught up in an attack. See the Terrorism section of this advice for more details."HOW can you have made the post you just did, have you even READ the advice??



To be honest, I've travelled to about 40 countries all over the world and would probably put the UK in the top 2 or 3 for the most dangerous/intimidating places to be! :thumbsup:

If you spend you're whole life worrying about this kind of thing, it doesn't end up being much of a life, does it? Innocent people get killed EVERYDAY in the UK and all over the world through no fault of their own, might as well do it while lying on a beach, sipping a cocktail in a bargain resort! :thumbsup:

I haven't looked into the stats, but as I previously stated, I would confidently predict that more people have been killed by peanuts than terrorists in Sri Lanka. BTW, do you avoid peanuts, cause I love 'em! :thumbsup:

I stayed at this hotel a number of years ago (about 2002/2003 from memory). It's a lovely hotel but it is very expensive for drinks and food and there isn't much else around, so you might need to factor in quite a bit on top for food and drinks. Bentota itself doesn't really have much to offer.
Basically this is a holiday for those that like to stay at their hotel, lounge on a sunbed and lay on the beach rather than doing stuff, exploring the local area, immersing themselves in the culture etc. (I am in the latter camp and started to go stir crazy after about day 2). The one saving grace for those that like to get out and about is that there is a train station right near the hotel and you can catch the train to Colombo, Hikadua etc (both of which are well worth the visit) and it costs practically nothing. The other place I'd recommend going (need to allow two days away from Bentota) is Sigiriya, which is truly fantastic even if you are not that into history.

If you are the laying on a sunbed type then this is a fab hotel and this is a great price, just remember to factor in the extortionate cost of food and drinks in the hotel.

Voted HOT because so long as you know what type of holiday this is it's a great price and your chances of getting trouble from terroists is minimal.

Voted hot by me. Im getting married in Sri Lanka in 3 weeks and have been avidly researching the terrorist situation. I have found [url]www.tripadviser.com[/url] quite useful and the area I am visiting seems perfectly safe as is the majority of the country.

It's the 7th highest rated hotel of 23 in Bentota. Looks good to me.

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bryn;4675072

I stayed at this hotel a number of years ago (about 2002/2003 from … I stayed at this hotel a number of years ago (about 2002/2003 from memory). It's a lovely hotel but it is very expensive for drinks and food and there isn't much else around, so you might need to factor in quite a bit on top for food and drinks. Bentota itself doesn't really have much to offer.Basically this is a holiday for those that like to stay at their hotel, lounge on a sunbed and lay on the beach rather than doing stuff, exploring the local area, immersing themselves in the culture etc. (I am in the latter camp and started to go stir crazy after about day 2). The one saving grace for those that like to get out and about is that there is a train station right near the hotel and you can catch the train to Colombo, Hikadua etc (both of which are well worth the visit) and it costs practically nothing. The other place I'd recommend going (need to allow two days away from Bentota) is Sigiriya, which is truly fantastic even if you are not that into history.If you are the laying on a sunbed type then this is a fab hotel and this is a great price, just remember to factor in the extortionate cost of food and drinks in the hotel.Voted HOT because so long as you know what type of holiday this is it's a great price and your chances of getting trouble from terroists is minimal.



Good post, Bryn. Out of interest, what kind of prices were you paying for food, drinks etc.

therealslimkaty;4674969

"There is a high threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. Fatal attacks have … "There is a high threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. Fatal attacks have become more frequent. They have occurred in Colombo and throughout Sri Lanka, including in places frequented by expatriate and foreign travellers. Further attacks may occur at any time. There is an increasing risk of British nationals being caught up in an attack. See the Terrorism section of this advice for more details."HOW can you have made the post you just did, have you even READ the advice??




Travel Summary
* There is a high threat from terrorism in Spain. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Recent attacks attributed to ETA have taken place near Bilbao in the north and Malaga and Torremolinos in the south of Spain. See the Terrorism section of this advice for more details.

Around 17 million visits to Spain each year are made by British nationals.

Not to mention the atrocities in Madrid.

According to the FCO threat levels you are equally in danger in Spain or Sri Lanka.
Dubai, current destination of choice for a mass of people is even listed as currently being targeted.

You would be a damn site safer in Sri Lanka, but I don't notice the Ryanair cheap seats to Spain or Etihad to UAE being held up as examples of dangerous travel options.

Good deal.

isn't it monsoon season the whole of june?

Not meaning to debase the warnings, has anyone actually died or injured? Surely it is not beyond the foreign office to report the statistics on their web site as opposed to offering warnings?! At the Stafford hospital about 400 patients possibly died needlessly, I did not read any such warnings years ago?

[QUOTE=lil miss may;4678959]isn't it monsoon season the whole of june?[/QUOTE
should keep terrorism down a bit

Trickyjabs;4675330

Good post, Bryn. Out of interest, what kind of prices were you paying … Good post, Bryn. Out of interest, what kind of prices were you paying for food, drinks etc.


Trickyjabs - I can't remember what I was paying for drinks and food, I just remember it hurting and everyone in the hotel was moaning about it. I think it was somewhere around £3.50 for a beer and about £30 a head for an evening meal. Given that Sri Lanka is a very cheap country compared to the UK then everyone felt the prices were excessive. I remember that outside the hotel, but still in a decent restaurant, the prices were a fraction of the hotel prices.

bryn;4675072

I stayed at this hotel a number of years ago (about 2002/2003 from … I stayed at this hotel a number of years ago (about 2002/2003 from memory). It's a lovely hotel but it is very expensive for drinks and food and there isn't much else around, so you might need to factor in quite a bit on top for food and drinks. Bentota itself doesn't really have much to offer.Basically this is a holiday for those that like to stay at their hotel, lounge on a sunbed and lay on the beach rather than doing stuff, exploring the local area, immersing themselves in the culture etc. (I am in the latter camp and started to go stir crazy after about day 2). The one saving grace for those that like to get out and about is that there is a train station right near the hotel and you can catch the train to Colombo, Hikadua etc (both of which are well worth the visit) and it costs practically nothing. The other place I'd recommend going (need to allow two days away from Bentota) is Sigiriya, which is truly fantastic even if you are not that into history.If you are the laying on a sunbed type then this is a fab hotel and this is a great price, just remember to factor in the extortionate cost of food and drinks in the hotel.Voted HOT because so long as you know what type of holiday this is it's a great price and your chances of getting trouble from terroists is minimal.



I stayed in this hotel 8 years ago during a multitrip honeymoon. It was a great hotel and the service etc. was top notch. The food was also very nice and location is beautiful. I would throughly recommend the hotel and the people are so nice.

There is plenty to do not too far from the hotel but the excursions were pretty expensive. 10 days would become a little boring but if you want to just chill the atmosphere is great.

We would love to go again but cant due to to little nippers.

Went to Bentota Beach just before the Tigers blew up all the Sri Lankin Airlines aircraft at the airport. Truley stunning country and would recommend it. Just be sensible and when going up to Sigiayria travel using a personal taxi, the driver will keep you as safe as you can.
When you go to the rock, climb to the top - it's worth it.
Have a look on You Tube at Duran Duran - Don't save a prayer, it was filmed on location there.
5 days Sri Lanka
5 days Maldives
You won't regret it!

This is a top deal. Ticket alone would cost £500 in June (on Sri Lankan Airlines).
Stayed at this hotel for about a week a few years ago. At that time it was one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka.
I know because I was born in Sri Lanka and go back quite frequently.

Trickyjabs;4674807

I would imagine you've got more chance of being killed by a peanut or a … I would imagine you've got more chance of being killed by a peanut or a bee, but if terrorism worries you, then don't go! :thumbsup: Personally, I think it adds to the excitement!



Once you realise you're not immersed in some sort of life respawning Playstation game you'd poo your pants.

This looks like a good deal, but then there's always good deals on for Sri Lanka for obvious reasons.

Sri Lanka is such a beautiful place and the people are amazing, especially with kids. Personally, I'd risk going but its a personal decision. Get out and about as much as poss and see some of the amazing things, Sigiayria, Candy and the Temple of the Tooth, the Spice gardens etc. We went a few years ago on a Teletext all inclusive deal and while a package holiday isn't my ideal, the price was worth it for the flight alone and it was great for us with a kid. I would go back in a heartbeat if I had the cash, but I'd probably stay with locals rather than a `western' type hotel. I spent a lot of my time feeling guilty for staying in a posh hotel with an abundance of food when so many people were living in poverty. I know many people stayed away after the Tsunami but the country really needs the tourism to help it rebuild, even so many years later.

This is a fantastic finding Trickyjabs.... Airticket alone will cost over £500. I've been to Sri Lanka couple years back on business and this time I'm going with my family. I recomend this highly for someone who has not been to Sri Lanka before. Yes... I know there are some troubles in the country but I wouldn't realy worry about that..... This time we are planning to go to Kandy, Bentota, Sigiriya (a must see), anuradhapura and etc........ I have also stayed in this hotel.. truly it was a fantasic experience.... but for any one who is planning to go to Sri Lanka i would recomend 'Kandalama' and 'Vil Uyana'.....

Stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago over xmas. I bought the flights seperate and paid the hotel direct. It cost me £100 per night for a room that slept 2 adults and 3 children (deluxe room) and that included all meals for everyone. Drinks were a little expensive but but not as expensive as you would pay in some of the places in the uk.
The people are fantastic, the food is stunning and the pool and gardens great, the beach was extremely quiet as there is a real lull in tourism.
Yes there is a problem with the Tamils, however, they have never been known to target tourist, their issue is with the Sri Lankan goverment. I also stayed for a week in Colombo where there is a heavy level of security around. (some resteraunts in Colombo were awesome and very very cheap. (£60 for 4 adults ? 4 course meal with drinks.
Kandalama
I also visited the eco hotel in the north in. well worth a stay their in the hills by a massive basin.

In my opinion, there is little to no risk in staying at this hotel and you will not regret it, however do look at dealing with the hotel separately as you can get some fantastic deals. A personal tour guide will only cost you around £100 for the week including vehicle and the hotel puts them up for free.

The drive to the hotel from the airport is about 2 hours.

PM me if you want any other info:)

This is a great deal just for the plane ticket price itself. I am a Sri Lankan in the UK, my home is in Colombo though, don't fancy spending 10 days in Bentota :? I stayed a weekend at this hotel last April and it was really good.

Natanddan there is no problem with the Tamils, the problem is with the Tamil terrorists. The eco hotel you mention must be the Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla :).

My parents just came back from a tour in Sri Lanka and did not notice any problems. Seemed to think that if you stay away from certain parts of the country, you should be fine.

The price looks great but would you really want to go there in June? The website below indicates there is an average of 18 rainy days / month in June.... Wouldnt the Costa Brava (...) likely be a lot drier this time of year - and still much cheaper?

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RedOnRed;4687377

Once you realise you're not immersed in some sort of life respawning … Once you realise you're not immersed in some sort of life respawning Playstation game you'd poo your pants.This looks like a good deal, but then there's always good deals on for Sri Lanka for obvious reasons.



Interesting view! The Playstation quote is probably a good one if you were directing your point at a teenager who's never left their bedroom. As I said before, I've travelled all over the world over the last 20 years and I don't worry about things like terrorism, as you are so unlikely to get caught up in it.

For sure, if someone was pointing a gun at me, my bowels may loosen a tad, but I'd much rather have an adventurous spirit and put myself in a few challenging situations, than be a sad little gimp who never takes any chances 'just incase' something goes wrong!

I would not want to end up in the hands of terrorists!!! Do u??

Jack1;4694835

I would not want to end up in the hands of terrorists!!! Do u??



No, but I would feel far more at risk and uneasy staying at Butlins, with gangs of feral kids wandering around with no adult supervision whatsoever.

There's a big world out there and Sri Lanka is no more or less dangerous than most other places.:thinking:

Copperface;4694938

No, but I would feel far more at risk and uneasy staying at Butlins, with … No, but I would feel far more at risk and uneasy staying at Butlins, with gangs of feral kids wandering around with no adult supervision whatsoever.There's a big world out there and Sri Lanka is no more or less dangerous than most other places.:thinking:



Very true.....

in 2.5 decades of war no tourist have ever been harmed or killed in Sri Lanka... its a much safer place than most people think it is.

Most people go to Sri Lanka and have a very good holiday, but that's usually because they avoid Colombo and the no-go areas in the north and easterly parts of the country.

Hi all,
I've just recently booked to go to Sri Lanka at the same time. We got a deal with Hayes & Jarvis to go to the Jetwing Beach in Negombo (20 mins north of Colombo airport) for £2222 all in (that's for 2 adults & 2 kids) so I think the OP's deal is an excellent one.

Some of the comments are correct that it's monsoon season, but in my experience in that region it means that it buckets down a couple of times a day, but is okay otherwise. I think a worse problem may be that the surf is too strong at that time of year for swimming in the sea.

As for the terrorist threat, tourists are not targets for these people, the government are. So whilst we'll pay attention to the FCO's advice, we'll not let it spoil our holiday.

Cheers
Gordon
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