a VirtualTourist member from Nottingham
I am due to get married at The Villa Ocean View hotel in Wadduwa in April. Does anyone know if this hotel was badly hit by the earthquake and also is Monica (the hotel elephant) alive and well? I was so looking forward to seeing her!
We returned from there on Tuesday after getting caught up in tsunami. This was our third visit to hotel. The lower floor cabanas and the restaurant/kitchens were damaged as was the pool bar and pool area. Obviously the grassed areas were under water but the majority of hotel seemed to escape the worst. As it was a public holiday, Monica was on holiday too and as far as we know is ok. Please think before cancelling your plans. I am sure the hotel will be up and running by April. We are due to fly back on 17th March so I will post information on my return. Sri Lanka depends so much on tourism; and as the majority of the island -the hill country etc. is ok I am sure you will have the most fabulous time. Good luck.
You've already had a reply about the Tsunami. So glad to hear the hotel was not too badly affected. My sister got married at The Villa Ocean View hotel in Wadduwa. We travelled in a party of 30 people! The hotel is beautiful, rooms are fine and food good. The best thing about that holiday/wedding was the Sri Lankan people. They are friendly, courteous and will do anything to make your holiday and your wedding the best experience of your life! As for Monica, she is big, strong and beautiful. She got dressed up and was a special guest at the wedding. We've got photos and videos that we treasure but I recommend you don't look at them because you need to experience it first hand. If it was me or one of my friends who was getting married in April, I'd love to be a guest! Enjoy!
I am getting married in April at the Villa ocean view hotel and included in our package is traditional Sri Lankan wedding Attire. We have asked the travel agent a number of times what exactly is included with this and I have emailed the resort and all they have said is that its a Sari and local jewellry. Has anyone else out there had this package? I booked with first choice. Does the jewellry include the tikka and bangles?? Do you really not need to take anything clothing wise for the big day? What does the groom wear?? I dont want to go all that way and forget something! Any info would be great. As you know someone who got married there I thought you could answer my questions for me.
Sorry, my sister didn't buy the wedding clothing package. She bought an Asian dress over here. I would expect the wedding sari to be red with gold trimming and the groom's outfit to be white/cream (you know the outfit with baggy trousers and a very long shirt). I would expect the Jewellery to be bright and golden. Just relax and go with the flow. It'l be brilliant!