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I hope you all had a fantastic week and ready to enjoy the long weekend! As you know I've worked with two hotels that belong to Asia Leisure and the first one was the river house in Balapitiya. It's very easy to find and is located amongst so much greenery that you feel at peace as soon as you enter the property. The river house is a luxury boutique hotel and you can truly say that by how hospitable the staff are and how spacious the rooms are as well. We stayed in the gin room which had it's own private jacuzzi and garden with the river view. It couldn't get better than that for our weekend at the river house. Our bedroom had a little living room area, a little dinning table for three and a large bed enough to fit four people! My favorite part of the room was our bathroom which directly lead out to the jacuzzi. The bathroom looks like it's out of a magazine which was almost the size of the room. I've mentioned this on my instagram before that I sometimes prefer boutique hotels compared to the standard hotel because of the limited crowd and privacy you have. On both days we had the pool all to our selves and because it's a few feet away from the property you really have a lot of privacy. The pool area is surrounded by tall trees with a calm breeze, I just wanted to have a nap on the sun bed by the pool and wake up in time for dinner.
Another thing what I love about the river house is that they are so flexible in where you eat. Whether you want the meals served in your room, restaurant or by the pool they are more than happy to spoil their guests with the comforts that they need. I had the BBQ prawns for lunch and they were absolutely delicious! definitely recommend the prawns from everything we tried from the menu. There is a great menu to chose from and there's something on it for everyones liking. Dinner was a three corse meal with a delicious soup to start off with. Nayan went for the chicken and mash potato and I ordered the fish with garlic rice. Dessert was my favorite part of the dinner because they had banana fritters! I know some of you may not like this dessert much, Nayan isn't a big fan either. My grandmother use to make this for us when we were kids so it always reminds me of her. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the banana fritters at the river house, It's one of the best ones I've tried! They do sprinkle sugar on top of the syrup so I advice you to ask them not to add the extra sugar on top as it can get bit to sweet. For breakfast they have the western or Sri Lankan option to chose from. We decided to go with western as it's our favorite kind of breakfast. We started off our Sunday with a fresh juice,fruit platter and bread basket, followed by the omelettes, hash browns, bacon and sausages. A great way to start off your Sunday with the breakfast at the river house.
Before we left the property they insisted that we went on the boat ride around the river. They also have kayaks which is a fun activity to do together. I'm so glad we did the boat ride because we saw a crocodile, monkeys, flying fish, eagles and crabs on the way to the mangrove. The mangrove is a short journey but it's so peaceful and a wonderful experience. The boat ride is about 30-40 minutes and they take you around to even a temple that's in the middle of the river. There's also cold water and drinks on board incase you get thirsty on the way. We had such a great weekend at the river house Balapitiya and I truly think that it's a great place for couples, friends and family to visit because it caters to everyone. I hope you guys enjoyed another one of my reviews, stay tuned for my second review for Asia Leisure! I hope you all have an amazing weekend.