In Oct 2018 I have booked a 5 day kite surf refresher with gear rental and my mails were always replied very quickly and helpful. At my arrival staff was very friendly and my accomodation very clean. On the next day I went kite surfing and it was all neatly organized. As the wind died, I changed to scuba diving which Rascal's helped me a lot in organizing. I had a wonderful massage at the massage parlour - only thing missing was a mosquito net as my massage was shortly before sunset and these insects became very disturbing.
The next day I took a safari trip to Wilpattu NP together with Ajantha, a very professional senior naturalist, who organized the whole all-inclusive trip for me. As a dessert we got the chance to spot a leopard! All in all it was a great but exhausting daytrip and rather on the expesive side as I had nobody to share the expenses with.
Would definitely recommend at stay at the Rascal's for its friendly and helpful staff!
Although we didn't stay with the Rascals (we were next door), they were so welcoming. I thoroughly recommend booking a boat trip out to Veilla island- such clean wind, could make great progress.
There are multiple shuttle boats to the normal kite spot, great set up. They were very helpful with our multiple repairs we needed- great price and very cheap. Thanks for making things so easy guys and making us feel so welcome.
We had a really great stay at Rascals over a long weekend! Really great kite spot. Mondy and Johanna are super helpful and friendly. The pool and facilities are really nice and the whole place has a certain charm about it. We will definitely return!
A few things to be aware of:
- The food is really good home-cooked food. Breakfast consists of bread, fruit, and 1 option from a menu of various dishes - sausage and a fried egg, scrambled egg, pancakes etc. Lunch and dinner only have 2 options to choose from - a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option. What the dinner will be is written on a blackboard in the morning. Lunch tends to be local food - curries, dhal, spicy vegetables and rice and you can also order a lunch box to the kite beach. Everyone in the resort sits and eats dinner together at the same time creating a very friendly atmosphere to the place.
Generally, all the food was very tasty and very plentiful although fussy eaters may struggle with the lack of choice. There aren't any other restaurants nearby.
- There is nowhere on site or nearby to buy cigarettes. You can hire a trishaw to pick some up for you but it would probably be easier to bring a carton from duty-free.
- This place is mosquito heaven! Both outdoor and in the rooms. There are nets over the bed, but make sure to bring lots of spray and repellent. Some other guests brought an electric mosquito racket - like a big fly swatter - which was a great idea. I will bring one next time!
We were two families from New Zealand travelling with teenagers. Great people and awesome food at The Rascals. We had a wonderful time and would book again. Dads went out kiting hard each day, while the mums and teenagers relaxed and chilled out by the pool having just travelled from NZ! Unfortunately dinner wasn't always on time, be prepared with some snacks especially if you have hungry teenagers.
Awesome kiting for advanced kiters and great place to meet like minded kiters, even from NZ and Aussie!
Rooms were clean and tidy, no hot water in shower, but not a big deal. Note - no safes, suggest you have a lockable bag, beds very comfy, we had the four AC rooms facing the pool. Devine setting. Yoga at the resort next door we can highly recommend.
We went with full service food.
Recommend you used their driver if picking up from the airport at night, our driver at 1am did have a little trouble finding the place, I printed map and instructions, unfortunately our lovely driver couldn't read or understand English, though in the end not a problem as everyone so friendly and helpful to the tourists.
Great riding... go to "Dream Spot"!
Rascals is the perfect place we have been looking for. It is small with a super friendly atmosphere and no big loud groups drinking shots in the evening. The wind was close to perfect the whole week.