Thursday, 19 November 2015

Malkey Car Rental, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Jaguar XF


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Setting foot in a new country for the first time mostly fills me with excitement. A mild apprehension of the unknown however can sometimes hinder my full enjoyment. A sure way to allow the pleasure of travel to take full helm for me is having a prearranged airport transfer. Knowing someone will be expecting me at the arrival hall, with plans to get me to my first destination safely, sets my mind at ease.

After some web investigation into the best airport transfer companies in Sri Lanka, Malkey Car Rental kept surfacing to the top of the list. They have over 40 years in the industry, one of the largest and most varied fleets (more on that in a moment) in the country, and is the only Sri Lankan company to be a ISO 9001:2008 Certified Vehicle Rental Company (which I later discover means they have an internationally recognised quality management system in place). Vehicles undergo regular safety inspections and service is fully guaranteed. Replacement vehicles and drivers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency. I’d say that gifts peace of mind.

Diverse would be an understatement in describing the vehicles under Malkey Car Rental’s service. From luxury cars, to family sedans, 30 seater buses, 4WDs and the classic and vintage fleet, there’s something for all predilections. Hubby eyes the restored Austin A40 Devon and the red Skoda Roadster (1950) Open Top with envy, while I smile at the flower paintwork on the Beetle Van while browsing their website. Cars are available both for self-drive, or with a chauffeur.

We’ve reserved an airport transfer and our first trip is with a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. A driver awaits our arrival at the airport with a name-board. I’ve also been given in advance his name and handphone number in the case of any confusion. All was arranged on line, and prices are transparent with a clearly defined list. Everything is communicated clearly and upfront, leaving no surprises.

Prado

As we exit the terminal and are enveloped by the crowds and touts offering a variety of promises, we’re filled with gratitude for our Malkey Car Rental driver who whisks us through the throngs and swiftly into a pristinely kept Prado. We’re not only impressed with his skill and attention to safety on the road (all western conventions of road rules followed – including indicators and the avoidance of tailgating), but too the quality of the highway from the airport to Colombo. For a country recently recovering from internal turmoil, it apparently has been working hard to get some quality infrastructure in place.

Crowds at the Airport

Dropped off safely to our hotel, we follow with a whirlwind 36 hours of exploration, tasting and sipping in Colombo. The evening before we leave, I again receive a message indicating the pick-up time, driver’s name, and contact for our departure. It too goes off without a glitch, only this time our ride is a Jaguar XF.

Jaguar XF

The driver pulls up to our seaside location and the blue of the ocean seems to reflect off the shiny white paintwork. We’re happy we have a midday flight so that we can appreciate the sleek design of this set of wheels. We’re grateful too for Malkey Car Rental who’ve started and ended our Colombo trip in safety and style.

A Safe Return Journey

Reasons to reserve: over 30 years experience in the industry; high safety standards; prompt and efficient communication; a comprehensive range of vehicles to choose from.

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