Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
"Mandalay" is a beautiful villa fully enclosed for privacy with 1.5 acres of tropical gardens. The villa is set on a hill with wonderful panoramic view of the paddy fields and countryside. Furnishing is to an exceptional standard, with all rooms en-suite and benefiting from air conditioning. A veranda surrounds half of the house with comfortable seating and al fresco dining.
The pool is suitable for all the family with a specific area for children. There are 3 cabanas: from 2 of them you can sit and admire the fabulous views. The property has a manager who will cater for your specific holiday requirements (travel to beaches,amenities and tours). There is also full time security and cleaning staff. A chef can be arranged for very reasonable rates, as required.
Have a look here http://youtu.be/f68ch6-NsgE
for one of our guest's recent holiday videos.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Beruwala 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bandaranayake International Airport 94 km, Nearest railway: Aluthgama 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The property has full kitchen facilities. However, we would always recommend that you hire our chef to meet your catering needs. A wide variety of books and CDs are available, together with several pairs of binoculars.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside there are 3 cabanas and 6 sun loungers within the beautiful tropical garden. Although our pool is unheated, trust us, you won't be cold in it - it averages 28 degrees C!
Our Booking Policy. To secure your booking, a deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking. Balance is due 30 days in advance of arrival date. Details of how to pay will be made available at time of booking. Cancellations will incur loss of deposit.
Please be advised that Sri Lanka has introduced an online visa system for all travellers arriving in Sri Lanka from January 1, 2012.
Visitors must apply for the Electronic Travel Authorization via www.eta.gov.lk established in the Department of Immigration and Emigration, the cost is $30.00 per person.
Local transportation to beaches, shops, restaurants, supermarkets is free but any travel further than a 5 mile radius is chargeable.
A cook is included in our charges. All food and drink is extra.
The Sri Lanka Southern Coast region
South of Colombo, Dharga Town is very close to Beruwala and Bentota, the start of 130 km-stretch of beaches, where resort development has made immense strides in recent years. Good bathing is available in the bay all year round with an average sea temperature of 27 degrees C.
This is a thriving local village with many shops and market stalls. About 4 kms upriver from the tourist settlement is the Galapatha Vihara. This 12th century temple has few remains, but does include a carved gateway and a long inscription recording a gift of lands and slaves to the monastery on the site.
The Brief Garden is just 1km from Mandalay. This was the home of the late landscape artist, Bevis Bawa. The sprawling house in the midst of this tranquil oasis is a veritable museum of art, containing Bawa's own works, and those of friends, such as George Keyt. Bawa created this enchanting garden on a hillside with wonderful views off Kalawila between 1929 & 1989. Bawa's private collection of paintings, sculptures photographs and furniture (many colonial antiques), provides an added incentive to visit the bird-filled 5 acre landscaped garden with cool, shady woodland paths, many nature specimen trees, exotic flowering plants and interesting water features, highly recommended.
Monday is market day in Aluthgama, just 3km from the villa. Bustling with locals selling fresh fish, meat and vegetables, the produce is as colourful as the saris they wear.
This is a 12th century Buddhist temple, and is the tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world(48m / 160ft)
which is situated at Aluthgama 3km away from the villa.
Mandalay's Manager is a highly experienced tour guide and driver. We can work with you to produce a series of bespoke tours to meet your specific requirements. We routinely conduct tours to a range of impressive destinations. For example, Yala Game Reserve - where there are the highest concentration of leopard in the world; Nuwara Eliya - where you can stay in a colonial bungalow amongst the renowned tea plantations; Kandy - where you can visit the most significant Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka and the world-famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage; Sigiriya - a dramatic ancient fortress that is also a world heritage site; Dambulla Cave Temple - the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka.
The above destinations can be booked in conjunction with a range of accommodation, from 5* boutique hotels to tourist hotels. All travel is conducted in our comfortable 9-seater, air conditioned minbus.
Water-sports centres are located all along the coast, where a variety of activities are available to suit all abilities and ages The calm river is perfect for water-skiing and windsurfing.
A 3hr boat trip up the Bentota River is highly recommended, you will travel through the mangroves and have frequent sightings of crocodile, monitor lizards, brahimy kites, fruit bats and kingfishers.
Kosgoda Turtle Farm
Visit the local small turtle farms at Kosgoda. Join in the egg burial by night, admire the baby turtles by day and take a journey to the sea to release the young back into their natural environment.
Mask Museum is primarily a workshop & showroom. Some of the exhibits tracing the tradition of mask dancing are interesting and informative. Antique shops often sell newly crafted items which have been "aged", as it is illegal to take out any article over 50 years old without a government permit.
The port of Galle, thought by some to be the Biblical city of Tarshish, splendidly illustrates the solidity of the Dutch presence in Sri Lanka. The 36-hectare (89 acre) Dutch Fort, built in 1663, has withstood the ravages of time. Its massive ramparts surround the promontory that forms the older part of Galle, and shelters within its walls sturdy Dutch houses, museums and churches. This area has a quiet, relaxed atmosphere that seems almost detached from the flow of history. The New Oriental Hotel, built for Dutch governors in 1684, is a colonial gem with a wonderfully atmospheric bar.
Spend a day shopping and sightseeing in the bustling capital of Colombo. Colombo is a shopper’s paradise, containing a number of department stores and local fashion outlets where you will find up-to the minute fashions at extremely discounted prices.
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26 Mar 2014
"HEAVEN ON EARTH! LITERALLY!!!"
I have just returned from a family holiday to Mandalay in Sri Lanka - Dharga down with my family for my Dad's 60th Birthday. I saw photograph's online beforehand but I was well and truly ama… More
26 Feb 2014
"wonderful stay at Mandalay"
Thank you so much for a wonderful start of our 3 weeks around trip in sri lanka. We stayed at Mandalay House for one week in the beginning of feb 2014. The house have pleanty of room for our family of… More
3 Feb 2014
"Wonderful, amazing, unforgettable. We are grateful for this experience!"
It's difficult to find the right words that would describe how amazing our stay at Sri Lanka was. But if we try: - the house in Mandalay is amazing - clean (you don't have to do anything - i… More
2 Dec 2013
"most memorable place and hospitality!!!!!!!"
First of al before I even got there making Arrangements with kim via email was excellent!!! She replied in a very timely manner. Very prompt and helpful. I mentioned ed go her what I would be interes… More
18 Sep 2013
"This is not 5 star it is 7 star"
We stayed at Mandalay for two weeks in August and September 2013. This was our first visit to Sri Lanka - having been forced to cancel a trip many years ago - and was much anticipated. It did not disa… More
27 Aug 2013
"Mandalay was a real find - simply divine"
As a family of four, (children 12 and 15), we have recently returned from Mandalay after spending 2 weeks during August. We had the most wonderful of times. This is the furthest we have travelled with… More
16 Apr 2013
Like all other reviews before us we loved Mandalay. The house is exceptionally well furnished and very comfortable. It was definately the garden which was a favourite for me, and also the views of r… More
24 Feb 2013
"AMAZING PLACE. Home from home."
Mandalay is a sanctuary set on a hill over looking paddy fields. Sudu and his team made us feel like Kings taking us to the beach, the local market and around in his Tuk Tuk. Not only that he took u… More
24 Feb 2013
"Mandalay is the REAL gem of Sri Lanka!"
Being a cynic by nature (with exacting standards!) I was ready to take some of the reviews of Mandalay with a large pinch of salt.I could not have been more wrong!!The web site could not reflect the i… More
15 Feb 2013
We have just experienced the most wonderful two weeks holiday at this delightful villa-a real home from home-except that we were waited upon most regally.
The staff were wonderful and we couldn't have had better attention.I wish I could have brought them back with me !!!
The house itself is very comfortable and has everything you could require.
The gardens are kept to a high standard and contain a fantastic variety of tropical fruits inc.mangoes,papayas,bananas,passion fruits and king coconuts to name a few.
Situated high on a bluff where the house catches the breeze,it overlooks water meadows where buffalo wander and a vast variety of birds can be observed;some familiar and some less so:egrets,large and small,storks, herons kingfishers,of various sizes,and irridescent green bee eaters and many I couldn't identify, whilst above wheeled kites and eagles.
Chattering chipmunks greeted us in the morning as they sought the nectar in the hibiscus flowers,often competing with the humming birds.
The most striking part was how peaceful it was.
To my delight, after being there only half an hour, a water monitor emerged from the water course below us . We didn't see him again,but saw the evidence of his activities .
We were also lucky to experience several local Buddhist weddings in the adjoining wedding hall-amazing.
Our two relaxing weeks spent by the swimming pool and interspersed with outings on the river and to watch the parade of the elephants to the nearby temple were followed by four days touring some of the high spot of the island with our knowledgeable driver, Vijay. It would take too long to list them.
I would most definitely recommend this establishment for it's comfort,the attention of its staff and its wonderful situation.
If there was a paradise,then must have been like this and we have every intention of returning.
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