“Rainforest paradise with village atmosphere near beach, transport and historic Galle Fort.” The well furnished and comfortable villa consists of three bedrooms with en- suites and a spacious open living/dining area. The master bedroom has a spacious Bali-style indoor-outdoor bathroom. The single story building is situated on a large and well maintained rain forest property with some traditional features. The outdoor eating area has views over the sparkling clean infinity pool, a water feature and adjoining paddy fields. The atmosphere is peaceful, and visiting water monitors, occasional monkeys as well as a rich bird life, made for a peaceful, relaxing holiday before our more strenuous travels through this beautiful and most varied country.
Our accommodation came with a choice of European or Sri Lankan cooked breakfasts, and a good selection of tropical fruit was provided. Other meals were available on request.
The villa is well equipped with family games, books about Sri Lanka and videos.
Hikkaduwa has shops, bars, restaurants and a lovely beach, all in 10 to 15 minutes' walking distance from the villa. Public transport, i.e. trains and buses, are easily accessible
and took us to Galle Fort and Colombo.
Staff were welcoming and responsive to any of our requests.
“Get pampered in Hikkaduwa” Allthough you can book the three seperate rooms via agoda, Villa Gallindawatta is definetely not an hotel. It's much better. We rented the whole villa for a week in July 2013. We arrived around 9 o' clock in the morning, straight from the airport and thoroughly jetlagged. We we're welcomed with fresh fruit juice en big smiles by cook and manager Roshan and his aide Tishara. The villa has a vestibule, a large living room with dining area and three double bedrooms. The bedroom are airconditioned, the living room has a fan. There's an entertainment center with loads of movies and cd's for when the weather isn't to good, but if it's dry it's much nicer to venture outside. The 6000 square metre property has it's own infinity swimming pool, grea foor cooling of at the end of the day. Anytime of the day.
Allthough we visited in the southwest monsoon low season, we did not get a lot of rain, except during the night when we were sleeping.The villa is situated about one kilometer inland and it's an easy 10 minute stroll to the beach. As it was low season, there weren't many tourists, so not a lot of beach restaurants and bars were in operation. Basically we had the beach (and the Hug Inn) almost to ourselves. We visited Galle by tuktuk an Roshan took us to a moonstone mine where we made our own silver jewelry.
There is a menu, but you don't really need it. Roshan worked as a cook in large hotels and on ships, so he is able to rustle up anything you order. We had all kinds of curry meals, fashioned to the not spicy taste of our kids, but also great spaghetti bolognese. Breakfast with lovely fruits and lunch are also made to order. Roshan does the shopping and you pay the bills and a little extra for cooking gas and petrol.If you book, deal directly with the owner Tam via Flipkey, that way you avoid the bookingfees of agoda.
We we're thoroughly spoiled during the week and really enjoyed our stay here.