“superb, faultless” My son booked this as a treat for us all for Christmas week. We hoped it would be comfortable...... it surpassed all expectations. Location was secluded, the views breathtaking, there was great comfort beautifully designed. Rooms all had mozzie nets and ceiling fans, en suites and spectacular views out over the large infinity pool and beyond over Koggala Lake.
The villa was fully staffed. We planned delicious meals, both Sri Lankan and European, with the charming housekeeper/cook and her husband and which we then ate in style out on the covered Verandah.
The staff arranged boat trips out on the lake for crocodile viewing, ordered tuk tusk when we wanted to go to the beach or sightseeing. Nothing was too much trouble.
We felt 100% safe and pampered.
We could have arranged massages at the villa but ran out of time!
There were eight of us and we stayed for 1 week in the villa. Prior to the villa we had done a week's tour of Sri Lanka with Trailfinders and were ready for a rest but still keen to explore Sri Lanka more.
However, once we had seen the villa and experienced the hospitality we lost our desire to move. 2 of us never left the villa grounds, 6 of us went for a 2 hour boat trip around the lagoon and 4 of us also went to Galle for a morning in a tut tut. The rest of the time we just enjoyed relaxing in the various parts of the villa. There was plenty of room to spread out and to be alone if required but also areas large enough for us all to be together. The pool was well used, being clean, warm and inviting. After dinner we all mainly retired to the media room for a film to avoid the insects and to cool off in the air conditioning. We all enjoyed seeing the wildlife, especially birds, but did not feel the need to swim at the beach or in the lagoon.
The catering was wonderful thanks to Sonali and Lasantha. We elected for them to provide breakfast and dinner every day. We asked for Sri Lankan cuisine which was not too hot and Sonali pitched it perfectly. Each day was different but breakfast always included fruit and toast as well as Sri Lankan items such as egg hoppas and sticky rice. Dinner always consisted of about 6 different dishes and usually a light dessert. We even watched her cook and participated in the preparation. During the day we raided the fridge for left overs or just ate bananas. The cost of all the food and drink worked out at about £125 per couple!
We particularly liked the tranquillity, beauty and of course the food. As well as that it was great to be able to learn from Sonali & other staff about life in Sri Lanka.
If we had to be picky all I could say is that we did struggle with the media room in that the sound and vision were not that good but we didn't go on holiday to watch films! also the wifi was a bit unreliable. …