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Serendipity at The Exotica near Colombo in Kotte

Aerial view of the open air dining/lounging area
Aerial view of the open air dining/lounging area
Aerial view of the open air dining/lounging area
Aerial view of the Villa Exotica
View of the entrance from main door
Open air dining cum lounge
Open air dining area overlooking the courtyard garden
Colombo
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Rental Home – 
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

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john F
Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“So good was there in Dec 2013 and jan 2014”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 for a stay in January 2014

Serendipity is a charming peaceful haven . The rooms are spacious and the outdoor space and garden, with its ample seating, including a swing sofa and a hammock, is a delight to be in, during the day and the evening. The host is very helpful and is at hand to help solve problems, as we had with having to urgently print and send important documents back home

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Feb 6, 2014
Thank you John, look forward to seeing you both in Sri Lanka again. Cheers, Vasantha.
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andspleen
Canberra
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful place, but tricky location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 for a stay in January 2014

I cannot talk enough about how lovely the space is. The central garden is stunning, and the rooms elegantly furnished. The logistics of the place were great as well, with reliable internet and full kitchen facilities (although the washing machine was beyond us and I broke a tap; sorry).

The one downside is location. It is a little out of town and hidden in a complex suburb. Three wheeler drivers also may not recognise the main roads (even if presented with a map). This was ok for us as we had a Colombo local with us, but on our own as visitors this could have been a real challenge. Just be aware of that.

I also recommend the local takeaway restaurant down on the corner. Good cheap eats.

Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 13, 2014
Thanks very much Ayundhri. We do hope to see you again sometime in the very near future. Vasantha
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Dharshini Rodrigo
Australia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
4 of 5 stars Value 4 of 5 stars Rooms
4 of 5 stars Location 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 4 of 5 stars Service
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Management Response
Dec 8, 2013
Thank you Dharshini for your review. Hope to see you and yours again sometime in the very near future.
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a scintillating New Year 2014! Vasantha
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AsanthaNZ
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
“Serendipity indeed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We stayed for a week at the end of the July. It was a wonderfully decorated home away from home for us. Everything was perfect and Wasantha was a great host making sure we were comfortable and having memorable stay. Its a great location that allows you to escape the hustle and bustle into a cocoon of peace and comfort. We would certainly come back!

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The house and gradens
Liked least: The wi-fi could be a little faster
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
Aug 19, 2013
Thank you Asantha, we would certainly love to have you and your family stay with us again. Cheers Vasantha
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AussieJou...
Melbourne, Victoria
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Serendipity and more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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Recently I stayed at Serendipity with my girlfriend, mother and sister for 7 days. It was a fantastic experience. Upon arrival we met Vasantha (the owner) and he ran through all the intricate details of the property. He was extremely obliging given we arrived at 2:30am. Albeit Vasantha lived next door to the property, he never intruded upon us and was insistent that all we needed to do is call him should we require anything.

The property itself is extremely spacious and filled with beautiful hand crafted furniture. There is a safe available for use, however the property is extremely secure and at no stage did I or my family felt threatened. A house keeper is available for the property upon request, I do recommend this service as it is relatively inexpensive.

Serendipity at the Exotica is about a 20 - 30 min drive in peak hour traffic to Colombo. There are a lot of eateries in the local area if you desire to stay close to the property. The greatest feature of the property is the central garden that the rooms open out onto. There is also a verandah that surrounds the garden which is great for lounging around.

The rooms are very spacious and they all have an ensuite. They all come with air conditioning and ceiling fans.

I highly recommend this property for anyone looking for a place to stay outside of hectic Colombo. The property is spacious, clean and very comfortable.

Thank you to Vasantha and Raji for making our stay incredible.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The central garden and verandah
Liked least: The fact we had to leave so soon
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Management Response
May 28, 2013
Thank you very much indeed for the great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again sometime in the near future. Regards Vasantha
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A FlipKey verified reviewer
London UK
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
5 of 5 stars Value 4 of 5 stars Rooms
4 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
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Management Response
Apr 26, 2013
Thank you, Mark . It was lovely meeting you and your charming wife. We hope to see you again. Cheers Vas
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A FlipKey verified reviewer
Durham NC
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012 for a stay in November 2012
5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
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Recommended for:
A romantic getaway People with disabilities
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Management Response
Nov 29, 2012
It was lovely having you and your daughter stay with us, Ted. Certainly, we hope to be of service to you again.God Bless, Jasmine
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Speaks English, Arabic, French
Listed since : Jul 2012
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