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“Perfection.” 5 of 5 stars
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Leijay Resort
43 A/B New Lane | Madawalamulla, Galle 8000, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #8 of 161 Galle B&B and Inns
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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“Perfection.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

A retreat from the city chaos, this place provides authentic colonial bungalows in a tropical garden setting. Service is gentle and respectful. We liked it so much we came back and used it as our base. Yvonne and her team have married Sri Lankan hospitality with tranquility amidst a homely and exotic setting. Don't miss this !

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We were tempted by the excellent reviews into trying Leijay Resort and we were not disappointed! Leijay is the most beautiful place with gorgeous gardens, lovely pool, fantastic rooms - very comfy bed, and the best service I have ever come across - it is thoughtful and attentive without being pushy and in your face. Dinesh deserves special mention and his tuktuk skills are beyond reproach. Thank you everyone for a lovely stay and see you soon.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We had a wonderful stay here for to nights. It's a 400 rupee tuk tuk ride to galle fort, and has beautiful gardens. The common areas and amenities are excellent, and it's an oasis from the hustle and bustle outside. Rooms were clean, spacious and well-priced.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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manchester, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We originally intended to stay here for several nights at the end of our holiday but instead, because of the cost,chose to stay at the Dunes in Unawatuna. After three days we couldn't stand it any more so for our final night we reserved a room at Leijay. It far exceeded all our expectations. The room was extremely comfortable, and the verandah - really an open air room - so relaxing. The food, both breakfast and dinner was served on the verandah and was plentyful and very tasty. Then there's the gardens. As someone who has spent a fair part of his career in horticulture and parks and gardens management I can say without hesitiation that the gardens are jaw droppingly wonderful - you really must see them for yourselves. Super staff, brilliant service, the very best place we stayed at in the South. A bit more pricy than we would normally expect to pay but boy, was it worth it!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I had an opportunity to stay at this fabulous breath taking resort. Unimaginable as it was like home awayfrom hhome. Friendliness and polite staff offered me and family every thing upto my entire satisfaction.
I must thank madam yvonne and staff for their efforts and commitment.
I recommend any traveller who wish have a happy days in Sri Lanka to stay at leijay and see the difference.

I wish this resort to grow further up in the hospitality industry.

Welldone and keep the flag fly
Captain Rohan Lelwala

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Having traveled to several places around the world, I can honestly say that Leijay is one of a kind. There is simply no other place like it.

Not only is it filled with the essence and beauty of Sri Lanka's flora and fauna but it exudes a kind of warmth which one finds in their own home. This is because, at Leijay, you will find some of the kindest people you will ever meet: Sudath, Dinesh, Piyushan, Suresh, Dilini, Jayantha, Suresh, Malani, Chathurani and Madame Yvonne. Even the four sweet pet dogs, Balu, Duchess, Mama and Cherie, add much to the warm and loving atmosphere.

All of these amazing individuals treat their guests as one would their friends and family members. They always greet you with a warm and welcoming smile, are willing to help you in any way that they can and serve delicious food which, although it may be foreign to you, is prepared with all of the love of home cooking. Having traveled to the country alone, this was all a great comfort to me. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that I too, as many other guests do, consider Leijay to be my home away from home and everyone at Leijay as part of my extended family.

To all who are considering traveling to Sri Lanka, Leijay is your reason to go and will surely become your reason to come back again.

~Mrs. Moon~

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bedminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Many tourists travelling through Galle will no doubt stay in some soulless over-priced hotel in Galle Fort - such a shame! Leijay resort is hidden away in the jungle some 10 mins from the fort (and it's very unlikely any Galle tuk-tuk driver will have heard of it) but do let that put you off for one moment! This place is magnificent. Each little bungalow is spotlessly clean, tastefully decorated, spacious and has its own little patio looking out into the wonderfully colorful gardens. The centrepiece is the lovely pool, surrounded by flowing plants and visited by many colourful birds. Wifi, hot water, AC, fans, home cooking etc all excellent.

However, the icing on the cake is surely the staff. Cheerful, polite, informative, you name it. Sudath, Dinesh, Dillini, Jayantha and the others which I stupidly did not learn the names of... You made our stay so easy!

Make that tiny bit of effort to stay here, you won't regret it. (TIP: make sure you're armed with their phone number before you get in a tuk-tuk because the driver will need to ring for directions).

We love you,
Owain & Aylin

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 43 A/B New Lane | Madawalamulla, Galle 8000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 161 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2 bungalows, each room with ceiling fan and A/C, bathrooms with hot water, wireless Internet, beautiful pool, tropical garden {birdwatching}, own Ayurvedacenter in Unawatuna. ... more   less 
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