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Luxury 5BR Villa with a pool

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Hikkaduwa
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5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

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Deccanhp
Pune
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“A dream come true”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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After three months of planning a much anticipated family get together, we arrived at Hikka Villa on a sunny day in September. We had driven down from Colombo in a rented car, partly along the highway and partly along Galle Road. The drive was beautiful, surrounded, as we were, by lush green vegetation on one side and accompanied by the weaving blue coastline on the other.
Hikka Villa is just off the Galle Road as you enter Hikkaduwa. The villa is large and spacious with a pretty garden and a clean and well kept pool. There was plenty of space for the four of us . Renovations were in progress to add ensuite bathrooms to two of the rooms but held up during our stay.
The owner was there to greet us and let us know about the Villas's amenities and to introduce us to the cook, Lal and the tour guide Chat, a friendly and informative person.
We made ourselves comfortable in no time at all and were set to discover the south of Sri Lanka from this very convenient location.
With excellent Sri Lankan food made by Lal, who was a mine of knowledge about local vegetables and fish,we were able to taste authentic cuisine. Every morning we would discuss the menu for dinner and breakfast next day and he would buy the required ingredients, keeping an accurate account of all expenses.
Hikka Villa is ideally placed to to explore Galle, ( the fort area is fascinating) , Unawatuna, ( for its marvellous beach) Ambalangoda ( for the mask museum) Kosgoda ( turtle hatchery) and Bentota. ( Brief Garden).
With the indoor gym, a beautiful balcony to laze in, a little reading corner and the pool there is plenty to keep one occupied in the Villa as well.
Hikka Villa introduced us to lovely Sri Lanka, with its friendly and kind people, its tropical greenery , its fabulous food and its gentle culture. We cannot wait to return!

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 3 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
3 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
4 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The garden and pool and kitchen.
Liked least: The bathrooms.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jun 22, 2013
Thank You for staying with us. Hope to see you again.

Regards
Prasad
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Richard K
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A First Class Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
3
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We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to most areas in the world, but when we arrived in Sri Lanka (having researched it thoroughly) we were shocked. It is beautiful! You can travel past Caribbean quality beaches, rainforest, lagoons and mountains - all in a single day. We met amazing people, with amazing stories, but they were never demanding in any way.

But now to the best. The villa at Hikkaduwa is incredibly undervalued. We travelled as a family of 4 and didn't even need to use the top floor of the house! The house is open plan for modern living and had the most amazing pools. We were supported by a chef of 30+ years experience who could make us absolutely anything. After 3 or 4 days we just said "surprise us!" - all of the food was of exceptional quality (fish a speciality). All for circa £ 70.00 a week (full board). On average we spent only £ 10.00 a day for ingredients (and at times we requested separate food; western for the kids and incredible Sri Lankan curries or seafood for us). Included in these costs was a shopping and housekeeping service.

And then there is "Chat" - the icing on the cake. Chat looked after us (and pretty much carried our 3 year old son) from the start of the holiday right until the end. Chat can do anything; and is the least pushy "tour rep" I have ever met. He would pop in and see if evrything was ok, and when he didn't we really missed him! He organised some spectacular tours with prices we simply couldn't fathom how he did it! We spent 10 days in the villa and then 3 days touring the island....both were spectacular in their own rights. Chat has become a firm friend.

Although we are a family that typically likes to go to new places and try new things; we will be going back next year. For obvious reasons I'm loathed to suggest that this Villa with support staff is spectacularly undervalued - but, simply put, it is.

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: Exceptional value for money
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Large groups
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Management Response
Jun 22, 2013
Many thanks for your feedback. Appreciated.

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Prasad
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Sam W
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Huge villa, great caring staff, highly recommended.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012 for a stay in February 2012
4
people found this review helpful

My husband our 2 young children and myself stayed in Hikkavilla for just over a week during February 2012. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and can wholeheartedly recommend it. The villa is huge and would make a good party house for a large group. The Internet connection was excellent and Sky TV is available, but I recommend you request it when booking so the owner can ensure the necessary channels are available at your arrival.

There is a team of English speaking staff on hand to assist in your every need should you wish: Lal the cook/housekeeper, Chat the travel guide and Chanaka the owner.

If you are able to hire Lal, the cook/housekeeper, I urge you to do so. Lal can cook all manner of foreign dishes, but we preferred a more local menu at which he excelled. Lal is a very honest, quiet and kind man who will do his very best to make your stay so much more relaxed and trouble free. If you give him a menu request for the following day and some money he will shop for ingredients and ensure your meals are ready at the time you specify. Lal always gave us change from his shopping trips; his integrity cannot be faulted. On comparison we found Lal’s excellent cooking to be far better value than eating out every night. I have returned to England with recipes and instructions from Lal’s kitchen.

Hikkavilla is located a little out from the town centre and beach front, but this is a real bonus if you want the ability to retreat to your own sanctuary. Chat or Lal can arrange for a tuk-tuk to taxi you around, but we found it convenient to pop down to the local shop to use the excellent tuk-tuk driver based there.

After a long day sightseeing or swimming with turtles it was a delight to return to the peace of our very quiet private garden and pool. We got a lot of pleasure from swimming whilst surrounded by coconut palms (complete with adorable monkeys), banana palms, figs, huge curry leaf trees and a whole host of other exotic flora and fauna. The children searched for the resident Chameleon and touched every bit of sleeping fern they could find (ask Lal to point it out to you).

It is wise to arrange for Chat, the very attentive travel guide, to meet you at arrivals in the airport. The journey to Hikkaduwa is beautiful, but lengthy and you will be glad of his very comfortable air-conditioned people carrier.

Chat is an excellent choice for arranging day trips as he knows the local area well. He is truly fantastic with children and we frequently used him to look after our daughter when we were all out and about together (she adored him and misses him still). Chat is a young man who will do his best for you, but will not give you the hard sell if you are not interested. However, if you plan a longer tour with Chat I suggest you are very specific about your needs. If you require a certain number of beds in a family room, or a room in the best part of a hotel, ensure you are clear in your request. We were perhaps a little less clear than we should have been and assumed Chat would get it right every time. He was sometimes a little off the mark, but that could have been avoided with better discussion. Chat is very eager to get it right for you. (However, do bear in mind that accommodation in Colombo is in very short supply, so if you want a decent standard room ensure you give Chat plenty of notice and be prepared to pay high room rates).

Once we had returned home we continued to be impressed by the care the villa owners showed us. My daughter had left a bag in Colombo. Chanaka collected the bag and posted it back to England without charge to us. I think that illustrates the kindness afforded travellers in Sri Lanka and at Hikkavilla in particular.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book 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: Pool surrounded by coconut palms
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
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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Management Response
May 18, 2012
Thanks for the feedback.
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