I'm glad the other visitors have enjoyed their stay, but am afraid I shall be introducing a discordant note to the rave reviews.
As part of a party of family and non-family members, I stayed at 6 Deg North from 26 Dec 2012 to 4 Jan. I was decidedly underwhelmed. The villa (very poorly marked) is set on a beach between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa. Both are towns of quite exceptional ugliness. Of course, one must always bear in mind that this entire coast was truly smashed by the 2004 tsunami, and sad and remaining signs of destruction are everywhere. Regrettably, broken walls are likely to continue to be a feature of the local scene because, I was advised, dispossessed owners simply didn't yet have the funds to rebuild, and would be have rights of possession revoked if they demolished what was left of their properties - a harsh injustice, if true.
As for the villa itself, set next a derelict adjoining space on a busy road on one side and a shabby side lane on the other, its immediate location is depressing. The grounds of the villa itself are small but pleasant enough. What passes for a swimming pool is in fact only about the size of a large splash pool. That said, the young children enjoyed themselves in it, and it was meticulously maintained on a daily basis. It needed to be, because the beach is difficult - steep with really quite large breakers, and suitable only for confident swimmers. The security fence appeared to have been constructed from bits of flotsam and discarded orange boxes.
The interior of the villa was likewise depressing. If one is going to let a beachside property for quite healthy sums of money, it might be expected that at least internal decorations would have been completed. They were not. At least three bathrooms were lined with unpainted plaster.Perhaps it was thought that this conveyed an impression of marble. If that was the thought, it was misplaced. Much else also spoke of shoddy workmanship. Slipping hip tiles on the roof were plainly moving because the quality of underlying mortar was atrocious. In at least two places, the roof also leaked, in one instance actually onto the bed of the one upstairs bedroom. Having been set straight opposite the opening of the shower cubicle, neither were showers efficient, since water was simply sprayed all over the floor. Since they could have as easily been set facing an opposite wall, this was not clever; in fact, it was rank amateurish. During our visit, hot water completely ran out, for the rather obvious reason that, in cool or overcast conditions, the roof mounted solar water heating tank was ineffectual. In response to my complaint, it was augmented on the spot but, of course, the question remained as to why something so unfit for purpose was being relied upon in the first place. Sitting areas were adequately furnished, but what passed for a kitchen was devoid of utensils, which was unhelpful.
Staff were charming, courteous and helpful but, the manager aside, were too unsure of themselves to show initiative. Cuisine was adequate, but no more. If an unbroken diet of Sri Lankan curries is to taste, one would not be disappointed. Speaking personally, I quite like well spiced food, but also get tired of it fairly quickly, so spent quite a lot of time investigating alternatives, of which there were not many.
I did not think much of this place, and would certainly not recommend it.
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