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60 Araliya Beach Road Meddawatta Beach, Matara 81000 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#6 of 469 Specialty lodging in Matara
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4.9
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5.0
Service
5.0
Value
5.0
Our 4 Villas and 2 Suites Boutique Hotel is located in Southern Sri Lanka, Meddawatta, Matara in a 1 acre property. Garden side, Pool side or Ocean front, all Villas & Suites are built with quality material and respect of environment. Inside decoration has been carefully done by Italian Architect & Designer Piero Trionfera. All roof frames and covers, including Bar & Restaurant, are made with Illuk (Reed & Cane from jungle ) to give even more serendipity to the place. Each of our Villas & Suites has a symbolic and auspicious color name in the Vastu architecture, combined with its interior decoration. Our Bar & Restaurant is overlooking the surf and beautiful sunset in the evening. Vanina Villas Surf School (lessons & boards renting)will also take you into the waves, just in front of the Hotel. Perfect place for starting or improving your Surfing, Stand Up Paddle or Bodyboarding. No rocks, no reef, just sandy bottom gently sloping. During lessons, Surfboards and Rash vest provided (but not sunscreen ! ) We also have daily Yoga classes under our Yoga Shala. Ayurvedic massages also on request Vanina Villas accept Children only over 10 Years old
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Shuttle bus service
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Darts
Board games / puzzles
Car hire
Taxi service
Massage
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
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Safe
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Bottled water
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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jackrae2016 wrote a review Jan 2022
London, United Kingdom8 contributions5 helpful votes
My wife and I have come to Sri Lanka for our honeymoon and booked 3 nights at the family owned & managed Vanina Villas as part of our trip. The venue is absolutely stunning and right on the beach, with a private beach for guests. It is very peaceful with fantastic views of the beach from the dining area. The villa we stayed in was beautiful and clean with air conditioning, with an indoor & outdoor shower and WiFi throughout. It is a very intimate resort with only six villas, so it feels very special to be staying there and the management and staff are there to look after you the whole time. Whilst we had planned to go out and see the surrounding areas, we only left once for a couple of hours, as the resort had everything we wanted and needed - so we never wanted to leave! The food & cocktails we’ve had here have been the best of our trip by far. The daily specials depend on whatever the local markets are offering & everything we have eaten, we have absolutely loved. For our last night, the owners asked if we’d like lobster, as his friend was fishing that morning - it was the best lobster we’ve ever had!! The management and staff have all been amazing and made us feel so welcome and we will definitely miss them all. We simply could not have asked for a better stay and leave today with great memories, hoping to return one day. To put simply - our stay at Vanina Villas has been perfect and I would highly recommend staying here to everyone.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 24, 2022
Dear Jack, We and all team from Vanina Villas thanks you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our property during a few days. You'll have to come back again, everyone is waiting for Sophie and you ! Best Regards Myriam & Jean-hervé
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webastian wrote a review Jan 2022
Rust (Europapark)2 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an awesome stay in a beach villa, literally a few meters away from the beach. Perfect Beach break for surfers. Breakfast was extraordinary and lunch and dinner was prepared by a chef who worked in numerous 5-star places before - we were surprised by the quality and taste every day :) The cheesecake is also a must! The owners really made us feel like home and we had a great time with them. We will come back next year!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from jean-hervé cristol, Owner at Vanina Villas
Responded Jan 20, 2022
Hi from Matara, Sri Lanka ! Thanks for your review regarding Vanina Villas. We are so happy you had great time with daily surf serssions, relaxing and enjoying our restaurant. You'll be welcome to come back to visit us again ! Regards Myriam & Jean-Hervé
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Joanna R wrote a review Mar 2020
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Lovely, well designed and perfectly located at the beach boutique hotel. Very friendly and helpful owners. Friendly staff, great food, super relaxing yoga classes and great surfing classes for kids and adults. All you need for your perfect holidays!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Mar 18, 2020
Hello from Sri Lanka, Thanks for your review. We are glad you had a wonderful stay in Vanina Villas, enjoying all our activities, parents and children together surfing, going to yoga classes. This is reak holidays ! Hope to see you again with us on our beautiful island
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edouardoud wrote a review Dec 2019
Nantes, France8 contributions2 helpful votes
Woaw! We had such a great stay in Vanina Villas! The place, the view, the restaurant and the owners are perfect! I highly recommend this piece of heaven! Be careful, you won't want to leave this place!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Dec 10, 2019
Thanks Edouard for your kind review. All Vanina Villas staff, Myriam and me were so glad you enjoyed your 10 days stay with us. Good surfing, beautiful sunset apéritif ;-) relaxing and enjoying with friends, this is real holidays ! Hope to see you back again at Vanina Villas next season
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BplusA wrote a review May 2019
Germany5 contributions2 helpful votes
After staying in 2018 we came back this year and well, what can I say... If you look for a place that combines a perfect location (lonesome palm- and surfbeach far away from mass tourism), perfect service and wonderful hosts (Myriam, Jean and surf coach Axel ensure that you will have the time of your live), then congrats: you have found it :). Looking forward to next year...
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Jean-Reve, Owner at Vanina Villas
Responded May 17, 2019
Hi there ! Thanks for your last review. It's always a great pleasure to share good moments together with Vanina Villas spirit & soul. Your Surf is getting skill now and waves of friendship and hapiness will always be there for you. But your review is also important for us cause your contribution is there to testimony about situation while you were staying at Vanina Villas at a difficult period during the Eastern attacks in Colombo which affected all of us. You and your family were staying at Vanina Villas during this dramatic situation in the country. But our location in the Southern remote beaches was fortunately much different for spending safe holidays. Tomorrow, we really believe, as all srilankan citizen and Hotels in the southern area, that foreigners will be willing to discover or come back in our beautiful country. Jean
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Sarah B wrote a review May 2019
22 contributions10 helpful votes
We stayed at the wonderful Vanina Villas for 4 nights in mid April. The villas are right on a lovey, quiet stretch of golden beach. My boys loved the surf lessons and the body surfing each day. We also loved the fabulous, warm pool! The villa we had was stylishly decorated and spacious, with plenty of room for two adults and a 10 and 13 year old. We all enjoyed our nightly drink in the bar overlooking the ocean and breakfast was always a highlight for us. All the staff were super friendly, especially Myriam and Jean the owners. We would love to return to this lovely hotel and this beautiful part of the world.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded May 15, 2019
Thanks so much Sarah for your warm review ! So happy all your family enjoyed great moments at our place. It came straight to our heart. Specially because you were staying at Vanina Villas at a difficult period during the Eastern attacks in Colombo which deeply affected everyone. It shows that situation in the Southern beaches was fortunately much different and safe, and will give hope to foreigners to discover or come back in our beautiful country. Hope to see you back soon ! Jean
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Ben Huxley wrote a review Apr 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates113 contributions140 helpful votes
A beautiful boutique hotel, run by a lovely family who cannot do enough to ensure you have a wonderful vacation. 6 stylish villas, set in beautiful grounds all leading directly onto the beach. Terrific food served daily (less Sunday lunch/dinner) in the restaurant with the specials changed daily. A relaxing bar were you can take a drink and listen to the waves breaking. A great place just to relax, surf (or learn too), yoga classes or just explore the local area and attractions. Sits on quiet beach which is off the main tourist route compared too other areas. Great value for money, a must if you intend to visit the South Coast area.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Response from Jean-hervé C, Owner at Vanina Villas
Responded Apr 11, 2019
Thanks so much for your kind review. All staff at Vanina Villas was happy to welcome you and contribute to make your holidays a great moment. Happy you could have share Vanina Villas spirit ! Please, come again, we'll be glad to welcome you Best Regards
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Purnima-Jag wrote a review Apr 2019
Mumbai, India110 contributions74 helpful votes
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Location : this property is Right on the beach. The beach itself is 2km, quiet, sandy (no rocks, no gravel), and has lovely waves to both swim n surf. Its away from the over crowded beaches (like Unawatuna types), and has 1-2 shacks for food. The Rooms: we chose the seaside room ( and I think the extra price is worth it) which gives you a nice view of the sea + you can hear the waves all night The room has a large open bathroom, with 2 showers, hot water, hair dryer etc The room itself is tastefully done up ( the pictures don't do it justice), and gives a luxury coastal feel. Inspite of a large double bed + a sofa cum bed, there's ample space in the room The food : all the food we ate was very flavoursome, while the menu has limited options, the chef whipped up whatever vegetarian and dietary needs I had. The chef was sensible with the right amount of spice too ! The bar drinks were amazing, n we spent many a evening just watching the sun down, sipping arrack and chatting with the residents. The Hosts & service : you will feel like home. This gave me the feeling of warm service, yet privacy when you need it. Jean & Myriam are warm, friendly, chatty and absolutely amazing hosts to have, we even went out drinking with them one night! You leave the place feeling uve gained friends rather than just stayed at a hotel. The staff too was very prompt, efficient in cleaning, and warm (a shout out to Latika who cleaned my room n told me stories of her life, and Thissa who makes a mean arrack cocktail) Activities : the beach is lovely, so ofcourse wade, swim, surf. There is a lovely pool too. The tuk tuks can easily come, wait n drop u back...we did various trips close by ( whale watching, partying places, etc) All in all, I couldn't praise this enough ! Find your bliss, as I found mine
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jean-hervé C, Owner at Vanina Villas
Responded Apr 7, 2019
Thanks so much Purnima for this very complete and nice review. We were also so glad to meet you both, discover your culture and share together nice discussion about all topics, while sipping a home made cocktail facing sunset. We need to tell you that you were always smiling,cool and we felt Vanina Villas choosed you also and give all its best. There's no mystery, you made a choice with a good feeling. Please come back again, we'll be so glad to welcome you for your next stay at Vanina Villas Cheers
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Anastasia wrote a review Mar 2019
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This is a little paradise hidden away in Sri Lanka. The resort is amazing and so peaceful. The owners (from France) John and Myriam are super friendly and keep everything up to the EU hygiene standard ( for us very important)also have given us lots of suggestions for day trips etc.The food was amazing!!!Our room was nicely decorated in a minimalistic luxury style and right in front of the sea, sleeping with the sound of the waves it’s just a dream! We also enjoyed the little terrace on the front. The beach is beautiful and great for swimming as quite shallow. The hotel offers surf lessons and board rentals, the pool was amazing too. We loved their eco-friendliness. We are hoping to be back soon as this was an amazing holiday! We didn’t have the feeling of staying in a hotel but visiting good friends..... met for first time😃 Keep up the good work Myriam and John
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jean-hervé C, Owner at Vanina Villas
Responded Mar 30, 2019
Thanks so much Anastasia for your kind review. We were also happy to welcome you at Vanina Villas. You were both always smiling, good spirit and enjoying each minute of your stay. Guests like you make us happy to run our Resort everyday ;-) We really hope to see you back soon to share good moments Kind Regards
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Schmitzkatze82 wrote a review Feb 2019
756 contributions32 helpful votes
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When the trip came to its end, we were in the south and just longing for a special and calm space where we could basically do nothing after the various sightseeing and beautiful impressions of the weeks before. While travelling, many people told us that they were heading to Mirissa and also the travel guide and some blogs wrote positive things about this place so we booked a hotel for two nights and went there. And although it has some nice things to offer it just wasn't what we were looking for. Too touristic, too crowded, too much noise. Thankfully, we met a friend on our way to Mirissa who told us about this beautiful hotel right next to the surfcamp he was staying at: Vanina Villas. I took a short look and after the first night at our hotel in Mirissa we just packed our bags and left for Meddawatta, which is close to Matara. Within two minutes it was clear that this has been the best decision of our holidays. This hotel is honestly close to perfection. The decoration of the common areas and each villa is composed by the italian architect & designer Piero Trionfera. The hotel is RIGHT next to the beach and what a beach that is. Many of the beaches we saw before were either unsafe for swimming because of currents or quite packed and touristy. But this one was just plain perfect. Almost deserted for most time of the day except early mornings and evenings, when some surfers appeared to catch some waves. The break there is perfect for beginners and we had so much fun to give it our first try. Also, there are no rocks or reef where you could hurt yourself. There has been very light and fine sand which mixed with sparkling black sand here and there. There is almost no infrastructure and tourism except some shacks where you can rent a board and buy some drinks. There are sunbeds and umbrellas provided by the hotel for their guests but no commercial rentals. This is how Mirissa must have been years ago I imagine. I was able to visit each Villa and all of them are incredibly beautiful. But our beach Villa was my favourite by far. From the terrace you could watch the sea and surfers and there is a small garden right in front of it where you'll find additional sunbeds and even hammocks. Also, it has the most beautiful outdoor bathroom. The french owners of the place Myriam and Jean-Hervé have been incredibly sweet and helpful. You can really tel that they've put all their heart and spirit into that place to make it as awesome as it is. Damn, I could go on and on about how much I loved the stay but I'll try to make it short: there is a fantastic pool which has been one of the two most clean and clear ones we saw during our travels, the staff has been very lovely, you can attend yoga and surf lessons and there is a nice restaurant with breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The vegetarian and vegan options are limited but just go ahead and ask Jean or Myriam and the will be happy to make some suggestions. To wrap it up: Vanina Villas was truly the highlight of a three weeks trip. I rarely say that as there is so much on my list I wish to discover but I really hope to come back one day sooner than later.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: I personally loved the beach bungalow
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Responded Feb 25, 2019
Thanks so much, we really appreciate you enjoyed your stay at our property. So happy you appreciated every day of your journey, surfing, relaxing and discovering our beautiful and secluded Meddawatta beach. Hope to see you back one day, Best Regards
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PRICE RANGE
$209 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceMatara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vanina Villas
Which popular attractions are close to Vanina Villas?
Nearby attractions include Matara Paravi Duwa Temple (0.4 miles), The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara (0.4 miles), and Tea House (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Vanina Villas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Vanina Villas?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, extra long beds, and a pool view.
What food & drink options are available at Vanina Villas?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Vanina Villas?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vanina Villas?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ambasewana Bakers, Red Chillz, and Pearl Cliff Restaurant and Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vanina Villas?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Vanina Villas have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Vanina Villas offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Vanina Villas?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Vanina Villas?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Star Fort (1.9 miles).
Does Vanina Villas have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.