From the moment of booking everything was made easy and comfortable by the lovely Katjusa and her family who are an absolute pleasure to deal with.
Our group of four was taken care of straight away as we landed, being picked up by Sudu at the airport, even though we had two different arrival times, no problems at all which made us feel right at home.
Staying in Tara gardens is not just about the house but also the people on the ground there who makes this place really special. Sudu is always around to offer tips and help to get around the local area and further afield as he drove us to Hkkaduwa one day and came back to collect us later on in the evening, always with a friendly demeanor. You will be treated to a masterclass of food from Sousil who offers breakfast, lunch and dinner which will leave you stuffed but still asking for more every time. Insuru has done an incredible job maintaining the gardens too which are plentiful in tropical fruits which were provided in fresh juices every morning.
The location took about an hour and a half to get to from the airport. Surrounded by jungle and wildlife, treated to a jumping monkey show around noon every day as they swung in to nab some mangoes from the trees. Local town is just a ten minute drive away and offers all you need in from the supermarket to some nice beach side restaurants.
he house itself is a stunning colonial which has clearly had a lot of attention to detail and dedication put into it. Space to easily fit 8, each room has an en suite, comfortable beds and the master bedroom has a fabulous balcony to relax. It is luxury, so much so we had to just spend a day soaking it in by the pool.
If we are lucky enough to return to Sri Lanka this is definitely where we shall base our trip from as it offers everything you could ever want from a home away from home and the ability to explore the southern gems of this amazing country.
Thanks for everything Katjusa and all at Tara Gardens!
The tiring flight to the remote island was quickly forgotten, as soon as we landed we were greeted with a smile from our host Chamil, who was holding the Tara Garden sign. We were immediately fascinated by the upbeat and for us chaotic lifestyle of Colombo, but as we were driving away from the capital, the noise and the crowd disappeared with it.
We entered this surreal village that seems somehow detached from the outside world. We were served a breakfast with the fresh local fruits. I may have been influenced by the beautiful suroundings, but that was the best pinapple and banana i've ever tasted. The villa is amazing and the pool is great. You can rest in the evening with a coctail next to the water.
Every morning you are served fresh fruits. Thanks to Sousil you are eating like a king. He is not only a good cook but also a great person. He is charming, modest and always ready to answer all of your questions. He always plans ahead and adjusts his style of cooking to your taste. I recommend choosing the traditional local food, the srilankan cousine is very simple and delicious, always using fresh ingredients around you. Sousil will always impress you with his food.
We went to the fish market. You should go early because later the good fish are sold and also the sun comes up. That was a great experience, you get to know their culture and also the fish are very cheap compared to european prices. Later we saw the turtle hatchery and the herbal garden, both were interessting and educational. In the afternoon we went to the incredible Bentota beach, a beautiful sand beach with warm water, which we later visited every day. If you want to swim I suggest you go in the morning when the water is calm. In the afternoon the big waves come. It's fun to be in the water with them but you have to be careful not to go too deep because of the currents.
Sri Lanka is definitely a country worth visiting and Tara Garden puts you right in the heart of it. Sorrounded by the jungle, the rice fields and the tourist attractions, like the Udawalawa National Park, the river safari on the Bentota river, the Big Buddha Temple, Galle and others, you get to experience their culture with a luxourious touch from the newly renovated villa.
We are currently staying at this beautiful amazing Villa. It is located in a wonderful area surrounded by Jungle & wildlife. Monkeys, birds, Chipmunks, Peacocks, Porcupines and Fruit bats are visible daily.
The sweeping drive past your own well and tree house leads to the magnificent entrance. The colonial style is evident and adds a touch of charm and class to the villa. On one side of the entrance is a small tea plantation, mango, green orange and king coconut trees as well as cinnamon bushes. Inside is furnished to a very high standard with large rooms all with a/c and fans. beautiful furniture and quality linens. Good Quality bathrooms with showers to each bedroom.
The outdoor areas are equally amazing with a large pool, seating areas and sun beds.
The Villa is staffed by the most amazing people you could come across. Susil the cook is one of the best he produces meals that far surpass local restaurants. His care and attention to detail is unbelievable suggesting an array of cuisines or will happily cook your favourite meal.
Isuru the pool/houseboy works tirelessly to ensure everything is kept spotless and will provide fresh king coconut to help you cool down in the heat.
Everything so far has been perfect in every way and we plan to return later this year.
We recently returned from our delightful vacation to Sri Lanka. We we're fortunate to be the first guests to stay at Tara Garden after it's extensive renovation. The place is beautiful! Our kids especially enjoyed the huge pool.
The villa sits on a hill overlooking rice paddies and jungle. Twice during our stay a troop of monkeys came swimming through the property. The property is tucked away in the hills a bit, about 10 minutes from town.
The staff there was great. The chef prepared wonderful local dishes and catered to our kids picky tastes. The driver was friendly and did a great job showing us the sights. We decided to have him take us on a couple longer trips at additional cost.
Overall, we had a great trip and wholeheartedly recommend Tara Garden.