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“Great villa retreat with an excellent kitchen”

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Imagine Villa Hotel
Ranked #3 of 186 Mirissa B&B and Inns
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Beijing
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“Great villa retreat with an excellent kitchen”
Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

Veejay, Imagine Villa chef, has his fishermen contacts for the freshest catch every day. Marnix walks about and presents the dinner menue to all guests. It's a cozy place with only a few rooms. A 4-course celebration of top restaurant cuisine with a Belgian flair. The tables are set up in large garden around the pool, the Indian Ocean crashes onto the shore, candles sparkle on the table. Spectacular!

Imagine Villa is a new top retreat in Mirissa. The owner designed it himself and gives a lot of way to tropical design in modern villas today with an spacious feeling, a lofty feeling. The ceilings a very high and provide good air circulation in this beautiful location. The staff is neatly dressed with different colours each day and look after you morning till late. No problem to provide some extra carrot sticks for our 4-year old or hand him the owner's Nutella chocolate spread which he misses so much!
Our room is on the upper floor. There is a terrace walk way all around. Colonial lounge chairs let me rest and stare over the pool to the Indian Ocean where blue whales and dolphins are at play. The room tunes in with dark solid furniture, white 300-threat count sheets and a sitting area. The space above our heads is over 5 meter to the roof. The bath room blends in with stylish sinks and faucets. The ambient light from the shower head may be a bit over the top but certainly a nice gimmick.

We really enjoyed our 5 days here and suggest Imagine Villa as a great place to stay to let your soul stroll about and enjoy fantastic food. Its location is 3 km outside Mirissa's buzzling beach and you can easily reach it by Tuk Tuk. The train station to Galle/Colombo and Matara is just 500m inland. A walk on the beach is just as great whale watching or perhaps a dive with the Padi center nearby in Weligama.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Marnix G, Owner at Imagine Villa Hotel, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Thank you very much for your nice review.
It was a pleasure to have you here and talk together early in the morning before sunrise.
And your lovely son was a great friend of our pool boy Nilanga.
We hope to see you again when you miss the sun of Sri Lanka
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

By the time we booked the hotel there was hardly any reviews out there and we had no idea what it would be like. As soon as the doors to the Hotel opened we knew it was the most perfect choice we could have made! The beach is just amazing, the hotel brand new and just beautiful. The owners take really good care of all your wishes and needs. We can highly recommend this place, thanks Marnix and all the staff for the great time!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Marnix G, Owner at Imagine Villa Hotel, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Thank you so much Veronica for your nice review.
The staff and we were glad to have you here and hope soon or later to serve you again
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Doha
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

When we arrived in Sri Lanka we thought this holiday would be terrible. Our debit and credit cards were blocked and our driver wasn't at the airport. To make a long story short after one hour we arranged our own transport to the hotel and also had some cash to start with. When we arrived there all the stress of the journey vanished immediately. Our hosts, originally from Belgian and Sri Lanka, welcomed us with a glass of champagne and did make us feel at home immediately. This would not change for the rest of the week.
The villa is build in colonial style with all the comfort of today. The rooms are beautiful, spacious and clean. Especially the bathroom!
The villa has nice public areas for sitting an dreading and a small bar. The pool area is great, with plenty of loungers and also other places to sit the gardens. From the garden you can walk directly to the beach. Which gives you a really bounty Island feeling. You never want to leaf this oasis of calm.
That's not only because of the villa but also because of the food. It's lovely.Everyday we looked forward to what the menu would bring! They were perfect hosts because without asking they started to make some adjustments to the menu specially for our daughter. Eating is outside with a wonderful view over the garden and the ocean.
Our hosts where never tired to answer our may questions about Sri Lanka and help us with our daytrips. So in short it was a perfect holiday!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Marnix G, Owner at Imagine Villa Hotel, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Thanks for the nice review. We also were very glad to have you here as guests and we could speak our language together. The doors will always be open for good clients as you.
And when you have enough of Doha, come and visit us.
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

After traveling around Sri Lanka on a honeymoon for two weeks, me and my husband Simon stayed at Imagine villa for 4 nights and it was just lovely. Thank you so much Marnix - and all of you - for the champagne upon our arrival. We had a lovely room, lovely food (best Sri Lankan food ever) and the breakfast was just lovely with all that tropical fruit. The staff were just fantastic. Everything was more than you can expect I would highly recommend this place. If you are after peaceful tropical place, top quality on service, room and food, this is the place.

Room Tip: Ask for the Honeymoon Suite, just lovely with its veranda.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Marnix G, Owner at Imagine Villa Hotel, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Thank you so much Asa. It was great to have you here at Imagine Villa Hotel.
We are happy that the honeymoon suite gave you good feelings and that you enjoyed Wije's cooking. Come again...
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

We stayed at the Imagine Villa Hotel for 5 nights around New Year. It was a very pleasant experience. The rooms are nicely designed and practical, the view is superb, both the owners and the staff extremely helpfull and friendly. The very best part though is the cuisine that is served at night. Everyday a set menu is proposed and the food and its presentation rate at the highest standards. We learned that one of the owners has been trained at a top ranking cooking school in Bruges, Flanders and has been working as a cook for the Marriot hotel in Ghent. This was tropical relaxation at it’s very best, thanks!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Marnix G, Owner at Imagine Villa Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Thanks a lot for your review/ The managment and the staff had the pleasure to have you here as guests : We enjoyed the New Year period with you and your friends and were happy to meet you here at Imagine; Come again when you want.
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Dear Marnix,

due to you, we found a piece of heaven at Earth, due to your care taking, hospitaliy and a sence for pampering we felt as at home. Our X-mass dinner was more than what we could make at ourself. Trully wish you all the best, good luck and hope there will be a next time. I highly recommend Imagine Villa Hotel!
Veronika

  • Stayed December 2013
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Marnix G, Owner at Imagine Villa Hotel, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thanks to you both; The managment and the staff were very glad to serve you and to celebrate Xmas with you here in Kamburugamuwa; It was a pleasure to have you here as guest;
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights recently on our two week holiday to Sri Lanka. We were a little unsure what to expect from this hotel as it had only opened recently, but we were blown away by how good it was. The hotel is situated by the most fantastic beach you will ever see, and in my mind its in the perfect location as the beach is quiet but still only 3km away from Marissa which is a little more lively. The rooms are immaculate and beautiful, with extremely high ceilings. All of the staff were extremely attentive and could not do enougn for us. The quality of the food at dinner was also fantastic, and akin to Michelin star quality at a fraction of the price. All in all this was the best place we stayed at in Sri Lanka by a country mile and i really hope we can make it back one day very soon!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marnix G, Owner at Imagine Villa Hotel, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
We thank you very much for your nice review; It was a pleasure to have you here as guest and to serve you; A room will always be available for your next holidays in Sri Lanka
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Property: Imagine Villa Hotel
Address: 234 Ekanaykawatta, Mirissa MH81750, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Mirissa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 186 B&Bs / Inns in Mirissa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Imagine Villa Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A friendly modern hotel, artfully built in a pleasant colonial style, 10 spacious beachfront and elegantly decorated rooms and suites, with terrace and private bathroom. Situated on an exotic bay in the south of the island. Big swimming pool in a big garden, situated on 90 m beach. Satelite TV, free WIFI, AC , minibar, safe, coffee and tea facilities in every room. The Belgian-Sri Lankan chef prepares you daily a four course menu, that is served at your table. We speak English, French, Dutch, Spanish , and Singhalees ... more   less 
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