My husband and I came on a 10 day trip to Sri Lanka in May 2012. Having gone through a travel agent, we were proposed with an itinerary very much like every other tourist - Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy... We wanted to see Sigiriya but decided we didn't want to see a million temples, so we started looking for an alternative plan and booked Mas Villa with a bit of a gamble as we haven't heard too much about Kotmale. Well it's certain to say that the gamble paid off. It was an amazing hotel with very professional yet friendly staff. Ishan the manager and his staff Dhammika are both super friendly and it really feels as if they want to make your stay as perfect as possible. On arrival we were greeted with avocado juice - we only had avocado in salads before and who knew it had such sweet taste! After that it only got better - Umesh the chef is a genius! We had already stayed in Sri Lanka for 5 days by that point and have had plenty of curry and rice but Umesh's was by far the most delicious we've had. It certainly was proven by our empty plates! Since that night we just let Umesh decide what he wants to cook for us and we have not been disappointed at all. He also managed not to repeat any dish that he has cooked in these 3 nights (6 curries at night and 2 curries for breakfast - that's 24 different dishes!!). They also organised a cooking demonstration for us - it would have been better if it was a class that we could try cooking too but just having the demo right in front of the mountains was truly incredible. Now at least when we get back to London we can make our own Chicken curry, Dhal, Aubergine Mouju and Snakegourd salad!
Yes going there was a bit of a trek, and it was off the tourist map, but if you'd like something more unique, more serene and more homely then this is for you. We met some locals on the way up to see the natural springs and had a picnic near the river (organised by Ishan) walking through the local villages full of buffaloes!! They also gave us a tour in their garden showing us all the organic vegetables they were growing - Umesh picked up an aubergine and said that was what he would be cooking for us that night!
All in all, it was a truly wonderful few days we've had at Mas Villa. Thank you guys for giving us the most incredible memories. We miss it already and can't wait to come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mas Villa, an exquisite villa nestled in the historic Kotmale Valley, enjoys one of the most sublime views in the hill country. Approximately four hours drive from Colombo, Mas Villa is centrally located between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya and is within 45 minutes to each city. Situated amidst terraced paddy fields and verdant mountain ranges filled with jungles and ancient temples, this five bedroom colonial residence exudes a personal charm within a setting of refined elegance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mas Villa Hotel Sri Lanka