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Villa Mandalay Front entrance
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Downstairs bedroom opening onto the terrace
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Pool and tropical garden
Pool, showing the safe, shallow children’s area
Master bedroom en-suite shower room
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Darga Town, Western Province

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NobbyWorc...
Worcestershire
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Outstanding and definately NO buts.........”
Reviewed February 18, 2017 for a stay in February 2017
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This is our third time in Sri Lanka,staying at Mandaly,near Dharga Town.
Our party of 5 adults stayed for three weeks and, from the first to the last day of our holiday,we had the most superb time.
Mandaly is as beautifully kept as ever, which I assume must be incredibly hard and expensive to maintain such high standards of house and garden maintanance in tropical conditions.
New air conditioning units were in every bedroom( very quiet), updated broadband package allowing more usage and the two superb garden cabanas were completely revamped with concrete table, trunk and top which was covered in bamboo and the best improvement was the electric lights and fan!
It was wonderful to see the same staff at Mandalay. Kataranga, always smiling,cleaned our rooms beautifully. The gardener was always sweeping fallen leaves and trimming the birds of paradise hedges so we could all enjoy the incredible view across the rice paddy fields, watching the water buffalo follow the path of the water lily filled stream.
Sanjay, the chef, still produced the delicious foods we requested every night, his range and style of cooking would please everyone apart from the most difficult customer, and obviously Sudu who organised a wonderful trip for some of the party to the East coast and was as calm,helpful,friendly and charming as ever.
We saw fire flies most evenings,with a wonderful array of birds flying overhead, especially the green parrots at 6pm.
On reading a recent review, we did all wonder if the reviewer was staying at the same house as us, as all we could hear was the sounds of nature, occasionally in-dispersed with the chiming bread Tuk Tuk delivery man, and general community life going on around us- how lucky were we that in the flat countryside noise travels a long way- we wouldn't have missed it for the world and think ourselves very luck to have stayed in a most wonderful house ( not wedding hall)and location again.
Thank you very much to Kim, the owner,again for organising the trip and house for us..Your professional and helpful advice has been appreciated by us all.
We shall be back I am sure.

Date of stay: February 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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VikramKri...
New Delhi, India
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Awesome would be an Understatement”
Reviewed February 6, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
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person found this review helpful

We planned Sri Lanka trip for a special occasion of my Anniversary and my brother birthday. We booked Mandalay for 4 days starting 26/01/2017-30/01/2017. The word Awesome for this place would be an understatement its above that. The place is exactly the same as you saw in the pictures posted by other Trip advisor members. Its a Perfect family stay considering that firstly its away from the Hush hush of other villas that are situated on the beach and is situated in a very silent stretch of Darga town. Though it’s hard for a first timer to reach directly but Sudu and his family came to guide our way to the Villa. The first impression you get is WOW. Everything in place neat and clean and once you settle down the entire villa has lots to offer, the swimming pool is carefully divided for kids and adults so your kids can enjoy the pool without any fear, The bed rooms on the first floor are spacious very comfortable beds. Both bedrooms on the first floor has great view, One room has a balcony overlooking the lush green fields of Darga town and has double bed, while other has a window which opens to the swimming pool and has a double bed and a single bed for a Kid. The kitchen is quite spacious too and well stocked, it’s good for the family to cook their style of food. For entertainment a good speaker Bluetooth enable speaker system to play some music and DTH Tv. Books of all kind for one to indulge in calm environment and unwind. The tree house which offers a great view of villa as well as surrounding areas.

My sincere thanks to Sudu and his family who bought a portion of small Sri Lankan food for us during breakfast as well as Chaturam the caretaker for maintaining the villa so well.

At the End thanks to Mandalay Villa my Sri Lankan Trip was made the most memorable would revisit again this time for a longer period.

Date of stay: January 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Feb 6, 2017
Thank you, thank you. It was wonderful to have guests that really appreciate where they are and the effort my boys make in ensuring you have a great time. You have restored my faith in human nature. You are welcome to return a anytime.
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John G
UK
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice But”
Reviewed February 5, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
1
person found this review helpful

I fully endorse the previous comments regarding the views and surrounding countryside. Both Sanjee (the cook) and Chutaranga (the houseboy) were friendly and helpful. Be aware that Sri Lankan curry is very fierce with lots of pepper and chillies Sanjee adjusted his dishes to our taste. The owner Kim was very helpful and replied promptly to our emails. On the occasion that we had to alter our flight due to an airline schedule change she was most accommodating.
All the locals are very friendly and like to stop and chat, supermarkets all within a reasonable distance and Sanjee drove us there in the Tuk -Tuk. Sudu will arrange trips for you I would suggest that you do a little research beforehand the most common trip is a triangle, Kandy , Yala National Park (chose a morning safari) and Galle, all the trips follow the same route and venues with slight variations.
All in all we enjoyed our stay in Sri Lanka the “buts” were; it was not mentioned on Trip Advisor that part of the property is a Wedding Hall and although separate is next door. Only used in the day time we were told and you may get an invite!
There is also a noisy neighbour who likes to share his loud music, but as the owner Kim says they can’t control that although Chutaranga did try. Other noise came from local concerts/Weddings about once a week with very loud drums that went on to about 1.00am and in the flat countryside noise travels a long way. On these occasions it made sitting outside a little uncomfortable. We moved from the upstairs bedroom to the downstairs one as it was a bit quieter when the drums played late into the night.

Date of stay: January 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Feb 7, 2017
I am very upset but not at all surprised that everything wasn't entirely right for you.
It was unfortunate that you had a local wedding and the annual music concert whilst you were there but as that was the only time that you were really disturbed then I am sorry. Mandalay is not an isolated villa in the middle of nowhere and was never marketed as such. I also do not see why trip advisor should have to mention the wedding hall. When I book a villa or hotel I have never yet seen - next to garage, shop etc.
The wedding Hall is not part of Mandalay but on the rare occasion when there is a wedding we always inform guests. You were actually on tour when the one wedding in your three week stay occurred so it did not affect you at all. Most guests love to go to a local wedding and have a totally authentic and cultural Sri Lankan experience. You are always treated as an honoured guest.
Regarding tours, there is a triangle of places that most guests choose to go on but we always offer the choices of visiting Trincomalee in the North East, Kandy, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Hill Country and the tea plantations, Adams Peak and the two game parks. All the trips most certainly do not follow the same route.
Our chef is magnificent, all past guests have said so and will obviously make your curries as hot / mild as you wish, all you do is ask. He was tested though when asked for roast chicken and gravy !!
Sudu looked after you like a king and even invited you to his home for dinner and then took you to the temple procession. He did not need or have to do this but did so with grace and kindness.
We did everything we could to make your stay as comfortable end enjoyable as possible - but -
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683harris...
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Simply an Excellent Location for Brilliant Family Holiday”
Reviewed January 11, 2017 for a stay in December 2016

We stayed as a family with 4 boisterous teenage boys Mandalay for 3 week over the Christmas period. Sudu and his team were brilliant, always on hand and looked after us exceptionally well. It is difficult to pick individual highlights since:

• The food was amazing (thank you Sanjay - boiled egg curry still my favorite)
• The house was comfortable, well equipped and had a great pool that the boys lived in
• Mandalay is in a perfect location, central to many attractions such as:
o Turtle conservation project,
o River excursions (Crocodiles, Water Monitors, Eagles etc),
o Water Sports (we all completed our PADI open water)
o Various Temples
o Fish Market

Sudu also arranged a 5 day tour of the island for us, including Yala National park (Elephants and Leopards), tea plantation (and tea factory) and Sigirya (UNESCO listed World Heritage Site). Everything ran perfectly and we had a great time. It was a great experience being driven, off the beaten track, through Sri Lanka. Due entirely to Sudu’s local knowledge we saw so much more of the local culture (Spice farm, Elephant orphanage, Batik factory, Little England, the list goes on); Indeed, far more than we would have normally managed.

A final thanks must go to Kim Lafti, the owner, who provided endless information and suggestions before we booked, allowing us to plan an exceptional holiday. Overall a brilliant holiday, I will always remember playing Cricket on the beach with the local fishermen as the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

Thank You

Date of stay: December 2016
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 17, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Date of stay: August 2016
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Liked best: Not knowing what new experience I would have each day, I couldn't wait to wake up
Liked least: Having to go home
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Aug 18, 2016
I am absolutely delighted that you had such a wonderful, memorable holiday.
Thank you for your fantastic review, and I know after talking to Sudu and the boys it would be a pleasure to welcome you all back at any time.
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ali955
Saudi Arabia
1 review
“Our little piece of heaven....”
Reviewed April 11, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Our visit to Mandalay was exceptional and one of the best holidays we have taken with our young children. The villa was perfect for our needs, was comfortable and clean and was in the most beautiful of settings. The staff were more than that and became our friends who shared conversation and laughs and even a game of cricket!
Mandalay offers you the best of both worlds - you can relax by the pool or go out and visit temples, elephants, tea plantations , the beach - the list is endless. We will be back for sure!

Date of stay: March 2016
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Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
Apr 11, 2016
I am so pleased that you all had such a fantastic holiday, thank you very much for your wonderful review and we welcome you all back to Mandalay with pleasure
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Sogalo1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
“Henderson”
Reviewed January 28, 2016 for a stay in December 2015

Our holiday was organised by Sudu and his daughter Lakeesha who were both brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble for them and we were taken to lots of wonderful places off the beaten track. I could not recommend them enough, the whole family welcomed us and invited us to share in all their celebrations.
We did not stay at Mandalay but stayed in the Elephant house nearby. Although, Sudu did organise for us to visit and have dinner at Mandalay with the family staying there. Both houses have lovely gardens and large pools. Mandalay has a beautiful outlook and is nicer than the elephant house which is reflected in my ratings. However, our house was near to the local temple and Lakeesha guided us around the temple introducing us to the temple elephant and explaining the workings of the temple to us. We fed this gorgeous elephant and also got to wash her so we would definitely recommend a morning walk/drive to the temple to try and catch this lovely experience. There were so many highlights to our holiday from releasing baby turtles, to seeing blue whales and watching sunsets on the beach, all of which were made all the more enjoyable by Sudu. He took care of everything from booking to transport, allowing us all to relax and just enjoy these wonderful experiences in this beautiful country. The sea temperature and the pool are like getting into a warm bath, even at midnight on New Years Eve the water was beautifully warm and a great setting to enjoy the fireworks. Our driver Alvis was a true gentleman and Sudu treated us like family.

Can't wait to go back.

Date of stay: December 2015
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Liked best: The pool and having travelled round the Island we were very pleased that we chose to stay in Aluthgama/ Bentota as the sand on the beech was superior to the beeches further south.
Liked least: The beach
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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