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Villa Talangama
Ranked #7 of 150 Specialty Lodging in Colombo
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Villa Talangama is unique, being an amazing combination of a holiday rental and your own personal hotel.

The location is perfect, being just outside Colombo but having its own tranquillity overlooking the lake with its wildlife. Both the food and the service are exceptional, and we had a marvellous stay.

There cannot be many places where you can relax in a perfect pool at night with a drink and watch the file flies above you!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Peter M
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I'm writing this several months after our stay - prompted by having looked at our holiday photographs! Villa Talangama stands out in our memories as easily the best place we stayed in Sri Lanka.

The owner was away himself during our visit, but cousin Nimal and her husband Swinton made us so welcome - we truly felt cared for. When we arrived I was suffering from a stomach upset and, sadly, had to miss the first night's dinner, but Nimal was very concerned and prepared herbal drinks for me. Luckily, the following day I was able to enjoy the food, which was as much a feast for the eyes as it was for the stomach. We were asked what we would like to eat and both western-style food and Sri Lankan were cooked to perfection.

Breakfast was served by the pool, with delicious fruit, buffalo curd and kitul syrup (and good coffee!). At each meal, there were beautiful table decorations made with fresh flowers by Kasun, a fine young man with great artistic flair who will go far! He anticipated our every need almost before we knew it ourselves, and did everything he could to make our stay memorable, as indeed did everyone at Villa Talangama. We felt as though we were part of the family, but at the same time special guests.

We had the room overlooking the lake, and there was plenty of bird life to see from our balcony. Nimal was also kind enough to take us on a walk around the lakes in the late afternoon and was very knowledgeable, pointing out some birds we hadn't seen elsewhere in Sri Lanka - the Red Paradise Flycatcher and the Lesser Yellownape Woodpecker.

The house itself is lovely and airy, elegant but comfortable, with indoor fish pools, sitting areas with sofas, books, paintings, etc. In the garden is a swimming pool with hammocks and loungers. We could have stayed for longer, and were so glad that we had booked for two nights rather than one. We recommend Villa Talangama wholeheartedly.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank footsteps2
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Thus place is absolutely amazing. We started here for the last two days of our honeymoon and couldn't have picked better. The staff make this place, they are fab. By far the best food we had during our two weeks in Sri Lanka - an absolute feast for every meal - dinner was very generous. The drinks are not too expensive and the atmosphere is serene. The room we had, kings room, was beautiful, a balcony over looking the lake and an outside shower room. The house itself is stunning, fish ponds and water every where you look. They couldn't do enough for us including hanging out hammocks, setting out sun beds, and generally making sure we were 100% happy. The owner called js when we arrived and before we left to make sure we'd enjoyed our stay which was thoughtful. Loved it. Thank you so much to the staff.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Felicity H
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Our two night stay at Villa Talangama was the perfect start to our holiday in Sri Lanka. We had a spacious well-appointed room overlooking wetland, but in effect we had a home and garden. The hospitality provided by Hema and Nirmalie was considerate and discreet, whilst Kasun looked after us so well seeming to anticipate our needs, and proving to be an excellent guide to the considerable birdlife in this area. The first class meals were accompanied by explanations from Nirmalie together with demonstrations by chef Daya.
From the Villa there are pleasant short walks around the wetlands with all their birdlife, flora, monkeys and very friendly people.
We strongly recommend Villa Talangama without reservation.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank PeakTravellers12
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Everything that has been written about the Villa Talangama is true and we agree with all the other reviews. We stayed here for 1 night at the end of a 3 week tour of Sri Lanka at the suggestion of Jetwing Eco. It was a wonderful end to our trip. Our only regret was not having 2 nights so we could prolong the experience. The owners and staff were so welcoming and friendly. Everything you might require has been thought of. We had a huge thunderstorm late afternoon but candles were immediately lit throughout the property and torches are provided in the room. We had the room with the outside shower and it was a lovely experience. The power stayed off for some time and we spent a very enjoyable time having pre-dinner drinks with the owners before a delicious Sri Lankan curry with hoppers. We even had a demonstration from the chef of how the hoppers are made. Jetwing definitely saved the best for last.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank HeatherNorfolk
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Previous reviews seemed too good to be true but we can only confirm that this place is as near to perfection as we have experienced. A delightful location, spotless accomodation, excellent food and owner and staff who cannot do enough to make your stay as comfortable as possible. As an example this was our first day in Sri Lanka and I had managed to break my reading glasses on the plane without carrying a spare. After mentioning this to the owner, Mr da Silva, he not only contacted an optician in Colombo but went personally after dinner to collect a variety of glasses which were presented to me to choose from at breakfast. He refused any payment for his time and effort - unbelievable service!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jubidos
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We were truly treated like royalty, as we have never experienced before, on our two night stay at Villa Talangama. It was our first stop in Sri Lanka on a birding holiday with Red Dot Tours. As it was part of a package we can't comment directly on the price, although our 10 day birding excursion was very reasonably priced considering the fine quality of accommodations that were arranged for us. You couldn't find a much better place for birds than Villa Talangama within the confines of Colombo, with egrets, herons, snipe, stilts, waterhens, jacanas, parakeets, etc. just across the road, and sunbirds in the gardens. Every meal was special. The table was elegantly arranged and the food was delicious. Breakfast by the pool was no rush affair, but a treat to savour, with one tasteful treat after another. Not only the staff, but also Héma, the owner, were attentive to our every wish, and very helpful and flexible. Our room was spacious and comfortable. We were delighted with our stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank snowgeese
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Additional Information about Villa Talangama

Address: 370/F1 Lake Road | Hokandara South, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 150 Specialty Lodging in Colombo
Number of rooms: 3

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