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Your own private 5 star
Indian ocean at your feet
Magical evening
Luxury and comfort assured
A home from home
Ocean terrace
Italian styled bathrooms
Relax among the palm trees
Elephants on the beach
Our wonderful beach looking south from the end of the villa
Private pool area
Luxury four poster beds with imported mattresses for added comfort
Large lounge area fully equip
Italian inspired bathroom
Lounge to pool area
Luxury interiors
Let us look after you
Entrance to Rose Villa
Welcome to paradise
Bathroom three robes providing for your comfort
Sunset from the the pool
Handmade kitchen
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Galle, Galle District, Southern Province

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proyle
Wymondham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great villa, wonderful location.”
Reviewed April 11, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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We spent 8 days in Rose villa. Is set right on the beach so the view is stunning, especially at sunset. Fishermen drag their boats up and down the lovely sandy beach and you can buy fresh produce of them as they land it. The villa was great and realy well appointed in the Sri Lankan style with lots of local furniture and artifacts.
Dom, the owner, lives next door and is always on hand to help. There are permanent staff, including chef ( awesome guy very helpful and wonderful food ), maid ahmmmmm good do better, handyman, great guy very helpful, pool guy/gardener keeps the outside area clean and very tidy. There is also security at night although we felt very safe in and around Galle, as the locals are so friendly and helpful.
Overall we loved the place, the only negative being the noise from the road that the villa fronts on to, but we soon got used to it.

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Owe G
1 review
“Owe, says "Best Ever"”
Reviewed April 3, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

Clean, best sevices,everything in function, exelent food from the staff.friendly ..... What more can we say....seven points of maximum five to give!!!

Traveling group: Friends
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Hildyblue...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Welcome and Comfort after Long Journey”
Reviewed March 19, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

The place is tastefully decorated and the chef and housekeeper looked after us very well. The rooms are comfortable with en-suite for two rooms. The pool is great and the beach is just a step away. The property is also on the main Colombo to Galle road, and that was the only disadvantage, as the noise was bad at 4am from the traffic.

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Liked best: Everything was really comfortable and we were well looked after
Liked least: The traffic and noise from the main road
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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667erinw
Chennai (Madras), India
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Your own personal luxury resort”
Reviewed March 1, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Rose Villa is an excellent property that exceeded our expectations. The house is beautifully appointed and the back garden with pool that overlooked the beach and the ocean was stunning. This is what drew us to this property in the first place. Dominic, the owner, was there to greet us on check-in and had everything arranged for us. He actually runs the property like a mini-resort, complete with personal chef, daily housekeeping, and optional day trips and excursions (for a price). Breakfast is cooked to order and included in the rate. You can then arrange with the personal chef for lunch and dinner options, cooked and served right in the villa. I highly recommend splurging for the Mixed Grill BBQ one night as well. The food was excellent and the atmosphere quite delightful.

My children loved it here and I felt very comfortable just letting them run and play in the yard. The loved the pool as well as the hammocks strung between the palm trees. The accommodations for the children were perfect as well. The house even has a bathtub, which can be a rare find in places throughout South Asia.

I would give our stay 4 3/4 out of 5 stars. The only real drawback to this place is the road noise. The villa is right along the coastal road that leads into Galle, so the traffic noise can be quite loud and the first bedroom is just a few feet off the street. I always sleep with ear plugs, so the noise did not bother me, but it did keep my children and husband up. I suggested earplugs for all of us the next time.

Overall, this was one of the nicest vacations my family and I have taken. I do hope to return again, but we will have to come up with something to deaden the road noise. But do not let that detract your form this place, as it is just absolutely lovely. The location is just 10 minutes outside Galle Fort, which is just a quick tuk tuk ride away. There are always one or two tuk tuks on the street just outside, so it is easy to get around the area.

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Liked best: The pool, yard, and ocean.
Liked least: Road noise, mosquitos
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Olga_Tue
Moscow, Russia
Level 4 Contributor
13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Keep coming back”
Reviewed February 13, 2015 for a stay in November 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed at the “Rose Villa” for the second time in November, 2014… What a lovely place! Going there again was like coming back home, and the house was just the same as we’ve remembered it – cool, clean, bright, cozy and very welcoming.
The hosts, Dominic and Anna, definitely are the nicest people I’ve met in Sri Lanka and their villa – the most pleasant place to stay in.
The location is unbeatable – close to both Galle and Hikka, to lively Unawatuna beach, beautiful Talpe and to marvelous Koggala Lake.
The house is situated right on the beach – you sleep and wake up listening to the ocean there.
The beds in “Rose Villa” are so comfortable, that you feel sorry leaving them in the morning.
Absolutely NO mosquitos or any other bugs in the house or around it – rare thing for Sri Lanka.
Nice and clean small pool.
Charming palm garden.
Fully stocked kitchen.
Bright living-room (with TV, DVD, sound system, books, movies and board games).
Large bathrooms with lots of towels, toiletries and constantly hot water in the shower.
Good WiFi.
Staff that will help you if you need it – and won’t be on sight if you want to be left alone.
Long yellow sandy beach – quite clean and almost deserted, great for a walk and for a picnic, with big waves – yet still quite safe for swimming (without going too far, of course).
All these big and small details turn the “Rose Villa” to a very special place – the one that is hard to leave and impossible to forget.

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Liked best: The owners, the beach, the view, the beds and our total privacy there.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Travelled...
South Coast UK
Level 4 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exactly as described, wonderful.”
Reviewed January 28, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

Loved this villa, the four of us had a wonderful two weeks here. Great location, lulled to sleep at night by the waves on the shore. White sand beach at the bottom of the garden, no one to be seen except friendly local fishermen who will sell you Red Snapper and Lobsters from last nights catch. Cool swimming pool in the garden that's well maintained, fresh towels put out by the Gardner each morning. Smiling staff arrive to cook a great breakfast at your convinience.
Dom, the owner could not be more helpful, not intrusive but always around to advise. Fixed us up with a great travel company that dealt with out airport transfers and took us on a trip around Kandy, minibus and driver all inc for just £40 per day ( we provided a hotel room for the driver).
I would not hesitate to go back .

Traveling group: Friends
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NelsoninH...
Bangkok, Thailand
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Outstanding - Couldn't have been any better!”
Reviewed December 15, 2014 for a stay in December 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We wanted to thank Dom, Jeevani and Niman for an unforgettable Sri Lankan experience last week.

From the first contact with Dom, the booking was handled professionally and most accommodating on every one of our needs and requests for our young children.

Airport transfer was handled perfectly and without any issue. The driver, Vinod, was at the airport with child seats and even stopped along the way for some local bananas to share in the 2 1/2 hour drive down to Galle.

Niman was just the best at handling our culinary needs. Nothing was too much and you would be foolish if you didn't take advantage of his talents and for sure the pricing of dinners etc. Every morning he and Jeevani (Housekeeper) came at the precise time requested, even waited until we finished our private yoga class which they arranged the day prior for us.

Jeevani kept the house and our laundry in order without being obtrusive in any way. She was so helpful with our kids and kept them occupied while we did yoga in the yard and on the beach.

Dom as thought of everything from imported beds from the UK and linens to having a tuk tuk (three wheeler) standing by to take you where you need to go for an additional cost of course. The tuk tuk driver even served as kid watcher as our toddler refused to get out and just wanted to play in the tuk tuk while we went shopping in Galle. He then gathered our bags and purchases and took us back to the villa.

The villa is only a year old and quite impressive in design and landscaping. Just steps from a fantastic beach, long and deserted except for the fisherman who bring their boats up. Feel free to check them out and ask what the catch was today. One day we were offered a giant lobster and what looked like a big parrot fish.

The villa is just 4 km from Galle and easy to get to a grocery store for any special items you definitely need like wine and beer.

We never went without anything and the team at Rose Villa was beyond exceptional. We will be back for sure and can not wait until we can get another holiday with Dom and his team in Sri Lanka.

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Liked best: The staff and exceptional beach location
Liked least: The noise from the road.
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
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