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“Great Potential!”
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Villa Birdlake
Ranked #12 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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165 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great Potential!”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

The hotel came as a pleasant surprise to me! Amidst the greenery and quite an adventurous drive till you reach the villa, staff will give you a warm welcome to the place. The rooms were very clean, spacious and charm keeping the Sri Lankan touch to its interior and so are the washrooms. Well maintained and all the essentials are at your feet in the room. A balcony opening up to the adjoining banks of the lake. The surrounding trees quite block the view, but still keeping the nature as it is, you could still walk down few steps and go near the lake.

Must comment on the food as it was well up to the standard in taste, presentation, etc. Luckily we gave the order for food before we came to the villa, going through their menu. This helped in timely service.

Great friendly staff, was doing everything to make us comfortable!

It was around 3Km drive to the awesome hikka beach which is the main attraction!

Recommended to All! Real Value for Money!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Nutsybuds
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Dear Nutsybuds,

First lets us thank you for your kind and heartfelt review posted, as
you may have noticed, we go out of the way to make our clients
comfortable and to provide them with the BEST service possible. We
live up to our word, we try to remind our guests that yes, there was a
time where people actually did care, people genuinely helped one
another and yes that too was heartfelt, we work not as a company but
as a big family at Villa Birdlake, after-all our tag line is, ''Sri
Lankan WARMTH at its best'' isn't it? Our guests are living proof of
so.

We try taking back our guest to a different word, a different
atmosphere where they could rejuvenate with their inner soul again and
make their holiday to be remembered one day fondly with nostalgia
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Its roughly a 90 minute drive from Colombo to Hikkaduwa, the drive to the Villa itself is quite tranquil.
beautiful mangroves and Greenery are lined thickly besides a dirt road which is about 500 meters drive till you come up-to the Villa.
When you get to the villa you are greeted by the most friendly staff, My wife read out the slogan on the board at the top of the road, it said.
"Villa Bird Lake Sri Lankan warmth at its best" It truly was. The rooms are very clean, the toilets are very nice and all you want is available.
The food is scrumptious, simple, elegant and delicious, I must say it is some of the best authentic Sri Lankan cuisine you can ask for.
All three meals were lovely, the staff did everything to please us and we were extremely satisfied.
Great service, value for money and personal attention - we thought the villa embodied all these wonderful things.
We hope to go back someday soon. Our Best to all the wonderful staff, specially Kumara.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Suresh R
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Dear Suresh R,

We thank you humbly for your kind review, and of-course we are glad
that your holiday was made into perfection with our service. Our main
aim is to make our customers, clients and eventually friends. It has
always been the case over the years as the warmth we provide is
genuine, we at Villa Birdlake genuinely care and want our guests to be
looked after while been made felt at home. Do come again, and we will
continue to surprise you.

All the best and yes, we look forward to seeing you very soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2014

We stayed here only 1 night and whilst we slept well because it was so peaceful and quiet we didn't love this place. Firstly, upon arrival (at lunch) we wanted to get some food as had been travelling. We were offered 2 sandwiches, which took about 2 hours to arrive and were not very nice (I'd go as far as to say they were inedible). The atmosphere of this place was rather odd and we just didn't feel relaxed here. However, it is in a beautiful location near the lake and you can borrow the canoe to go for a little trip out on the water.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank J K
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Dear JK,

Firstly let us thank you for choosing Villa Birdlake as you holiday
destination, its a pity that you didn't quite have a pleasant time
around the villa, we apologize for the momentary lapse in the service
being provided as on that particular day we were under staffed and
every one was trying their very best to get things in order, how ever,
we do hope that in the future you would grace our aboard once again so
we could make it up to you. All the best.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Villa Birdlake is an amazing place where you can escape the crowded beaches of Hikkaduwa. It is only a short tuk-tuk drive away (so easy access to the beach), but it feels like you have entered a completely different world.
The resort is beautifully decorated, you can tell it has been put together with a lot of love and compassion. The atmosphere on the resort is amazingly peaceful.
The best thing about Villa Birdlike though, is the amazing staff. Ranee is the best host ever and the waiting staff ensures everything is looked after. I was surprised on my birthday with candles, singing, cake and flowers. To top it off the food is more than worth mentioning. Everything is freshly cooked and the curries are the best we have had in the whole of Sri Lanka. The only reason why you should not go here, is when you like to be in the middle of the busy area. Other than that, go and experience it for yourself!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
We are really happy that you had a super awesome time. We just wanted to make you feel special and let you feel the Sri Lankan Warmth at its BEST, so as our slogan says, we live up to our word. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed our Sri Lankan cuisine, of course, the dishes are prepared with much love just to satisfy our clients : ) Do come again, we would be delighted to have you once again.. Do like us on facebook as well : )
https://www.facebook.com/villabirdlake

If time permits, copy your kind review on the FB page as well.
Love & warmth all the way from Hikkaduwa.. :)
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

we simply loved the place... it's far away from noisy streets and touristy spots... but easy to get to from hikkaduwa town by tuctuc... the service was perfect, the rooms are huge and very clean... you should take a room with balcony which is the more expensive one... everyone is so nice!!!
try their homemade curry for dinner... it is amazing!!! and take their kanu for a boat ride on the lake you will see small crocodiles and amazing blue jellyfish and a lot of birds!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
We are really very glad that you'll had a great time. Thanks so much for taking your precious time off in writing a review about the villa. We sincerely hope we would see you again very soon, Hope it was a memorable one for you. Love and warmth all the way from Hikkaduwa : )
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I just had the pleasure to experience my time in Hikkaduwa by the lake while going everyday to the main busy areas by the sea for surf, food, shopping... I was amazed with the warmness the owners provide you with which makes you instantly feel just like being at home. This was my first week in Sri Lanka and really i couldn't have asked for any better than this. The food Jamila cooks is excellent with that nice home made feel - i've had amazing sea food, chicken and fish currys. Also decided to go paddling in the lake on a canoe they have there, it's totally safe (according to every local I spoken to) - sunset is quite something from the middle of the lake. Fully recommend this place to everyone who's looking for someone who loves to fall asleep and wake up with the birds tweets :)

Room Tip: No swimming pool or fitness centre but amazing location if you're into yoga or meditation.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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TreshWeer, Owner at Villa Birdlake, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are pleased to inform you that we have upgraded the property and we have a total new look. We hope to see you soon, As you have been with us before you would see a clear change. Please do like us on face book. We look forward to hearing from you. Th place is now turned into a Villa. Do check us out. https://www.facebook.com/villabirdlake?ref=hl Have a great day.. : )
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

one can enjoy peace and quiet in perfect surroundings on the edge of the lagoon. Ranee and her staff make you feel at home and offer more of a homestay rather than a commercially run guest house. Truly personal service and attention to detail. Most delicious Sri Lankan food prepared freshly every day with an explanation of each dish. There is also a canoe for trips on the lagoon.
Rooms are simple but spacious, adequate and clean. They all overlook the lagoon and offer private balconies on which to relax.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Birdlake
Address: Baddegama Road, Punchi Pathana | Maragaha Hena, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Birdlake 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Introducing the newest hot spot! Or rather one of the first hotels to be erected in Hikkaduwa over 35 years ago now comes with a complete makeover! The villa has been put back to its glory days! Taking you back to the 1960's, when the old fashion values were still intact. Over at Villa Bird Lake, we put your requests at the forefront and make you feel exceptionally special from the moment you walk in to our dwelling. Hospitality is not our profession. For us it’s a way of life, a passion, which is rooted into our very last vein. Situated in a suburban corner, down south in Sri Lanka, just 2 kms away from the busy Hikkaduwa town (right along the entry/exit road way to the southern express highway) we are the true essence of an escape from the usual – to a surreal world where, amidst lush foliage, one would be exposed to tranquil surroundings with a panoramic view of the Hikkaduwa Lake. Surrender yourself to the enchantment of an enriched land where wild flora and fauna cascade effortlessly into the surroundings; where myriads of different varieties of birds wander along in blissful ignorance enjoying the true pleasures of a tropical paradise. ... more   less 
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