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Budhist monks on the beach
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Tangalle, Southern Province

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traveler4...
Crystal Bay, Nevada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Royal treatment in a modern day Sri Lankan "Palace"”
Reviewed February 17, 2014 for a stay in November 2013
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This Villa on the sea was lovelier than the pictures on the web, it was just marvelous. The owner arranged for Upal (a very pleasant man and a good driver) to meet us at the airport in Colombo and drive us along a lovely route to the villa, thus, no difficulties with the transfer although it was quite long. We were very happy and a bit surprised to find this upscale house in Sri Lanka. It was a perfect place to relax and catch-up on our rest after a long trip. Lakmal and Dumal, the home staff, shopped for all our groceries and cooked all our meals….how great is that? They were so kind and trustworthy, and the food they prepared was wonderful, giving us an enjoyable introduction to Sri Lankan cuisine. They checked with us each day before they shopped and then at each meal, in order to see if we wanted different spices or choices of entre. We were served all meals on the patio looking across the pool to the sea, it was heavenly. Morning walks on the beautiful and interesting beach with all the colorful fishing boats, followed by cooling swims in the pool, became our daily ritual. We ventured out with Lakmal to shops and nearby sights via his Tuk-Tuk, what a locals experience that we enjoyed completely. Reading books on the lounges under the palm trees helped to fill our days. The master bedroom was our choice and it was perfect for us with the huge bathroom and the terrace from which we could watch the sea and the fruit bats that came to eat in the large trees in the garden. We also enjoyed a few visits from a troop of monkeys, and the slow crossing of several large monitor lizards. None of the animals were tame enough to come close to the house or us, so we felt like we were watching a documentary without audio, but with our commentary and the sounds of the sea and birds. It was just the two of us, but the villa would be a great place for a family or friends traveling together. When we left the Villa to explore central and northern Sir Lanka, we again hired Upal to drive us. He is friendly and extremely knowledgeable, we highly recommend him as a guide and driver. Our visit to Sri Lanka was an unforgettable experience, and our thanks for these memories belong not only to the wonderful villa and its staff, but to the villa owner who answered all our questions and gave us the recommendation to hire Upal.

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LaurelS27
Penang Island, Malaysia
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect Getaway - Barefoot for Three Days!”
Reviewed February 12, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

This villa was the perfect end to our Sri Lanka travels. I took my shoes off when we arrived at the threshold and didn't put them on again until it was time to go. The beach at Marwella is gorgeous, powdery sand with crystal clear water. There was no trash on the beach, and no other tourists, just the fishermen and their primary hued fishing boats that are a photographer's paradise. We spent hours on the sand, in the surf. Only thing missing was a bit of shade, but the house had plenty of that. When we were tired or needed a refreshment, we took the 20 paces back to the villa and were served by the most lovely staff, enjoyed the breeze and the view. We had meals prepared by the staff, went for the local stuff. Be sure to specify the heat you can sustain - I think things finally reached the right level of spice by our last night! All in all - Paradise!

At the time we visited, the winds were quite strong. It was cooling and kept the mosquitoes away, they could have been a problem otherwise. We also had an incident with our 2 yr old falling into the pool. Luckily, we were right close by, but take utmost care with non-swimming children in the garden. They need supervision. We used the driver, Upul, as recommended by the owner and he was fantastic. Communicated very well by phone, was not pushy, had a very comfortable van with working seatbelts. Highly recommend booking him for your long distance transport in Sri Lanka.

We were two families with two small children each (ages 1-4). We tried to get our friends to join us - their loss to miss out! The house could have easily held 2 more families.

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Liked best: Beaches!
Liked least: Noisy fans and AC
Traveling group: Young Children
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Louth, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 15, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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Liked best: The staff and location of the villa
Liked least: Nothing really
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
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kleewayle...
Oxford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Heaven”
Reviewed September 1, 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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When we arrived in Tangalla in our taxi we showed our driver the name of the place and the directions we had printed off the website. It took him 20 minutes to call a friend who called the staff at the villa to explain how to get there as the directions were 7km out! We were a bit annoyed when we arrived in the middle of no where and 7km from Tangalla town. Also the staff had been told a woman and 2 children were coming when we were two adult couples! When my friend spoke to the owner on the phone she stated she was not in charge of putting the directions on the website so it wasnt her fault! (I was angry at this as she is the one that manages it so therefor she should check the details are correct!)
BUT
after this first bit of anger and confusion the villa was absolutely breath taking.
It had been designed by a Bali architect and every little detail was perfect. It had a swimming pool and then the garden went straight onto the beach. The rooms were lovely and very comfortable.
My only issue was that in the bathroom above the shower it is open planned (no roof) which is nice lighting but we had 4 cockroaches on the first night due to it. It just needs a piece of meshing accross and it will be fine.

The staff made our stay priceless though. The 2 men were so polite and caring. They came and checked on us in the sea and even walked us to the Italian restuarant along the beach at night with a torch.
We had amazing meals at the villa cooked by the staff and they even played cricket with my partner which made his day.
I was sad to leave here as it was so peaceful but if I was to see places we had to move on.

Thank you to the staff for making our stay perfect.

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Liked best: Tranquility, privacy, nature, freedom!
Liked least: At first the location!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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AJWP
Melbourne, Australia
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“Stunning villa, lovely furnishings, attentive staff - our best experience in SL”
Reviewed July 8, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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Tangalle Mansion is 5kms out of Tangalle with direct beach frontage, so ideally one needs a car / driver.

There are four bedrooms. The nicest is upstairs with a large bathroom (including large bath) and a private balcony. The hot and cold taps are labelled / plumbed incorrectly, so initially I incorrectly thought there was no hot water.

The three staff are very attentive. Given that one can self cater if one wants to, it is slightly awkward negotiating with the staff who does what. Their english and our sinhalese was not good, so we often had to call on our driver to interpret and clear up misunderstandings. Given that we were the only guests, the staff did not have enough to do, so seemed to be hanging around a lot. Sometimes it was a bit odd, when I was taking clean clothes off the line and two male staff members stood next to me holding the laundry basket off the ground but not offering to help. Perhaps something was lost in translation... Presumably when the villa is full of four different parties in high season this would not be the case.

The pool was refreshing and direct beach frontage lovely. Beware that the low waves can knock you over and take one's sunglasses. Note to self, it's better to squint!

There is also a restaurant a few doors up along the beach. The furnishings are delightful and air conditioning was effective. This is a lovely place but if the three other rooms were occupied by people you didn't get on with / feel comfortable with, there would be few places to escape. It is best for a private group.

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Liked best: The interior decoration of the villa was superb
Liked least: Lack of clarity of how much to pay the staff who are hanging around for a tip
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed June 7, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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Traveling group: Family with Young Children
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed May 7, 2012 for a stay in April 2012

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Liked best: the location and being able to experience the culture of the area.
Liked least: having to leave.
Traveling group: With Friends
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