A group of 14 of us stayed at Moonstone Villas in Tangalle, Sri Lanka from April 14 - 25th. Our stay was wonderful. The Managing Director, Raelene Shea, was very helpful, accommodating,
friendly, etc etc etc. Here's some further info on the hotel and it's services.
There are 4 2-storey buildings, with a total of 7 rooms. They are simple, but very comfortable, clean and quiet. They're located just across the street from the Indian ocean. The waves were pretty intense every day, but the beach was very nice to walk along. You may want to bring water shoes as it's a bit rocky. All the rooms face the ocean, and at one end of the upper balcony we had a very nice view of the water. The bathrooms have a shower that is open to the rest of the bathroom, but a squeegie is supplied to direct all the water after a shower to the drain. We didn't find it a problem not to have a shower curtain. There is a closet with a drawer you can lock for your valuables. It's very very hot in Sri Lanka, so having air conditioning in the room was a blessing!...it's available at an extra $10/day....very reasonable and worth every penny!!! As long you're ok with one flight of stairs, my one word of advise would be to request a room on top floor of the 2nd or 3rd buildings...better front and rear views. If you prefer the ground floor, then request the first building facing the water.
We found the service of ALL employees at Moonstone Villas to be fantastic!!! We had a set time of breakfast at 7am every morning that we had arranged, but they'd have coffee made for us few early birds as early as 6:30 or even 6am sometimes. They are so friendly and eager to please. I would rate their overall service as EXCELLENT!
I for one loved the food at Moonstone. Every meal I had there was excellent. The sandwiches were a little different from what I'm used to in Canada, but in a good way....ie a cooked egg on a club sandwich. Fresh pineapple, papaya, and bananas every morning accompanied our varied breakfast buffet. Eggs made any way you like. It was great! Dinners were fantastic! The curry dishes were amazing...I like it hot, but if you don't, you only need to tell them to cool it down a bit. For those who don't care for the typical Sri Lankan curry dishes, they had lots of choices for you too...pizza, pasta, beef, etc.
Moonstone is approx 5 hours from Columbo airport, and it's a crazy drive! There is pretty much always 4 rows of traffice driving on 2 lanes, if you can picture that. Somehow it works over there. Moonstone is located along the southern coast, only a 10 minute walk (or a very short 100 rupee tuktuk ride...their taxis) to the little town of Tangalle. As mentioned above, Moonstone right across the street from the Indian Ocean.
The grounds are keps very clean and neat daily. You'll often see monkeys jump from tree to tree, and hear the peacocks call from the trees as well. Moonstone has a beautiful kidney-shaped pool right on site. With the Sri Lanken heat, the pool was wonderful and enjoyed every day.
The only excursion I participated in during our stay was a day at the Elephant Park. 76,000 acres of nature! It was amazing. We saw approximately 100 elephants, a couple of crocadiles, tons of monkeys and various species of wild birds, water buffalo, etc etc etc. I felt like I was on the nature channel. I can't remember how much we paid, but it was very reasonable and I would highly recommend it! It's about a 2 hour drive from Moonstone. Raelene can help you to book it. There was a few people from our group that went to see a sea turtle lay her eggs on the beach, but I didn't make that one as we had just arrived and I was asleep...they usually lay their eggs through the night. I do regret missing that though!
Overall, I would highly recommend Moonstone Villas. It's very good value for the money.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax your mind, body, and soul, this beautiful property under Canadian ownership is overlooking the Indian Ocean and offers all home comforts. This Boutique Villa concept offers spacious accommodation set in landscaped gardens with swimming pool. The restaurant offers a selection of European, fresh seafood, and Sri Lankan cuisine. The ocean offers beautiful beach walks, safe swimming and snorkeling is available. For the nature lover, the following safaris are available: elephant, turtle, birds and wildlife. ... more less
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