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“Private Paradise (with Thai Massage!)”

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Mamboz Beach Cabanas
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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1 review
“Private Paradise (with Thai Massage!)”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Now this is paradise!

We arrived at Mamboz on my 40th birthday. The palm fronds drew lazy circles in the sand. Wooden bed frames adorned with cusions and pillows hung from the trees and swayed in the tropical breeze. My 6 year old son chose a hammock and set up shop. An hour later he chose another hammock and such were the choices and he was content to roam free range for the 4 days we were there. The hotel puppy was his companion and the monkeys that stared at us in the shower his spies. This was silence. The beat of the waves (too large while we were there to swim in. an irregularity as we understand) took the place of the ticking of clocks and so the days became lazier and longer.

The food, served communally under a thatched hut or privately just off the beach was spectacular. The best rice & curry we had while in Sri Lanka and Mathew and his teams were accommodating, hospitable, jovial and helpful while respectful of our privacy. Mathew gives an amazing Thai massage (and I have spent a lot of time being Thai massaged). It’s a two-hour blissful experience off the beach after which I felt totally aligned and clear (I had to beg him for another one the next day. He only does one per day so request in advance!)

We spent our time at Mamboz walking the perfectly secluded beach at sun set, eating exquisite fruits, napping on swinging beds, reading and helping the local fishermen pull in their daily catch (which is rewarded with some of their floundering bounty). Mamboz is exquisite, simple, timeless and a perfect way to rewire your nerves. You’ll wish you’d stayed longer. I know we did.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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MatthewTGale, Owner at Mamboz Beach Cabanas, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Hello Sally... twas´wonderful having you and your family with us recently. So happy to have been the ones to "welcome" you into your 4th decade on planet earth. You have our number if ever you find yourself in the hood again! all the best, Matthew.
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London
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We so enjoyed staying at Mamboz during our trip to Sri Lanka so thank you Mathew for your wonderful hospitality to us and to the boys. I am sure you hear from all your guests what a serene and relaxing retreat you have created. Added to which the culinary treats you provide morning noon and night are fantastic. I think it is fair to say that during a trip characterised by - inter alia - delicious food, the produce from your kitchen topped the bill. Thank you too for sharing your stories which breathe such a colourful and fascinating narrative to Mamboz Beach Cabanas. It's not hard to see why you have a 100% record of 'Excellent"!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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MatthewTGale, Owner at Mamboz Beach Cabanas, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Amelia, thank you for reviewing your recent stay here at Mamboz, a real pleasure meeting yourself, James, Felix and Barney. I only wish a few more fish were biting whilst you were here. Next time we will have to arrange a boat for the boys. Recently we have had a number of those fantastic sunsets which remind me of your reaction to the one we were all mesmerized by. Sunrise this morning was a real stunner as well! All the best in the new year and thanks again. Regards, Matthew.
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Ordrup, Denmark
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Thanks for an outstanding 5-days stay at Mamboz, simply a place with an unique and rare combination of location, facilities, wellness, size and laid back atmosphere.

We travelled as a family of 5 - 'Kids' 16-22 Years and simply had a fantastic experience and thinking back when at home in grey and misty DK, THE experience of the 13-day trip to Sri Lanka. May be one day, we will be be knocking on the door again...

Simply MISS the food and just being there. Can’t forget having 5 dinner dishes for 5 days – None the same, all simply out of this world. Dining at a long table with other guests and Matthew (the host) was great and a way meeting a lot of interesting people while we stayed there.

Plenty of space 'to be alone' if so wished

All the Best and my best recommendations
Carsten Fauner

Room Tip: It a nice small place and all 3 Cabanas are fine, but of course the two closest to the sea are premi...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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MatthewTGale, Owner at Mamboz Beach Cabanas, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Dear Carsten, many thanks for your glowing review of Mamboz and your recent stay here on the beach. Hosting a family like yours is really a joy for us and it would be a great pleasure to have you knocking on the gate once again. I know for certain that both Marley and Karapoo the dogs would be in heaven to have your girls with us again, they certainly were well taken care of during your 5 day visit. All the best in the new year, good health and adventure to you all. Kind Regards, Matthew.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I just couldn't miss this place between the lagoon and the sea. The best timelessness place to rest and appreciate the serenity. Thank you to Mathew and his staff for the memorable stay and the amazing food!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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MatthewTGale, Owner at Mamboz Beach Cabanas, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Olivia My Dear, T´was a delight having you with us here at Mamboz and we all hope to see more of you when your travels bring you to the deep south. I´m looking out onto the garden now which is bathed in the softest glow of early morning light and can imagine you with your camera, pondering, savoring and finally capturing its essence. Thank you for your kind words and from all of us at Mamboz nothing but the best for you and yours in the new year. Regards, Matthew.
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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

After reading reviews on q, we booked a 4 night stay at Mamboz (we extended to 5 nights) and it was the highlight of our 15 days in Sri Lanka. The food (BY FAR the best we had during our entire trip) the staff, the relaxation and the incredible owner Matthew, really create a unique experience. It's a bit tricky to find but once there you'll love it. We HIGHLY recommend Mamboz to travelers looking to unwind and connect with the little Mamboz family. My husband and I were very sad to say goodbye to this gem of a place. We hope to be back someday and thank you Matthew & staff again for an unforgettable vacation!

  • Stayed December 2013
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MatthewTGale, Owner at Mamboz Beach Cabanas, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Amy and Robert, finally a moment to reply to your gracious comments regarding your recent stay here at Mamboz. It was so enjoyable hosting fellow north americans, not too many of us get this far away. Your stories and knowledge of international education were entertaining, insightful and very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Now that you are in the area you know where we are when the time to R and R comes around. Madura has been messing around in the kitchen and come up with even more tasty treats to entice the guests with! It was a pleasure meeting you and all of us here at Mamboz would like to wish you the very best in the new year. Cheers, Matthew.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

The experience is a must if you are a city dweller who needs to disconnect. The place is gorgeous and Mathew really takes care of his guests (his staff is equally amazing). Serenity at its best. Thanks for a lovely couple of days. Will definitely come back

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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MatthewTGale, Owner at Mamboz Beach Cabanas, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Sherif, having you both here to see out the old and welcome in the new was great fun, only wish you had a few more days with us so we could help shed even more of that city stress. seeing you in the swinging bed assured me that you understood what we here at at Mamboz are all about, decompressing and doing ,well, not very much. all the best in the new year,

kind regards,

matthew.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with the charming, warm and super-hospitable Matthew and his lovely staff.

Everything is geared to making guests relax. The property is beautifully laid out and overlooks acres of empty golden sands and the crashing ocean.

The chef deserves a special mention as the meals are to die for - local, fresh and varied. There's also a lovely community spirit amongst the guests fostered in part by the communal evening meals.

We were lucky enough to be able to extend our stay by a night and only wish it could have been longer. Thank you Matthew and team, we had a truly wonderful time.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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MatthewTGale, Owner at Mamboz Beach Cabanas, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Bella, waking up and finding your kind words really makes for a perfect start of the day! Lovely to have met both you and Ben and I´m so pleased that you could stay that extra day. Madura the chef at first had a shock at "to die for" then beamed widely when i explained the phrases meaning. Very sweet. I hope the rest of your travels in Sri Lanka proved as enjoyable as your stay here. We have a new year upon us in a few short hours so let me wish you both a most prosperous, safe, healthy and happy new year!

Kind Regards,

Matthew.
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Property: Mamboz Beach Cabanas
Address: Gurupokuna, Ranna, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Ranna > Gurupokuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Gurupokuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mamboz is a small owner operated beach cabana hotel sitting on 1.5 acres situated on a lovely stretch of beach in the south of Sri Lanka. The perfect place to decompress. And with a maximum of ten guests, Mamboz is geared to offer the most in individual attention. Mamboz has also been called 'a haven' for women traveling on their own when in need of a bit of personal space. All are welcome, hope to see you soon! ... more   less 

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