Reef Villa is easily the most beautiful hotel we have stayed in. On our arrival, we were greeted by the owner with frangipani garlands and iced tea with honey, and as for first impressions of the place itself – wow! The main house and villa are set in stunning, lush gardens with a network of ponds full of fish which our children delighted in feeding during our stay. The bedrooms and bathrooms are large, luxurious and exquisitely set out - the attention to detail in the design really is something to behold. The main house reception area is also amazing to look at with lots of wonderful and interesting artefacts on display, but, (despite the array of games laid out), not particularly child friendly - I was reluctant to let my kids in there for fear of them disturbing the, almost too perfect, decor.
The members of staff are all lovely – polite, friendly, cheery and hospitable at all times – particularly great with our three young children and we all enjoyed the impromptu cricket matches! We have to mention a wonderful driver employed by the hotel, called Shiron. He is a lovely guy and couldn’t do enough for us. We also took advantage of the Spa and enjoyed very relaxing treatments – the facial is highly recommended for providing that ‘floating’ feeling! Without exception, the food was superb (if pricey), particularly the local dishes.
One small recommendation, but by no means a big deal - there is quite a selection of DVDs available to guests, but none suitable for kids. This was surprising as I can’t envisage anyone other than children wanting to watch a DVD in their room while staying here! Would have been nice to have had an appropriate DVD to occupy the children while mum and dad enjoyed a drink on the room’s terrace!!
The hotel lays on a variety of outings for guests - some are great; the river trip and Galle are well worth doing, but be wary of the gem museum and the spice garden which offer little to see and we felt were little more than a sales pitch for half an hour until we felt obliged to buy something.
In summary, Sri Lanka is a beautiful island destination with warm, friendly people and we are only disappointed we didn’t see more of it. Reef Villa is a fabulous hotel with a great personal feel and has given all the family some great memories. Our only fear is how we will equal this on our next family holiday – a new standard has been set!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reef Villa & Spa, is a spectacular luxury hideaway in three acres of beach side, exotic tropical gardens, just 45 mins south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. With our 65m sandy beachfront, all weather tennis court, large swimming pool, lush tropical gardens, Reef sets a new bench mark for luxury accommodation in Sri Lanka. Romantic, private, and intimate and just seven exclusive, palatial suites; the ultimate in elegance and luxury and a soothing blend of warm effortless service and harmonious spaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reef Villa And Spa
- Reef Villa Hotel Wadduwa
- Reef Beach Hotel Wadduwa