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Beach at the end of the garden
Double rainbow over the house
Walking along a nearby beach - Great for swimming / surfing  / body boarding year round !
Beach at the end of the garden
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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Dondra, Southern Province

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Anissa S
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Just Amazing !”
Reviewed December 14, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

If you are in the middle east and you are looking for a week end in paradise this is the place for you !
We just had an incredible stay at Bacon's family house , the house is amazing, the staff so profesionnel and the food is to die for!

Beaches, temples, shops and all the beautiful sceneries are a 10 min tuk tuk from the house !( everything can be arranged for you no hassle )

we will defintely come back ! thanks again for these bit of paradise !

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Dec 15, 2016
Thank you for a wonderful review Anissa. Glad you had a amazing time, do come back and see us again soon. Best wishes, Ratnakara
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chloeryla...
Tring, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed October 31, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Ratnakara is a most special place. The villa is simply perfect, with airy, large, well appointed rooms, balconies, beautiful en suite bathrooms. The staff - including Wasantha, Sarath, Nihal, are incredibly warm and attentive, always ready to help with any queries with a smile. The cooking by the chef Sarath is better than most I have tasted in 5 star hotels: so fresh, flavoursome, with real attention to detail: perfection.
The pool is simply awesome, as you swim in the wonderfully lit affinity pool you really feel as if you are swimming into paradise: with the beautiful views of the jungle and ocean panning out before you.
For more active days, access to beaches, towns, temples and safaris, etc - are all very much in reach: with Wasanatha ready to help with all arrangements: which are prompt and run like clockwork.
I highly recommend this villa to anyone who would like a taste of paradise.

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Traveling group: Friends
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Management Response
Oct 31, 2016
Many thanks for your fantastic review. We were delighted to see you come back for a second time and look forward to seeing you come back and visit us again soon :). Very Best Regards , Ratnakara.
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Lenore83
Brisbane
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Breathtaking Views....Luxury and Style....Continue to be amazed by this place.”
Reviewed October 30, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Breathtaking Views....Luxury and Style....Continue to be amazed by this place.

Close your eyes, hear the waves crashing upon rocks beneath the 20m+ infinity pool while sipping on a cocktail or relaxing in comfort of your own private space.

This is a very special place to unwind, to find inner peace and to feel like you're on a luxury holiday without the ambience of a big hotel.

I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga upon the first floor overlooking beautiful gardens and lush jungle. The staff are extremely attentive and friendly, Wasantha in particular is very capable of meeting your needs and will go above and beyond to ensure your stay is the more enjoyable. The food is fresh and locally sourced and full of flavours... very inspiring recipes to take home with you!

The rooms are very spacious- a small villa within each room. Decor is stylish and consistent with the architecture. It feels very luxurious in a large open space- some rooms have their own verandah or courtyard so you can retreat in privacy.

I recommend booking Ratnakara for private holiday or a take part and meet some other people in an exclusive yoga retreat!

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Oct 31, 2016
Thanks your fantastic review. We are delighted that you enjoyed staying with us so much and we really appreciate the time you have taken to give us such detailed feedback. We look forward to seeing you stay with us again in the very near future. Very Best Regards , Ratnakara.
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Mandy T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed October 14, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Ratnakara is pretty special! The huge villa is in a perfect secluded location, the food is great and the staff couldn't be more helpful and attentive! The pool area is great and the whole atmosphere is relaxed. Would highly recommend.

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Liked best: The villa & service!
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Traveling group: Friends
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Management Response
Oct 15, 2016
Hi Mandy, delighted that you and your group had a fantastic time at Ratnakara. We would love to be able to host more 4 day / 3 night mini breaks for travellers from the Middle East who wish to escape the desert for the lush green climate of the deep South of Sri Lanka so we hope that we will be seeing you again! All the very best, Ratnakara
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swappleby
Madiran, France
2 reviews
“Wonderful Ratnakara!”
Reviewed September 28, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

The location is fantastic!

We usually tour around a place when we visit & try to see as much as we can, thinking we’ll only be here once. However this is the first time when we really did just relax and decided to do very little.

We wandered down to the little corner shop; we clambered across the rocks around the bay and took a Tuk-tuk to Matara to buy some spices.

It is one of the very few places that we really did think we’ll come back to. We loved Sri Lanka & the people that we met. It just seems to work, with out being to “McDonaldized” as yet – long may this continue.

The staff were great, nothing was too much trouble, The food was lovely and they are a very hospitable team.

The location is absolutely wonderful, as indeed is the pool and swimming in the trees.

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Liked best: Ratnakara was a revelation and we can't recommend it highly enough!
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
Sep 28, 2016
Hi S&P. Many thanks for the great review! The South of Sri Lanka is truly a special place to relax and we are really glad you appreciated it. Indeed, long may it stay this way. Hope to see you back again soon. Very Best Regards, Ratnakara. :)
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jofreebir...
Jersey, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Luxury in Paradise”
Reviewed September 27, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

This house is gorgeous with a lovely sized pool area, perfect for relaxing with a cold drink or partying with the sunset. The location is stunning with the sound of the waves washing away your stress.

The monkeys are pretty cheeky and it is fun to see them jumping through the trees that surround the house.

The staff are excellent and friendly at all times of day and night!

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Liked best: the pool
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Management Response
Sep 28, 2016
Hi Jo, Many thanks your great review and for staying with us. Hope to see you back with us again soon! Best regards, Ratnakara
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SERPJR71
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Perfect in every way”
Reviewed September 1, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We stayed at Ratnakara for 14 days - and have just returned to the UK. Having spoke with Ian about the property back in 2012, we had planning this trip for some time - and I must admit for all of us it was amazing.
We travelled as 2 families - so 9 of us in total - kids range from 7 - 15. Everything was perfect. The staff at the property led by Wasantha were amazing - he helped to arrange local trips, Tuk Tuks, Taxi's, Local dancers, Yoga lessons - and also cocktail lessons!!!
The location of the property is not in a tourist element, but that adds to the charm - in our first week we did not see another tourist...which was great - as you get to experience the real feel of the place.
Trips to Galle were fun - with return by train - which just added to the experience.....1 hour train ride for 9 cost grand total of about £5!
Despite travelling in the 'rainy season' - the temperature was in late 20s/early 30s throughout with it only really raining briefly at night.
Beautiful beaches - we said farewell to Sri Lanka from Talalla beach on our last day - stunning - and we were the only people on it.
Go experience it for yourself - thanks again!

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Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 2, 2016
Many thanks the for the fantastic review. I know your holiday was a long time in the planning so I am delighted that it was everything that you hoped for and more.

Hope the cocktails taste as good in the UK as they did sitting on the decking watching the sun go down! .Best regards, Ratnakara.
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