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The deck, the pool and the laguna
Lunch on the veranda
The living room with TV and DVD
The view from the veranda
The deck
The kitchen corner
The Villa from the river
The massage table
The inside patio
The inside patio
The inside patio
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One of the main bedrooms
One of the main bedrooms
View on the patio and the bathroom from the bedroom
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The ensuite small bathroom
The pool and the view early in the morning
Your boat at sunset
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The green and white garden
Ganesh welcomes you
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Ambalangoda, Galle District, Southern Province

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JackH1182
1 review
“Better than the pictures!”
Reviewed January 2, 2018 for a stay in December 2017

Where to start?...

The Villa itself is absolutely stunning and quite simply the pictures do not do this place justice? The villa is 5 star and the location is amazing. At the end of a track in a rural Sri Lankan village sitting on the edge of the lagoon. By day we saw eagles, monkeys, lizards and went fishing and by night we watch fruit bats and fire flies.

The pool was perfect for all levels of swimmers and the house was kept to an immaculate standard for the entirety of our stay.

The Staff...

The staff of the villa made this holiday for us. They were absolutely amazing. From the moment we arrived nothing was too much trouble. The house manager Wasantha helped organise every bit of the holiday from days out to a new laptop charger which he personally collected from Colombo. The boys at the villa were welcoming, polite, attentive and hard working. The way they interacted with us and our children was absolutely amazing and we will miss them all very much. Some of the friendliest, caring and nicest people you could ever hope to meet.

The local villagers also made the holiday very special. We played cricket in the evenings out on the street and they invited us to their street party one evening which was very special.

If you are looking for the holiday of a lifetime look no further.

We can't recommend this place highly enough. 10/10 across the board.

Thankyou so much for having us and making our holiday so perfect.

Jack, Emma, John, Jenny, Scarlett and Charlie

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Lauren M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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“Total relaxation!!”
Reviewed January 14, 2017 for a stay in January 2017

We stayed at this villa for 9 nights for our honeymoon and the place completely exceeded all expectations. From booking through to departure, we can not find any negatives to comment on. The surroundings are beautiful with so much wildlife to enjoy. We spent all our days by the pool which was so quiet and peaceful listening to the birds chirping and the flow of the water in the lagoon. The manager Wasantha and the other staff (Batika, Kumar, and the chef (not sure of his name) made our stay even more enjoyable. Wasantha especially went out of his way to ensure our stay was perfect. He even presented us with a personalised gift for our honeymoon on departure which was a lovely touch. Each morning we were served breakfast at our chosen time (the fresh fruit plate they serve first is delicious!), and you can order lunch and dinner from the menu with a few hours notice (we usually ordered lunch after breakfast but did not eat dinner at the villa). The food was cooked freshly by the chef in the service house and was very tasty, generous portion sizes and reasonably priced. The owners of the villa have a boat which they can take you out in on the lagoon. We did this twice and saw huge water monitor lizards swimming in the lagoon. Although we went to Hikkaduwa for dinner each night (cost between 700 and 850 rupees each way) there is actually no need to leave the villa at all. There is a small shop just outside the villa which sells everything you would need. The villa is in a small village so if you do venture out you can see how the locals live which is really interesting. Overall we had an amazing stay and can't recommend this place highly enough! We hope to be back one day soon!For anyone looking for recommendations of things to do/places to eat in the surrounding areas please see my other reviews around this time.

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Anna R
Farnham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“Amazing huge villa. Total relaxation”
Reviewed November 16, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

This was our 2nd stay at Ganganada and it was just as good as the first.
This is such a modern, spacious villa. It's lovely having 3 bedrooms, huge living area and private pool rather than being cramped into a hotel room.
The staff are all great and really helpful. The marmalade and passion fruit jam at breakfast are so good that this time I preordered 4 jars to take home with us!
The food at the villa is fantastic, however the last night we went to Mangrovia Lagoon Restaurant, just outside Hikkaduwa, right on the Lagoon- one of the most memorable meals I have had in a long time. Absolutely stunning location serving gorgeous homemade Italian food. A Sri Lankan lady owns the restaurant and she does all the cooking and service. She worked in a restaurant in Italy for over 20 years so she really knows her stuff.

Back to Gangananda, I couldn't recommend this place highly enough. Great for families or for a small group of friends. Total relaxation, a great place to unwind and recharge the batteries whilst watching the water monitor lizards swim in lagoon and monkeys jumping in the trees. Bliss

Traveling group: Young Children
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LouPaul17...
Durham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A week of luxury”
Reviewed August 23, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We stayed in this wonderful house for the last week of our three-week holiday in Sri Lanka. It was the cherry on the cake of an absolutely wonderful trip to this beautiful country.
The house itself is stylish, comfortable and cool. One of our favourite features was the outdoor solar-heated shower. The pool is wonderful and the views over the peaceful lagoon just breathtaking, with eagles, kingfishers and all manner of other bird life to watch, plus lizards, geckos and chipmunks.
By far the best thing about this house though is the staff, from the lovely house manager Chanaka to the chef, gardener and house boy, nothing was too much trouble, everything was done for us with a big smile and they genuinely wanted us to have the best possible experience.The food was delicious, we went on a lovely river tour on the boat, and Chanaka even sorted out a day in Colombo to watch the test match cricket, once he found out we were all cricket fans.
I would recommend this holiday home to anyone who wants to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the tranquility of this wonderful part of the world.

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Traveling group: Teenagers
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Alex K
1 review
“Heaven on earth”
Reviewed July 23, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

If God was looking for a place to spent his holiday, He would choose Gangananda!
A wonderfull villa with an extremely nice and helpfull manager and staff (including taxi and tuktuk drivers), in a stunning environment near a beautiful river and forest with a lot of colorful animals and flowers. Good and tasty food (as well breakfast as lunch and dinner). Possibility to make tours and trips, all of them arranged by the manager who made it his holy grail to fully satisfy the clients, and I mean 'fully'! Way to go Chanaka :-)!

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Liked best: The kindness of the Singalees people and the stunning nature
Liked least: A lot of annoying insects (flies, mosquitos, ants,...)
Traveling group: Extended Family
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FrequentT...
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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123 reviews
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“Simply Perfect - we will be back!”
Reviewed December 11, 2015 for a stay in December 2015

If you are looking for a place to truly unwind, this is it. I don't want to go into too much detail about the actual villa, because the surprise is worth it. But know that this place is STUNNING.

The amazing service started with the owners, Nicole and Bruno. They respond to emails with lightning-fast response time, and nothing was too much. They fielded all my annoying questions with poise, grace and a sense of humour and their local knowledge is second-to-none.

When we arrived to the villa we were greeted by all the staff, including the wonderful manager - Chanika. We were shown around the villa and BLOWN AWAY. It's the small touches that do it –like the mobile phone for the guests to use, with all the important numbers already saved.

I can't speak more highly of the staff, the boys were very attentive and friendly, whilst maintaining professionalism. I love cooking, so Chanika arranged for a tour of the local market and a cooking class at home, which was wonderful.

If you are looking for a place to party - this is not it. If you are looking for a place to relax and drink fresh king coconuts, in the pool, by the lagoon - this is it!!

Villa Gangananda, we will see you again soon. X

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Liked best: Pool and view
Liked least: No walking trails close by
Traveling group: Friends
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ExpatUAE9...
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“Excellent Choice”
Reviewed August 19, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This is the second trip to Sri-Lanka with my family (2 older teenagers). The Villa is excellent and the setting extremely nice. The staff we found to be very attentive to our needs and friendly. Although the villa is manner 24 hours each day it still feels as if the villa is your own home without intrusion from others. The villa is very private and the river adds an extra special sense of tranquility. The gardens are very tidy. The pool is excellent and much larger than that normally associated with holiday accommodation. Food may be booked daily with the staff and all meals are cooked at the villa. Trips to various locations can be booked on-site and transport to/from Colombo airport is provided. Local transport is readily on hand and can be booked with Tuk-Tuk drivers know to the villa owner. The villa is well placed to provide easy access to a number of interesting places via Tuk-Tuk or a passenger van. Trips on the river may be taken daily - all is very safe with the small boat being expertly handled by one of the on-site staff (special thanks given). The boat trips provide an opportunity to see local birds up close as well as some very beautiful scenery - it is an added bonus. The villa is very spacious and A/C works well. Security is not an issue. The beach is within less than 10 minutes walk. It presents long stretches of golden sand with the added benefit of being virtually empty. Booking is simple and no hassle. A most enjoyable stay. Thank you to the on-site team.

Traveling group: Teenagers
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