The Boat House is simply put, perfect. It is an absolute dream house where every single detail has been perfectly thought of. It outranks even some of the best 5 stars hotels I've stayed at. Also noteworthy to add that there's also a pool and private access to the beach.
Location of the villa is great 2.5 hours from Colombo airport, very close to anything that you need groceries and shopping... etc.
The villa itself is exactly as shown in the pics and probably slightly better than expected from the rooms to inside sitting area to the pool and outdoor.
All of the staff spoke very good english, specially the Villa manager who was extremely professional a better service than a 5* hotel, the Chef knew how to satisfy all our needs and specific food requirements to a group of 9 people with different tastes...
Finally I cant express our gratitude to the owners Andrew and Elaine, we had a special occasion and despite the bad weather in Sri Lanka ( which they offered to cancel the Trip) made every single effort to make this occasion a successful one...
I would highly recommend this villa!
I am hesitating whether to write this review as I am afraid that this property will become so popular that it will become difficult to find availability in the future!
We were there for Christmas the experience was beyond our expectations. The Boathouse is everything you see in the website and more, the location - amazing, the beautiful rooms and living spaces - spotless, the proximity to the beach - unique, the kindness and organization of the staff – excellent!!
At top it off, the amazing food cooked to accommodate everyone’s tastes is top notch!
For those of you planning a trip for a group of 10 people seeking a relax, stress free, amazing weather location, you should consider this property without a doubt!
There's so many good things about this place that I don't know where to start. Let me first say that this was our 4th SriLankan holiday and we have rented many luxury villas in the past years for short stays, so we had high expectations as we've usually had good places. Well let me tell you that this place in particular blew all the rest out of the water and the other holidays we've had paled in comparison.
The location is excellent and only 3 hours away from the airport, the villa is exactly like in the pictures if not better, the amenities, cleanliness, comfort and overall feel of the place are on point.
What made the difference for us is the little details and the small thoughtful touches that the owner did to make us feel like superstars:
- A thoroughly well prepared document prior to check in outlining activities, in house massage, villa info and menu suggestions.
- little gestures of infinite thoughtfulness, like mosquito spray available in the cupboards, headache pills, bathrobes and slippers.
- the in-house massage service, getting massaged in the garden with a view of the sea, just wow!
The list goes on, but the other main reason why you should go there is the food that the chefs prepare, we were a group of 11 with some very fussy eaters and we were all blown away by the level of mastery of the local and international cuisine. 3 times a day the chef blew away our minds and taste buds with the most exquisite Lankan fare.
I would highly recommend this villa to anyone looking to book a dream holiday in this gorgeous country.
Stayed at The Boat House with my children and grand children, Great villa and staff, nothing was to much trouble, booking direct with Andrew and Elaine (the owners) was simple in its self, and the often asked question of would you go back, let me think for one minute! Hell yes!!!!!!
Thank you so much to everyone at The Boat House. The property is simply beautiful, the staff friendly, welcoming and always provided the best service.
The food was an incredible mix of high quality cuisine and Sri Lankan dishes.
I had an incredible time and will definitely be back for another visit.
The pictures just do not do it justice.
We loved everything about staying at the Boat House - from the super-friendly welcome from Prince to the wonderful pool. The house is perfect for a family holiday - lovely open plan sitting room/dining room opening onto the garden and great spacious bedrooms. We loved being right on the beach and the close proximity of surfing. The market in Dikwella on Saturdays is not to be missed!!
The best thing however was the service and the wonderful way that we were looked after by Prince, Mohammed and Premil - they really made our holiday so relaxing and comfortable and were always smiling! We didn't need to worry about anything and were able to unwind completely.