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“Essence of Sri Lanka”
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13 reviews
Entrance
Entrance hall
A/C bedroom
Garden bathrooom
Dining pavilion
Lounge
House and garden
Talpe Beach
Garden bathroom 2
Garden bathroom 2
Chill out movies room
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Villa -
7 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Unawatuna, Galle District, Southern Province

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PrithivaS
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3 reviews
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“Essence of Sri Lanka”
Reviewed January 11, 2017 for a stay in December 2016
1
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Fantastic location for our week-long extended family holiday.
We loved this old Sri Lankan house, and appreciated the modern updates to it. Very comfortable for all 16 of us, with a high level of cleanliness maintained throughout our stay.
Garden and surroundings are beautiful - we had many a walk in the nearby villages and paddy fields, stumbling on the ancient Buddhist temple along the way.
Icing on the cake for us, was Champika and her able-bodied men, Upasena and Aseetha. They were good-natured and smiling throughout, and always on hand to help with transport, tour arrangements, laundry, massage appointments etc. Champika’s culinary skills are outstanding - 3 meals a day for 7 days, and each lived up to our very high expectations.
Thank you once again to Champika and her helpers.

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Gert_NL
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Spoiled in our private villa”
Reviewed August 25, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We stayed here with our children, their partners and our grand children, in total 16 people. All of us had a wonderful experience .
The villa is well decorated, spacious, airy with a nice setting around a pool.
Maybe the best was the service we got from the staff, with Champika preparing delicious meals, just for the price of the shopping list. She went the extra mile to cater for our needs and even taking care of the youngest baby.
The location is a bit inland, very quiet and a short tuktuk ride to the beach and also Galle.

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Liked best: De service van de staf
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fabulous villa, fabulous staff and amazing food”
Reviewed May 2, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
3
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We (13 of us in all) stayed at Villa Araliya to celebrate a significant birthday and guests came from Australia and UK to join the celebration. The villa was brilliant with lots of living and outdoor spaces so there was room for everyone not to be on top of each other. The bedrooms are arranged around the lovely pool which became the focal point for everyone. Champika really looked after us all and her food was fantastic. The spread she put on for my husband's birthday dinner was something else and far better than any meal we had anywhere in Sri Lanka (including the Galle Face Hotel!) She organised tuk tuks for us all to go wherever we wanted and to pick us up when we were ready.
Although a bit far to the beach it was not problem to get there in a tuk tuk and we really liked Mirihippena and the pizza restaurant on the beach. Fantastic sunsets. Galle Fort is also close and we all enjoyed days out there exploring (and shopping!)
The wi-fi was not working well when we got there which was a telecom problem but Champika got it fixed quickly.
By the time it came to leave it had begun to feel like home and I was very sad to leave!

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Liked best: The pool and the staff
Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
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Kathryn M
Buderim, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful villa. Fantastic food by Champika”
Reviewed October 13, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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We stayed here for 4 nights, 2 families, total of 7 people. We had four bedrooms, and had the whole villa to ourselves. The villa was fantastic, beautiful comfortable rooms and facilities. The cook Champika cooked us some delicious meals, always more than we could eat. We enjoyed chatting with her, and learning some secrets to her Sri Lankan cooking. Nothing was too much trouble. We also got to experience shopping with Champy for our supplies in the local markets. Marly took us out in the tuk tuk whenever needed, and helped organise a second tuk tuk so we could all go out together. Even Marly's Dad climbed the coconut tree and cut some down for us to have a drink. Great location, beautiful gardens. Only a short tuk tuk ride to the beautiful beach of Unawatuna, in fact we even walked to the beach one day. Truly enjoyed our experience here and would highly recommend.

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Liked best: The wonderful cooking by Champika. Felt very much at home.
Liked least: Directions to the property. Our driver took quite a while, and needed a lot of help from others to find it.
Traveling group: Friends
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vlandi
Dublin, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfect non-commercial place for a nice, quiet stay”
Reviewed February 17, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
3
people found this review helpful

The villa is just perfectly located not far from the most beautiful beaches of Unawatuna and most known places, however you will enjoy the quiet stay and local life that will give you unforgettable and real experience of Sri Lanka.
The villa staff is very helpful with shopping and preparing everything. We were very impressed on the local security guy, who was very professional - not visible when not needed and present when we had any question.
We had experienced fantastic holidays there and we can highly recommend it.

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John S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A real piece of paradise”
Reviewed January 9, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
3
people found this review helpful

Our arrival at Villa Araliya took some time. The roads are bumpy and it is a few km back from the seafront. This was causing us a bit of concern but any doubts we had were soon forgotten as we were welcomed by Champika and her amazing team. The villa is located in a couple of acres of lush greenery, something we miss living in Dubai. The pool is at the perfect temperature, it could probably do with some maintenance but it's nothing to grumble about. The rooms have decent beds and good mozzie nets (essential here). We were a group of 10, and it would have been easy to spend the whole day in the villa and grounds and not see another person - you might however encounter a snake, monkey, frog or giant monitor lizard as we did! The biggest issue we had was the lack of hot water.....there was a problem with the water tanks. However, you need to take a step back and realise that this is a developing nation, still recovering from a major catastrophe so we didn't moan about it. Champika and her team are absolutely amazing. Even though she wanted to cook European food for us we insisted that every meal should be local. Egg hoppers, string hoppers, prawn curry, dahl, poppadoms are just a few of the delights she brought to the table. She even gets up at 3am to cook the hoppers at home for the guests in the villa.

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Liked best: Friendliness, service and ambiance
Liked least: No hot water
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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MARILYN02...
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“An amazing stay in an amazing villa”
Reviewed February 11, 2014 for a stay in October 2013
4
people found this review helpful

We were a group of friends coming in from Australia, Hong Kong, Spain and UK to celebrate a "significant" birthday and we had a wonderful time at Villa Araliya. It is a beautiful house and everything went smoothly from the day I booked (one year ahead!) until the day we left.
Champika, our housekeeper, was a total star - our "fixer". She made sure that we could do everything that we wanted to do. Once she got used to the idea that we ONLY wanted Sri Lankan food, she produced some amazing dishes. Our favourite breakfast was egg hoppers. She also made us a breakfast of string hoppers one day. Delicious! As she knew it was my birthday, on the last day we had my official Sri Lankan celebration. She (or the boys) decorated the villa with balloons overnight so that when we got up it was looking very festive. We had a special breakfast (rice cakes) with candle ceremony included. And the evening was a feast of Sri Lankan specialities. It was a very special day, much appreciated by everyone.
Champika put us in touch with Surein who was able to arrange all our transportation including a trip to Yala. He was great and I would recommend him to anyone going there.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip. We all loved it.

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Liked best: Loved the outside bathroom in our room and the covered outside area - perfect for cocktail hour
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway 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?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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