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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Unawatuna, Galle District, Southern Province

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Helenluis...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Perfect and fabulous ”
Reviewed August 24, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

As I write this review sadly on my last day, sat in the beautiful garden I reflect on a wonderfull two weeks with my family. The villa was 5 star. Nina the owner has tastefully furnished the villa to perfection. The communication with Nina from making enquires to booking and arriving was excellent. A warm friendly welcome from her family began as we arrived. We in particular have to say thank you to Sarath he was very helpful and lovely, calling on us and bringing us king coconuts. The villa has everything you need, cooking, washing machine, bedroom views and in a great location. A short tuk tukride to beach. Lovely restaurants and places of interest to visit. Lots of nature and a visit from the monkeys in the garden was a pleasure. We are seriously thinking of returning again as we gave enjoyed the beautiful villa. Thank you Nina and family, 100% recommend your stunning villa.

Date of stay: August 2016
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Management Response
Aug 25, 2016
Hello Helen,

I am so happy you had a great time! Thank you so much for your kind words. I know Sarath will miss you all as he always find it sad when people leave. He loves taking care of all our costumers its not "just a job" for him but a pleasure he says as he gets to meet all kinds of people and he is very proud of Sri Lanka and wants people to leave with good memories. Take care and we hope to see you again:)

Nina
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Corinne B
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Thank you so much”
Reviewed August 17, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We stayed at Olu Villa for 5 nights and we just loved everything there. the minute we arrived we felt that we were at home and the house gardens everything there was just special waiting for us was Saraht and his wife and daughter ,they made us feel so welcome offering us drinks ans flowers. The house is just beautifully decorated very spacious and spotlessly clean. flowers everywhere, fruit basket fresh linnen towels cooking facilities you really have everything you need to feel at home.the gardens are perfect to relax and watch birds bats monkeys squirels ...the house is perfectly situated to go and explore Galle or go to the beah . Plenty of lovely restaurant arounds and any help you might want Nina the owner is there to help responding very quickly to any questions we had by email. Saraht her father in law comes every day to water the garden and his there to help too. Neron his son has a travel company and can organise trips airport pick up or just TukTuk rides to go to the beach or Galle. Thank you so so much Nina and all the family to make our stay so special I hope we come back to Olu Villa one day. Ben Corinne and Manon

Date of stay: August 2016
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Liked best: The house and gardens
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 18, 2016
hello,

Thank you for a great review:) i really hope you come and stay with us again in the future! I will send you pictures of the new houses when they are finished. I also hope you had a great vacation travelling around Sri Lanka and fell in love with it just like i have:)

nina
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HannekeK...
Delft, The Netherlands
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Welcome home”
Reviewed August 7, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We stayed at Olu Villa the last 4 days of our 21 one day trip through Sri Lanka. It was like coming home. The house is tastefully decorated. The inlaws were more than welcoming and Galle (Unawatuna) is gorgeous. Sitting in the garden we saw monkeys and squirrel and beautiful butterflies. They created a little oases of rest! Oh and the mother in law cooked 6 different curries for us and now we know we're the saying 'keep calm and curry on' comes from. It was absolutely perfect.

Date of stay: August 2016
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 9, 2016
Hello Hanneke,

Thank you for your great review! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. If you ever comeback let me know as we have a discount for repeat costumers:)

best regards,

nina
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Subaquana...
Malaga, Spain
2 reviews
“One of the true highlights of our holiday”
Reviewed February 8, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

Everything about our short stay at Olu Villa was perfect. Such as the great welcome and being looked after by Sarath and his lovely family. The amazing location, gardens, local wildlife (monkeys in the trees!) and the villa itself. We have promised to go back and hope there will be some availability in a year's time! Our 3-year-old son still talks about Sarath and we all have some fantastic memories. What a shame we could only manage three nights here. Make sure to order the homecooked curries. It will be the best decision of your holiday.

Date of stay: January 2016
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Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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F3397TSst...
Shanghai, China
Level 3 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Stay”
Reviewed January 2, 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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We all had such an amazing time here, and would recommend it to everyone. The family took care of us when we needed it, they came and cooked us delicious meals on the days we didn't feel like going out, took care of any minor issue or question, and had transport for us whenever we needed it. My wife and I rented a scooter for the days we were there and were able to get to the beach in about 5 minutes, or drive anywhere else. There are plenty of great restaurants and beaches all around. It's a great location to get to downtown Gaul to see the ramparts and the lighthouse. Our friends have an 18mo old, and he was completely safe to roam the property, and Sarath was like a great uncle to him. We couldn't have been happier with our stay.

Date of stay: December 2015
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Liked best: The space and nature around us.
Liked least: Not on the beach.
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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jonb12340
Stebbing, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“This is a beautiful and peaceful villa.”
Reviewed August 16, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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This is a beautiful and peaceful villa set in a quiet area and lovely gardens.
The house is very well equipped, spacious and comfortable, which is perfect for the climate. It is near the beach, Galle, and very good restaurants.
The host family kept the villa clean and were a great source of local information, also provided one of the best Sri Lankan meals we ate cooked by the host family themselves - a real treat!
The whole family, including 2 girls (19 and 16) loved the experience, did not want to leave and would come back - need I say more!

Date of stay: August 2015
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Liked best: Design and layout
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Powderren...
Chino, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful ”
Reviewed July 26, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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We (my wife, my 7 yrs old son and I) had the pleasure of staying in Ninas Villa for 6 days in July. Let me start at the beginning. I contacted on short notice various owners of villas in the area between Galle and Mirissa. A part from the fact that Ninas Villa was one of our favorites from the beginning, she was also the most responsive and helpful from the start. Her help continued throughout the stay via email which she responded in record times. Arriving at Colombo airport, we booked the transfer to Unawatuna, which is approx. 2.5 hours, with a taxi service Nina recommended. At first I wanted to rent a car for the week. But after our stay I was glad that I didn't. You'll see for yourself what I mean;) The guys who picked us up were super helpful and made us feel comfortable right from the start and are very swift but safe drivers. Arriving at the villa we were greeted by Sarath and his family. They made us feel at home right from the start and throughout our stay. My son still talks about Sarath and his whole family. And I shouldn't forget to mention the home cooked rice and currie you can order and will be clocked at the villa. No restaurant can beat that! The villa is in the middle of a beautiful stretch of wilderness (at least to us it seemed wilderness which probably doesn't mean much coming from Dubai ;) The architecture of the villa is very open and beautiful. The garden is just amazing and we spent hours just wandering around taking pictures and relaxing and honing our skills in monkey feeding and coconut cutting. You can get to all the nice beaches, which are some of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka, within 5-15 minutes by Tuktuk or with the train (station is a 5 min walk and the train ride itself is worthwhile). And there is plenty more to do around in the area which was all very well explained by Nina and her family. Since it was our first visit to Sri Lanka it's probably not fair to others to say that don't look anywhere else, but I'll say this. You won't regret spending your vacations in Ninas Villa.

Date of stay: July 2015
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Management Response
Jul 27, 2015
Hello Rene,

Thank you for your great review. We hope to see you all again one day. The whole family says hello to you all:)

Nina
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