We had the most lovely and relaxing holiday over New Year 2016. It was the perfect villa for a family/friends group of 12 of varying ages. The location next to the sea made it so easy to go for an early morning walk and it was so peaceful listening to the waves (sometimes a little large for a relaxed swim). The villa is opposite a bus stop which makes it very easy to go into Galle or Hikkaduwah (great restaurant called Neela's and the deeply moving Tsunami Museum).
The food was absolutely delicious Sri Lankan fare - especially the seafood and fish. We learnt how to make the tastiest dahl ever. The morning often started with sipping coconut water from a freshly cut coconut followed by a yoga session.
Siri and his team were on hand all the time to help us and make sure we had a good holiday. I'd go back given the chance...
We were recently a part of 20-member strong birthday party collective that stayed for 3 utterly unforgettable nights at The Old Lady at the Sea.
My wife and I had arrived separate to the rest of the group and owing to the late arrival of our flight, we found it particularly difficult to locate the property in the dead of night with little or no locals to ask for directions and if they did, it would be patchy at best. If you intend staying here, I strongly recommend taking a printout of the location of the property to mitigate any issues with your arrival.
After an epic 23-hour journey from Sydney, we finally entered the Old Lady at the Sea, warmly greeted by one of their staff members. At once we were consumed by the villa’s utter simplicity - clean, effective and enduring design and basic but clean and spacious rooms. All rooms have their own private bathrooms and also come equipped with air-conditioning, an absolute must in Sri Lanka’s tropical heat.
However, you’ll have little time to appreciate the inside of your room because once you step out of it and on to the sprawling grounds of this Dutch villa, you’ll fall in love all over again. Well-manicured green lawns dotted by heaps of coconut palms, the azure blue waters of the pool, the breezy summer cabana and the sights and sounds of the ocean crashing just meters away from you – as I said, you’ll fall in love all over again.
As beautiful as any hotel or motel or villa or holiday rental may be, they are usually winners only because of the quality of staff that care for their guests. And this is The Old Lady’s winning hand.
The amazing staff will blow you away with their effortless service, always just right, never intrusive and all requests are met and served with love, a simple smile and a nod of the head.
Our friend’s 40th birthday do was planned in extensive detail. Every detail was comprehensively executed by the stunning kitchen and service staff and the results blew us all away. Not just on the day but all through our stay, the quality of food served was brilliant – authentic Sri Lankan fare is what we asked for and that’s exactly what we got.
The Old Lady at the Sea did not disappoint on any counts. Couple that with the company of friends who hadn’t met in years and an occasion that was special to all, this holiday and stay will remain etched in our brains for a lifetime.
Beware, if you book your stay here, you may not want to leave.
It was an excellent location. The food was superb. And the staff absolutely phenomenal as only Sri Lankans can be.
This was perfect for a family holiday of all ages. The location is brilliant and the beach very unspoiled with lots of fishing and other interesting things to enjoy - particularly the Mohitos in the Reggae Bar! Yasinta is a brilliant cook and with her team looked after us so well - able to cater to everyone's desires. Superb curries down to chocolate cake! The villa is well equipped for a large party and has space as well as facilities to make it really enjoyable.
We wanted a villa for a group of 10 friends to have a short break, this villa was just perfect for that, as there was plenty of space for us to enjoy time together around the table enjoying beautifully cooked meals, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, whatever you wanted, they catered for. The villa is set overlooking the beach which was wonderful, we all went for several walks along the beach every day.
The staff looked after us very well, whatever we wanted they sorted, without being in the way. I would definitely recommend this to friends and would consider returning!
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