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Fun fun fun!
Mahogany rain shower next to the pool. And what a magical view!
Lounging and tanning in Villa Golden's garden. Great!
Happy lounging on the terrace.
Listen to the ocean and just relax...
Fisherboat on the tranquil beach.
Villa Golden: the beach is just beautiful..
The tanning terrace and the golden beach.
You can even rent an elephant to come and visit you at the villa! Just ask our staff.
One of the two hammocks in Villa Golden's garden. Enjoy!
At the end of the garden... the peaceful golden beach.
Here you'll spend the best holiday ever!
The garden is very well maintained and had lots of exotic charms.
Magical sunset at Villa Golden.
Villa Golden's garden and beach. So beautiful...
Detail of the stylish living area.
One of the bedrooms, all with AC.and Western quality mattresses.
Private yoga lessons on the beach or in the garden can be arranged.
The heavenly beach in front of the garden.
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Villa -
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Pitiwella, Galle District, Southern Province

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Yefudi
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice location and very good service”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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The location is very nice - right on the beach. Only the road on the back side makes it a bit noisy sometimes - however it is not a big issue.
Master bedroom is very large with own toilet and shower, whereas other rooms has a shared bathroom. Everything very clean, and well organized. Beautiful loan and a clean swimming pool. The only thing worth improving is the beach - it would be nice if the trash was cleaned a bit more often in front of the villa.
Great service. Lunch was prepared for by the villa staff and was very good. Especially eating on the outside veranda by the sea with the good views and nice wind that kept it cool.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
22 Jun 2014
The golden and tranquil beach is cleaned now every day, early in the morning, by our friendly and very motivated nightguard (who has the nicest smile you can imagine, by the way!)
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Dubaicana...
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29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A Massive Disappointment”
Reviewed 17 June 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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We are a family of four with children aged 3 and 5. We have been to Sri Lanka several times and were very excited about our trip over Easter, especially as the villa looked fantastic and the other reviews were all superb. Unfortunately the holiday turned out to be a huge let down in almost every way!

It all started at the airport where after our arrival, the driver arranged through the villa was not there to pick us up. After several calls to the villa and about 30 minutes waiting he eventually turned up much to our relief. The owner through email had told us that the transfer time to the villa was 90 minutes and maybe only 1 hour if the new highway was open (it wasn’t). The cost of the transfer was confirmed to us at 8500 rupees, but neither of these descriptions where accurate, with the transfer taking the best part of 3 hours at a cost of 10,000 Rupees. The whole affair left us feeling tired and cheated, when we asked about it we were simply told the price had now gone up, why this was not communicated to us in advance we have no idea.

We arrived at the Villa at around 9pm tired after a long journey, the villa manager was not there to meet us as it was his day off and we were met by the night security who was very pleasant. We would have expected some sort of welcome pack, even just some fruit and water but there was nothing, not even any water to drink…. hardly the best way to arrive and start your ideal holiday!

The morning arrived and there is no doubt the villa and grounds are fantastic leading directly out to the beach, but this is about the only saving grace. It is noisy as it is right on the main road.

We were also not allowed to use the washing machine; we really do find it amazing that a villa of this type with a washing machine does not let guests use it. We think the villa should make it clear there is no washing facility available in the villa and laundry is on a send out basis, as this is very inconvenient when you have small children.

The staff that are there to help, and where ‘anything is possible’ are far from perfect, there always seems to be a ‘but’ in every question you ask them or any help that you want, with even a simple request not being simple. The cook/housekeeper makes very good food and breakfast is lovely and healthy, but she leaves work at 5pm so if you want her to stay to cook dinner you have to pay for her journey home. While this is not much it should have been told to us before we arrived instead we had been told “there are no hidden charges and the price of the villa includes everything”.

The villa manager Susantha makes the atmosphere in the villa terrible and certainly does not seem to tell the truth. On day 1 we sat down with him to discuss things we wanted to do and requested that he takes us with the in-house tuc-tuc that was there for our use at local rates. While this sounds great in principle the reality is it’s only for guests use if it suits the managers schedule and not when you want it, even if you have planned it with him in advance! In addition to this his advice was poor; he struggled to recommend other than a few restaurants and advised us to do a river cruise which while we enjoyed was not to the standard we expected, it was an old raft and there was little to see with no life jackets or safety features for us or our children.

One of the few positives of the week was the villa did help organise an excellent driver and van, he took us on excellent excursions to see elephants, turtles and a tea plantation where we also saw proper river safaris on good boats at much cheaper prices and with more to see than the one organised by the villa manager, this naturally left us feeling cheated or ripped off.

There were several other problems including the pool having so much chlorine it bleached all our swimwear. I have attached pictures of some of the items so you can all see.

We were not even provided with fresh milk after requesting it. We were told by the manager that fresh milk was not available and he had looked everywhere for it but that we could only have long life milk that really did not taste good; well we walked to the small shop about 5 minutes away from the villa and bought fresh milk…hardly difficult to find!

After this incident and finding a dead boiled lizard in the kettle we had all been drinking tea out of and other general kitchen hygiene issues we spoke to the villa manager to confront him and the lack of help and service we were receiving, he then stormed off and told us he had resigned and did not come back to work. This simply is not true as we had friends staying in the villa the following week on our recommendation and when they where there he had returned to work; it was just another lie he told us.

We must admit that after the villa manager left things were much better, the housekeeper was much more friendly and our trips out where fun. The night watchmen was very nice but was always in your way, so much so it felt like you where guests in his house and had to creep around with no privacy. He would fall asleep on the veranda sofa we used in the day, which made it uncomfortable to go outside in the evening, or he would sit around the kitchen or house so you felt awkward walking around in your pajamas.

The beach was not as nice as we expected, there was a lot of litter on it and the sea was too rough to swim in at this time of year. The sand was also very black due to sludge from the river close by that flows into the sea, this made it unpleasant and we much preferred other beaches in the area, again we have attached a picture of the black sand for peoples reference.

On the penultimate day of the holiday we asked for the visitors book that was there at the beginning of the week but it had mysteriously vanished. When we asked the housekeeper for it, as we did want to leave our comments she told us the villa manager had taken it to use as a job reference as he was looking for another job. We asked for it to be in the villa the next day so we could write in it but despite asking it never reappeared, however, it was back the following week when our friends where there along with the villa manager! It would seem the guestbook is only there for good reviews and so it is difficult to get an accurate feel to other people’s experiences if all you read has been filtered!

We are a very independent and easy going family but it is the small things that make the difference. Maybe as our last experiences in Sri Lanka were so good that we had been spoilt. We had emailed and discussed our problems with the owner who remained helpful and polite but without resolving anything. Our holiday was spoilt with the most frustrating thing being it is time we will never get back.

To sum up, the stay at Villa Golden was anything but golden and my whole family was upset and the holiday pretty much ruined. My advice would be to avoid this villa, while it is in a good location with nice grounds there are many villas with better beaches to be found in the area with staff that actually wants to help and respect your privacy.

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Management Response
20 Jun 2014
Dear all, this 'easy going family' left our really very helpful and kind staff in tears from the first day on. Their friends, who stayed at the villa the next week, were very satisfied and happy about their stay.
About the allegations: these guests KNEW about the new transport rate in advance, our driver was caught up in a traffic jam (it was peak hour in Colombo, hence the longer duration to get to the villa), there WAS water available in the fridge on their arrival, the lizzard (gekko) wouldn't have been there if the guests hadn't removed the protective part of the kettle. Our staff is ALWAYS helpful and will do anything to make your stay as comfortable as possible (even if they are insulted and shouted at all the time as it was the case with these guests) The pool: EVERY OTHER GUEST is enthusiastic about the condition of the water. And so on.
In short: we have never ever had these kind of remarks before, as we do everything we possibly can - with the help of our excellent staff - to make sure our guests have a wonderful stay!
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Reviewed 13 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014

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Liked best: The staff
Liked least: To leave...:)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 16 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013

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Liked best: relaxing atmosphere
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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antwerp
Reviewed 13 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • 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?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
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