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“HIGH EXPECTATIONS WERE TOO LOW”
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Bedroom ground floor
Mezzanine bedroom
Veranda master bedroom
Budhist monks on the beach
Terrasse ground floor bedroom
Lunch on verandah master bedroom
Buddha statue in garden
Lunch in patio
Fishermen boats on the beach
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Tangalle, Southern Province

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Arne S
Oslo, Norway
1 review
“HIGH EXPECTATIONS WERE TOO LOW”
Reviewed 11 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

I am torn between keeping this gem as a secret and praising it as the ideal getaway to relax and just enjoy, but it deserves to be praised.
Other writers of reviews have said it already, but in bullet points:
• Roomy and modern villa with the amenities you need
• Lakmal and his staff!!
• Lakmal and his food!!!
• Wild monkeys on the roof (harmless)
• Monitors in the garden (harmless too)
• A nice private garden with a pool to use when the waves were too big (for some)
• The driver, Upul, and the Tuk-tuk drivers took you where you wanted. Not to places where they could get a cut.
• The ultimate palm fringed beach to ourselves, - and some fishermen (whom we helped get their boats in and out)
• No annoying vendors or beggars pestering you on the beach
• A few dogs on the beach were mainly owned by locals and friendly (not like in India)
In addition to that, Sri Lanka was a hectic, but fantastic experience prior to our 11 days at Hiru Sandu Villa and to end our stay on the island here was just perfect. We will not go anywhere else to wind down if we make another trip to this beautiful island.

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
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CjMFife
Fife
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Absolutely wonderful”
Reviewed 6 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

After a long and tiring journey our party of 6, ranging in age from 18 to 82 arrived here to be welcomed by a generous host (Lakmal), a delicious lunch and a location that was perfect. Without doubt, the beach here is the main attraction - it was so quiet - and we felt very safe swimming in it. There were times when we had it all to ourselves.
The house was extremely comfortable and Lakmal's main desire was to make sure we had a good time. He succeeded in this 100% His cooking was fantastic and he was very flexible in what he prepared. We stuck to Sri Lankan dishes throughout and he was only too happy to share his cooking tips.
There is not a lot to do in the area and if you want to go further afield you have to endure Sri Lankan traffic. Upul has a very comfortable taxi and I would recommend him highly.
All in all a terrific holiday at this location!

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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traveler4...
Crystal Bay, Nevada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Royal treatment in a modern day Sri Lankan "Palace"”
Reviewed 18 February 2014 for a stay in November 2013
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This Villa on the sea was lovelier than the pictures on the web, it was just marvelous. The owner arranged for Upal (a very pleasant man and a good driver) to meet us at the airport in Colombo and drive us along a lovely route to the villa, thus, no difficulties with the transfer although it was quite long. We were very happy and a bit surprised to find this upscale house in Sri Lanka. It was a perfect place to relax and catch-up on our rest after a long trip. Lakmal and Dumal, the home staff, shopped for all our groceries and cooked all our meals….how great is that? They were so kind and trustworthy, and the food they prepared was wonderful, giving us an enjoyable introduction to Sri Lankan cuisine. They checked with us each day before they shopped and then at each meal, in order to see if we wanted different spices or choices of entre. We were served all meals on the patio looking across the pool to the sea, it was heavenly. Morning walks on the beautiful and interesting beach with all the colorful fishing boats, followed by cooling swims in the pool, became our daily ritual. We ventured out with Lakmal to shops and nearby sights via his Tuk-Tuk, what a locals experience that we enjoyed completely. Reading books on the lounges under the palm trees helped to fill our days. The master bedroom was our choice and it was perfect for us with the huge bathroom and the terrace from which we could watch the sea and the fruit bats that came to eat in the large trees in the garden. We also enjoyed a few visits from a troop of monkeys, and the slow crossing of several large monitor lizards. None of the animals were tame enough to come close to the house or us, so we felt like we were watching a documentary without audio, but with our commentary and the sounds of the sea and birds. It was just the two of us, but the villa would be a great place for a family or friends traveling together. When we left the Villa to explore central and northern Sir Lanka, we again hired Upal to drive us. He is friendly and extremely knowledgeable, we highly recommend him as a guide and driver. Our visit to Sri Lanka was an unforgettable experience, and our thanks for these memories belong not only to the wonderful villa and its staff, but to the villa owner who answered all our questions and gave us the recommendation to hire Upal.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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LaurelS27
Penang Island, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect Getaway - Barefoot for Three Days!”
Reviewed 13 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014

This villa was the perfect end to our Sri Lanka travels. I took my shoes off when we arrived at the threshold and didn't put them on again until it was time to go. The beach at Marwella is gorgeous, powdery sand with crystal clear water. There was no trash on the beach, and no other tourists, just the fishermen and their primary hued fishing boats that are a photographer's paradise. We spent hours on the sand, in the surf. Only thing missing was a bit of shade, but the house had plenty of that. When we were tired or needed a refreshment, we took the 20 paces back to the villa and were served by the most lovely staff, enjoyed the breeze and the view. We had meals prepared by the staff, went for the local stuff. Be sure to specify the heat you can sustain - I think things finally reached the right level of spice by our last night! All in all - Paradise!

At the time we visited, the winds were quite strong. It was cooling and kept the mosquitoes away, they could have been a problem otherwise. We also had an incident with our 2 yr old falling into the pool. Luckily, we were right close by, but take utmost care with non-swimming children in the garden. They need supervision. We used the driver, Upul, as recommended by the owner and he was fantastic. Communicated very well by phone, was not pushy, had a very comfortable van with working seatbelts. Highly recommend booking him for your long distance transport in Sri Lanka.

We were two families with two small children each (ages 1-4). We tried to get our friends to join us - their loss to miss out! The house could have easily held 2 more families.

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Liked best: Beaches!
Liked least: Noisy fans and AC
Travelling group: Young Children
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Louth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 February 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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Liked best: The staff and location of the villa
Liked least: Nothing really
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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