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“A Magical Place”
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dikwella, Southern Province

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Evette R
1 review
“A Magical Place”
Reviewed 6 February 2015 for a stay in January 2014

We stayed at the Cove House over Christmas 2013 through the New Year 2014. We had an incredible time. The staff is absolutely wonderful, SO attentive. Every morning there was beautiful fresh local fruit and juices to enjoy in the evenings incredible Sri Lankan curries, with hoppers, string hoppers and other delicious local delicacies. The views are spectacular from the house and the infinity pool is just gorgeous. The beach is a fews steps down a semi private road and is one of the few safe beaches to swim at in that area of Sri Lanka. Since it is a cove the area is protected from some of the strong currents that plague other beachfront areas so it is a wonderful place to stay with children. The owner, Shane Sutton, did everything he could to make sure that our visit was sheer perfection. We hired the recommended Ayurvedic massage experts to massage us in our rooms which was so incredible. Visiting the town of Dikwella is a charming and culturally immersive experience. The fruit market is amazing and the villagers are kind and eager to help. A short walk from The Cove House takes you to the local temple where occasionally you can hear the monks chanting, a worthwhile local visit. Cove House is an incredible restorative place to stay. I could not recommend it more. We are saving up now to go back again!

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Liked best: The view, pool and access to the lovely cove beach
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Old Clove...
Galle, Sri Lanka
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7 reviews
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“Absolute Perfection”
Reviewed 5 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015

In the spirit of openness and honesty, I ought to state from the outset that I am a friend of the owner, and that I had visited and stayed at Cove House recently as a guest of his with some friends who had booked and paid for the experience.

Cove House is absolutely perfect in everything we had expected from a beachfront villa holiday experience. It is elevated over a perfect little scalloped shaped beach, with amazing views on either side of the property as its pretty much set in the center of the cove/ bay. Whilst the elevation afforded amazing views, this also provided much privacy from anyone who's at the beach below (not many as its a very secluded and quiet beach).

The house is magnificent, with deep verandahs which offers views through to the ocean and the headlands, bays and the surrounding countryside from pretty much every angle. Most of the main living and dining spaces are out on the verandah which is also amply cooled by overhead ceiling fans.

There is also a very beautiful internal sitting area which is perfect to escape to when one tires of the glare of the sun or just want to be indoor for a quiet read or snooze.

The owner being incredibly house-proud, and talented, has beautifully furnished and decorated the house with antiques and artwork acquired both in Sri Lanka and over the years from his many travels all over the world. The quality of the sheets, towels and amenities are all second to none - the best sheets, pillows and mattresses (that apparently are supplied by the same source for the most exclusive properties in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives), towels from Ralph Lauren personally brought by the owner to Sri Lanka from the USA, and absolutely anything else that would beautifully and tastefully complete the set up of this incredibly beautiful house.

The service was also unparalleled with very attentive but discreet service from the many household staff employed who all seem very happy to be working at the house, and who have all been recruited locally from the immediate village.

We are all in total agreement that our experience at Cove House was probably one of the best we've ever had (and between the few of us, we've had a few Aman/ Four Seasons/ Six Senses/ exclusive private villa experiences) and we all felt that the experience at Cove House easily matched in and in many ways surpassed the experiences we had at the more commercial and polished establishments.

Will be VERY happy to return.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Friends
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ViranJPet...
1 review
“An Amazing experience!”
Reviewed 5 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Cove house is located by the beautiful and unpoluted beach in Dikwella. I was there for a couple of days and from the very first second I stepped into the place I fell in love with it. Staff is so friendly and kind. They always serve you with the warm Srilankan smile. This is the place you should go if u want to get away from the city life. It was almost like meditating, u wake up to the most amazing view and go back to sleep listening to the calming sound of the sea waves. Amazing!

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hollyloui...
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
“Uniquely beautiful beach location”
Reviewed 5 February 2015 for a stay in April 2014

I visited Cove House with family and friends. The house was large enough to accomodate a group and we all had our own space. The house was beautifully furnished and the staff professional and kind and responsive to requests. The location is specular and unique to the south coast of Sri Lanka. The beach below is perfect for swimming and surfing. Cove House proves a private luxury boutique hotel experience. I highly recommend Cove House. Holly, Australia

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Leaving!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Lori S
Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
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“This must be paradise”
Reviewed 5 February 2015 for a stay in October 2013

We had to pinch ourselves that this place was real. We were surrounded by so much beauty. The garden, the infinity pool and the acqua blue ocean right out the front of the property. The house is situated on a tiny horseshoe, palm fringed beach unusual as the coast tends to be long beaches exposed to the open ocean..

The food was sensational and the boys looked after us so well. We swam, walked and rarely left the house, why would you?

The house itself was so beautiful, the rooms, huge and bathrooms fabulous.

We hope to return later this year, can't wait!

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