We stayed at La Maison Nil Manel ( www.nilmanel.com ) for just over 4 days at the beginning of January 2012; it was the perfect relaxing end to our touring holiday in Sri Lanka.
Monique and Chanaka, out of the devastation of the Tsunami, have created a beautiful boutique villa and grounds with an eclectic mix of old and new. The villa is named after the Sri Lankan national flower Nil Manel ( a type of water lily)They were very welcoming hosts and with their staff provided us with an informal environment which made us feel right at home. Both Monique and Chanaka are both fluent English speakers and we had many interesting conversations with them during our stay.
We stayed in the May Mara deluxe room on the first floor; this has a large west facing balcony from which we enjoyed many a Lion beer at sunset. The room had a large ensuite bathroom and all you needed for a relaxing time.
The swimming pool is large for the size of the villa and never felt crowded. The space around the pool is limited but there were enough sun loungers for all the people staying at the villa.
The restaurant was for guests only, ensuring we received a personal service with the food cooked to our liking. Each day the menu and our requirements were discussed and then cooked by Chanaka and his team; and Monique created some great desserts. It was a good blend of Sri Lankan and international fare, the local seafood was delicious.
They have an experienced masseur who is at Nil Manel every Friday. Having climbed Adams Peak a few days earlier Mr Rathna’s massage was a welcome relief and all my aches and pains disappeared. It was well worth booking an appointment with him.
Nil Manel is located in Ahungalla, we found this to be a small quiet coastal village with roadside stores, plenty of tuk tuks and a long sandy beach. It is well placed on the west coast to visit numerous attractions including Galle.
- Also Known As:
- La Maison Nil Manel Hotel
- La Maison Nil Manel Hotel Ahungalla