Had a great stay for nine days with two kids (7 and 9) and even had guests over for a few days. The pool was perfect for the kids, the location secluded, the staff was super helpful and professional, and there's plenty of activities nearby, including the lake that offers fishing, island hopping and more.
All in all I'd highly recommend Mandalay, and the kitchen is great for up to a few days, but anything beyond that, or anything beyond traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, and the kitchen gets monotone - at best.
Such a special villa in a really peaceful part of Koggala Lake. One occasionally hears the rumble of the nearby train. The staff took great care to ensure all our needs were met and nothing was too much trouble. The chef prepared the most delicious Sri Lankan meals for us - fresh fish, curries, egg hoppers and always fresh juice for breakfast. We enjoyed a lovely boat ride where we visited an old Buddhist temple and cinnamon island, all from the convenience of the villa’s private jetty. We even saw some crocodiles. This was our fourth visit to Sri Lanka and Mandalay definitely stands out as a favourite. A beautiful colonial villa and grounds.
We stayed at Mandalay at the end of a two week tour of Sri Lanka and could not have had it any better. The location of the villa is superb the team looking after you are very very helpful and the food is delicious. Would definitely reccommend this villa for a good relaxing getaway. Thank you to everyone who looked after us!
The villa is located on Koggala Lake and only 5 minutes from the beaches - 10 minutes from Weligama and 40 minutes to Galle Fort. The three-bedroom (one large master bedroom, one twin and one double room) villa is set on the lake with its own boating dock where a local fisherman can take you to visit the nearby Cinnamon Island and Spice Island which we highly recommend. The fisherman also took our children fishing to their absolute delight and the fish was then placed on the grill by the in-villa chef. The villa represents a simple and relaxing way of living. The villa has a large pool in the heart of the property so if you are travelling with children it is great to watch them from the outdoor dining area or even from the top floor master bedroom. The two younger children in cots upstairs under the large oversized mosquito nets, whilst our younger two slept in the twin rooms downstairs. It was an adventure for all the family and the convenient location meant that we could pop out to nearby restaurants or spend the day in Galle Fort.
We had such an amazing time at Mandalay. The staff were so lovely and looked after us without bombarding. The pool was the perfect temperature and we enjoyed 7 nights to just relax, read our books, swim, catch a tuk tuk to the local restaurants and beaches and basically have a lovely, relaxing time (as relaxed as it can be with 3 children!). Our girls are 4 and 6 and relatively strong swimmers, the pool is divine however it was only 6 year old who could stand in it so something to be mindful of. We had monkeys leap from tree to tree around us which was lots of fun plus there were a few local dogs hanging around but they were lovely and very relaxed and unobtrusive. The Chef is amazing - much better at the local Sri Lankan cuisine than the western style so we ended up doing it the Sri Lankan way for breakfast lunch and dinner! Delicious! Huge room upstairs and downstairs had two single beds that actually fit our 3 (king size singles). Internet / Wifi was available and we took our Apple TV which was great although they had plenty of DVDs to choose from. All in all I can highly recommend the Mandalay Villa - we had a great stay!
We spent 6 nights at Mandalay villa and we could not had better stay for our first time to SriLanka.
Ancient local character house in perfect harmony with Koggala lake. Gorgeous by all means.
My kids and us were spoiled by chef Chinthaka with all his amazing dishes, a true travel to SriLanka cuisine.
The staff wad extremly helpfull and always ready to make our stay a dream.
Thanks Dalsi, Nimal and Peyanesa for being there.
We had friends for dinner in Mandalay and chef Chinthaka suggested to have a local traditional show with fireworks: it was just mind blowing for all of us. I recommand it strongly.
Lot of unforgettable memories for all of us.
We will be back soon!!!!
Our stay at Mandalay was absolutely incredible. It was the most relaxed we have ever been. The staff were unforgettable as was the incredible food. Chintikka is an exceptional chef.
We cannot recommend Mandalay Lake Villa enough. Its proximity to everything is another bonus.
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