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“Our Wedding”
Summerhut and swimming pool in the ocean front garden
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Summerhut and swimming pool in the ocean front garden
The beach in front of the villa
Walking on the beach
Children playing on the beach
Yoga session on the beach at the villa
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Beach side garden
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Lunch in the summerhut
Coconut
Garden with swimmingpool
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Bedroom
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Veranda
Fountain in the garden
Wedding at the villa
Bride and broom on the beach at the villa
Buffet at the villa
Wedding celebration at the villa
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Courd yard
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9 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 22
Pitiwella, Galle District, Southern Province

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The_Nomad...
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Our Wedding ”
Reviewed 2 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015
1
person found this review helpful

After extensive research on destination weddings we stumble across this Gem, and a gem it was... It suited us perfect with all our friends & family coming from different parts of the world " A Home Away From Home"

A charming beach front property imbedded within the local culture... You will wake up to the roar of the Indian Ocean and are able to see the sunrise & set from the summer hut and watch the local fishermen go about the day's work.

The grounds are beautiful, with lots of space to spread out, with coconut trees throughout the property you'll never go dehydrated!!! Just ask Siri or one of the team and you'll have fresh coconut juice!

The staff are just wonderful, nothing was ever too much trouble... Even our wedding, without their coordination & input with the wedding planner the day would not have ran the way it did. Siri & His team we cannot thank you enough!!!

The kitchen... Well what can I say other than my waist line grew... :) the food was spectacular, what ever we asked for was prepare no questions asked, they would even brings fresh meat & veggies from the market daily!!! The were also very accommodating with allergies too!

The rooms were pleasant and spacious and housekeeping always did a super job making up the rooms & keeping on top of thing!!!

Thank you all so much!!!

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Management Response
2 Nov 2015
Thanks for your nice review .
Also our manager and his team were very pleased to have your wedding celebration at the villa .
Always welcome at The old Lady at the Sea .
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Dingbat-W...
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Wedding Venue”
Reviewed 25 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015
1
person found this review helpful

My wife and I chose the Old Lady at the Sea, as it was one of the few villas in the area that accommodated our wedding party in one location. Not only is the villa perfect for large groups getting together, it's also a great location for a wedding... We had the blessing on the beach and the reception within the grounds of the villa. With the experienced manager Siri and his staff on hand to assist the wedding planner, the ocaision was perfect in every way. The accommodation is well laid out with nine bedrooms, including two with sea views. The common areas are plentiful, with lounges, open air dining areas, with one offering the spectacular view of the golden beach and the local fishing boats. Siri the manager is descreetly on hand to advise and organise food and beverage purchase if required. There was transport on hand whenever we wanted to venture out. This villa is a true home from home providing all the usual comforts with the added bonus of a full staff to take care of you. I rate this villa as a 5 for its overall feel, attentive staff, location, cleanliness and value for money.

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Liked best: Location and size/space
Liked least: Close to road / noise
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
30 Oct 2015
Thanks for your wonderful review . Much appreciated .
Always welcome at The Old Lady at the Sea .
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GrahamWoo...
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous Position and Food”
Reviewed 7 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We travelled as a group of 15 (ages 20 to 60ish) to the Old Lady in late July (the SW monsoon season in Sri Lanka) we had a great time although there was the odd shower the weather was beautiful. The villa is set on a sand fringed crescent of beach with the sound of the Indian Ocean crashing onto it. The large garden leads directly on to the beach and has a well maintained swimming pool. On the other side of the villa is the quite busy coast road where you can catch very cheap buses to Galle or Hikkaduwa or further afield. Tuktuks soon arrive if you prefer to spend a bit more and have a guaranteed seat. On the other side of the road there is a village with a small temple, people making rope by hand, sitting outside their houses always keen to know where you are from, iridescent kingfishers, mongoose and even an elephant at some times of the year (but not July)
We really want to thank all the staff who kept the villa spotless but were extremely unobtrusive, Siri the onsite manager who found nothing too much trouble, our drivers who made our holiday so enjoyable but especially Yosanthi the cook. The holiday was made for us by Yosanthi from egg hoppas for breakfast, the best chocolate cake on the island for afternoon tea to a beautifully prepared aromatic buffet for dinner. Every evening Yosanthi would ask us what we would like for breakfast at what time, then what sort of cake and finally what would we like for dinner but everything was always so good that by the end of the holiday we would just say you decide.
We would thoroughly recommend the villa especially for a large group where you have the luxury of sole occupancy. The booking was made with Wim the owner and was straightforward and secure.

Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 Sep 2015
Thanks for your review and the wonderful way you describe it all .
Our staff was very happy having all of you as guests at The Old Lady at the Sea .
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Fathy A
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A great place for a large group”
Reviewed 28 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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people found this review helpful

It was a great experience with a friendly service that is unmatched.
We were a large group of 21 adults and 5 children.
I called to inform the manager about our late arrival and he offered to prepare a dinner of our choice over the phone. The cuisine was tailored to our requirements and our full satisfaction throughout our stay.

The accommodation was very clean and comfortable and the staff were very helpful to fully meet our specific needs. The location was tranquil and ideal for us. Everyone (adults and kids alike) had a great time enjoying the privacy and beauty of the location.

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Liked best: The privacy for the large group coupled with the unmatched service.
Liked least: No exhaust fans in the bathroom - like most places in Sri Lanka.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
29 Jul 2015
Hello ,
Thanks for your review .
Our staff was very happy to have you and your family as guests at our villa .
Always welcome .
Kind regards .
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Сергей С
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The villa and the staff meet any wishes you might have”
Reviewed 30 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015
6
people found this review helpful

We stayed at the villa in March 2015. 6 adults and 4 children from 4 to 8 years old. The villa has plenty of rooms, our company included two families, we occupied 6 rooms and some rooms left spare. We had our meals at the villa and sometimes we went to the Galle Fort or Hikkaduwa restaurants and in this competition the villa’s chef Yassanti was bitting restaurants’ chefs very often. First three days we were enjoying the villa, it gives much area to play with children, a clean swimming pool, the nice territory, people who like to place pictures in Internet can find many places to pose with palms and ocean background like “I am sun bathing with a coconut on a sun lounger” or “I’ve just got out of the pool (ocean) and waterdrops on my skin shine like a ruby under the sunset ” and so on )))). By the way, to jump in the warm waves of the ocean is very funny, however one must respect its super power, waves are strong and high, so keep a watchful eye on children and be careful if you are an elderly person or a poor swimmer. So after three days we decided to discover villa’s vicinity and found out a road just outside the fence and no area to walk. It takes 10 or 15 minutes to Galle or Hikkaduwa (the nearest public places) by a tuk-tuk, you may catch it on the road but it carries 3 persons only. So we would need 3 or 4 three-wheelers for 10 people and minimum 500 Rupees one way charge per one three-wheeler. Siri (the manager of the villa, God bless him!!!) offered us a nice option to rent a Toyota air-conditioned van with a driver for a price cheaper than taking tuk-tuks. We could use it during the day and up to midnight. The driver, Saman, was driving safely and firmly, as he’s very experienced (driving in US Army in Afghanistan). Besides he speaks brilliant English and knows many sightseeing places. For example, that was his idea to bring our children to a quiet coral beach without waves where we spent a relaxing day and the restaurant he suggested in Hikkaduwa was the best among all we came by. Having resolved the transportation issue we did not restrict ourselves and went sightseeing, shopping and hanging out. I should say Sri Lanka is a safe place, local people either friendly or not taking care of foreigners and never the less there is a security guard serving 24 hours duty at the villa. So we felt safe having our traditional Kazakhstan/Russian late tea at the terrace. Tarindy, a house-steward, was kind and patient to serve us 24 hours a day. Thank you! Certainly, I mention Pully, a dog and a true friend, that our children and we adults fell in love with. I cannot help but admiring the way villa’s stuff arranged birthdays of my 8 years old son and my wife. There were decorated tables, jumbo prawns, cakes, night fireworks and even an elephant that came from the beach and made crazy our children and us as well! So, 17 days at the villa were like a tropical fairy tale that we have read and would like to read it again and again.
I am ready to answer any question that may appear after reading my review

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Liked best: beach, palms, swiming pool, hospitable stuff.
Liked least: heat between 12 00 and 03 00 PM as I was afraid to get a sun burn
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
30 Mar 2015
Thanks for your very nice review . Always welcome at The Old Lady at the Sea !
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Hilary M
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stunning location”
Reviewed 8 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
2
people found this review helpful

We stayed here for a week for my 50th birthday and it was totally amazing. The location was absolutely stunning, right on a beautiful beach, with only a few local fishermen and their boats to share it with. If you want to spend time away from it all I would strongly recommend staying here. The staff were very helpful and the food was cooked fresh every day. In the morning the chef would ask what you wanted for supper that night and then they went to the local market and got whatever you wanted and cooked it for you. You were given the receipts and only paid what they did. The rooms were very spacious as were the bathrooms. For my birthday meal they set up music, beautiful lights and an amazing aray of food. There is a very rustic beach bar just along the beach called The Beach Hut which was fabulous - if you want food from there you should order it in the morning and they will organise a BBQ or something.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
10 Mar 2015
Thanks for your "stunning" review . Always welcome to The Old Lady at the Sea !
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Gakku S
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Best Vacations EVER!!”
Reviewed 11 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
2
people found this review helpful

We were travelling first time to Sri Lanka in December and for sure we are going to come back!!
It is a best place where you can getaway with your family and friends.Hotel is located just in front of the beach with amazing view to the ocean.Rooms are really nice and big. Hotel itself is very clean and well managed. All staff members were incredible and very helpful during our stay. Everyday we had different varieties of food which was wonderful as well. as for the island i have no words to describe all the beauty and majesty of nature.
Overall it was a great experience and we are so grateful that we had a chance to visit such an amazing place and stay at the old Lady at the sea.

Looking forward to be back!!!

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Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
  • 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?
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Management Response
12 Jan 2015
Thanks for your review . It will be our pleasure to welcome you again at The Old Lady at the Sea !
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