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Leijay Resort
Ranked #27 of 137 Galle B&B and Inns
Vienne, France
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Great place great staff”
Reviewed 23 March 2013 via mobile

I arrived in Galle by train. The Tuk,Tuk driver did not know where the Leijay resort was. Gave him the phone number to get the direction. All the way to the Leijay the driver never stopped saying why are you going to the jungle when you can stay right on the beach. My reply was I made a booking by email and I want to see the place and then I will decide if I stay or not.
The resort is off the main road and right in the middle of a jungle. It has a super garden and swimming pool. The rooms are large and very comfy. But the Leijay is great because of its staff, so very helpful and always with a smile. Met Yvonne the lady of he house, a Swiss who tuned this little pice of land into a little paradise. she could not have done it without the great help of her staff. Being away from Galle is not a problem at all. There is scooter to rent and a Tuk Tuk is available too. Have been traveling quite a bit and it is one the of best place I stayed and very good value for money.

Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 March 2013 via mobile

We were really pleased to stay here at the end of our trip as we had tried to stay at the start and they were fully booked. The place is a tropical paradise, outside Of Galle so you really feel you have escaped the crowds! The gardens are beautiful and lush, with all sorts of wildlife wandering through, and a pool, which is rare for this price range. The service is outstanding- Danesh couldn't do more to help us. And the food is fantastic! Only downside is perhaps the decor of the rooms which is somewhat dated and very fussy, although this does add to the charm in a way!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

We first stayed at Leijay in February 2012 and enjoyed it so much we returned again in February 2013. The Leijay Team headed up by Yvonne are the most professional, caring, genuine and friendliest people that you could ever wish to stay with. The sincere welcome and personal attention recieved during your stay just makes the whole experience so special. Jayantha's Sri Lankan cooking with his excellent range of curries and his European dishes such as vegetable gratin are fantastic. The rooms and open seating patio/balcony areas are very homely, the grounds are just stunning and so well cared for, with a variety of animal and bird visitors to make every day a new adventure and the pool and gardens are so relaxing. The sleeping owls were awesome and the neighbouring monkeys are so entertaining. Situated only a short tuktuk ride (with Dinesh) from Galle with its Fort where there are some excellent restaurants, or to a variety of local temples and some stunning beaches (particularly Jungle Beach). Well what more can I say apart from a great big thank you to the whole Leijay Team - we are already planning to return again......Roz and Chris, England

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bordeaux, France
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Yvonne and the staff couldn't be more helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Beautiful, peaceful gardens and great swimming pool. We really enjoyed the meals we had at Leijay really no need to venture out in the evenings. Johanna & Andy

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

We had a superb stay in this tranquil place.
The owner Yvonne is thoughtfulness personified, and all her staff are considerate, happy and attentive. The whole atmosphere is relaxed, the grounds are beautiful and the food superb.
One of the best guest houses we have ever stayed in.
Our thanks to them.
Frank and Catherine

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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shanghai
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

This is the 2nd time we stayed at the Leijay in Galle and we were very very happy again. Yvonne and her team of staff are very personable and caring. Anytime you need anything they are there to help you and assist in anyway you need. The chef is also talented and can create more classic western food or great Sri Lankan dishes. We love the garden setting full of so much wildlife - something you are unlikely to experience living on the fort. The pool is also a very relaxing feature and given the smaller number of guests it is nearly always free to use. The setting of the veranda also allows for great interaction between guests and allows you to meet some great people on your stay - it is this that also makes Leijay very special. Thank you again for a wonderful stay! See you later this year!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Split, Croatia
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278 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2013

I have already left feedback for this stunning property without mentioning our Ayurveda experience. Needless to say - it was fantastic! But I've decided to wait a few months to leave feedback for Ayurveda treatments (performed by amazing Dr. Udani Ubayasekara) because I was curious to find out results (benefits - if any) after a certain period of time. Now, more than 3 months later I have all proofs to witness that hours spent in capable hands of Dr. Udani were not just pleasure but long-lasting benefit for my husband's and my health! My husband suffered terrible heartburn for years. At the same time I suffered during nights hearing him snoring so loud that I couldn't sleep. 4 treatments were enough to heal him from these two annoying health problems! I've bought 3 different face creams just being curious - never before I've tried any "home made" Ayurveda balms. Also in my case the result was unexpectedly good! I can testify that Dr. Udani's creams can compete with branded face creams I've used before. My advice is: if you are in fantastic place as Leijay Resort is - treat and help yourselves with most fantastic Ayurveda experience!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Leijay Resort
Address: 43 A/B New Lane | Madawalamulla, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 137 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Leijay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ten minutes from Galle Fort, in a quiet and peaceful location, we have 3 villas and an apartment with 15 rooms altogether. There is a beautiful outdoor pool, tropical gardens, large verandas and a gazebo to add to your stay. Each room has a flat screen TV and a DVD player. The TVs have a USB port so you can bring in your own movies. Free movies are available at the reception. There is an AC in every room and all bathrooms are fitted with hot showers. Free wireless is available in the rooms and throughout the property. Airport pick and drop is available. A van and three-wheeler is also available to take guests around to the historic Galle Fort and the Unawatuna beach. ... more   less 
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