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Ambalama Villa
Ranked #10 of 131 Speciality Lodging in Galle
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

It was a privilege to stay at Ambalama. The villa is in a lovely location, close to Galle with good transport into the town. The sea vista must be seen to be appreciated.
Above all the team are solely focussed on their guests. They are authentic and helpful. Rashan is a superb chef. Gayan and Chandra and excellent butlers, and Jolla a superb night concierge.
We had a wonderful stay and would recommend the villa.
A small piece of advice as you will need either the air con or fan on at night. Take the moldable silicone type of earplugs.
The WiFi is excellent.
Above all the villa is a wonderful, magical place.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

The Ambalama Villa is a gem of a holiday villa!

The architecture of the villa follows the classical principles. The main building’s high ceiling and opened windows facing the ocean are perfect for the climatic conditions of Sri Lanka, drawing warm air upwards to the top openings and naturally cooling the interiors. The bedroom pavilions with its slanted roofing, soft wood colour interiors and traditional furniture beckon you to relax your body and mind.

The spectacular view of the Indian Ocean lying ahead as you look pass your own infinity pool and the manicured villa lawn sets the tone of a picturesque exclusive private resort. You are at once lulled into a relaxing holiday mood in this tranquil setting.

The staffs are meticulous and go out of their way to ensure you enjoy your stay here. Chef Roshan’s culinary skills are commendable, creating both delicious international cuisine and hearty Sri Lankan fare. Just sit back and let the staff pamper you!

A stay at Ambalama Villa could well be the highlight of your Sri Lanka holiday!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

This is a special and beautiful place. I have stayed in a lot of villas in different places in Asia and in the US and I think this is one of nicest places I have been. Beautiful decor, very open feel and easy step out to a great beach to walk on. At the same time there is a great pool to lounge in and swim while listening to the waves crash. The house staff are amazing! So friendly and always checking if you need drinks, towels..anything. They are constantly picking up and keeping things organized and clean, but in the most unobtrusive way. The chef is amazing!! Had so many great options for food, everything he made was fantastic. I loved the fried noodles and the fish ball soup especially. Flawless. Chris, the owner is constantly making improvements and takes a lot of pride in creating the best experience for his guests! We were a party of 5 and being in this place was the highlight of our trip!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Singapore
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Reviewed 12 November 2012 via mobile

Service was great. The house boys are very attentive and very prompt towards our requests.
The look and feel is simply marvelous with a sea view literally welcome you everyday. It is very private if one who loves your own space and services. The rooms are all AirCon although we don't really need all the time. Outdoor shower was amazing especially when you were caught in the rain. The experienced was amazing stunning as I had never shower in the rain if you are a city dweller. Thus it was an experience. Sri Lanka is amazing exotic if one who doesn't know about this country. Experience it yourself and you will never regret.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

Imagine a place with the most incredible views and sunsets, the ocean on your doorstep and service that is phenomenal!

We stayed at this villa with our two children, parents, brother and his girlfriend for 3 nights. Wish we had stayed longer. Dont worry about the local activities as you will not want to leave the villa and its surroundings. A beautiful lagoon is only a short 5min walk. The pool was to die for.

Roshan produced the most amazing food! The best we had in Sri Lanka. A must try is the his crab curry. Produce bought fresh daily. Our trip to the market and cooking lesson... a major highlight!

Gayan and Chandrasiriya and other staff were truly so helpful and always available. Nothing was too much trouble. Gayan thank you for our falooda drinks and your friendly chats. Chandasiriya, never met a more smiley helpful person with such a kind heart!

Finally thanks to Chris, Roshan and team for making our birthday celebration one to remember! Seafood Bbq on the beach, fireworks, two piece band, vanilla gateaux birthday cake... what more can you ask for!

Guys you are sadly missed. Please keep in touch. We will definitely be back for a much longer stay and we look forward to having another memorable holiday!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

I recently stayed at Amabalama with my partner and 2 friends. This would have to be the most memorable holiday I have had in a long time. I don't know where to start, the villa is gorgeous (even when it rained for 3 days), Roshan (Chef) cooked the most amazing food. Our favourite was the tuna tataki, seafood pie and the chocolate cake. Eveything he cooked was perfect. We felt like we should have been doing activities outside the villa but really we had everything we needed there and didn't want to leave. It was the relaxing second week in Sri Lanka that we were after. Galle isn't too far away and there are plenty of activities closeby but the view was just so beautiful and the service was first class we spent most of the time at the villa. We were well looked after and Gayan was always around to make sure we were happy. We certainly miss him as he always knew when we wanted a drink or any help. He truly is a treasure of Amabalama. The night watchman was also very sweet and always had a smile for us when we came home. Thank you to the owner Chris, it really is a special place and we appreciate all the communication before and during our stay. All in all Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with the most kind-hearted beautiful people. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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shanghai
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Reviewed 5 May 2012

From the dining experience to the bedding experience and the Indian Ocean setting of the villa, I was blown away by my week's stay in Ambalama. The staff are more than just delightful - their level of attentiveness, can-do attitude accompanied by their disarming smiles made the stay an extremely homely one. Just being pampered by their unobtrusive ways and Roshan's exceptional cooking is luxury in itself. A trip to the local market is highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Ambalama Villa

Property: Ambalama Villa
Address: Dahawella Nr Galle, Galle, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 131 Speciality Lodging in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 4

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