Podi Gedara is a delightful ground floor apartment located right on the waters edge. The apartment is tastefully furnished and well appointed to ensure a very comfortable and relaxing stay. A lovely semi-protected paved terrace opens off the kitchen, providing an ideal spot to sit and relax or entertain with a superb view over the ocean. An adjoining paved terrace with sun lounges and umbrella provides the perfect spot to catch the sun or doze to the sound of waves breaking on the off-shore reef. Safe swimming is possible in the natural reef pool in front of the apartment. The owner of the apartment, Andree, was extremely friendly and helpful, full of advice and tips regarding things to see and do, and places to eat. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Podi Gedara and would recommend it to anyone seeking a small, intimate and personal venue right on the beach, rather than a large, impersonal hotel.
My wife and I just returned from spending five days at the wonderful Podi Gedara Apartment. Overall, we found Podi Gedara to be a wonderful spot to relax, unwind, and enjoy the quiet. The apartment was perfectly sufficient with a sitting area, bedroom/bathroom, and small kitchen area with full size fridge, stove, and necessary utensils. WiFi was also provided. By far the best part of the apartment was the outdoor patio with private bath and shower, as well as a patio area with lawn chairs for laying out in the sun only feet from the ocean. The setting is beautiful as Podi is one of the closest properties to the beach along the strip where it is located. We felt the area was private and quiet and we were not bothered aside from the occasional wave from a local fisherman or local walking on the beach.
Andree proved to be a great host and was always willing to provide shopping and restaurant recommendations nearby or 20 minutes away in Galle city. Some of our favorites were Wijaya Beach Restaurant and WB which were a quick tuk-tuk ride away. Andree was also very responsive in all our communications and was only a text message away during our stay.
This point is very clear on the apartment website, but there is no real sand real beach directly in front of the apartment. There are nice stretches of sandy beach within a short walk of the apartment, but directly in front of the apartment there is a reef which creates a kind of natural swimming pool area with calm water and shallow enough to walk. We did see some of the local neighbors throw some trash onto the beach, but Andree has been working to try and resolve this issue. Otherwise, the water was very clear and there was no issue with swimming. We have already discussed returning to Podi in the future and look forward to seeing Andree again.
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Andree went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our stay in her idyllic ocean-front apartment; from last-minute Christmas decorations (at my request!), to welcome gifts and a pack of beers. Andree was always available and willing to help in whatever way she could and that was the case from our initial enquiry all the way through to our departure.
We had a beautiful, private villa with plenty of space for two and with direct access to the sea (and incredible sunsets), for what I believe to be fantastic value. This was accompanied by a friendly, knowledgeable, personal host.
I will be recommending Andree and Podi Gedara to any friends who are considering a trip to Galle.