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3 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Hikkaduwa, Galle District, Southern Province

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WorldFish...
Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Tranquility and peace resides”
Reviewed 7 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

Sometimes a review simply has to be wrtitten.
This small slice of paradise offers an almost unique experience i.e. Seclusion yet inclusion it truly is an escape with safety.
Sat in the jungle yet minutes away from the hustle and bustle of hikkaduwa it offers the perfect family opportunity for escapism and entertainment.
The staff were excellent although we had some fun with sign language but they were so willing too assist and always kept a watchful and helpful eye out for us all.
When sat by the pool we overlooked a beautiful wild rice paddy as at the same time nature watching for parrots, monitor lizards, monkeys, mongooses, and many many colourful birds, simply beautiful.
The attention given to us by the team Glenn and Fiona who manage the site now was simply impressive, immediate replies to any queries, and they checked in by txt too see if we were all ok. We normally eat out, but the food was excellent provided by staff so many times we just ate at villa which again added another level of relaxation. One of the important points is that with young children or teenagers mum and dad can relax in the full knowledge that the area is secluded but safe as grounds are large and peaceful but the staff have an eye out. Sri Lanka is such a beautiful country with friendly and happy people. In the area there are superb restaurants from high end remote seclusion diners such as mangrovia lagoon restaurant too some very excellent pizza houses. All in all Sri Lanka and this beautiful villa has hit our top venue list, and combined with excellent assistance from Glenn and Fiona we will struggle now to beat this one.

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Management Response
7 Jan 2017
Denise and Phil,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an extensive and helpful review !
Indeed Villa Gallindawatta is such a precious piece of paradise not found everywhere, and we are so glad that you and the children felt relaxed and enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your tips especially all the different restaurants that you managed to enjoy.
Again we thank you for you very kind words and we wish you all the very best for the future. Please do come again !

Kind regards

Fiona, Glenn, Tam, Sundun, Sampath and Samantha
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dee c
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“SriLankan hideaway”
Reviewed 8 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016

Really enjoyed the typically Asian style bungalow, polished cement floors and whitewashed walls, SriLankan chic. We swam overlooking buffalos in rice paddy, private and lush. Saw a rare black monkey (purple faces I think I was told by a local), in properties coconut trees.
Poolside cabana was fave afternoon spot for GnTs
Loved the slow pace and 10min stroll to busy 'high street'

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Management Response
9 Dec 2016
Hello Dee,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us at Villa Gallindawatta . It was an absolute pleasure having you as our guest and we are so glad the you enjoyed the villa and its surrounds. Yes those black monkeys are quite rare and its lovely sitting in the pool watching all the wildlife around you.

Again thank you so much for your review, we wish you all the very best for your future travels and we hope that one day we might again at Villa Gallindawatta.

Kind regards

Tam, Glenn, Fiona, and the staff at Villa Gallindawatta
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reecepout...
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely villa, beautiful pool”
Reviewed 16 November 2016 for a stay in October 2016

We had a lovely 4 night stay in October 2016. The villa was tidy and the garden was very large and well maintained. The highlight was the pool which is stunning. It was a very cheap and easy 2 minute Tuk tuk ride to the beach and restaurants.The only slight downside was that the staff who were friendly spoke very little English which made it hard to communicate with them, and the menu was also very limited.

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Management Response
17 Nov 2016
Hello Reece,
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you felt comfortable. I have noted the language issues, like the rest of Sri Lanka English is a second language, the boys are attending classes that will assist with this issue going forward.
Again thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope that we might again see you staying with us.
Kind regards
Fiona, Glenn, Sandun and Sampath
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3sarah_d
Brooklyn, NY
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Relaxation & hospitality”
Reviewed 25 September 2016 for a stay in July 2016

The place itself was perfect - spacious, nice layout with three bedrooms plus living space. The gardens are lovely and the property feels very private. The pool area is great with loungers, sun cover, and a beautiful view. And the hospitality at the villa was amazing - Asela and his team were great. Asela's cooking was fantastic - we ended up having most meals at the villa because we loved his food so much! Proximity to the beach was also convenient - it was a 20 min or so walk and very pleasant. highly recommend!

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Management Response
26 Sep 2016
Thank you for the lovely review Sarah. So glad you and your husband enjoyed your holiday at the villa. I will pass on your thanks to Asela and team.
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Abiwander
New Delhi, India
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Larger than life property with an excellent staff”
Reviewed 4 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Booking with Tam was a breeze, no matter what time of the day, she'd come back with a reply to any query within 20 min.. The villa is set in a large, beautifully landscaped area with much flora and some fauna too .. it is well maintained and has excellent support staff in the form of Asela (cook and caretaker) and his helper.. Proximity to beaches and good restaurants is a blessing (approx 1 km)

Pool area was a hit with our family , couldn't get enough of it!
Thank you Tam , for being a great host

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Management Response
4 Aug 2016
Thank you Abhineet for your lovely review and kind words. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at the villa. I will pass on your comments to Asela and the support staff.
Best wishes, Tam
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Eveline V
Groningen, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Spacious villa with beautiful garden and private pool”
Reviewed 10 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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We stayed in this villa with a 10 month old baby. Cot was provided. The garden is beautiful and we made much use of the pool, since it can get quite hot in July. The cook Asela would take us out with his tuktuk if we needed to go into town, but we also rented a car which made it very flexible for us. It's really convenient to have a cook for when you don't feel like cooking yourself.

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Travelling group: Kleine kinderen
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
11 Jul 2016
Dear Eveline,

Glad you enjoyed your stay at the villa.

Best wishes,

Tam
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Nikki F
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A gem of a place!”
Reviewed 10 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

A gem of a place! Just back from five days of R&R and quite literally as the villa is hidden away and yet not at all far from the beautiful beaches Hikkaduwa has to offer. The villa is clean and very welcoming. The people who manage the villa are very accommodating and Tam is a super host from the very beginning to end! Definitely a place to check out and stay if you are visiting the area! Thank you Tam and Asela.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 May 2016
Dear Nikki,
Thank you for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Villa Gallindawatta (Stone well garden villa).
Hope to see you back again soon.
Best wishes,
Tam
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