I traveled to this apartment/villa with my grandparents and younger cousin for 10 days. Pictures are beautiful and the description is accurate, however I wanted to write a review with just a little more insight..
Firstly once we landed in Sri lanka it was early hours in the morning, we had booked a pick up with the owner who didn't turn up and we couldn't get hold of him via his contact number he had provided! Luckily a local taxi driver from a firm inside the airport saw us wandering around and offered to try calling him and track down where he is.
Being in a new country we had no idea what to do, the owner had forgotten/claimed he was never told we needed a pick up (regardless that we had email confirmation with times, dates and the charge!), so we took a taxi from outside of the airport. Now this is where I started to get worried. Driving in Sri Lanka is an experience that is not for the faint hearted! There were times when I thought we might not arrive in one piece! Traffic jams like you've never seen in town centres, High speed over taking in the smallest gaps possible, merging without looking, pushing other cars out the way, cutting up lorries, driving on the wrong side of the road.. It was just something else!! However to give the driver his dues, he didn't even clip another car! All taxis/drivers in General are like this in Sri Lanka but we never saw an accident to be fair!
On arriving at the apartment we were somewhat bewildered as to if this was the correct place! We still couldn't get hold of the owner, the taxi had no idea of the location and when we could get hold of the owner on the taxi drivers phone he kept telling him to wait there and he'll find us!? Without being offensive to the locals it seemed a bit 'rough' and run down and couldn't quite believe that we were actually staying above the local clinic! So we felt a bit intimidated!
We were taken up to our apartment, talked through the wifi, electric etc. First impressions- the pictures on this site would of been when it was first done. It doesn't quite look like this now, all metal areas were rusted, the grass was overgrown and unsightly, the sun loungers and cushions were filthy. The beach was littered with dangerous items and rubbish! Eg. Broken glass, plastic, wood with huge rusty nails.. It seemed the beach is used as a bin! So I was a bit shocked and upset on arrival!
HOWEVER. I do admit we were jet lagged, tired and hungry. After taking a nap I was much more optimistic. Having a young girl with us (13), it took a lot to build her courage up to walk down the street to explore. As there was no signs of tourism, you are completely amongst the locals here.
The locals- are extremely friendly and lovely. They do not bother you- except for the occasional keen hotel owner and tuc-tuc driver! They couldn't be more helpful! After a few days here and discovering there was nothing to worry about, myself and my family completely relaxed.
The apartment was by the beach, we had nice rooms with a nice shower/toilet facilities and we saw turtles every morning filtering onto he beach through the gap in the coral which was positioned directly in our view! There was really nothing to moan about.
We found a local restaurant Dusas Hut- about 5/10 minute walk from out apartment, which we dined at nearly every night! Run by Priya and his family. Priya is just fantastic, so lovely, helpful, kind and professional. We booked many excursions with him, he had a luxury air conditioned van, and drove like a saint! We really recommend him!
The beach is lovely, if you don't mind being watched by locals! They are harmless and you learn to ignore it, but I can understand why people may be bothered by this. If you walk left up he beach to the spot where there is a bit of an island surrounded by little drinks shacks and cafes, you will see wild turtles that come right up in the shallows and shore! A real highlight of my trip.
To sum up the trip, it was a 9/10. I did love it, first impressions it is quite daunting and you do feel a bit worried about where the heck you've ended up! But you really do learn there is nothing to worry about. It is safe, friendly and most of all beautiful! What you need to remember is, the locals are still suffering from the effects of the tsunami. Which Priya had explained was extremely detrimental to this area. So keep and open mind and enjoy!