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Mezzanine bedroom
Veranda master bedroom
Budhist monks on the beach
Terrasse ground floor bedroom
Lunch on verandah master bedroom
Buddha statue in garden
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Fishermen boats on the beach
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Tangalle, Southern Province

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AJWP
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Stunning villa, lovely furnishings, attentive staff - our best experience in SL”
Reviewed 8 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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Tangalle Mansion is 5kms out of Tangalle with direct beach frontage, so ideally one needs a car / driver.

There are four bedrooms. The nicest is upstairs with a large bathroom (including large bath) and a private balcony. The hot and cold taps are labelled / plumbed incorrectly, so initially I incorrectly thought there was no hot water.

The three staff are very attentive. Given that one can self cater if one wants to, it is slightly awkward negotiating with the staff who does what. Their english and our sinhalese was not good, so we often had to call on our driver to interpret and clear up misunderstandings. Given that we were the only guests, the staff did not have enough to do, so seemed to be hanging around a lot. Sometimes it was a bit odd, when I was taking clean clothes off the line and two male staff members stood next to me holding the laundry basket off the ground but not offering to help. Perhaps something was lost in translation... Presumably when the villa is full of four different parties in high season this would not be the case.

The pool was refreshing and direct beach frontage lovely. Beware that the low waves can knock you over and take one's sunglasses. Note to self, it's better to squint!

There is also a restaurant a few doors up along the beach. The furnishings are delightful and air conditioning was effective. This is a lovely place but if the three other rooms were occupied by people you didn't get on with / feel comfortable with, there would be few places to escape. It is best for a private group.

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Liked best: The interior decoration of the villa was superb
Liked least: Lack of clarity of how much to pay the staff who are hanging around for a tip
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 June 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 7 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012

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Liked best: the location and being able to experience the culture of the area.
Liked least: having to leave.
Travelling group: With Friends
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Beirut, Lebanon
Reviewed 21 April 2012 for a stay in April 2012

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Liked best: Hospitality and Location
Liked least: Far from local markets
Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 25-34
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worldwolf
London, United Kingdom
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“Hiru Heaven in Tangalle, Sri Lanka”
Reviewed 17 March 2012 for a stay in February 2012
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This private villa in Tangalle is a hidden gem. The strange thing is there are no reviews of it. Initially this made me wonder why....but now I know, people who have stayed here want to keep it a secret . Why share this sublime experience with the world when you can keep coming back for more. I have stayed in accommodation all over the world and this place is perfection.

From the moment we arrived the wonderful staff welcomed us like old friends. But that didn't mean its not private. You can have as much or as little interaction as you like. The head butler, cook and driver is so helpful and kind... and boy can he cook. Every day he would ask what we would like, local fisherman appear at the gate with all manner of sea delights :Lobster, crab Seer fish or clams. He creates the most wonderful array of local and international dishes that are as good if not better than many restaurants in Europe.

The helpful villa staff know the local area and can provide a driver for tours around the South Coast or all over Sri Lanka. There is even an ayurvedic doctor that can visit you at Hiru Sandu for relaxing massages in the garden or in your room with their own massage table.

The Villa has 4 suites ,ours being the master suite at the top of the Villa with a beautiful verrandah overlooking the beach. The photo's I found on-line just didn't do it justice, you truly have to see it (and feel it) to believe it. Decorated in a Balinese style (with a French twist), it understated luxury, every chair, table and painting has been carefully considered, but the true magic of the place is it's serenity. I was here for 3 weeks and I literally had to be dragged away, will I back...and how. I get the feeling its a love affair that will be going for a long time to come.

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Liked best: The Location, the food and the helpful staff
Liked least: The mosquito's , and sand flies
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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pascalgug...
Brech, France
1 review
Reviewed 19 March 2018 for a stay in January 2018
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Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
20 Mar 2018
Merci et en espérant vous revoir.
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Trek68084...
1 review
Reviewed 21 February 2017 for a stay in February 2017
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Management Response
21 Feb 2017
Bonjour,
et merci pour vos commentaires qui sont toujours apprécies afin de nous améliorer. Pourriez-vous svp indiquer ce qui ne vous paraissez pas propre a votre arrivée dans les parties communes afin que nous puissions y remédier. C'est assez étrange car habituellement la villa est nettoyee de fond en comble après le depart de chaque groupe.
En ce qui concerne le filet d'eau, nous sommes malheureusement ou heureusement devrions-nous dire, au Sri Lanka, et l'eau arrive d'une tour située a l'arrière de la villa et lorsque les salles de bain des 4 chambres tirent l'eau en meme temps il se peut que la puissance ne soit pas satisfaisante pour vous, car c'est la toute 1" fois que l'on nous fait cette remarque. En ce qui concerne les coussins taches peut-etre que cela est du a des groupes precedents et nous n'avons pas eu le temps de remédier étant en tres haute saison, car de gros travaux d'entretien ont ete' realises en décembre a la villa. La description de la villa devrait vraisemblablement indiquer qu'elle se trouve a 7 kms avant Tangalle en venant de Colombo, mais cela sera vérifie' au plus tot. Il est néanmoins toujours indique' lors de nos échanges préalables qu'il est nécessaire de contacter Lakmal afin qu'il puisse indiquer la route au chauffeur ou bien venir vous accueillir sur la route principale. L'état de la mer ne depend pas malheureusement de nous, étant donne' que comme tout le monde sait, le Sri Lanka est entoure' par l'Ocean Indien, ce qui n'a donc rien a voir avec la villa en elle-même ni avec son personnel. Nous regrettons cependant que vous n'ayez pas mentionne' dans un souci de transparence, le fait que les 2 chauffeurs ont ete' gracieusement loges a la villa et que votre groupe était de 10 personnes et non de 8 comme nous le recommandons habituellement. En ce qui concerne l'obligation d'un véhicule nous ne partageons pas votre commentaire car des tuk-tuks sont toujours disponibles a 2 pas de la villa pour vous amener a Tangalle et dans les environs a moindre cout. Nous n'avons d'ailleurs nous-memes aucun autre véhicule pour nous déplacer et faisons tres volontiers appel aux tuk-tuks du village. Votre arrivée a la ville s'est néanmoins tres bien déroulée a partir du moment ou' vous avez contacte' Lakmal meme si nous regrettons que la taille de votre bus ne vous ai pas permis d'accéder a la villa directement. En espérant que vous-même et les autres membres de votre groupe, aient cependant et cela malgre' tous les inconvénients que vous avez cites, apprecie' leur séjour a la villa et au Sri Lanka.
Bien cordialement,
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