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“A Tranquil Paradise”
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Villa Don Hendrick
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Oslo, Norway
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5 reviews
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“A Tranquil Paradise”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

After a week of hectic travelling around Sri Lanka, Villa Don Hendrick proved to be the perfect place for us to wind down for a few days. Behind a rather anonymous fence, hosts Raf and Harold have created a beautiful boutique resort with three double-bedded bungalows in a large, meticulously kept garden. We loved the peace and quiet, the elegance, the home-grown fresh fruit, and last but not least our hosts' never-ending attentiveness. Excellent value for money.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

I recently stayed at Villa Don Hendrick as the last stop on a holiday away with my parents plus fiancé, and it was just simply fantastic. We left feeling refreshed, relaxed and totally rejuvenated.

The garden in which the bungalows are set is stunning and the pool is idyllic. Even though there is plenty to do in the local area, and we had planned to do some sightseeing, we actually ended up just staying and relaxing in the garden because it was just such a lovely place and we couldn't bare to tear ourselves away from it!! The rooms, and furniture, are extremely comfortable at Villa Don Hendrick and we slept so well there, which is just so important on a holiday.

From the initial booking, to the actual stay itself, the experience of Villa Don Hendrick was just perfect. I really can't speak highly enough of it. Nothing was too much trouble for our wonderful hosts Raf and Harold and their personalities / sense of design comes out through all the personal touches at Villa Don Hendrick which made our stay so special. We ate there and I was exceptionally awkward being vegetarian, and on a strict pre-wedding diet, but they catered brilliantly for us all and although I enjoyed 3 course dinners I still fitted into my wedding dress perfectly!

I simply can't wait to go back and have the Villa Don Hendrick experience again!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Northumberland, England
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We have stayed in many wonderful places but nothing can compare with Villa Don Hendrick. It is an oasis of tranquillity combined with stylish Sri Lankan elegance, all the attention to detail expected by discerning travellers and complemented by the perfect hosts, Raf and Harold.

The idyllic setting, just off the beaten track, is not for those who are looking for beach bars and discos every night. That said, you are a short tuk-tuk drive away from Tangalle and its bars and beautiful beaches. It is a place for chilling out and enjoying the beautiful pool, gardens and serene, tropical ambience.

The villa has been extremely tastefully renovated, and furnished and equipped with very high quality Sri Lankan goods. The accommodation is very comfortable, spotlessly clean and well equipped. Hair driers, toiletries and good quality towels are provided and the excellent showers even drain properly! There are tea and coffee making facilities in each room too. There are also laundry facilities available.

The whole atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Chanaka and team provide an excellent service. Raf and Harold provide delicious fresh food beautifully presented. They are the most perfect hosts imaginable, They are very friendly, yet sensitive to guests' needs. They are excellent company with a great sense of humour, yet are equally naturally discreet when required,

In recommending the place so highly, I hope that it remains unspoiled.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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sydney
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2014

We had the most wonderful stay at Villa Don Hendrick and would recommend it to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday! This boutique offers great value for money, we were completely blown away by the 5-star luxury we experienced for such a reasonable cost! (we stayed 5 nights in galle that cost only slightly less than this but the standard and quality were MILES behind). The owners are lovely, the whole experience was fantastic.

Here are some of the pros of this great place:

Perfect location- away from the noisy, boring town and away from the throng of beachfront guesthouses, restaurants and tourists..it was simply divine- quiet, peaceful and relaxing. It was like we were staying in our own little luxury oasis. We loved swimming in the beautifully cared for and pristine pool as well as exploring their pineapple plantation. Occasionally in the mornings we would even see wild peacocks in the surrounding trees.

Food is delicious and very substantial! the breakfast every morning was huge and featured items that we were missing most from home- good quality bread, cheese and yoghurt! We also stayed for dinner one night which was lovely and home-cooked by Raf and Harold- it comes with an entree, main and dessert and half the experience was just to be surprised by what they were going to cook for you!

Lastly, the hosts Raf and Harold should be commended on their wonderful job in setting up this boutique. They are so welcoming, thoughtful and deserving of praise! When I commented on how I loved their tableware and decoration they took the time to make me an extensive list of shopping areas in galle and Colombo including which shops to go to, what things they sold and where they were. This was very kind of them as they did not have to go to this effort at all.. every last detail was taken care of and all our questions answered. They really take the time to get to know and talk to their guests (that is, if the guests want to talk! if you are there to simply be alone, rest assured they will leave you in peace). Overall it was a fantastic stay and we can't wait to come back again!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hove, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We had a fantastic 4 night stay over Christmas. The bungalows, of which there are 3, are beautiful, comfortable, private and have everything you need. The grounds are extremely peaceful and beautifully maintained. The infinity pool, which we had to ourselves for the majority of our stay, is great and has an amazing view. Raf and Harold, the owners, were attentive, friendly and cooked us delicious breakfasts and dinners. The attention to detail in every respect was way beyond what we expected. An extremely relaxing few days. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

A paradise of a bed and breakfast in the nice city of tangalle. The bed and breakfast has only 3 bungalows which are beautifully decorated. The swimming pool is quiet and nicely located in the peaceful garden. We did some trips with the driver recommended by the owners of this bb. This was the best driver we ever had. His name was kelum. We would love to come again to this nice place!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights in this fabulous resort. Harold and Raf went out of their way to take care of us. The bungalows are very comfortable and the entire resort is a great place to relax and enjoy life. Beautiful infinity pool and the birds will wake you in the morning. Both gentlemen know how to take care of their guests. A gem in Sri Lanka.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Villa Don Hendrick
Address: Pare Gedara, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tangalle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 126 Speciality Lodging in Tangalle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the quiet village Wagegoda, at 3 kilometers from Tangalle and in the midst of the paddy fields, a neglected piece of paradise, on a amazing piece of land, surrounded by old palm trees, teak trees and lime trees has been transformed into a Boutique B&B for guests who want to feel “at home” in pure luxury. ... more   less 
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