Lovely holiday villa
We had a lovely stay at Walatta and were looked after really well by the team. The house design is modern with the whole of the front is open facing the pool and ocean. There is an inner courtyard garden with openings to the elements. The bedrooms are comfortable and clean with welcoming air con and the bathrooms are inside outside. There is an inner room with Sat TV to keep the kids happy in the evening whilst we dined on Alwis's cooking.
We went shopping to the fresh markets with Alwis one day which was fun to haggle for fish but it was no means required. On other days all receipts were presented to us in an easy format and we were able to budget.
The beach is accessed down the slope, that might be slippery when wet, and was wonderfully deserted. The sea can be rough and children should not be left out of sight. The pool in the villa has views out to sea.
There is a deck built into the hillside on which we did yoga in the mornings and relaxed on in the afternoons. Wonderful.
In all a lovely holiday...we will be back
Stayed at Walatta for 2 nights. We thought the design of the villa was unique and beautiful. Located right on a secluded beach. The host has a dog named Wally, she was very charming and fun to hang out with. The staff was genuine and attended to all of our needs/requests - they would even pick fresh coconuts for us from the palm trees whenever we wanted!
My family stayed at the Walatta house for 10 nights between Christmas 2016 and New Years 2017. I suspect the extended duration of our time there only magnified the overwhelming shortcomings of this property. It's such a shame that the house was so grossly neglected. What should have been an idyllic, tranquil stay in paradise was unfortunately a stressful disappointment.
- "beach access" is a ridiculously steep, unpaved and rocky terrain that is beyond dangerous and treacherous. This is a serious accident just waiting to happen. It was incredibly unsafe even for those that are able bodied and physically fit. There was dew on the grass and on a number of occasions people almost slipped. The very least that needs to happen is for a handrail to be installed.
- Upon arrival the bedding had HUGE holes, towels were rock hard and filthy with stains
- Stained and filthy mosquito nets with dead bugs and dirt caked on the top
- The AC in the Master broke on 3 separate occasions, in 38C (100F) heat. Technicians came out for "repairs" which resulted in many people standing around for hours at a time and nothing being fixed properly
- The house does not have enough electricity (they claim voltage fluctuations in the area) - the power would often and sporadically go out and then a massive generator would turn on. This happened daily and the back bedrooms were affected by the horrendously loud noise. Not to mention the omnipresent smell of diesel. Couldn't be any further from "eco-friendly"
- The back bedroom does not have a fan or functioning AC. There is a gaping hole in the ceiling where the fan should be.
- Broken, leaky toilets and sinks in all bedrooms - our belongings that were stored under the sink were soaked on several occasions
- Broken window on one of the sliding doors. The blinds were again stained, dirty and had dead bugs.
- None of the sliding bedroom doors shut properly - this resulted in a 2-3 inch gap around each door where squirrels (more on this later), spiders and other creepy crawlers would frequently visit
- The bathrooms are open to the elements and this resulted in spiders and bull ants that would cover the entire vanity in the evenings
- There is a squirrel infestation. Each morning they would chew up the pillow cushions in the lounge (holes everywhere) and leave poop droppings all over the couch. The squirrels that also entered the bedrooms would climb onto the bed and poop on the pillows!
- Not enough outdoor furniture for everyone to enjoy the pool together - only 2 sun loungers. No umbrellas in 38 degree heat. We eventually got the staff to rent umbrellas as they said the owner would not buy more lounge chairs (despite this property being positioned to suit more than 6 guests) nor umbrellas to provide shade from the blazing afternoon sun - very hard to believe but the property mgmt team say we are the only guests in 4 years to request this?
- Food was average. Buyer beware, you need to closely itemise daily inventory as you will be overcharged by Alwis. Major trust issues resulted in us joining for the morning market shops.
- The location is fantastic and the views are breathtaking
- The house staff really deserve a medal for ingenuity. In the face of adversity and with limited (no) resources allocated to them, they tried their best to resolve issues
- Wally the dog is a joy and great fun to play with on the beach
We stay in luxury homes all over the world at least once a year and I have never had such a terrible experience. Eden Villas property management team on the ground (Rohendra) were non existent. We had to escalate our issues to the owner, Jack. At the beginning he was responsive but each reply was geared towards excuses and did not accept any onus. As the issues and days continued, Jack became entirely unresponsive. Pathetic customer service. This is not acceptable when you are charging peak season luxury rates ($8208 for 10 nights).
I would most definitely NOT recommend this property and in the future will never book a villa through Eden Villas Management.
we had a blast at walatta house! we was a group of six people and the house is perfect for that! the location & the beach is just awesome and the house is beautiful! the staff was friendly but not that attentive as required and expected for the price of the house.
the food was good but overpriced, western-prices. it’s a bit sad especially when you know the local prices.
altogether a nice stay for 5 nights with a hint of luxury!
This is truly a place to get spoilt! If you don't leave the villa, you will still have a fantastic vacation. The staff are amazing & Alwis (the chef) is a culinary expert, waiting to please your taste buds at every meal. The house staff will take care of all the cleaning, Washing & requests happily & the gardener (we nicknamed Mr Smiley for his never ending smile) will ensure the pool & garden is in tip top shape every day. Especially grateful for the hours of kids entertainment with Wally (the house 4 legged friend) & the company he provided the family.
My only suggestion is that signage needs to be put up on the main road as the house is hard to find.
A truly memorable 6 days & we are already dreaming of coming back next time. Thank you everyone at Walatta House.
We stayed at Walatta House for 2 weeks just before Christmas 2014. Our family group was made up of all ages and everyone loved the place. My husband and I, our 3 children aged 8, 4 and 1, 1 set of grandparents, and a 25 year old niece were all superbly looked after by the ever helpful Suranga and staff. The food Alwis cooked was just delicious (why eat elsewhere?) Jack's office arranged for a lovely lady called Kusum to come and help look after the baby (I thoroughly recommend her for anyone who wants help with their children) her English is excellent, she arrived punctually with a smile every day and looked after the baby better than I can. When our middle son fell ill Kusum whisked us off to the local hospital and helped us to see the right doctor and generally made life much easier. Pirantha - the most amazing Ayurvedic masseur came to us EVERY day - he is fabulous - you must have a treatment - it's very ayuvedic no thrills but you can feel yourself healing over the days.
Now the house - it's beautiful it has been built with style and panache and has the exact right balance between eco and luxury. We loved the frogs and birds in the pool, the stunning butterflies, the enormous water monitors, the unceasing crowd of emerald beetles in the evenings. The planting is beautiful you really feel as if you are in a tropical jungle.
Anyhows enough - it is wonderful here we cannot rate it more highly. Haven't even mentioned beautiful beach, rock pools, whale watching etc etc but no need to. We'd go back in a flash.
The best thing about Walatta House is the location with a gate leading directly onto one a sequence of beaches which come more protected from the prevailing waves as you head West. The house itself is no overlooked at all, and being raised from the beach, is very private.
The amenities are very new, and apart from a couple of temperature control issues with the guest fridge, the facilities and decor are superb, while the private pool is the kind one dreams of when booking an exotic holiday. The Manager / Chef, Alwis, cooks delightful meals and will accompany you shopping if requested. The food shopping is not as cheap as guests might expect, but the excelllent quality of Alwis' food is a lot better value than paying for similar in a commercial restaurant.
There are trips that can be taken using Walatta House as a base such as the Whale Watching in Mirissa, but such is the loaction and accommodation it is perhaps more worthwhile taking advantage of Walatta House rather than having an active touring programme.
One point of note for families. The rooms are not connected and therefore younger children might feel uncomfortable not having access through a internal hallway to their parents room, access bieng external. That said, at no time during our stay was there anything other than a serendipitous feel to Walatta House, but parents may wish to view the floor plan to assess suitablility for children <10 years old.
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