This was our first trip to Sri Lanka and we stayed at Villa Suriyagaha for 9 nights. What a fantastic place to spend your holiday!
Duncan met us at the airport and it only took 30 minutes to get to the villa. On arrival, after marvelling at the spacious en-suite room we had (with a great view of the pool from the balcony I might add!), we immediately set about relaxing with a couple of beers by the poolside. In fact we spent most of our holiday relaxing by the pool as it is such a perfect place to unwind and forget all about work!
Duncan and Sandie are the perfect hosts - nothing is too much trouble - from providing a great breakfast (from fresh fruit salad to cereals and toast to full 'English' or all of the above!) to arranging a tuk-tuk driver to take you into nearby Negombo for a meal and a few drinks at one of the local restaurants/bars - Kamlo restaurant does a great curry by the way. If you don't fancy eating out you can have an evening meal at the villa and there's nothing to beat Sandie's home cooking! Duncan also arranged a driver and a guide to take us on a trip to Sigiriya (where we visited the Lions Claw - lots of steps - and had a ride on an elephant) and Dambulla - we visited an elephant orphanage near there. But be warned - it takes a long time to get anywhere in Sri Lanka - the roads are not briiliant and there's a lot of traffic. For our trip we set off at 6.00 a.m. and got back at 8.00 p.m. but it was well worth it. All the drivers and guides are from the local village and they all speak reasonable English I(and often German as well!) and are very friendly and helpful. Duncan also arranged for us to go on a boat trip down the local river - highly recommended.
All in all we had a wonderful time and enjoyed 5* hospitality at a very reasonable price. We are definitely looking to go back and stay with Duncan and Sandie again.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Suriyagaha Sri Lanka/Waikkal