Paradise. Heaven. Nirvana. When it comes to Max Wadiya, it’s easy to run out of superlatives that haven’t been used up in all the other reviews. We stayed for two weeks and every second of our time there was perfect. Wonderful from the moment we arrived and were greeted with mango juice, inviting staff, including the super friendly dog Ginger (Ginger is so polite and sensitive that I am sure he will leave non-dog lovers alone.) The owners even called from Amsterdam to make sure everything was to our satisfaction (it was). Every meal was a culinary experience. Leave yourself in Ranjan’s hands, and, trust me, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve never seen anything like this level of service and I’ve been to over 70 countries as a journalist and private traveller and stayed in every kind of accommodation imaginable. The staff and the place were so genuine, nothing slick or rehearsed about this hospitality. “The boys” were always there when you needed something, but were never intrusive. The accommodations (we had the blue suite) were just what we wanted, with a sitting group, a small kitchen to keep our beer and white wine cold and our tea hot plus a great bathroom. We loved the antique furniture and being able to dine on our own large veranda overlooking the ocean. (You can hear the roar of crashing ocean waves from bed, so if you’re a light sleeper, bring earplugs as we did.) After our morning swim in the ocean, we found ourselves chatting with friendly Sri Lankan fishermen or kicking a soccer ball around with local children. We’d swim laps in the pool each day (you have to do something to work off all the great food) and then find one coconut drink treat waiting for us at poolside.
Ok. So here I am trying to think of things to say that might be different: 1) My wife is a senior executive who has been extremely stressed and busy for the past two years. I had not seen her succeed in putting her job aside, even on vacation, until we got to Max Wadiya. It took about two minutes for her to say, “What job?” 2) We left for a couple nights to explore other parts of Sri Lanka with the help of the great driver Ranjan found, it was only a matter of hours before we started feeling homesick for Max Wadiya.
There is only one bad thing about staying at Max Wadiya. You will be ruined, spoiled forever, and may never find anything to measure up.
We will be back. Again and again and again.
Doug (This text has been vetted and approved by Eva)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Max Wadiya is an award-winning select boutique hotel that offers an authentic Sri Lankan experience beyond 5-star. With a verdant garden opening onto a sweeping unspoiled beach, it offers a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity, a kitchen that rivals the best on the island and a professional and caring staff who will attend to your every need. Two luxury suites provide intimacy and privacy. A connected 3-bedroom villa, rented as a single unit, is just right for a family or group of friends. The entire 10-bed property, which can be expanded with extra beds for children, is perfect for reunions or gatherings of far-flung families. All rooms are en-suite with terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean. A secluded 40-foot infinity pool is a watery alternative to the sea, and ayurvedic treatments and massages are available on request. Tariffs are inclusive of three full meals, taxes, service charge and extras like coffee or afternoon tea. The Wadiya does not serve alcohol but guests are welcome to bring their own, without a corkage fee. The concept: your temporary home on the beach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Max Wadiya Hotel Ambalangoda
- Max Wadiya Sri Lanka/Ambalangoda