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Max Wadiya
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ambalangoda
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Yes, this is THE place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

It would be as much misnomer to call Max Wadiya a B&B as it would be to call it a resort. It is a small, high quality, high-service guest house. You ought to book for full board (3 meals/day) even if you know you'll be missing lunch occasionally because, frankly, the food is that good. The suites are lovely as well as practical: water pressure is excellent, the A/C worked reasonably well (though it was really, really hot outside), the internet connection was reliable and faster than we've experienced at lot more fancier places. They also supply electric adapters as Sri Lankan outlets are different from European or British 200 volt affairs.

The grounds are kept immaculate. The salt water swimming pool is spotlessly clean, as is the rest of the place. There are hammocks for chilling, and the beach about 30 feet from your room. A lot has been written in these reviews about the incredible service provided by the manager, Ranjan. He and his staff treated us as if we were the only and most important guests ever to stay over. We had our meals either at a gazebo overlooking the ocean, or on the veranda of our room.

Room Tip: We were only two but the 'family' suites we saw were amazing
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

The rooms are A+, the food A++, the grounds! the pool! the service! All excellent. Mr Ranjan is an experienced head master who runs a tight ship. We were a family of 7, with 3 children 10 yrs and under. Many dear memories created. Visit? Yes, return? Definitely. Thank you Ruth, thank you Ranjan, thank you max wadiya team

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

Max Wadiya is wonderful. The service provided by the manger, Ranjan, and his team is impeccable and the food is out of this world -- fresh, locally sourced, impeccably prepared and presented. We stayed in the upper floor suite which is lovely, with breakfast served on our balcony each day. The house is steps from a wide, empty, beautiful beach where we walked each morning. There is also a lovely pool. Great sites, like Galle or Brief Garden are nearby if you can tear yourself away from the peace and tranquility of Max Wadiya. I will surely return!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

We were lucky enough to stay in the Blue Suite at Max Wadiya for four nights, and even luckier to have the whole place to ourselves as the other guests had gone on a trip to Yala.. Max Wadiya is the best place we have ever stayed and we loved everything about it. Here are our "best bits";

- The accommodation is wonderful. The Blue Suite where we stayed was beautiful, very private with fantastic views of the Indian Ocean from the balcony (and from your bed!). The whole of Max Wadiya is very tastefully decorated with lots of antique furniture.

- The staff - Ranjan and his team - looked after us so well and we can't praise them highly enough for their kindness, professionalism, and hard work.

- The food is wonderful. Ranjan gave us a menu but we preferred to let him surprise us with different Sri Lankan specialities at each meal. Each meal was a banquet and delicious. Ranjan was also kind enough to give my husband a cookery lesson which he loved.

- You virtually have your own private beach at the end of the pretty gardens. No sun loungers or noisy bars here! Just fantastic stretches of soft white sand and the crashing waves of that mighty Indian Ocean. The little hotel dog, Ginger, loves coming for walks with you along the beach.

- Ginger the dog - he is a legend

- The saltwater swimming pool is a delight. You will never want to swim in chlorine again, and the salt makes it great for floating lazily. There is an Auyurvedic treatment area next to the pool where you can arrange to have a wide range of different treatments - I had the Shiro Dhara which I thoroughly recommend.

- Ranjan arranged a Whale Watching trip for us with Marrissa Water Sports which exceeded our expectations. We saw around 8 blue whales, some less than 20 feet away - goosebumbs or what! Amazing creatures. We also saw hundreds of spinner dolphins swimming alongside our boat. Fantastic way to spend Valentines Day, who needs red roses.

- If you can tear yourself away from Max Wadiya the temples in the area are well worth a visit especially the temple of the reclining Buddha, the largest in Asia.

We loved this place, and are busy planning how we can get back again soon. Thank you Ruth and Ranjan for everything.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

Max wadiya was true paradise, we couldn't have asked for more. The place is immaculately looked after, Ruth and the manager Ranjan made us feel extremely welcome. The room was lovely, the food exquisite and the service very personal. We cannot wait to return! Thank you for a perfect holiday.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

Me and my family stayed for 5 nights at Max Wadiya. My kids are 2 and 4 years, we stayed in the Suite upper floor, however both Suites are perfect for everybody. The property is in perfect shape, the pool is the best you can imagine for adults and little kids. It even has a baby area. Further more the pool has always parts with shadow. The beach is much more beautiful than the more famous beaches in Bentota or Unawatuna. The surf is perfect for adults or older kids, no stones or shells.

Let´s say a few word to "the one and only": Mr. Ranjan. He is the manager and he knows, that a wonderful property, a ultimate pool and and Suites close to the beach with seaview are nothing without food quality and service. I have been to a lot of luxury resorts even to the Maldives - Mr. Ranjan and his team has the same quality as the luxury Resorts worldwide. The food is outstanding - I would bet that a cooking book of about Max Wadiya" would be a bestseller.

One small thing I have to point out: In Sri Lanka you will experience that the main road and the main train is always very close to your room when you wish an accommodation in a small hotel close to the beach. This you will also experience when you stay at Max Wadiya. You will NEVER notice train and road over the day, however at the beginning of your stay you will hear the train and some buses during the night. BUT this won´t be a reason not to come back. Some people will notice it at night some people not. During my journey in Sri Lanka we always had the main road and the train close to our rooms, because we love to stay in boutique hotels at the beach.

To me it was a big benefit that Max Wadiya is only 3 minutes away from ATM, (big) Supermarkets, small Shops, Turtle Hatchery, etc. (to be honestes: I missed every minute we did not stayed at the pool and at the beach).

Do not hesitate to book Max Wadiya - you will feel that you booked your private villa with own staff just for you! And you will tell everybody at home: Go to Sri Lanka, it is close to paradise!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

My friend and I spent 4 nights at Max Wadiya and had the most fantastic time.

The service from Ranjan and his team was exemplary - just the right level of attentiveness . Ranjan organised everything we wanted to do - from meal times, trips, cooking demonstration, massages and yoga - with seamless effort.

The rooms were spacious, cool and spotless - lovely touches such as tea, coffee and biscuits, a spare plug adapter, fresh water everyday, turn back service in the evening etc etc.

The most fabulous aspect for me was the food - fresh tasty abundant and beautifully cooked. I loved trying all the different Sri Lankan specialities.

Thank you for a great stay!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Max Wadiya
Address: 147, Galle road | Madampe, Ambalangoda 0351, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Ambalangoda
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ambalangoda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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Max Wadiya Hotel Ambalangoda
Max Wadiya Sri Lanka/Ambalangoda

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