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“Beautiful villa by the beach”
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The view from the veranda
Living room panoramic
The living room
The living room
The bedroom entrance
Antique doors and king size bed
One of the two bedrooms
The ensuite bathroom
The living room
Afternoon light in the living room
Afternoon light in the living room
Afternoon light in the living room
The veranda
The veranda
The veranda
The veranda
The kitchen corner
Sunset in the living room
Sunset on the veranda
Sunset on pool
The coconut trees bunch
The pool and the beach
View from the pool
Sunset on pool
Temple flowers on the veranda
Breakfast
The beach in front
Beach panoramic in front
The beach at sunset
The wave
The catamaran
Turtle on the beach in front
Baby turtles first dip
Bathing in the ocean in front
On the laguna
On the laguna
On the laguna
The fishermen in front of the house
The beach
Ambalangoda market
At the temple behind
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Ambalangoda, Galle District, Southern Province

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diyananda
New Delhi, India
1 review
“Beautiful villa by the beach”
Reviewed 26 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

I traveled with a group of friends to the Villananda in June 2015 to celebrate my 30th birthday. The villa was absolutely stunning. It looks exactly like the pictures posted online. The rooms are big and airy with huge four poster beds. We spent most of our time around the pool and the outside dining table which had amazing views of the beach which was completely empty. The pool is really wonderful. The villa is done up very simply and beautifully with very comfortable furniture.

The sea is a bit rough to swim in - though we were told that it is swimmable during season. We traveled to jungle beach and unawatuna to swim in the sea.

The breakfast at the villa was great. One morning they made us a Sri Lankan breakfast which was also very good. The best part was the BBQ dinner they made us on the last night there. Could not recommend it enough! It was absolutely delicious and even after overeating like crazy we could not finish all the food they made!

We did pick up groceries including water since the villa isn't stocked though they can send someone to buy things. The houseboys were really sweet about cooking up what we bought and served it with the breakfast. Would recommend picking up groceries and alcohol on your way to the villa.

There a few flies buzzing around the tables but management has said that they will increase their pest control efforts.

Do keep in mind that they do not have driver accommodation on the premises so you will need to pay for the driver's stay elsewhere. The manager Sameera helped get our driver accommodation in a nearby guesthouse so it was not an issue.

The service was really good. Sameera, Manoj and Leru were very helpful!

I would definitely want to go back and wish we had stayed for longer!

Travelling group: Friends
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robertb55
Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“fabulous villa”
Reviewed 31 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We spent our honeymoon at Villananda in July 2014,what a terrific place in a wonderful setting.The villa was just perfect and the swimming pool a real bonus!We had the pleasure of meeting the owners Nicole and Bruno and spending a lovely evening with them at the villa on the lagoon,you couldnt meet nicer more welcoming people.Sudath and the other villa staff were great and the home made curries were just delicious.If you are considering staying at Villananda think no longer as you could not stay in a better place.Thank you all for making our stay very special.We hope to return someday and maybe stay at the lagoon villa next time! Robert & Carly.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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OksanaKs
Nevinnomyssk, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“;-) :-*:-*”
Reviewed 15 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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The first time was in a place where would be willing to stay forever)). Surprisingly, both Nicole and Bruno managed to create a magical atmosphere. The villa is gorgeous, from the concrete floor to antique latches on the doors. The villa designed to trifles. From the airport we were cared how about the children)). We ate mostly at the villa, as the ladies are very tasty cooked (tastes better than the restaurant). Cleaning and laundry at a very high level (it is possible to leave a tip.) Villa guarded round the clock. A security guard closes the shutters before the rain, also removes the sunbeds under the roof. We did not use the safe deposit box, there was no need ... Leaving the house we did not even shut the doors, and no keys .. The pool was always clean. The beach is huge and empty, not counting the four dogs, which we loved).)
I want to say a special thank you to our manager Sudath, who was always there and as a magician fulfills our wishes.. Excursions in any direction with the driver Lal of high-end, which was for us and also a great guide.
Perhaps about the villa and its people can write endlessly)). But, most of all the best proof of my words will be our return to the villa.))
Thank you Bruno and Nicole.))

Travelling group: Extended Family
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Vienna
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A fantastic surprise”
Reviewed 3 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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My husband, 13 year old son and I arrived at the Villananda directly after landing in Colombo. The pick-up at the airport was well organised and the arrival at this hidden gem deserves the 'whoa' factor!!
Once you pass the gate, you forget all: you have the ocean in front of you, a nice little pool in front of the terrasse, tastefully decorated bedrooms wih king size beds and ensuite bathrooms, a big living room with an open kitchen, a manager who is faultless and will advise you, should you need help for anything...or organise tuk-tuks, cars etc...
The food was excellent. Go for the rice and curry. We even asked for extra prawns for the second meal and Sudhart, the manager, took care of it with his usual gentleness.
The staff is adorable, from the guard in the garden to the wonderful women taking care of the house and your laundry.
One more piece of advice: do try the massages. It is organised right next door by two ayurveda specialists, who speaks English and German. They are very good and the manager will make the reservation for you.
Nothing negative to say about this place. It is a wonder. We just want to come back or try the house by the river next time.
Congratulations to Bruno and Nicole for these villas and the perfect organisation!!

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Liked best: Impossible to make a choice. My longest lasting memory wiill be this whoa factor right upon arrival
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Reviewed 23 August 2013 for a stay in August 2012

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oonagh276...
belfast
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Perfect location, perfect villa, fantastic people - a real gem”
Reviewed 31 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We are just back from two weeks in Villananda and could not recommend it enough. From the moment we arrived at the villa, from the busy streets of Ambalagoda to see a tranquil paradise I think we knew we chose well. The villa is amazing and modern in design and has everything you could ever need, the pool is warm and welcoming, the sea is a balmy bath temperature.

We had great intentions of visiting different places but found it difficult to pull ourselves away from the villa. The breakfast of fruit, eggs and toast with the most amazing jam (passion fruit was a firm fav) and the lunches and dinners were all delicious. The curry and rice is actually about 6 dishes of curry, different every night and all equally tasty. Next door to the villa on the road is a little shop that does Sri Lankan hoppers which have to be tried with the curry.

Depending on your preferences we would recommend going to Hikkaduwa which, although touristy, has good beachside restaurants to eat lunch, drink beer and watch surfers. Galle is worth a visit too.

There is not much to see in Ambalagoda but worth a visit or two, to pick things up at the supermarket and get a feel for the area.

We were lucky enough to see turtles laying eggs on the beach, not so lucky to see a snake in Hikkaduwa though....

The best thing were the staff - unfailingly friendly and attentive if you do your research in advance they can set up anything you want to visit.

Nicole and Bruno have done this extraordinarily well as you will see from the warm feeling and attention to detail, down to the lotus flowers topped up every day. This is better than many high class hotels.

Wish I was back!

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Your age range 25-34
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London
Reviewed 14 February 2013 for a stay in November 2012

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