This review is long overdue. My husband and I had an incredible 4 night stay during our honeymoon in October. Let me start off with my experience with the booking. Bruno was a great resource and very responsive to all my questions. Once booked, he shared with me a guide to the city and surroundings, a menu, and all the information we could possibly need for our stay - transport, transfers, tours, etc. Before we arrived, he also had the house manager arrange a rather complicated transfer: the hired a driver to pick us up from another villa we were staying at 4 hours away, drive us to udawalawe national park 3 hours away, wait for us while we went on a safari, and then drive us to Villananda 3 hours away. The fact that they were able to arrange this complex transportation was greatly appreciated.
Now on to our stay. When we arrive at the villa we were greeted by Kuma, the chef (and house manager during our stay) and 2 other house boys. Kuma gave us a tour of the house, explained that they were always available - we just had to ring a bell - and prepared a splendid dinner for us. Breakfast is included, and all other meals you pay for but they are very reasonably priced. Kuma is an excellent chef and every meal was incredible. I still think about the curry and rodis he prepared.
The villa is gorgeous. You can enjoy a dip in the pool, or go to the beach which is right at your footstep. We went in low season, and there was not a single soul on the beach, which made our stay even more relaxing. Speaking of low season, people might be discouraged because September and October have quite rainy forecasts - don't be. It only rained twice, and both times they were quick, hard showers.
Kuma also helped a arrange tuk-tuks for local tours, and a in-villa massage. Everyone at the villa, led by Kuma, was incredibly kind and helpful, and truly made our stay even more memorable. We loved our satay here, and cannot wait to be back!
Paradise is here !
This is our second review to Villananda, a great dircetly on the beach. We just wanted to tell you that we spent really wonderful days in the Villananda again this year !
The new staff is at least as nice and friendly as the staff 2 years ago was. They all have now a place in our hearts and we can not complain about anything !
Wasantha, the manager, is very nice and helpful and has fulfilled all our wishes again and again. He made us very much possible and always supported us wherever he could.
The same applies to Kuma, the chef, who can cook very , very well and is a very special person, extremely helpful, caring and nice. He was a kind of "mom", both to us as guests and to the staff of Villananda :-)
Wasantha and Kuma have repeatedly brought us surprises that you have heard from our many joint conversations between the lines. Truly unbelievable!
It was a pleasure to have long conversations with both Wasantha and Kuma.
Also Madushan, Lahiru, Madusankha, Thilina and all others we can only mention positively. Always nice and friendly and they always there when you need them.
The breakfast was delicious every day, with local fruits and above all much more than 2016, and always well presented.
The coffee was also much better than 2016, much stronger and tastier. Also the toast was always cooked perfectly this year. Please keep it that way ;-)
In summary: our visit to Villananda in 2018 was an absolute dream, we are totally recovered and want to come back.
best regards, Doris and Walter
Having never been to Sri Lanka every thing was a discovery and I can’t image a better place to discover this beautiful country from. The house is lovely with impeccable location on the beach, the staff are adorable and go a long way to make your stay the most enjoyable possible. Between the great cooking and the good advise regarding traveling from the house to local activities, All in all a great time and place, I highly recommend it.
A truly wonderful & memorable 17 day holiday. A beautiful villa, terrace, gardens, pool, with beach beyond. … what more could you want. What also made our visit so special was Wasantha, Kuma & team. They were brilliant…nothing was too much trouble & it was their mission to ensure we had the best time. Kuma’s food was fantastic, he was very passionate about his cooking & dinner was always served with a huge smile. A must is a BBQ on the beach, fantastic food, a little table set up with lighting, the crashing waves… magical.
This was one of the best holidays we have ever had. A true experience... a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you all so much.
We have just returned from two amazing weeks in this beautiful villa. It is as stunning as it looks in the pictures and the swimming pool and beach views are incredible. What makes this villa so special is the staff, they are incredibly attentive and hard working but also friendly and gave us an insight into life in Sri Lanka. From the very first evening, after a long journey we arrived to a beautiful curry, water and a fridge of beer! Wasantha - the manager - makes sure you are comfortable throughout the stay and arranged many trips and excursions for us. This enabled us to enjoy the beauty of Sri Lanka with many unforgettable experiences.
At the start of the trip, our son fell and gashed his leg. Wasantha was brilliant coming with us to the hospital and helped as he needed stitches. His calm manner averted a situation becoming upsetting. The staff at the villa made a fuss of our son and he was made to feel special.
Kuma, the chef, is a wonderful cook and a kind and friendly presence- our children adored him. We ate at the villa most days and experienced most of his delicious menu - we highly recommend the banana pancakes and devilled tuna. He is very proud of his cooking and will spend time selecting the right ingredients for you. The breakfast are a real highlight with an array of colourful fruit.
We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with a barbecue on the beach. It was an unforgettable experience cooked over cinnamon branches. The staff also purchased a surprise cake and Isuru got out his guitar to play and sing for us. The memories of that evening will live long beyond this holiday.
The beach is almost deserted although the sea is very rough in August. We saw a few people on the beach some of whom joined us in games of cricket. Like everyone we met in Sri Lanka people were kind and friendly. My husband even got to help some local fishermen whose boat had capsized.
The villa interior is immaculate and cleaned daily and the A/C bedrooms are a relaxing way to end any day. Wasanatha organised taxis and tuk tuks and we often had a regular tuk tuk driver who we built up a relationship with. However, if you get the opportunity, go to Galle on the train which is picturesque.
We can't recommend this beautiful place and the amazing staff highly enough. This certainly was the holiday of a lifetime and we look forward to returning again.
This Trip was a last minute surprise from my now fiancé. We contacted them last minute before our spontaneous flight to Sri Lanka. They had offered us transportation from the airport to the villa, but decided we would hire a driver to tour the city beforehand. Our driver spoke with the management about the location the villa was in , and we arrived with no issues. They greeted us with a very nice welcome drink and tour of the property where we immediately fell in love with the home. This is where you should go if you want to be catered to, not have to plan, and relax.
After lounging by the pool we had a lovely dinner the chef prepared prior to which my surprise engagement happened.This made our stay EXTREMELY unforgettable. If that is not an example of the romantic feel of the home, I'm not sure what is.
We both would highly recommend staying here next time you're in the area.
We will absolutely be back.
Thank you again,
Jeremy & Teal
We arrived with high expectations of Villananda, recommended by friends of ours, but our expectations were met and then exceeded beyond measure!
The deceptively spacious villa has a prime location on a glorious, sandy beach, of which we were often the only users. The gardens and pool are tended diligently, the house cleaned daily by the friendly (but unobtrusive) staff led by Kumar, who is also the chef.
The air conditioned bedroom has a large comfortable bed, draped with mosquito netting. We both slept well, although there is some road and train noise.
Kumar is just amazing, he is an extremely talented chef and clearly takes great pride in his trade - sourcing the freshest ingredients and turning them into culinary delights. The food, without exception, has been delicious! Some of the best curries either of us have ever had the pleasure of eating. Needless to say, we did not make use of the kitchen (which appears adequately equipped).
As an complete experience, booking was straightforward, messages and questions were answered promptly and with care and detail.
Upon arriving at the airport, we easily found our driver, who was friendly and even stopped and grabbed us a couple of bottles of much needed water, without us having asked.
Wasantha, the villa manager, met us at the stunning Gangananda (a large river front villa, owned by the same people) as we were too early to check in to Villananda. He greeted us warmly and made us very comfortable, with the chef there cooking us lunch, before we moved on to our slice of paradise for the week.
Our visit was to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and celebrate we did! On the morning of our anniversary, Kumar presented us with a lovely bunch of flowers. The pinnacle of our stay however, was the romantic barbecue, cooked (to perfection!) and consumed (with gusto) on the moonlit beach... a memory never to be forgotten. My heartfelt thanks to Kumar and the boys for going to so much effort and even surprising us with a personalised cake !
The accommodation and location are exceptional, enhanced by the wonderful staff (thank you Wasantha, Kumar and team!) and fabulous food.
I would not hesitate to recommend this special experience.