Well all expectations were fully met 10 out of 10 and more for this place. Great spot on the beach and relaxing. Staff under the guidance of Syraj with Thilina in close second outstanding food cooked by the team who waited on us hand and foot and really went out there way to make us feel comfortable and relaxed and with honest friendly local service. These combined alone where highlights. The local knowledge of Syraj and helpful ness on all things in the surrounding area are a great help and bonus. Settled very close to Hiri bay with wild life everywhere mongoose in the garden monkeys in the trees peacocks having breakfast with us great. Thanks Elaine. We will be back.
We spent 11 days at the Boathouse at the end of March. From the moment we got in touch with the owners Elaine and Andrew, who were both extremely responsive and accommodating to our needs, till the day we left, we were never disappointed. Arriving at the Boathouse we were transported to a paradise far better than we had hoped or imagined. A stunning 20m pool leading to an endless sandy beach that was virtually our own personal space greeted us as we entered the tastefully decorated villa that is even more stunning than the pictures. From the moment you enter you feel an immediate sense of relaxation.
The house is perfectly designed for families since it has great inside/outside spaces where the entire party can roam around and be part of a large group or simply enjoy their own personal space. The location of the villa ensures a cool breeze around the patio and pool area making reading or sun bathing possible throughout the day.
Food was simply delicious. The chef was able to whip up meals exactly to our taste and nothing was ever too much trouble whether we wanted Thai, Mexican, Japanese, Sri Lankan, cocktails or even two birthday cakes, Suraj and the team could not have been more helpful and professional in looking after us.
The location of the villa was perfect for day trips. We managed to do Galle, Udawalawe Safari Park, Mirissa Whale Watching and some local temples. Suraj and the team booked all of these trips on our behalf.
We have travelled the world extensively staying in some amazing locations and hotels and this was our most memorable experience by far. If you want an idyllic villa in an incredible setting with amenities nothing short of 5 star come to The Boathouse! You will be welcomed by friendly and skilled staff led by the amazing villa manager Suraj who will do everything they can to make sure you feel special every moment you are with them.
I am still dreaming of the Boathouse and we hope to definitely return.
Thank you for the perfect holiday.
This was our second visit to The Boathouse and we found there is even more to enthuse about. In this beautifully designed villa all rooms open onto a wide balcony or verandah with the Indian Ocean just beyond the stunning pool and garden. An evening meal, prepared by one of the two internationally trained chefs from fresh local ingredients of your choice, served on the verandah as the sun goes down - what could be more magical? The garden is now well established and is attracting its own wildlife - a family of mongoose, a lazy monitor lizard, chattering chipmunks in the palm trees and a variety of birds, including waders and brilliant blue-tailed kingfisher who makes the pool his own domain. With all this you have a friendly and very professional staff who will make you most welcome and seek to meet your every need, both within the house and by arranging any visits you want to make from the house.
It was with great reluctance that we left the beautiful Boathouse - an amazing place for a memorable holiday.
I think I’m still dreaming about this house...and with this, there’s not much left to be said about how gorgeous this property is! Everything is perfectly done down to the last detail, the design and the furniture are amazing, there’s a huge swimming pool which is perfectly maintained, kind staff and helpful, the ocean right in front of your eyes when you wake up in the morning...speechless!
We were 3 families with kids, The villa is beautiful and very well equipped. the swimming pool is very clean, and the food was great. However the best thing in the Villa is the kind and helpful staff which made our vacation so perfect!
The Boat House is simply put, perfect. It is an absolute dream house where every single detail has been perfectly thought of. It outranks even some of the best 5 stars hotels I've stayed at. Also noteworthy to add that there's also a pool and private access to the beach.
Location of the villa is great 2.5 hours from Colombo airport, very close to anything that you need groceries and shopping... etc.
The villa itself is exactly as shown in the pics and probably slightly better than expected from the rooms to inside sitting area to the pool and outdoor.
All of the staff spoke very good english, specially the Villa manager who was extremely professional a better service than a 5* hotel, the Chef knew how to satisfy all our needs and specific food requirements to a group of 9 people with different tastes...
Finally I cant express our gratitude to the owners Andrew and Elaine, we had a special occasion and despite the bad weather in Sri Lanka ( which they offered to cancel the Trip) made every single effort to make this occasion a successful one...
I would highly recommend this villa!