Another Sri Lankan visit over. I keep wishing for some divine intervention that keeps me here.
I've experienced some amazing properties in previous visits but Meda Gedara offers something different, a different vibe if you will. I don't have children but to watch my friends with theirs, lapping up every ounce of unique MG energy, playing cricket and rounders, charging down the gigantic water slide through the bounty of hibiscus into the plunge pool was quite something.
When I wished for it, I was able to wander off down to the bottom of the garden and lie in one of the hammocks with the Indian Ocean front view and surround-sound.
I should also add that I still had full WiFi coverage at the bottom of the garden, much as I tried for a digital-detox.
MG is all things to all people. If you’re after a creative retreat, this is the spot, if you’re on family holidays, maybe inter-generational, MG offers hot and cold running everything, a stockpile of interesting books, magazines, games and movies. It is also, of course, a romantic idyll.
The ocean-facing bedroom suites are enormous with hugely comfortable beds and beautifully finished bathrooms. The back of the house, facing a jungle of palms, brightly coloured birds and other flora and fauna is geared towards children with fun bunks, single four-poster beds and again, superb bathrooms. And I love the laundry chute for all its ease.
I managed to nab the garden suite with its adjoining daybed and again, direct ocean views. Bliss.
Down the beautifully curved and carved teak staircase the endless entertaining space has a lovely flow to it, sprinkled stylishly as it is with artwork and rich pickings from world travels. Evening drinks under the stars whilst listening to the ocean roar away or just inside whilst watching the rains clear the decks. No sitting and dripping here, the ocean breeze supplies a constant waft.
Did I mention the cashew nut curry, the okra curry, the kottu, the tiger prawns, the citrus salad dressings? Who doesn't love an elastic waistband, right?
Head chef and House Manager Roshan is the purveyor of gastronomic creativity and boy does he provide. He’ll also give cookery lessons and take you to the fish market to pick lunch out if you like.
Of course there is an infinity pool in which to swim it all off and the yoga sala to stretch it all out and get to work on your Solar Plexus. If you’re a committed yogi, Om Ceylon yoga retreats are held here, info on the website. That said, you could organise your own retreat, yogis, writers, photographers, painters, all, the foundations are already here.
A day trip or two should include lovely Galle, a Unesco World Heritage Site with the ramparts around the old Fort a great place to walk off lunch. This is a gemologist’s heaven - the streets are lined with stores selling Ceylon sapphires, aquamarines and yellow diamonds, you name it. If you’re looking to source a stone, Galle could be your treasure trove.
Meanwhile, back at MG and a quiet word to Roshan and sparkly-clean Tuk Tuks appear within minutes to whisk us off to the surf beach 10 mins up the road, Hiriketiya. Lined with beach bars and speakers proving a cool soundtrack to your white water chase, this little bay is a must.
When we arrived back via a watermelon daiquiri - recommended by the way - Roshan and the team were at the door offering iced water, chilled fruit juices and cold towels. You thought it, they had already done it and with smiles that could light the whole island.
It's all really rather serene, things just happen rather nicely at Meda Gedara.
There are many stunning foreign outposts that wow you but I felt the need to write all this about MG as it had a profound effect on me and I’ve had a few turns around the globe discovering exotic nuggets like this.
Now it's your turn.
This is one of the most stunning Villas we have ever stayed in. Attention to detail is second to none and the perfect setting for a family holiday offering something for everyone. We were a big group with 8 boys ranging in age from 4 - 12 years of age who were entertained from the moment we arrived. They played cricket in the garden, swam in the stunning pool, up and down on the waterslide and even took part in the yoga. Whilst the boys were entertained the adults could relax by the pool.
We often got up early to the nearby beach Hiriketiya which was the perfect spot for the boys to learn to surf and in the evening (the parents!) sampled the most delicious watermelon Daiquiri's. An effortlessly cool vibe.
We went to Galle which is a must see. Wewurukannala Viharaya Temple, The fish markets with Chef Roshan, and a bird reserve. We could have seen more but to be honest we were so happy in our slice of paradise it was difficult to leave!
We couldn't have been looked after better by Roshan and his team. Nothing was too much trouble and the Sri Lankan cuisine is simply delicious!
Our room was beautiful, large and roomy with a very comfortable four poster bed. The terrace outside our room offered views onto the landscaped garden and out onto the beach. Sleeping at night in the warmth and listening to the noise of the crashing waves is one of the things I really won't forget.
There is so much to do and explore in Sri Lanka that we will definitely go back and stay in Meda Gedara.
Absolutely stunning villa, pure luxury, incredible food, intelligent yoga, beautiful pool and then straight onto a pretty much deserted beach. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the garden house and would definitely return and recommend. A deeply relaxing environment, we loved it!
We had a few concerns about going to Sri Lanka, it's a long way and we have kids across a range of ages. I'm so pleased we made the effort because this villa is a slice of heaven. The villa is beautiful, the staff cannot do enough to please you, and any minor complaints from the young ones about a long flight were quickly forgotten the moment they went down the water slide (which is cleverly diverted to its own little swimming pool ..). You can see the ocean from the bedrooms, from the dining table and from the pool loungers, and wander through the garden gate straight onto the fine sand if the thought should take you. There is nobody on the beach for miles. This is truly a great adventure for all ages, the food is exceptional and varied, and if we could have stayed another week we would have done so. Five PROPER full stars for this gorgeous place, without hesitation.
Amazing Location right on the beach with lovely walks.
Staff were super helpful. The Chef who is also the manager conjured up the most delicious menus in a totally relaxed way.
The rooms are fabulous, my children especially loved the triple bunks and the cinema room. The decor is super stylish, a mixture of old British antiques and a lovely light and airy atmosphere.
Pool and slide. FAB. Would definitely recommend this to families / you could easily have 2 or 3 happily here. Amazing place. Amazing holiday thank you.
It was amazing, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left (even though we didn't want to leave!) The team were all superb especially Roshan and Manju - they looked after us so well. The food was out of this world.
We fell completely in love with Sri Lanka, what a wonderful country! - everyone is so friendly...
Hats off to the owners - the Villa is outstanding, they have done an amazing job - the interiors are exquisite - every little detail thought about - and they clearly have a very tasteful eye for interior design! everything was just perfect.
I have been to some of the worlds best resorts, but this is right up there... its probably best described as a 'Private Villa Hotel' - all the luxuries of a 5 star resort (including water slide!) and the very attentive staff - in the privacy of your own beachfront villa. We had everything from Spa treatments to beach BBQ's and even our own private fireworks display - an unbelievable holiday - will definitely be returning!
We have created some memories that will live with us forever - Meda Gedara will always have a fond place in our hearts... the children smiled not stop all week - thankyou so much!
Simon & Family
From the moment we arrived with our whole family to the welcome of the smiling staff waiting in the drive armed with cool drinks and cool towels, we knew we were in for a fantastic holiday in this dream of a place. We visited one wildlife park and the old town of Galle and a tea plantation, but we really did not need to go out of the villa and its grounds. Set in a beautiful garden, the two swimming pools caused our five grandchildren (and everyone else too) endless fun, particularly the water slide. Roshan, the chef and manager, could not have been more attentive to our needs, as well as joining in with all our games and fun. A perfect place for a perfect family holiday.