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“Sensational Shalini !!!”
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128 reviews
Pool
Seating area near pool
Seating area near pool
Seated area off lounge
Seated area off lounge
Seated area off lounge
Lounge area
Hallway
Open Dining area
Open Dining area
Open Dining area
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 1
Unawatuna Beach
Blowhole near Tengalle
Sunset at Unawatuna
Paddy Fields near Unawatuna
Koggala Lake
Habaraduwa Beach
New Unawatuna Beach
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Coconuts
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Unawatuna, Galle District, Southern Province

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DorsetJak...
Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Sensational Shalini !!!”
Reviewed 10 March 2013 for a stay in February 2013
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We travelled to Sri Lanka with our 1 year old daughter with mild concerns about how hard it was going to be with a little one. How wrong we were! From the minute we arrived after a long journey, we were made to feel welcome by the endearing Kamindika. He was excellent with our little girl throughout the entire stay and by the time we left, she refused to be separated from him! It certainly allowed us to relax knowing that she was in safe hands. The same can be said for Thuranga the chef, he was also warm and welcoming, and cooked us some incredible rice and curries virtually every night. He made sure our daughter was also accommodated for. After a great cookery lesson from him, I now have a range of super tasty Sri Lankan curries to try at home. The villa itself it astounding. Beautifully kept and maintained (again, by the tireless staff), it is perfectly situated just a 5 min trip to the main village centre and beach. Facilities include a private kitchen, comfortable seating areas inside and out, a gorgeous pool and gardens, three very comfortable and large double beds, all with mosquito nets, in large rooms with en suite bathrooms and air con. The whole villa is superbly designed with high ceilings and fans to give good air flow in this hot climate. We spent a great deal of time in the gardens next to the the pool, enjoying the company of the monkeys who regularly frequent the trees and bushes surrounding the house! On the whole, a five star experience, and something we will definitely be repeating in the not too distant future.

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Liked best: The warming staff and people
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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London
Reviewed 28 February 2013 for a stay in December 2012

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Sydney
Reviewed 20 February 2013 for a stay in February 2013

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rqf55
Sydney
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“Pretty much perfect”
Reviewed 17 February 2013 for a stay in February 2013
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We stayed for 7 nights. It is a lovely, well designed villa, surrounded by well kept beautiful gardens. The rooms are spacious and charming. The beds are very comfortable. The staff were great - helpful but not too intrusive. Tharanga, the chef, produced wonderful meals for us virtually every night - he was a delight. The pool was lovely, and we spent a lot of time in it. The feel of the villa is one of understated comfort, style and peacefulness. It is located on a quiet side lane, and is a 5 minute walk to the closest part of the beach (a 10 minute walk to the middle of the beach or a 100 rupee tuk tuk ride). Because of this distance, we ate in on all nights except one. Extremely highly recommended.

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Liked best: The pool and the garden and the home cooked meals.
Travelling group: Friends
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RaymondEs...
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“Delightful experience”
Reviewed 10 February 2013 for a stay in January 2013

One of the best holiday lodgings we have ever experienced. Beautiful villa in a tropical garden setting with pool. Attentive and thoughtful staff (Kamindika and Tharanga) with good breakfasts and superb evening meals prepared to our wishes. Distance to beaches etc. just about right, not too far but far enough to be peaceful.

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Liked best: Eveything! The staff, the surrounding gardens and the general environment
Liked least: Leaving.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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London
Reviewed 29 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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Lionstm
Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
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“Shalini Villa is a fantastic house with a beautiful garden in a great location”
Reviewed 15 September 2012 for a stay in May 2012

With our family we enjoyed an extended stay at Shalini Villa. The photos do not do it justice. It is set in a beautifully maintained garden and the house is designed to take advantage of any breeze making it cool and comfortable. Each window and door provides a postcard worthy view of the garden.
The three bedrooms are spacious with comfortable queen sized beds, airconditioning and overhead fans and lovely ensuit bathrooms. The well appointed kitchen allowed us to self cater though we also made use of the excellent chef for breakfasts and occassional dinners. Highlights were the Sri Lankan breakfast and a fantastic Rice and Curry on our last evening. We also loved that the chef sang while he cooked.
The Villa is an easy 5 minute walk to Unawatuna Beach where we swam and visited the many restaurants. It is only a 15 minute Tuk ride to Galle where we enjoyed the shopping and more eating out!
A special mention needs to be made of Kamindika who attended to our every need throughout our stay. He lovingly cares for the garden and the Villa and ensured our stay was trouble free.

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Liked best: Large rooms, cooling breezes and beautiful garden and the welcoming staff
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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