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“Wow - a beautiful villa in a beautiful area.”
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Seating area near pool
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Seated area off lounge
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Bedroom 1
Bedroom 3
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Unawatuna Beach
Blowhole near Tengalle
Sunset at Unawatuna
Paddy Fields near Unawatuna
Koggala Lake
Habaraduwa Beach
New Unawatuna Beach
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Unawatuna, Galle District, Southern Province

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sjhowell
Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Wow - a beautiful villa in a beautiful area.”
Reviewed 23 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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I cannot recommend this villa/location more highly!
The villa itself is clean, comfortable and spacious. It has everything there that you could possibly need for your holiday from a private pool to air conditioning and ceiling fans outside for sitting out in the warm evenings.
The housekeeper at Shalini Villa really looked after us from organising Tuk Tuks to making restaurant reservations - nothing was too much trouble!
We didn't eat out as much as we anticipated because the Chef at Shalini Villa is truly excellent. Restaurant quality food with a varied selection and he will cater to your own needs.
The area itself is a beautiful location. With great beaches, bars and restaurants there is plenty to do.
An amazing holiday was had by all my group and we will definitely be returning!

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Liked best: The comfort, facilities and decor of the villa.
Travelling group: Friends
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Wampbell
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Perfection!”
Reviewed 19 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Stayed at Shalini Villa in April with a group of friends and it was a beautiful spot. There was lots of attention to detail at the property, and the facilities were fantastic. Beds were really comfortable, everything was spotlessly clean, lots of space and a nice option for either air conditioning or open windows and ceiling fan. Lovely showers, spacious ensuite bathrooms, and good quality mosquito nets :).

It's in a great location, close to Unawatuna village, two beautiful beaches within walking distance and little shops along the road. A short tuk tuk ride from Galle and lots of good restaurants close by.

The villa is amazing (architechture, rooms, pool, sitting/eating area), but what made it really special were the housekeepers and cook - they took incredible care of us, cooked excellent healthy, delicious meals and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and special. Little gestures, like cleaning/sweeping the room each day, helping with a sea urchin sting, making crafts out of palm tree leaves and daily fresh coconuts. And so friendly and thoughtful.

It was a really special trip, and a beautiful base from which to see a fabulous part of Sri Lanka. I highly recommend staying at Shalini Villa - it won't disappoint. We hope to get back for another visit sometime soon.

Travelling group: Friends
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hollycwar...
United Kingdom
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“Absolute Paradise”
Reviewed 25 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

This place is incredible! Recently returned from hosting my yoga retreat and feel overwhelmed with how smoothly everything went. The warm and attentive staff became like family and the villa our home. As soon as you step inside the gates you sense you have entered an oasis, feeling totally looked after. Restful days by the pool in the stunning green garden, beautifully prepared outdoor dinners and peaceful nights in comfy beds all allow for an amazing holiday. Cant wait to return!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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H A
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Stunning calm oasis”
Reviewed 25 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Just back from a week of yoga at Shalini Villa. It was one of the most beautiful places I have stayed. The attention to detail was fantastic as were all the staff who couldn't do enough for me to make my stay as restful as possible.
A great place in a fabulous country, walking distance to the beach. I can't wait to go back.

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SurreySar...
Surrey
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6 reviews
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“Stunning Villa & breakfast with the monkey's”
Reviewed 12 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

This Villa is as beautiful in reality as it is in the pictures. The staff are warm, welcoming, helpful as well as discreet and unobtrusive. The pool is the perfect size for kids young & old. I cannot praise this holiday enough. It was sadly only 2 nights 3 full days, but it could have been a week it was soo relaxing! We had dinner cooked by chef one evening & it was amazing!....Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home! We will, without question be back!!! xxxxx

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Davinia J
Oxford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“Total peace and relaxation”
Reviewed 9 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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person found this review helpful

After spending a week travelling around Sri Lanka we were fortunate enough to be able to stay at Shalini Villa for 10 nights. And they were the most fantastic 10 nights!

We felt like royalty in tropical surroundings, the villa is stunning and the staff are absolutely brilliant. Kamindika made sure we had everything we needed, (including a regular supply of beer for the boys) kept the place spotless and even arranged currency exchange and tuktuks for us every time we went out anywhere. Tilak cooked us the most amazing food, some of the best we've ever had, and he even taught us how to make some of the dishes. Every morning he would ask what we would like to have for lunch and dinner and then go off into the village to buy all of the local fresh ingredients.

The garden and pool are superb, we spent the majority of our time in and around the garden watching all the amazing wildlife popping by for a visit. For any ornithologists, the bird life is fantastic, we were able to sit on the verandah watching flycatchers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, bulbuls and all sorts of other birds dropping by for a dip in the pool. Not to mention the monkeys, mongoose and monitor lizard that all pop in throughout the day. 5pm was our favourite time, this was when the garden really came to life so no matter what we were doing we always made sure we were back in time to see the spectacle!

If I were to sum it up in just one word - magical. Don't hesitate to book this place, but please leave a space in the diary so we can go back!

Thank you to Alison for letting us stay, and for making the booking process so easy and answering all of our questions so promptly. We can't wait to return.

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Liked best: Garden, pool, food, staff...
Liked least: Going home
Travelling group: Friends
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Vinwood
Birmingham UK
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“A Fortnight in Utopia”
Reviewed 5 April 2016 for a stay in February 2016

Our stay at Shalini offered the perfect blend of privacy and service. Kamindika was thoughtful and helpful, and looked after us well in a caring and light hearted manner. Tilla the cook fulfilled our culinary requests and made 'eating in' a highlight throughout our stay. The food was always freshly prepared, healthy and delicious, in fact the meals were much better than what was being offered at most of the local restaurants. The main bedroom was by the pool and garden, the villa spacious, tastefully designed with lots of areas to sit and relax depending on your mood.
We spent most of our time in the garden, enjoying the monkeys, butterflies and furry animals but our favourite were the exotic birds that visited the pool for a late afternoon dip.
The staff were inconspicuous yet manage to be present when needed. Overall, Shalini allows for peace, harmony and tranquility. We hope to return someday.
Best wishes and much good health to you all. Vincent and Nigel, Birmingham, England.

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Liked best: The layout of the villa and sitting area by the pool
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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