After reading all the brilliant reviews on here I had a good idea that we were onto a winner. The booking process was quick and simple. I emailed them direct and Melani answered every message immediately answering all my questions.
When we arrived we were met with a lovely cooling fruit drink and presented with a flower garland.
We were impressed before we even entered the building, the garden is beautiful so lush and green and the pool lovely and clean.
We had booked an upstairs room as we had been worried about Mosquitos (the large pond is next to the building) but there was no problem with this at all. Would be happy to have a room on either floor as all rooms lovely. Thick European mattress,immaculate bedding and comfy pillows on the bed. All rooms have a fridge stocked with beer wine and water convenient when it is so hot. Fresh flowers in the room every day, lovely little touches that make it special. The bathrooms are all very modern and tastefully decorated.
There was complimentary shampoo and shower gel provided and best of all constant hot water.
There is free use of the bicycles which is a big plus (other places charged a rental). My partner used one just about every morning before it got too hot to go bird watching. Thanks to Chrishan showing him around the mangroves and lakes he would never have found on his own he managed to spot forty six different species of birds just in the garden or within over one mile ride of it. Bird watchers paradise.
Chrishan will run you locally in their tucktuck as this gorgeous place is about a mile and half from the beach. We liked the fact that it was away from the madding crowd so peaceful listening to the birds,the occasional rustling of a monitor lizard in the bushes and the monkeys feeding on the bananas growing in the grounds.
Breakfast is served very flexibly in the morning. Tea or coffee, fruit juice(real fruit juice not from a carton) eggs any way you like them and toast and jam. Always asked if we needed any more so no need to leave the breakfast table hungry.
We only ate a few meals there as eating in different places is part of our holiday but what we did have was excellent. You must try the mangrove crab that Chrishan cooks - delicious - and very reasonably priced. They also do a deal for half board which just about everyone took them up on so must have been a good price.
Melani will arrange any excursions you want to do and their prices were comparable or even cheaper than the travel shops on the beach. Anything you want to know they go out off their way to help you nothing is to much trouble. We also used them for a drop of to Negumbo and that was very reasonably priced as well.
What more can I say this is customer service at its best. If you want attentive helpful smiling hosts then this is the place to book.
We stayed for two weeks and could have easily stayed two more. This place is perfect for young old, families, couples or singles - everybody just loved this place.
Thank you again for a wonderful two weeks,we heartily recommend this gem of a place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Gaetano - Melani and Chrishan's Home located in the village of Atharagoda, Unawatuna in a fully natural setup in mangroves.We have three large separate rooms ach with balconies, each with attached bathrooms & a refrigerator. All bedrooms are furnished. Melani and Chrishan's Home offers 1 free shuttle service per day to beach at your command. Rare facilities like free cookery class& kitchen facilities also are available on request.Other services: Swimming pool - (10meters long), Internet, frees bicycle, Library, Ayurvedic therapy and yoga, 24 hour safety guaranteed service, spacious garden for playing Laundry service, Airport pickup and Sight-seeing. When you are coming to villa gaetano please turn to Heenatigala Road from near the Post Office and turn again from Mangrove Road and come until you find Aturvedic Village Garden then pass the biggest bridge and left side with a green gate is Villa-Gaetano as we are new and a little place there is a little board with ''Melani+Crishan's Home'' Thank you! ... more less
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