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“The Holiday of a lifetime”
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Front aspect of Mandalay Swimming pool, overlooking one of the cabanas and paddy fields below
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Mandalay viewed from pool
Front aspect of Mandalay
Swimming pool, overlooking one of the cabanas and paddy fields below
Second cabana
Garden and treehouse
Mandalay's beautifully manicured grounds
Pool cabana and sun loungers
Mandalay illuminated at dusk
Master bedroom
Overlooking second cabana from master bedroom balcony
Second bedroom
Third bedroom
Dining room
Fresh local fruit breakfast, prepared by your chef
Mandalay's team of staff and its fleet of vehicles
Picking our own tea
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Darga Town, Western Province

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Duncan D
Worcester, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“The Holiday of a lifetime”
Reviewed 29 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

Thank you Thank you Mrs Lafdi, for giving us the privilege to rent your beautiful home "Manderlay", we were in oar of the hospitality given to us by Sudu and the house boy Chatturanga, Patti the chef, the gardener, and DJ the manager, they were so attentive to our every need, the food was so beautifully cooked, and fit for a queen and presented to us with loving tender care, "Manderlay" is a magical place with fantastic views and wonderful gardens kept to a fantastically high standard.

Sudu you are a wonderful man, I can not thank you enough for the attention and care that you gave to my 86 year old mother, she had a holiday of a lifetime she has stated as we all have that she would love to visit Sri Lanka next year and stay at "Manderlay", if you will have us.

During our stay in Sri Lanka we visited numerous places for example the Tea plantations, the Elephant Orphanage, the Buddhist temples, in fact we toured the country from top to bottom and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our Teenage son had a wonderful time as well, he was not bored for a single second, there was so much for him to see and do and he loved the company of Sudu, and the staff at "Manderlay".

We have extensively travelled the world as a family and yet have never had such a wonderful experience as Sri Lanka, the culture, the people but most of all the kindness and consideration given to us whilst stopping at "Manderlay" by Sudu and the staff, we felt safe and secure at all times and as a recently retired front line Police Officer I can say that is fantastically reassuring.

I would highly recommend Sri Lanka to anyone, what a fabulous country, but most of all I would like to thank you Sudu for making our holiday such a memorable one.without you and the staff we would not have experienced Sri Lanka to its full potential.

A 50th birthday never to be forgotten.

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Liked best: The Staff, The food, the facilities
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups
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Adam V
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The perfect family retreat”
Reviewed 29 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

We stayed at Mandalay for 3 weeks with my family of 5. 3 boys aged 5 years, 3 years and 8month old.
We had an amazing hoilday, Sri Lanka is a beautiful place with beautiful people. We were made to feel at home so much so the children wanted to stay!
Lots to do and see and fantastic staff to look after us.

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Liked best: Friendly staff
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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JollyTrav...
Gloucester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Memorable Destination FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS (AVOID)”
Reviewed 10 September 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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WE WOULD NOT RECOMMEND MANDALAY for rental and would strongly advise families with children to avoid this property. Sadly we booked this property for our honeymoon and were deeply disappointed as Mandalay was a memorable destination but for all the wrong reasons.

At first the accommodation appeared to be lovely and we were keen to explore as many site seeing activities as possible. On the Site Managers recommendation we booked a trip to Kandy. But when we had returned from our night away we noticed that items in the downstairs bedroom (a room that we were not using) had moved, we found this very odd as the whole property and garden was booked for our sole use and now felt uneasy about the security of the property and our belongings.

Later in the holiday we planned to go to Yala National Park for another overnight stay but at the last minute decided to stay at Mandalay. It was that day to our horror that a man arrived and sat outside our property with the Site Manager, followed some time after by a woman. We were bathing by the pool and the presence of these strangers outside our holiday home made us feel very uncomfortable so we asked them to leave but they ignored our requests and went into the downstairs bedroom of our rented property and started to undress. We were very angry at this point and demanded that the man and the woman selling her personal services leave the property. Following this we looked around the property in more detail and found condom wrappers and KY jelly on top the clothes cupboard in two of the bedrooms, including the bedroom that we were using. Because people were accessing the property in our absence and because we had filmed the property being used as a brothel we no longer felt our property or persons were safe and were advised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to vacate the property. We were left to find alternative accommodation for the remainder of the honeymoon at our expense.

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Liked best: The weather
Liked least: Property was being accessed by strangers during our rental
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
1 Oct 2012
Kim Lafdi -owner-

I am responding to the unsubstantiated, malicious, damaging, allegations that were made by these guests.

There was nothing moved in the downstairs bedroom as there was nothing in it, the room was unoccupied. The house boy would go in there to get clean laundry and towels as that is where it is stored.

I DO make a full apology for my manager who allowed his friend - a political minister for Sri Lanka and his wife of 25 years - to use the room. He called and asked if he could use the shower and change into clean clothes as he was on his way to a political meeting in Hambantota. My manager said yes, he should not have done so and will never do so again. My clients setup their video camera on a tripod directed at the bedroom then walked into the bedroom taking pictures. The minister was wearing a towel as he had just showered and his wife who was not showering had her clothes ON at all times. For THIS to constitute my house being called a brothel and the ministers wife a prostitute is damaging and unforgivable.

My house is kept spotless but after a thorough search ONE condom and jelly packet were found on top of a 6 foot 6 inch high hand made double wardrobe. Unfortunately when cleaning they did not take into account the type of guest that would climb onto a chair to inspect the top of wardrobes.

The guests asked for 2 nights money as they chose to leave early, this was deposited into their account immediately and my driver also took them to the airport which is where they requested.There was NO expense to them at all.

I have had 43 guests stay at my house in the last 18 months and have NEVER received anything but the most wonderful reports from EVERYBODY.

My 4 staff are devastated and cannot understand what they are talking about.Prostitution except a little in the capital Colombo is virtually unheard of in Sri Lanka and if this review was not so damaging and dangerous then it would be laughable.

To any future guests please take into account all the other reviews and I assure you, you will have a truly wonderful holiday FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS.
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
Reviewed 15 January 2012 for a stay in January 2012

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Liked best: The service, the garden and the view
Liked least: the mosquitos
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 3 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011

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Liked best: The staff
Liked least: The mosquitoes
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
1 Oct 2012
Thank you for your wonderful review my staff said it was a pleasure having you there
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