We stayed here Christmas and New Year, family with grown up children. The house is very big and the sleepingrooms have all you need. Lovely sitting area and diningtable. The men working in the house makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed. They cook and clean and can tell you all about excursions. We liked the food, we had breakfast and dinner in the house. Lakmal knows how to do his work, and so do the others. Susil is an excellent driver and really knows how to guide and tells lots of interesting things during the excursions in the minivan. We had problems with the ac in one of the bedrooms, it didn't work for about four days, even though a repairman came over and tried to fix it. That was the only problem we had in the house. We had a pick up from the hotel in Colombo.
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Difficult to find the right words .... The house absolutely met the image that we got from the photos and description in terms of equipment and location, directly on the beautiful beach that we had the impression of being our own! The fisher boats are very colorful and just make the photos more beautiful in contrast to the blue ocean and sky.
Clean and cosy, enough space inside and outside for a big group, the house was a perfect match for our needs and allowed each family a separate space. The air condition in each bedroom was highly appreciated when temperatures and hygrometric measures go up ....!
But the utmost best is not just the property itself - it's the service that is being provided by Lakhmal and his team! Unbelievably friendly and serviceable, the three of them were great cooks and householders, always available, while respecting the exact right degree of discretion and privacy to the guests. Very friendly with our kids and open for any suggestions and questions. Lakhmal has the rare capability of always finding the right answer to any wish ! "A tuk-tuk driver to the post office in Tangalle right away", "an ayurvedic massage tonight", "a trip in one of the fisherboats tomorrow morning", "we would like to have lobster for dinner", .... you name it - he does it ! Absolutely amazing.
Tangalle and its surroundings are still 'natural', without too much touristic infrastructure developed yet, which made our holiday a real experience of Sri Lanka's South End. I absolutely recommend this rental to people who really want to discover the beauty of this island and its people.
Anke, Valbonne (France), August 2014
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I am torn between keeping this gem as a secret and praising it as the ideal getaway to relax and just enjoy, but it deserves to be praised.
Other writers of reviews have said it already, but in bullet points:
• Roomy and modern villa with the amenities you need
• Lakmal and his staff!!
• Lakmal and his food!!!
• Wild monkeys on the roof (harmless)
• Monitors in the garden (harmless too)
• A nice private garden with a pool to use when the waves were too big (for some)
• The driver, Upul, and the Tuk-tuk drivers took you where you wanted. Not to places where they could get a cut.
• The ultimate palm fringed beach to ourselves, - and some fishermen (whom we helped get their boats in and out)
• No annoying vendors or beggars pestering you on the beach
• A few dogs on the beach were mainly owned by locals and friendly (not like in India)
In addition to that, Sri Lanka was a hectic, but fantastic experience prior to our 11 days at Hiru Sandu Villa and to end our stay on the island here was just perfect. We will not go anywhere else to wind down if we make another trip to this beautiful island.
After a long and tiring journey our party of 6, ranging in age from 18 to 82 arrived here to be welcomed by a generous host (Lakmal), a delicious lunch and a location that was perfect. Without doubt, the beach here is the main attraction - it was so quiet - and we felt very safe swimming in it. There were times when we had it all to ourselves.
The house was extremely comfortable and Lakmal's main desire was to make sure we had a good time. He succeeded in this 100% His cooking was fantastic and he was very flexible in what he prepared. We stuck to Sri Lankan dishes throughout and he was only too happy to share his cooking tips.
There is not a lot to do in the area and if you want to go further afield you have to endure Sri Lankan traffic. Upul has a very comfortable taxi and I would recommend him highly.
All in all a terrific holiday at this location!
This Villa on the sea was lovelier than the pictures on the web, it was just marvelous. The owner arranged for Upal (a very pleasant man and a good driver) to meet us at the airport in Colombo and drive us along a lovely route to the villa, thus, no difficulties with the transfer although it was quite long. We were very happy and a bit surprised to find this upscale house in Sri Lanka. It was a perfect place to relax and catch-up on our rest after a long trip. Lakmal and Dumal, the home staff, shopped for all our groceries and cooked all our meals….how great is that? They were so kind and trustworthy, and the food they prepared was wonderful, giving us an enjoyable introduction to Sri Lankan cuisine. They checked with us each day before they shopped and then at each meal, in order to see if we wanted different spices or choices of entre. We were served all meals on the patio looking across the pool to the sea, it was heavenly. Morning walks on the beautiful and interesting beach with all the colorful fishing boats, followed by cooling swims in the pool, became our daily ritual. We ventured out with Lakmal to shops and nearby sights via his Tuk-Tuk, what a locals experience that we enjoyed completely. Reading books on the lounges under the palm trees helped to fill our days. The master bedroom was our choice and it was perfect for us with the huge bathroom and the terrace from which we could watch the sea and the fruit bats that came to eat in the large trees in the garden. We also enjoyed a few visits from a troop of monkeys, and the slow crossing of several large monitor lizards. None of the animals were tame enough to come close to the house or us, so we felt like we were watching a documentary without audio, but with our commentary and the sounds of the sea and birds. It was just the two of us, but the villa would be a great place for a family or friends traveling together. When we left the Villa to explore central and northern Sir Lanka, we again hired Upal to drive us. He is friendly and extremely knowledgeable, we highly recommend him as a guide and driver. Our visit to Sri Lanka was an unforgettable experience, and our thanks for these memories belong not only to the wonderful villa and its staff, but to the villa owner who answered all our questions and gave us the recommendation to hire Upal.