The house is beautiful, modern and spacious. The location is quiet surrounded by other large homes. We enjoyed quality family time sitting on the back veranda over looking the lagoon or playing in the pool in the front yard. The house manager Merril looked after us making sure we had what we needed. We took up the offer to have someone come in and cook for us. The food was delicious and fresh. Thank you Lagoon Villa for a wonderful experience.
The villa was beyond expectations. The neighborhood was quiet with friendly people. Our caretaker was so welcoming and the villa was always clean. Very spacious place with spacious rooms! Panoramic view of nature - would definitely stay here again.
The photos on the villa website do most of the talking and are accurate. I agree with most of the other reviewers' positive comments so won't duplicate these now.
What I like about this place is that it is away from the main center, about 15 mins by Tuk Tuk. 800-1000 rupees one way. The villa is located in a real, living Sri-Lankan community, which for me is far better than being set in the hub-hub of the tourism down the road. This brings a few issues that some will not like: the drive into town, dogs barking from the next door garden (they have one in a run) which woke us up a few times at 6 am.
We were not expecting a live-in gardener. This nice old man lives in a small room next to the house. He spends his time wandering about tending the garden and helping with washing up etc. I didn't mind this but if you want complete privacy, this is not the place for you.
There is also a house manager called Narlin. He is great. he lives close by and does all the beds and towels when you need it. He owns a Tuk Tuk and takes you into town to shop or will do it for you. He also cooks if needed. For us he organized a boat trip round the lagoon. He is a real asset to the property but he faces an uphill struggle with the very low standard of cooking equipment...
This was the major set back. For such a big, expensive rental we expected a decent level of kitchen kit. I have uploaded a few still to illustrate. In short, the cooking utensils were a disgrace to the property.: Dirty, worn-out chopping boards, cheap blunt kitchen knives,oven plug needed changing to work, grubby waste bin, no cooking apron.
The Bar-b-q should be scrapped. We had to operate this using pliers!
Another note of caution: the water pressure is low which makes upstairs showering a slow process. The bath is redundant as it would take about an hour to fill.
This could be sorted by installing shower pumps. I doubt this will happen as it seems the owner will not spend the money, if the kitchen is anything to go by.
It's a great shame this place is let down my such basic details. The kitchen is huge, so cooking should be an enjoyable experience here.
The pool was clean during our visit. The garden was tidy and grass was green.
Air-con worked fine. Only in bedrooms but crazy to expect air-con in every room in this climate.
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I had an amazing time at the Lagoon Villa. It has a large garden, decent size pool and well furnished rooms. It had all the amenities we required, and when we realised we had forgotten to bring some items, the kind caretaker was more than willing to go to the town and buy it for us. We had no complaints during our stay!
One point to note however is that it is quite a distance away from the popular beach road (about 20 mins car ride), which means a vehicle is needed to get around, especially if you want to try out the food at the many eateries in Negombo (recommended).
This was one of the best holidays ever. We enjoyed everything about the villa but the very best thing is Rodney the butler. I have been telling all my girlfriends at home they don't need a husband they need a butler. Rodney magically knew what we needed before we did. My husband and I were holidaying with my 80 year old mother and she fell in a big way for Rodney who took extra care of her, plying her with tropical fruits and making sure she was comfortable and happy.
The Villa is lovey with everything you could need, except a washing machine. Although Rodney was able to take some things to a near by laundry. We never used things like the TV but I am sure they were fine. The views and the surroundings are what we spent time looking at.
It is a bit away from the town but an excellent driver is available. We went to the elephant orphanage and would recommend that but it is hot so be prepared for standing about in the heat. But getting up close and personal with baby elephants is worth it.
Yes things go wrong but the staff try and fix quickly.
I would recommend this property highly
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