Blue Heights Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.4
Reviewed:
21-Jul-2014
For a lazy, languid holiday where you come armed with a stack of books and great company, Blue Heights is the business.  The simple design and minimal interiors are unfussy and free of distractions so that you focus on the job at hand – relaxing, catching up with friends and family and absorbing the restful environment.  The ocean views and hilltop locale create a feeling of space and the convivial pool area, with sunset-worthy jacuzzi, soon became one of our favourite spots.  The open-sided dining area made the most of the views and even from the glass-walled lounge you can spy the sea whilst watching TV.  Those staying in the master bedroom do get a lot more value as the room is huge and is attached to a little private lounge with pergola roof, although the bathroom is rather narrow.  The bedroom in the main house works well for elderly relations or independent couples.

The staff, a husband and wife team, plus houseboy, were very welcoming – as was Timmy, the house’s loveable dog!  Service is casual and their English was limited so communicating was a bit of a struggle at times.  However, the villa is looked after by a management team whose area manager is always at the end of the phone.  The kitchen is basic and uninspiring, however there is a little pantry with sink and fridge for making drinks.  In any case, a cook prepares all of your meals (Sri Lankan cuisine mainly, plus a few fried rice and noodle dishes).

Note that the beach is not at the end of the garden – you need to go through the gate, turn right along the road and then wander for five minutes to the beach.  Swimming is best in the middle of the bay.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:8
Living Area:7 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:6 Facilities:7 Staff:7
Value:8
Highlights

Blue Heights’ garden is a real treat, and so is the way the house is orientated and positioned makes the most of the outdoor spaces:  kids will adore having the run of the gently sloping lawns which make an excellent place to play a cricket or footie match (bring your own equipment). We also loved the seclusion of the pool, which is tucked into a lower portion of the garden. The ambiance at Blue Heights is restful and incredibly laid back.

Surprises

Furnishings in the house are minimal – only the essentials – which some may appreciate and others not. Although it was comfortable enough, a few beanbags scattered here and there (particularly on the front veranda) would have made the house even cosier.  There are a few drop offs around the house, and the garden steepens beyond the swimming pool, so you’ll need to keep a watchful eye on youngsters.  The kitchen was a little too basic and, although clean, we thought the bathrooms were looking a bit tired – and watch out for the cement floors, they get very slippery when wet.

Blue Heights /villa/blue-heights.aspx Price starts at $500 - $900 per night
7.4 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. For a lazy, languid holiday where you come armed with a stack of books and great company, Blue Heights is the business.  The simple design and minimal interiors are unfussy and free of distractions so that you focus on the job at hand – relaxing, catching up with friends and family and absorbing the restful environment.  The ocean views and hilltop locale create a feeling of space and the convivial pool area, with sunset-worthy jacuzzi, soon became one of our favourite spots.  The open-sided dining area made the most of the views and even from the glass-walled lounge you can spy the sea whilst watching TV.  Those staying in the master bedroom do get a lot more value as the room is huge and is attached to a little private lounge with pergola roof, although the bathroom is rather narrow.  The bedroom in the main house works well for elderly relations or independent couples.

The staff, a husband and wife team, plus houseboy, were very welcoming – as was Timmy, the house’s loveable dog!  Service is casual and their English was limited so communicating was a bit of a struggle at times.  However, the villa is looked after by a management team whose area manager is always at the end of the phone.  The kitchen is basic and uninspiring, however there is a little pantry with sink and fridge for making drinks.  In any case, a cook prepares all of your meals (Sri Lankan cuisine mainly, plus a few fried rice and noodle dishes).

Note that the beach is not at the end of the garden – you need to go through the gate, turn right along the road and then wander for five minutes to the beach.  Swimming is best in the middle of the bay.
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