Coconut Grove Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.2
Reviewed:
25-May-2012

Coconut Grove is a wonderful retreat which, despite its privacy and modern additions, including a swimming pool, offers a chance to experience life in an authentic Sri Lankan village. That said, we noticed on our recent visit that the area is seeing quite a lot of development in terms of small hotels and villas; the plus side of which being that the number of tourist-friendly restaurants is likely to increase.

The cottage is perfectly set up for families, especially as the two rooms to the front of the house have smaller double beds (or large singles), which would be perfect for children. However, it would be an equally good choice for a group of friends wishing to stay a little off the beaten track. The living areas – both inside the house and outside in the garden – offer plenty of cosy places to relax and private pockets for escape.

The wildlife is magical here, and right on your doorstep. Whilst sipping afternoon tea in the poolside pavilion we watched monkeys playing in the trees as birds twittered melodiously overhead. The large lawned garden is a fansasyland for roaming kids but supervision is necessary around the pool as it quickly gains depth.

The staff kept the house clean and tidy during our stay, and were on hand to assist us with anything we needed. The staff do not stay in the house at night although the gardener/watchman lives in a small building tucked independently to one side of the property. If the housekeeper is not needed to assist with making afternoon tea or dinner, you can dismiss her early and enjoy the run of the house all to yourselves.

Individual Scores:

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

The large garden that surrounds this village home really enhances its attraction, especially as most of it is laid to lawn and filled with exotic birds and wildlife. We loved the swimming pool, and the adjacent cushioned pavilion offered a very relaxing place to flop, read a book or sip afternoon tea and sundowners. If it’s peace, privacy and seclusion that you are after, then this villa fits the bill.

Surprises

You might be surprised by visiting monkeys but they only visit to feed on the fruits and leaves of the trees and rarely come down to ground level. The garden is full of coconut palms and even though they are pruned regularly, it’s best to avoid standing under them for lengthy periods just in case a coconut should fall! At the moment there’s only one restaurant within walking distance of the house, so you’ll need transport to reach the restaurants and resorts towards Galle – the staff can arrange this for you. As there’s no TV, do come prepared with good company and alternative entertainment.
 

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7.2 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. Coconut Grove is a wonderful retreat which, despite its privacy and modern additions, including a swimming pool, offers a chance to experience life in an authentic Sri Lankan village. That said, we noticed on our recent visit that the area is seeing quite a lot of development in terms of small hotels and villas; the plus side of which being that the number of tourist-friendly restaurants is likely to increase.

The cottage is perfectly set up for families, especially as the two rooms to the front of the house have smaller double beds (or large singles), which would be perfect for children. However, it would be an equally good choice for a group of friends wishing to stay a little off the beaten track. The living areas – both inside the house and outside in the garden – offer plenty of cosy places to relax and private pockets for escape.

The wildlife is magical here, and right on your doorstep. Whilst sipping afternoon tea in the poolside pavilion we watched monkeys playing in the trees as birds twittered melodiously overhead. The large lawned garden is a fansasyland for roaming kids but supervision is necessary around the pool as it quickly gains depth.

The staff kept the house clean and tidy during our stay, and were on hand to assist us with anything we needed. The staff do not stay in the house at night although the gardener/watchman lives in a small building tucked independently to one side of the property. If the housekeeper is not needed to assist with making afternoon tea or dinner, you can dismiss her early and enjoy the run of the house all to yourselves.

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