Mandalay Lake Villa Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.6
Reviewed:
30-Apr-2014
Mandalay is a rare slice of heaven. Its tranquil setting instantly relaxes the mind and makes work feel like a distant memory. Despite its out-of-the-way location (it takes 25 minutes to drive to Galle), it doesn’t feel completely cut off from the outside world as you can always enjoy the endless theatre atop the lake and watch the enthusiastic play of wildlife in the garden.

Although the villa makes a lovely retreat for a group of friends (it’s a great place for entertaining) there could well be some room-envy as the master bedroom is far bigger and more decadent than the other two (although the soft furnishings in each of these downstairs bedrooms were upgraded in 2013). For families or a decadent couple, Mandalay is an excellent choice. There are beaches within easy reach and plenty to explore in the locality.

The villa has a very generous swimming pool and a flat open garden that makes keeping an eye on the kids a breeze. The lounge in the main house, with TV and DVD player, is great for keeping the kids entertained at night and can also be used to sleep two more guests since the built-in sofas are the size of a single bed whilst the room itself is air conditioned.

The friendly cook (who’s also the villa manager) prepares some great meals; his rice and curry comes highly recommended, and he can prepare western dishes too. The staff leave you to your own devices which heightens the villa’s sense of privacy and seclusion.

Individual Scores:

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

Mandalay’s idyllic get-away-from-it-all location is a treat and the master suite is totally indulgent; you can open all of the doors and lie in bed looking out over the lake.  During our stay, some fishermen stopped by with their catch of the day, which the cook turned into a memorable meal.

Surprises

We would have felt more comfortable with doors between the sleeping and bathing areas in the master bedroom (although there is a cubicle for the shower). The outside shower of bedroom two is slightly overlooked by one of the master bedroom balconies, though since this bathroom also has an indoor shower, it’s not much of an issue. You might want to enlist the help of the staff to close the folding doors of the main house as they do require a lot of pushing and pulling to set in place. Keep an eye on children beside the lake as there’s only foliage as a boundary. It’s not advisable to swim in the lake.

Guest Reviews (5)

Shari S, Australia checked out on 08-Apr-2014
Overall Rating:
9.1
Reviewed:
05-Jun-2014
Fantasic villa, location amazing and peaceful, staff excellent and would highly recommend the villa to anyone. Wonderful holiday in Mandalay Lake Villa.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:7 Facilities:8 Staff:10
Value:10
Tracy D, United Arab Emirates checked out on 22-Feb-2014
Overall Rating:
7.7
Reviewed:
10-Mar-2014
A charming, quiet villa on a beautiful lake only 750m from the main road and ideally located for exploring Mirissa, Galle and much of the south coast. Its rustic charm is complimented by the lovely staff. Dalsi has a smile to greet you each morning, Chinthaka's knowledge of the area and superb food are second to none! Be sure to try his chicken curry, beans and daal! I hope to visit Mandalay again, it is a little slice of heaven amidst the hustle and bustle of Sri Lanka's south coast.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:9 Outside Area:9
Living Area:7 Bedrooms:8 Bathrooms:5
Kitchen:5 Facilities:7 Staff:10
Value:7
Meeta Gandhi, United States checked out on 23-Oct-2012
Overall Rating:
8.2
Reviewed:
07-Nov-2012
Very charming, great location. Would surely recommend to friends and family.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:9 Outside Area:9
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:8 Facilities:8 Staff:8
Value:8
LIBERT Françoise, Belgium checked out on 27-Mar-2011
Overall Rating:
9.9
Reviewed:
29-Apr-2011
Mandalay is a wonderfull place, one of most beautiful than we had the opportunity to discover, Its peace allowed usto get fresh ideas to us while visiting the surroundings. We were framed perfectly by an exceptional staff. Thank you to all. We hope to return there very soon! Gerald and Francoise of Belgium.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Hannu Ikavalko checked out on 11-Feb-2011
Overall Rating:
8.8
Reviewed:
16-Feb-2011
Brilliant place! With some small investments could be made even better: hair dryer was missing... 99% satisfied with my stay!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:9
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:8 Facilities:9 Staff:9
Value:9
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based on 6 user reviews. Mandalay is a rare slice of heaven. Its tranquil setting instantly relaxes the mind and makes work feel like a distant memory. Despite its out-of-the-way location (it takes 25 minutes to drive to Galle), it doesn’t feel completely cut off from the outside world as you can always enjoy the endless theatre atop the lake and watch the enthusiastic play of wildlife in the garden.

Although the villa makes a lovely retreat for a group of friends (it’s a great place for entertaining) there could well be some room-envy as the master bedroom is far bigger and more decadent than the other two (although the soft furnishings in each of these downstairs bedrooms were upgraded in 2013). For families or a decadent couple, Mandalay is an excellent choice. There are beaches within easy reach and plenty to explore in the locality.

The villa has a very generous swimming pool and a flat open garden that makes keeping an eye on the kids a breeze. The lounge in the main house, with TV and DVD player, is great for keeping the kids entertained at night and can also be used to sleep two more guests since the built-in sofas are the size of a single bed whilst the room itself is air conditioned.

The friendly cook (who’s also the villa manager) prepares some great meals; his rice and curry comes highly recommended, and he can prepare western dishes too. The staff leave you to your own devices which heightens the villa’s sense of privacy and seclusion.
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