Villa Saldana Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.6
Reviewed:
15-Nov-2011

We enjoyed three wonderful days at Saldana and adored the villa’s cosiness. Its design is grand but homely with the sea nearly always in view. The living room was especially comfortable and the front veranda is best sited to soak in the ocean vistas – drag a few chairs out there or even the dining table for a wave-chorused lunch as you count the lumbering ships on the misty horizon. The house and the swimming pool appear to float above the lawn and this aspect improves the airiness of the property.

The two master bedrooms both have sea-view terraces, but the bedroom opening onto the swimming pool terrace is less private - fine if you’re a single family grouping or a couple but maybe less so if you’re a group of friends. It’s ideal for midnight skinny dips though! The twin bedroom is ideal for children although the high beds might be a worry for parents with younger kids.

The kitchen is great and comes with everything that you’ll need if you’re looking to self-cater. The small staff team includes a cook who’s more confident in cooking Sri Lankan cuisine and simple snacks than elaborate western meals, but learning fast. The staff were always very discreet and gave us privacy, which we liked, although they were a little bit shy at times. Knowledgeable managers are on-call however, and they can help with restaurant bookings, massage appointments and onward travel. The turtle hatchery (0.2km) will be a delight for young children who can learn about the five species of marine turtles in tanks that come to lay their eggs on Sri Lankan shores. They’ll also have the opportunity to set new hatchlings free into the sea.

Individual Scores:

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

We loved the sea views and direct beach access, although the sea is too rough for swimming here. The privacy afforded by the layout of the house and the behaviour of the staff was also a treat. It felt truly homely and we were very reluctant to leave!

Surprises

The wooden decking to either side of the swimming pool is fairly narrow and you’ll need to keep your eye on toddlers and young children around the pool as it’s tucked to the side of the villa. As a tall wall rises up beside the pool (to provide privacy from the villa next door) the sun tends to disappear by late afternoon. The villa’s positioning close to the main road means that you can hear the odd tooting of trains and some traffic noise. However, the bathrooms placed between the road and the bedrooms act as a buffer and work well in minimising road noise.

Guest Reviews (1)

Sadat Mehdi, Bangladesh checked out on 24-Sep-2012
Overall Rating:
6.6
Reviewed:
17-Oct-2012
villa, beach, location, amenties all fantastic. Bedrooms are a tad bit small, but you are hardly in it. Special thanks to Cecelia she really took great care us. Highly recommend to anyone. Good Luck.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:6 Location:7 Outside Area:7
Living Area:7 Bedrooms:5 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:7 Facilities:7 Staff:5
Value:8
Villa Saldana /villa/saldana.aspx Price starts at $350 - $550 per night
7.51 out of 10
based on 2 user reviews. We enjoyed three wonderful days at Saldana and adored the villa’s cosiness. Its design is grand but homely with the sea nearly always in view. The living room was especially comfortable and the front veranda is best sited to soak in the ocean vistas – drag a few chairs out there or even the dining table for a wave-chorused lunch as you count the lumbering ships on the misty horizon. The house and the swimming pool appear to float above the lawn and this aspect improves the airiness of the property.

The two master bedrooms both have sea-view terraces, but the bedroom opening onto the swimming pool terrace is less private - fine if you’re a single family grouping or a couple but maybe less so if you’re a group of friends. It’s ideal for midnight skinny dips though! The twin bedroom is ideal for children although the high beds might be a worry for parents with younger kids.

The kitchen is great and comes with everything that you’ll need if you’re looking to self-cater. The small staff team includes a cook who’s more confident in cooking Sri Lankan cuisine and simple snacks than elaborate western meals, but learning fast. The staff were always very discreet and gave us privacy, which we liked, although they were a little bit shy at times. Knowledgeable managers are on-call however, and they can help with restaurant bookings, massage appointments and onward travel. The turtle hatchery (0.2km) will be a delight for young children who can learn about the five species of marine turtles in tanks that come to lay their eggs on Sri Lankan shores. They’ll also have the opportunity to set new hatchlings free into the sea.

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