Satin Doll Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
8.0
Reviewed:
23-Apr-2014
Satin Doll is a very well balanced villa; spotless, comfortable bedrooms, plenty of living space and a lovely, private front garden with sea views. The villa’s manager Thushara was also extremely eager to please and dealt with any issues that arose, quickly and discreetly. The contemporary artwork scattered around the villa, including the potentially authentic ‘Rage – The Flower Thrower’ Banksy by the dining area (the owner has no clue who painted it!) – also caught our eye, as did the beautifully soft palm-motif Indian bedspreads and cushions that were handpicked by the owners.

The villa has its own chef, and for lunch we ate gazpacho soup and tuna nicoise salad (our request; something light) and for dinner the staff prepared a house speciality, fish biryani, with brinjol pickle and salad. The suggestion menu was enticing, and included crispy pork belly, Thai curry, seafood options, and whole roast chicken. All food and drinks are charged at cost price (plus a 20% mark up), or you could opt to pay LKR 2,500 (around $20) per adult per meal (half price for kids). Breakfast is included in the rate.

Individual Scores:

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

Absolute beachfront – it’s harder to get any closer to the ocean than you are at Satin Doll. Each bedroom shares in the ocean views and has a little private veranda with built-in sofas, opening onto a granite-tiled terrace and front lawn. We loved the abundance of lounging spots, including the mezzanine TV snug for quietly reading (equipped with surround sound and a big collection of DVDs, it’s also great for rainy days), and the corner lounge, right on top of the sea wall, which made the perfect spot for sundowners.

Surprises

The swimming pool is a little on the small side, however the owners plan to triple its size by Autumn 2014. The curved cement staircase up to the TV snug has no railing, which could be a hazard if the steps are wet. The sea is too shallow and the beach too rocky for swimming directly in front of the villa, but its not far to the nearest swimming spot. Note that two of the bathrooms are not ensuite, but they are only just across the corridor.

Satin Doll /villa/satin-doll.aspx Price starts at $1,200 - $1,840 per night
8 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. Satin Doll is a very well balanced villa; spotless, comfortable bedrooms, plenty of living space and a lovely, private front garden with sea views. The villa’s manager Thushara was also extremely eager to please and dealt with any issues that arose, quickly and discreetly. The contemporary artwork scattered around the villa, including the potentially authentic ‘Rage – The Flower Thrower’ Banksy by the dining area (the owner has no clue who painted it!) – also caught our eye, as did the beautifully soft palm-motif Indian bedspreads and cushions that were handpicked by the owners.

The villa has its own chef, and for lunch we ate gazpacho soup and tuna nicoise salad (our request; something light) and for dinner the staff prepared a house speciality, fish biryani, with brinjol pickle and salad. The suggestion menu was enticing, and included crispy pork belly, Thai curry, seafood options, and whole roast chicken. All food and drinks are charged at cost price (plus a 20% mark up), or you could opt to pay LKR 2,500 (around $20) per adult per meal (half price for kids). Breakfast is included in the rate.
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