Villa Suriyawatta Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
8.0
Reviewed:
22-Jul-2014
Suriyawatta has immediate appeal:  the location of the pool is amazing, the sea views stunning and Duminda’s cooking heightened our appreciation even more.   Relaxation comes easy here – evident from the wide lounging ledge in the pool, the comfy loungers, the cushioned daybeds and the shelves bursting with novels (both English and French, spanning all genres and eras, along with an eye-catching number of architecture and design tomes).

With three twin bedrooms, kids’ chairs, pool inflatables, garden games, a swing, and babysitters-on-call, this is an excellent villa for families (it sleeps 6 adults and four kids), and the fence between the upper and lower lawn (and the pool) provides peace of mind. Groups of friends will find the Sonos sound system wired to the pool area particularly appealing.

The excellent staff team is very professional, finding the right balance between being attentive and discreet. Great food comes out of the kitchen (and there’s a big suggestion menu), the stewards are there before you know what you need and the manager keeps everything shipshape. Distractions are well hidden; the main living room does have a TV and DVD player, but it is inside an antique cabinet. The kitchen is slightly separate from the house yet easily accessible and well equipped.

Individual Scores:

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

The pool area is gorgeous and the sea views glorious, enlivened now and then by surfers, ships and turtles popping up in the coral-strewn shallows.  It’s also well hidden from the rest of the house.  The staff team is very professional, and we loved Duminda’s cooking (especially his home-made ice creams). The many cabinets full of books were a plus too.

Surprises

The beach is very narrow for most of the year, with the sea coming up almost to the villa’s garden gate.  However, since the waves break offshore over a coral reef (where you can often see surfers in action) the water is relatively shallow and safe for swimming (with care).  Whilst the owners have made every effort to ensure that WiFi reaches everywhere (there are three routers across the property, including by the pool), we found the connection to be a little intermittent. Similarly, mobile signal is a little patchy.

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8 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. Suriyawatta has immediate appeal:  the location of the pool is amazing, the sea views stunning and Duminda’s cooking heightened our appreciation even more.   Relaxation comes easy here – evident from the wide lounging ledge in the pool, the comfy loungers, the cushioned daybeds and the shelves bursting with novels (both English and French, spanning all genres and eras, along with an eye-catching number of architecture and design tomes).

With three twin bedrooms, kids’ chairs, pool inflatables, garden games, a swing, and babysitters-on-call, this is an excellent villa for families (it sleeps 6 adults and four kids), and the fence between the upper and lower lawn (and the pool) provides peace of mind. Groups of friends will find the Sonos sound system wired to the pool area particularly appealing.

The excellent staff team is very professional, finding the right balance between being attentive and discreet. Great food comes out of the kitchen (and there’s a big suggestion menu), the stewards are there before you know what you need and the manager keeps everything shipshape. Distractions are well hidden; the main living room does have a TV and DVD player, but it is inside an antique cabinet. The kitchen is slightly separate from the house yet easily accessible and well equipped.
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