Footprints Villa Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.3
Reviewed:
29-Jun-2012

Since it didn’t look huge from the outside, we were delighted by how spacious Footprints actually was. With living areas spread over two floors, it’s big enough for large groups to scatter themselves about, and the overall feel of the place is very personable and homely. To one end of the pool is a shaded dining area that’s a breezy (if slightly gloomy) all-day sea view spot to sit, and there’s bench seating so you can squeeze quite a few people around the table. The swimming pool area currently (March 2012) looks a little bare, but the management told us that they are soon to spruce it up with lush greenery.

There’s a small staff team of a cook/maid and a security/maintenance man who also doubles up as a waiter and gardener. The cook is shy to speak English and service is fairly laid back, yet both are friendly and when large groups stay at the villa another staff member is drafted in to help. There’s a small menu, which continues to grow as the cook learns more dishes; our evening meal of chicken korma was delicious. Two managers (a couple) drop by every now and then to ensure the smooth running of the villa and assist with any enquiries, which really helps; WiFi wasn’t working when we arrived, however they quickly arranged for the appropriate people to come and fix the problem.

We felt that Footprints would particularly suit groups of friends looking to chill out and spend time together within treading distance of restaurants and bars (there’s a very popular one just 100m down the beach). Anyone who lusts after air conditioning would also be happy here – there are few fully air-conditioned villas along this stretch of coastline. It’s a good family house too (although some may grow tired of wandering up and down stairs to reach the bedrooms). Note that one of the bedrooms is fitted with waterbed. Although it looked (and felt) comfortable, we opted for a more traditional mattress!

Individual Scores:

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

The villa’s location close to a fabulous swimming beach is a real plus, and there is a selection of restaurants within walking distance too. Space in the villa is generous and each of the bedrooms feels fresh and contemporary. The management team respond very quickly (they can be contacted anytime) and are always happy to assist guests with their enquiries.

Surprises

The villa is set beside the Galle Road, so you can hear the occasional bus passing, although the sea does do a good job of drowning out the noise. It’s also wedged between two high walls, which felt a little claustrophobic. The urban design and bright, eclectic interiors may not be to everyone’s tastes. Tall guests may need to stoop when going up the stairs, as the ceiling is a little low in places. Mobile phone reception is very patchy in the villa and although WiFi works well on the ground floor it barely functions upstairs. There’s only a gap of a couple of feet between the ground floor lounge and swimming pool, so you’ll need to keep a careful eye on toddlers when the doors are open.

Guest Reviews (1)

TK, Norway checked out on 20-Aug-2012
Overall Rating:
9.2
Reviewed:
25-Sep-2012
Excellent location and friendly, service minded staff. They were always ready to help with any query. The villa is tastefully decorated, spacious and comfortable. We would love to come back!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:9 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:8 Facilities:10 Staff:8
Value:8
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7.47 out of 10
based on 2 user reviews. Since it didn’t look huge from the outside, we were delighted by how spacious Footprints actually was. With living areas spread over two floors, it’s big enough for large groups to scatter themselves about, and the overall feel of the place is very personable and homely. To one end of the pool is a shaded dining area that’s a breezy (if slightly gloomy) all-day sea view spot to sit, and there’s bench seating so you can squeeze quite a few people around the table. The swimming pool area currently (March 2012) looks a little bare, but the management told us that they are soon to spruce it up with lush greenery.

There’s a small staff team of a cook/maid and a security/maintenance man who also doubles up as a waiter and gardener. The cook is shy to speak English and service is fairly laid back, yet both are friendly and when large groups stay at the villa another staff member is drafted in to help. There’s a small menu, which continues to grow as the cook learns more dishes; our evening meal of chicken korma was delicious. Two managers (a couple) drop by every now and then to ensure the smooth running of the villa and assist with any enquiries, which really helps; WiFi wasn’t working when we arrived, however they quickly arranged for the appropriate people to come and fix the problem.

We felt that Footprints would particularly suit groups of friends looking to chill out and spend time together within treading distance of restaurants and bars (there’s a very popular one just 100m down the beach). Anyone who lusts after air conditioning would also be happy here – there are few fully air-conditioned villas along this stretch of coastline. It’s a good family house too (although some may grow tired of wandering up and down stairs to reach the bedrooms). Note that one of the bedrooms is fitted with waterbed. Although it looked (and felt) comfortable, we opted for a more traditional mattress!

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