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Our grown up family spent Christmas at the villa and it exceeded all our expectations. The staff were friendly and attentive and the meals were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble including arranging bbq's and bonfires on the beach. The sea was a bit rough (we all got dumped at least once :-)) but the pool water was cool and very inviting. Unforgettable sunsets, playing volleyball and cricket on the beach with some local boys, tasty local food are just some of the memories we will cherish. Thanks Nirmala and David!
Besöktes den december 2016
Skrivet 9 januari 2017. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
Thank you for your kind words. It gives us, your hosts and the villa staff, an immense feeling of satisfaction when we hear that our guests enjoyed their stay. We love meeting all the wonderful people from around the world who choose our rental for a beach holiday.
Skrivet 10 januari 2017. Det här är det subjektiva svaret från en representant för ledningen och inte från Tripadvisor LLC.
Perfect luxurious beach holiday!
Although most of the reviews are so positive we were (to tell the truth) a bit worried about the road noise mentioned in the last couple of reviews but decided to book anyway, and so happy we did.
You have to listen very attentively to actually notice the noise, specially if you keep the windows on the street side of the house closed. We kept everything open because we so loved the wonderful views of the garden with all the flowers and trees. Our stay at Olu Beach Villa was one of the best family holidays ever. My husband, mother-in-law and our two teenage daughters and I simply wallowed in the luxury of doing only what we really wanted to do, which was basically swimming, reading, and eating wonderful meals together. Rasika made the most heavenly curries - my mouth waters now, at the memory of them, and although I'm not one for desserts, must make a special mention of her wattalapan (hope I got the spelling right!) and banana fritters with local palm syrup.
Vasantha kept the house spotlessly clean throughout our stay. Believe me, I verge on the obsessive when it comes to this aspect of holiday rentals. The garden was swept daily and well maintained by Sarath, and it felt good to know Nelson was there at night, although we rarely saw him. The staff took good care of us, always attentive to our needs but never intrusive. The only negative comment I can think of is that the photos on the website don't do justice to this beautiful home. You walk in through a luscious garden into a house with stunning sea views and think - this is even better than the photos.
Besöktes den augusti 2016
Skrivet 28 december 2016. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
Hosting you and your lovely family was a pleasure for us and the staff of Olu Beach Villa. Thank you for your kind comments.
Skrivet 10 januari 2017. Det här är det subjektiva svaret från en representant för ledningen och inte från Tripadvisor LLC.
Abu Dhabi, Förenade Arabemiraten15 inlägg
Nice villa set very close to the beach
We spent a week here at Olu Beach villa in April (family of 5 with 3 young children).
What we loved
-The proximity to the beach, accessible via a gate at the bottom of the garden. The sunsets were especially beautiful and we have fond memories of our children playing cricket in the evening with the local children.
-The owner is very helpful and informative.
-Pool fence for small children
What we liked
-On arrival at the airport we were met by a friendly, helpful and safe driver who took us to the villa in a comfortable vehicle. This was pre arranged directly with the owner upon booking.
-Pool is lovely and the safety fence is a real bonus. This gave us peace of mind as our 19 month old had great fun exploring the garden. There is also a pond which was fenced off for us at no extra charge. On very hot days the pool does feel like a bath as it is not temperature controlled but this didn't spoil our enjoyment.
-Garden is large and very well maintained by the gardner. It is mostly fairly secluded. To the left of the property there is a high wall and trees for privacy but to the right there is a wire fence. The garden is therefore overlooked by the two storey building to the right of the villa.
-Mosquito nets are provided
-The kindness of the staff.
The cook is a lovely lady and did her best to adhere to our requests. Food was served when requested (sometimes a little cold) but was mostly delicious.
The housekeeper is a kind, polite and helpful. He arranged day trips etc and would willingly help when asked.
What we didn't like quite so much
-The villa is set directly off a busy road and I would certainly echo the previous review which mentions the over use of horns! For the first few days I found this to be quite intrusive and irritating but it never woke us at night or early in the morning.
-The restaurants/hotels are a good 15/20 minutes away by road-nothing is within walking distance except the beach.
-First impressions upon arrival were the heat and high level of humidity inside the main living are/kitchen. There was no AC only fans which was a little disappointing. We live in the Middle East so we are used to high levels of humidity but we also rely on AC! In all the windows, except for the bedrooms there is a large gap which does allow for air flow bit it also encourages lots of bugs!
- Again, totally agree with previous review, it is definitely a more outdoor style of living. You will see lizards, grass hoppers, mosquitos which may not appeal to everyone. It did provide my children with hours of entertainment though as they witnessed me shriek in horror as the lizards scuttled across the floor :)
-The ocean itself is not suitable 100% for week swimmers or young children in my opinion. The waves are big and strong and even though I am a strong swimmer I would not feel confident swimming. However, the guests from the neighbouring property did swim often so of course it does come down to personal preference.
-The staff are lovely but little luxury extras such as clearing away plates/washing dishes directly after the meal are missing. As a one off I asked the staff to serve our meal at 5pm in the hope they would do this for us but they left immediately after placing the food on the table-slightly disappointing.
- I had expected that beds would be made daily and bathrooms cleaned, however the bed was changed once in our 6 night stay (which is fine) but the beds were never made in between. The cleaning of the room actually consisted of sweeping the floor only. The floors were also only swept when requested. Clearly due to the proximity of the beach lots of sand made its way into the villa so more frequent sweeping of the floors would have been welcomed.
Overall, minus a few issues we enjoyed our stay and have fond memories of our vacation
Besöktes den april 2016
Skrivet 28 april 2016. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. Be assured I will look into the shortcomings you mention, the staff is employed to do more than just be pleasant and friendly. We have been experiencing unusually hot and humid weather since March and your stay in April coincided with the worst of it. There has been rain since then and wonderful cool breezes are once again keeping the living areas cool and comfortable.
Skrivet 1 maj 2016. Det här är det subjektiva svaret från en representant för ledningen och inte från Tripadvisor LLC.
Didcot, Storbritannien19 inlägg
Excellent villa but would advise to self cater
We loved the villa, the grounds, the beach and the pool. The location is excellent and very beautiful. We had a few issues but these did not prevent us having one of our most enjoyable holidays to date.
Please note this is an outdoor living style villa so if you are not keen on bugs don't book as ants, dragon flies and all manner of lizards came in. This does not bother us, just had to make sure we cleaned up food everywhere, with two little ones this was difficult. I made the mistake of forgetting that the calpol was in my washbag so it took 5 minutes for our bathroom sink to be covered in ants.
You are aware of the road noise as there are trucks and vans using the road adjacent to the villa all day and there is an overuse of the horns on Sri Lankan roads, we got used to this and it wasn't loud at night. It did wake me up at 6am once but so did my 4 year old. TBH the beach road is heavily used so if you want a villa on the beach its a sacrifice you'll have to make.
The staff were friendly and helpful, the owner was wonderful in organising transport and giving advice for our holiday,and especially considerate regarding our late check out, but we had a few issues. The language barrier was hard, and we were not understood a few times. This was difficult to endure during a power cut, which was worrying as we were reliant on the AC. We also had an issue with timings. At first we were having dinner at 6pm but the staff had left by the time we finished, so we requested that the staff would be present to clean up after dinner. Therefore we agreed to have our meal at 5pm, so they could clean up, all staff had gone by 5.30pm, which begs the question "what if we wanted dinner at 8pm?"
The cook was a lovely lady but I felt the food could have been better. We tried to order from the menu, but it was inconsistent. Sometimes the food was fantastic and other times it was average. This could easily be resolved with a menu update. Prices for meals fluctuated which was difficult to plan for, this could be easily resolved with just a basic charge for food daily.
Other communication issues could have been resolved by more information in the welcome booklet. This needs to be updated.
On one occasion I was unhappy to smell smoke in my children's room from someone smoking directly outside, I did not complain as it only happened once.
Besöktes den mars 2016
Skrivet 13 april 2016. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
Thank you for taking the time to give us such valuable feedback. I am so pleased you had a pleasant stay with us. Although I am sorry there was a misunderstanding about the staff leaving without clearing up after your evening meal. Generally all the day staff leave by 6 pm, and that is why we ask you to rinse the dishes and stack them in the kitchen to be washed when the staff arrive the next morning. Our guests don't generally have a problem with this. This is keeping in mind that the cook and caretaker arrive at the villa by 07:30 am (or earlier, if requested) to prepare and serve breakfast, which means a 10 hour work day. Our operation is too small to have a larger workforce doing shift duty, hence the request to guests to clear up after the evening meal. Prices for meals must fluctuate according to what you choose to eat. A vegetarian meal will naturally cost less than a meal which includes seafood etc. We can provide full-board on request, but this must be done at the time the reservation is made. I wish you had asked me about this option. The power cut which lasted all of 15 minutes was very unfortunate, and I regret the inconvenience you experienced.
Skrivet 14 april 2016. Det här är det subjektiva svaret från en representant för ledningen och inte från Tripadvisor LLC.
Chilled out beach holiday.
Spent a wonderful 5 days just chilling out at the villa. The staff were absolutely brilliant and could not do enough to make sure everything was perfect. One word of warning, if your on a diet don't expect to lose weight as the food is both delicious and plentiful. Particularly the seafood and fish try the jumbo prawns if they are available each one is almost as big as a lobster.The house itself is probably best described as "shabby chic" with the rear windows acting as picture frames to give a beautiful view of the ocean at the the end of the garden. There is some traffic noise from the road in front of the house but this is not overly intrusive.The sea is probably a little rough to swim in for anyone who is not a strong swimmer but then there is the private pool for that, leaving the near deserted beach for peaceful walks particularly at sunset.
Besöktes den mars 2016 Reste med vänner
Skrivet 27 mars 2016. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
Thank you, we are so happy you had an enjoyable stay.
Skrivet 28 mars 2016. Det här är det subjektiva svaret från en representant för ledningen och inte från Tripadvisor LLC.
The house is in a beautiful location, right on the beach. The design is light, open and airy, capturing every sea breeze available. the furnishings are comfortable and the ambiance relaxing. The pool and garden area are fantastic. The wifi worked well.
The staff are friendly, and go out of their way to be helpful. They arranged fireworks for our 25th wedding anniversary (which we paid for).
The owner is very accomodating, especially after the difficulties encountered in booking (more below).
Despite the rave reviews of the cooks ability, we very quickly reverted to self catering; cooked breakfasts were cold - despite being up waiting for them and the interpretation of spaghetti bolognese was one of the most original we have ever experienced - and not in a good way. There did appear to be lots of strange little additional charges each day - very small in value but adding up to an additional $10-15USD per day.
Daily cleaning of the bathrooms and bedrooms just did not happen, for three days. The linen was never changed over a five day stay and we wound up laundering the towels ourselves. The top sheet was a single bed sheet for two people with no quilt/blanket.
The traffic noise can be problematic, if you are a light sleeper - bring earplugs.
The booking process through Tripadvisor was a complete shambles - this was completely beyond the control of the owner - but we would NEVER book trough Tripadvisor again. Our booking was cancelled and both the owner and ourselves were told the other was responsible. An automated alert to complete payment from Tripadvisor was never sent resulting in an automatic cancellation, attempting to recover the booking took almost three weeks.
The toilet system does not allow the disposal of used toilet paper, this is disposed of in a bin in the bathroom - as the bathrooms were not cleaned for three days…. there are lots of flies in Sri Lanka this time of year.
Besöktes den november 2015 Reste med familjen
Skrivet 14 november 2015. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
I am sorry to hear of the shortcomings you have mentioned about some aspects of your stay with us. Allow me to clarify the points raised by you. We ask our guests to place their breakfast order in the evening for the following morning, but, you had consistently failed to do so. The cook had to purchase ingredients and prepare your breakfast whilst catering to last minute requests. The one and only additional charge was approximately US$2.50 for a bottle of olive oil. There were no other additional charges, so your claim about a charge of $10-15 per day is, to put it kindly, an exageration! The linen was changed in two of the bedrooms when your group decided to change the bedrooms on the second night. The rooms/bathrooms were cleaned on two occasions, the only occasions when you actually allowed my staff access to the rooms. Our staff do not enter private spaces (the bedrooms) without permission from guests. You were actually provided with a towel change, again proving your claim to be untrue. Light duvets were provided when requested - it is generally too hot for duvets even with the ac on, so they are not standard issue. Traffic noise can be heard only in the bedroom on the street side, so yes, light sleepers using this room should use ear plugs. Yes, we have a very eco-friendly wc system which works beautifully with the waste bins for non organic waste. It is clean and efficient. There are never flies in the bathrooms. All our guests until now have shared our high standards of hygiene, and allowed our staff to clean the bathrooms daily! I am astounded that you never once called me during your stay (on the house telephone, at no cost to you), to register a complaint. I spoke to you on the day you arrived at the villa and told you to contact me if you had any problems or questions. By the way, I discovered that Tripadvisor had actually sent you an email reminder, with a copy to me which I found when I did a better search, about the second payment being due. It was no fault of Tripadvisor but an oversight on your part. Your booking was eventually reinstated with no additional costs to you, which I found to be very gracious on their part, do you not agree?
Skrivet 20 november 2015. Det här är det subjektiva svaret från en representant för ledningen och inte från Tripadvisor LLC.
Hawke's Bay Region, Nya Zeeland1 inlägg
Booking on the internet all the way from New Zealand seemed like quite a risk, but from the moment we arrived we were more than delighted with our decision. The villa is architecturally beautiful with a simple design allowing for a lovely breeze, views out to the ocean, plenty of space and stylishly decorated. We had brilliant weather - the only rain being on the night we arrived. The sea was a little rough to swim in, but the sandy deserted beach was perfect and we spent many hours in the lovely pool.
It's a little beyond walking distance to restaurants and bars so we took full advantage of the staff who cooked us endless Sri Lankan dishes with fresh locally produced produce. Most days we hired a car and driver, or tuk tuks and had an explore up and down the coast. Loved going down to Galle (about 40 min) and blown away by Lunaganga Gardens. So we also had fabulous meals when we were out.
Would definitely recommend this villa. You'll be extraordinarily well looked after by the staff and it feel like a little piece of paradise.
Besöktes den juli 2015 Reste med vänner
Skrivet 19 september 2015. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
Ithaca, NY5 inlägg
If you are looking for somewhere private and peaceful for a vacation, I highly recommend visiting Olu Beach Villa, as we had a most relaxing time for 7 days. Although it’s a 2.5 hour drive from the Colombo airport, it's all worth it as you get peace and quiet in the villa, as well as the beautiful beach, ocean, and private pool.
The villa has 3 bedrooms, however we only used one bedroom since it was just the two of us. The bedroom faced the ocean and provided beautiful sunrises every morning. We even took a nap a couple days, as it was so relaxing & peaceful.
The four staff of the villa are very professional and dedicated. We had a cook, helper, gardener and security guard. They all spoke wonderful English. The cook used local ingredients as much as possible to create delicious Sri Lankan food for us everyday. We enjoyed it very much, however we wanted to have some Western food. The cook was also able to create Western dishes and it satisfied us very much. In addition, they even were able to use the grill to cook local lobster and crab for us one evening.
The villa location is in between two towns, so we actually took a 45-min tuk-tuk to Galle to visit the Galle Fort and check out the town. There are some nice western restaurants in Galle, so if you want to get a sense of what the town looks like, I would recommend you spend a day in Galle to walk around.
One of the highlights of our visit was getting exposed to the local culture and life. We visited a local outdoor market which was a five minute walk from the villa. It was incredible, and as crowded and loud as ever. If you are an adventurer I would suggest you take a look, as you see the local life and also may buy fresh vegetables & fruit.
Overall we had a wonderful stay in Olu Beach Villa and it is much more beautiful than you see with your own eyes, when compared to the pictures on the website. The owners Nirmala and Dave are very nice and they welcomed us upon our arrival with a detailed explanation of the villa and everything they thought we might need.
We will definitely miss this place!
Besöktes den februari 2015 Reste som ett par
Skrivet 29 mars 2015. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
Owen Sound, Kanada1 inlägg
Paradise exists here
The Olu Beach Villa was truly the ultimate holiday- relaxing, restful and rejuvenating! We were there with two little boys (3 and 1 year old) and the visiting grand parents. We rented all three bedrooms to allow the littlest to have his space to sleep in at night. The Olu Beach Villa really thinks of everything- pack and play available with mosquito net, high chair, sand toys etc. The beds were extremely comfortable, the space was clean, the area was always nicely groomed and managed and the pool was perfect. The beach is a little rough for little kids but we took a quick train ride into Hikkaduwa (15 minutes away) to enjoy their calm beach for a morning and then back to the villa for naps and pool time. The food was fun and we felt spoiled by the attentive and kind staff. I will definitely be coming back here.
Besöktes den mars 2015
Skrivet 28 mars 2015. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
Borås, Sverige5 inlägg
Jag och mina 6 väninnor hyrde Villan 10 nätter i Januari 2015, bilder och beskrivning stämde mycket väl med Villan. Ett fantastiskt läge på en lugn och mycket vacker strand. Vågorna var ibland höga men det gick lätt att bada. Villan har en mycket bra planlösning och är vackert inredd i ljusa färger, de öppna fönstren mot havet ger en underbar utsikt. Personalen i huset var fantastisk och vi kunde tillsammans med kocken beställa mycket goda traditionella rätter från Sri Lanka. Personalen fanns hela tiden till hands men höll sig i bakgrunden allt för att kunna serva oss på absolut bästa sätt. Villan har en hög designnivå och är perfekt planerat även om man vill ha någon lugn inomhusaktivitet som till exempel Yoga som vi hade varje morgon. Den lilla byn som ligger närmast (Ambalangoda) kunde bidra med några restauranger som var helt ok, det fanns även shoppinggator, Batiktillverkning och en härlig mat och kryddmarknad att besöka vilket jag varmt kan rekommendera. Ett måste är också det Buddistiska tempel (Karandeniya) som ligger ca 15 minuter från Villan, där bor det munkar och man kan få komma dit på meditation om man önskar det. Olu Beach Villa är alltså mer än ett semesterboende! Det är paradiset och dit vill jag åka igen!
Besöktes den januari 2015 Reste med vänner
Skrivet 23 januari 2015. Det här är ett subjektivt omdöme av en Tripadvisor-medlem och inte av Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor kontrollerar omdömen.
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