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25 reviews
Villa Barbara & Private Swimming Pool
Villa Barbara
Private Swimming Pool
Full moon Day
Swimming Pool
Drive into the villa
Balcony overlooking the lagoon
Villa Barbara Boat
Ready For Fishing
Back Garden
Large Kitchen
Place to Relax
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom ensuite
2nd Bedrom
Main Bathroom
3rd Bedroom
Main Reception
Main Reception
Dining Room
Ground Floor Bathroom
Cabana on the Lagoon
View of the lagoon and cabana
UK Family golden jubilee organised by villa owner
Ready to go Fishing
View From Lagoon
View from Lagoon
Our Boat
Front Balcony
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Villa -
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Negombo, Western Province

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Douglas H
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Warm welcome, traditional food & lovely accomodation”
Reviewed 22 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Villa Barbara! We were made to feel very welcome and were able to enjoy some lovely traditional in house home made sri lankan food. The house is huge, with a great view of the lagoon which backs on to the garden. There are also some great places to get food near by, as well being only a 20 minute ride to the airport in Columbo. Will 100% recommend to friends!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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malcolm b
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Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Lovely villa, lovely people, great size, great pool, great view”
Reviewed 8 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
2
people found this review helpful

I stayed here in Sept with my brother and my father, quite a big property for just the three of us, but the price was right and the owner was responsive and helpful, so I felt comfortable it was the right choice. Overall this is an excellent property with just a few small issues to consider.
So on with the review . . .

Pros
Villa is a great size with 5 bedrooms and two lounges plus outdoor seating facing the pool on one side and facing the lagoon on the other. We spent a great deal of time during the day reading and relaxing in the garden and each night drinking beer looking out at the lagoon.
The pool is a decent size for relaxing in or for laps.
The view out into the lagoon is relaxing with a great deal of birdlife and exotic looking sailboats gliding by.
The villa garden is lovingly maintained and we were lucky enough to see a Rat snake (non-poisonous), a couple of mongoose, small parrots and monitor lizards all from the comfort of our chairs. There is also a mangrove area at the bottom of the garden by the lagoon that is very pretty.
Rooms are very clean and the bathrooms all appear to be newly renovated, all bedrooms having working air-cons and some have ceiling fans.
The housekeeper Gita is very friendly, unobtrusive and an incredible cook, we had breakfast and lunch at the villa each day and were amazed. Both her and the security guard/gardener waited up for us to arrive to greet us at 3am when we arrived.
The location feels very secluded and other than the occasional plane flying overhead is very quiet.
There is a big lawn area by the bbq for kids to play on, but with both a pool and the garden running down to the lagoon you would need to keep an eye on them.
There are plenty of seats, sun loungers, benches in the garden and by the pool.
Towels were clean and plentiful, rooms were cleaned everyday if required.
The wifi is fast and covers the whole house and grounds.
Shan who picked us up from the airport was very friendly and available any time we wanted a trip somewhere by just SMSing him.
There are a number of small shops within walking distance and the JetWing Lagoon resort if you want to walk to a restaurant or bar or to lie on the beach, I did not do this.
It is only 25 mins form the airport and 5 mins from the fish market in a tuk tuk.

Cons
A couple of sections of the garden are obviously under construction so not as nice to look at, I assume that is temporary though.
It is a bit of a distance from town so the seclusion costs you about 20 mins in a tuk tuk to get to the main strip of restaurants and bars in Negombo at a cost of 400 rupees each way.
There were two midday power cuts while we were there, one of which lasted a couple of hours, I think these were area wide not just the villa (in fact the airport had two small cuts while I was waiting to leave).
When we arrived we did not have bottled water and a fridge full of beer as requested, this was resolved very quickly and with many apologies though.

I would have no problem staying here again and will recommend it to my friends and family. It is especially a great villa for groups.

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Liked best: The garden with pool and view
Liked least: the distance to town
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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S H
Vadodara, India
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good , though it has its share of problems...”
Reviewed 27 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We spent a week at Villa Barbara in mid August - located on the lagoon, with a great sit-out on its edge, some lovely artistic aspects to the garden, nice large common areas, a small but good pool.
The people of Negombo are friendly and helpful, as also the staff. We had a wonderful time but there were several issues which we felt could be easily resolved and which would add greatly to the experience of visitors.
Of course our group was a bit too large for the property - and we appreciate that the owner accomodated us anyway.
Maintenance and cleaning could be improved (plumbing and electrical problems, cockroaches in kitchen drawers). To be fair, management did try and rectify problems as they were pointed out, but skilled help is obviously not always at hand immediately.Daily cleaning was done by a novice probably, as she was very slow, and as we were asked to be present while she did it, it was not very convenient.
Coordination between staff and Management seemed to be not so good- for instance when we started helping to clear up after meals, we were asked not to - until we reallised that the staff really could not manage on their own. Initially we were told coconuts from the garden were freely available for cooking - later we reallised we had to pay for them - at the highest market rate.
The chef gave us some amazing salads with ingenious decorations - delicious food which sometimes ran short because we overate - sometimes he made so much we could have eaten it for 2 days.
Perhaps Negombo is more expensive but overall we felt we spent a lot more on food ingredients in negombo than at our next destination (Elkaduwa).

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
8 Sep 2015
Dear Mr Zaheer
Thanks for your review. Firstly because we were expecting 11 people and 16 ended up coming we gave you the house without additional charges. As the group was so large the cook could not manage cooking enough so the cleaner had to help, that is why we had to hire someone that was not as skilled at short notice. The cleaner could not do her job quickly as people were sleeping everywhere and even used sun loungers as beds inside the house. The cleaner also complained at the fact that there were sheets, towels and clothes on the staircase. There were plumbing issues as the bathrooms and house in general were made to accommodate 12 people maximum. The staff could not manage clearing up after meals as there was a lot of mess from cooking for many people and also when the cook was not present people were also in the kitchen cooking constantly,because of this there were many leftovers which is why there were cockroaches. As soon as you left we had to get treatment done in the house to get rid of cockroaches. We have never said that ingredients for cooking were free. The coconuts that you used were the ones that the housekeeper bought that's why he asked for money for them. Because of the misuse of the Air Conditioners, such as leaving them on with the windows and doors open, we had to call the AC Technician three times.
We hope you enjoyed you stay at Villa Barbara
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alun1955
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A bit of paradise”
Reviewed 10 March 2015 for a stay in January 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We were picked up as arranged at the airport and taken to the villa, just 40 minutes away in an air-conditioned mini bus for our two-week stay. Sandamalee the cleaner and cook had thoughtfully provided some provisions to get us through the first evening. Sandamalee speaks fluent English, and offered lots of useful advice during our stay.

The house and grounds are extensive, giving fantastic views over the lagoon. The swimming pool is the centre of attraction, it is both large and warm, and kept crystal clear by Uncle, the resident caretaker, and a visiting pool boy.

The staff were helpful, and discrete, and ensured our privacy during our stay.

Negombo, is a 20-minute trip by bus or Tuk Tuk, or can be walked in about an hour. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Negombo. Alternatively you can catch the bus, train or Tuk Tuk to the surrounding towns.

The local beaches are not a highlight of the area, having seen them we spent our time in and around the magnificent pool.

After our two week stay we then set off to Kandy and then finally Hikkaduwa. We will be returning to Villa Barbara.

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Mandylove...
Muscat, Oman
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful villa in stunning location”
Reviewed 27 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We stayed at Villa Barbara for a week at half term. We wanted somewhere quiet and within a reasonable transfer time from the airport - just somewhere to chill and unwind for a few days! This place ticked all the boxes! It's location is amazing, right on the lagoon and far enough out of Negombo to be really quiet and unspoilt. When you first see the house from the driveway it has that total wow factor!
Outside there is a beautiful infinity pool and lovely gardens from which we saw all sorts of birds and even a pair of mongoose! We saw fishermen out on the lagoon in their catamarans, fishing as they have done for generations.
Inside the house is lovely but not luxury. Everything was clean and functional. Rooms are all spacious. Bedrooms all have aircon units, most also had a fan and all had mosquito nets on the beds. One double is downstairs the rest are upstairs, two are ensuite, one was a work in progress!
The staff were amazing! Sanda is there everyday to clean and will also cook for a reasonable price. I would highly recommend her Sri Lankan cooking and she ended up rustling up our evening meals most nights in the end!
Also recommend a local taxi/tour guide called Mariyan Fernando. He picked us up from the airport in his mini bus (transfers included in rental). He speaks excellent English and charged decent rates for trips out and about. When he couldn't help us one day he sent his brother instead! He is a patient, careful driver which you really need out there.
There is a gardener with no English, known as Uncle. He lives in an attached unit at the side of the house and is the security for the property as well as tending to the outside areas. He is always there but keeps himself to himself . We never felt our privacy was invaded. Same for Sanda, she was always there but if we said she could go, she would. I think that you are best to be able to accept that the house comes with staff!
We had a problem on our holiday when one of our party took ill and sadly spent most of the holiday in hospital. She was transferred to Colombo which was then really difficult for us. Sanda and Mariyan were amazing, as was the local tuk tuk driver. They were all so concerned and they couldn't do enough to support us, and we really needed local help.
Overall Villa Barbara is a beautiful place to stay and we would love to come back and stay another time in happier circumstances!

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Liked best: Stunning location
Liked least: Some fixtures and fittings and utensils need updating
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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