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“Total decadent perfection”
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Beach at the end of the garden
Double rainbow over the house
Walking along a nearby beach - Great for swimming / surfing  / body boarding year round !
Beach at the end of the garden
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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Dondra, Southern Province

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Katy R
Dondra, Sri Lanka
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Total decadent perfection”
Reviewed 16 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Just back from a fortnight staying at this little piece of paradise on earth and am finding it difficult to temper the tone of this review as I fear I am in grave danger of just gushing about how totally, flawlessly amazing Ratnakara is: the house, the bedrooms, the pool, the staff, the food - oh my goodness the food - the monkeys, the peacock, the ocean, the location… all utterly, decadently, perfect.

Whilst it would be very easy to never leave the property, there are lots of cool things to do nearby. Highlight of our trip was a safari in the Ude Wallawe National Park where we got up close to elephants and water buffalo - do be prepared to get up early though as you really need to be there for about 8am. We also visited a tea planation and a turtle hatchery. There is a little beach below the house that you can swim from but do take a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride to nearby Talalla Beach for a late afternoon walk and swim at least once. The fortified port town of Galle is about an hour away by train and is well worth a day trip for shopping and a lazy lunch.

Nearer home is Matara where you can pick up practically anything: recommend a trip to Cargills/Food City for bottles of the very quaffable Sri Lankan gin, Rockland with which Wasantha will prepare you most delicious lemon-grass (fresh picked from the garden) G&Ts before dinner or indeed at any time you want them…... He also does something moreishly delicious with the local spirit Arack.

Oh and don’t let the internet put you off travelling in monsoon season - we had stunning weather the whole fortnight and when we did get the odd twenty minutes of rain every now and again it didn’t stop us doing anything. In fact one of the most memorable moments of the fortnight was swimming in the rain at night with all the lights out and the full moon casting a bright beam across the pool.

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Liked best: Absolutely everything
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
18 Jul 2015
Many thanks for a 10/10 review! Its a great motivator for us and the Staff when hear we are consistently getting it right. Please do come again, you know you will always be made welcome. BR Ratnakara.
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TR15784
Durban, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Simply Amazing!”
Reviewed 9 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We had a wonderful 2 week stay at Ratnakara with friends! What a stunning villa, comfortable, clean, modern and beautifully decorated and furnished! The villa has absolutely everything that you could need. The staff are great - attentive, polite, friendly. The chef is very good providing us with 3 delicious meals a day - his barbecues are the best! The villa is in a good location with lovely sea views, the beach is a short walk away and the town can also be accessed on foot, although Matara (the bigger town) is about a 15 minute tuk tuk ride away. It is easy to do day trips (tea plantations, safaris etc) which Wasantha can organise with no problem. We will definitely be back! Thanks for such a wonderful and memorable stay!

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Liked best: The pool!
Liked least: No aircon in rooms - although the fans did a good enough job
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
11 Jul 2015
Thanks for a GR8 review! We are delighted you had a fantastic holiday here and we will look forward to seeing you back here. Best Regards, Ratnakara.
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015

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Liked best: Setting, pool, staff, food
Liked least: having to leave
Travelling group: Teenagers
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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Management Response
17 Jun 2015
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us so Much. Its always great to know that we have got it right when we get great feedback like this. Please do come again! Best Regards, Ratnakara.
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achaysay
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“i am picky.... and this place is PERFECT!”
Reviewed 2 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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I travelled here with a friend to just relax for a bit and enjoy the beautiful south coast of Sri Lanka, and got much more out of it than i had expected.
The house is designed and decorated remarkably well with lots of very large rooms with very open walls and windows, patios and decks. it is not only well designed, but also remarkably well kept.
but aside from the building being beautiful, the experience is really what seals the deal.
on a holiday like this i usually have a difficult time managing to experience a luxurious stay AND a mindful local experience while in another country and culture. but Ratnakara provides that experience so wonderfully. theres no question about the luxury of the villa, but its secluded up a hill in a smaller part of town. away from the dirty and loud areas overwhelmed with hotels.
The amount of smiling, waving, and "Hello!!!!'s" we received just wandering the streets taking the 1 minute walk to the crystal clear ocean was really one of my favortie parts!
if you want a beautiful villa with beautiful people on a beautiful beach, this is it.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
3 May 2015
Delighted you had a great time here and we hope that you can find time to visit us again. A warm welcome is awaiting you !
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Reviewed 15 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
17 Apr 2015
Delighted you chose to stay with us, and off course we we look forward to seeing you come back! Best Regards, Ratnakara.
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