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“Sensational Shalini”
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128 reviews
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Seating area near pool
Seating area near pool
Seated area off lounge
Seated area off lounge
Seated area off lounge
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Open Dining area
Open Dining area
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 1
Unawatuna Beach
Blowhole near Tengalle
Sunset at Unawatuna
Paddy Fields near Unawatuna
Koggala Lake
Habaraduwa Beach
New Unawatuna Beach
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Unawatuna, Galle District, Southern Province

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AussieJou...
Melbourne, Victoria
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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“Sensational Shalini”
Reviewed 21 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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I travelled to this property with my girlfriend, mother and sister. From the moment Kamindika (the property manager) opened the gates to the villa, we were all captivated by the property.
We were warmly greeted my Kamindika and Tharanga (the chef). Both were extremely accommodating to all of our needs. Tharanga impressed us immensely with his cooking skills and repertoire. The dishes he created were awesome and he easily made food that suited our palate. The night watchman "Uncle" , also made us feel extremely safe during the evenings and night.

The villa is very modern with large rooms and bathrooms. This property is easily 5 star and definitely beats staying at any 5 star hotel. Unfortunately we could only stay 2 nights due to our itinerary. We will definitely come back and stay at least 5 days there in the near future.

I highly recommend this property to any one who is planning a trip to Galle or the surrounding towns. This was a 10 out of 10 experience for us.

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Liked best: The serenity of the villa
Liked least: The shortness of our stay
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Bec L
Sri Lanka/Australia
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“A gorgeous home in perfect location”
Reviewed 23 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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We cannot rave enough about our stay at Shalini Villa in Unawatuna. This place is a hidden gem!! The villa is immaculately kept with a huge central living area. It has 3 pristine large bedrooms with really comfy mattresses (hard to find in Sri Lanka!), ample storage space and spacious bathrooms. The kitchen is open plan to the main living space and comes fully equipped which resulted in a lot of fun evenings with the family cooking up a storm together. We were really impressed with how fantastic the 2 staff members were; Kamindika was there for us every day to help in any way possible. He worked tirelessly to ensure our rooms were always clean and the gorgeous garden was well maintained. He was always willing to go the extra mile and was fantastic with our young son. Tharanga the chef prepared breakfast for us every morning as well as yummy authentic rice and curry meals, Sri Lankan breakfasts and tasty pastas. The location of the villa is minutes from Unawatuna beach but not in the middle of the noisy and touristy strip. We would walk down to the beach for early morning swims and from the villa also had some great walks inland checking out local village life. We were so comfortable at Shalini Villa that we had to remind ourselves to actually leave the place and explore the local area (loads to check out!). You can easily spend the entire day just enjoying the local birdlife in the garden which is full of tropical flowers. It was so hard to leave the Villa and we highly recommend it; especially to families or groups of friends who want ample space to holiday together.

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Liked best: location, spaciousness, staff, garden
Liked least: can honestly not think of anything!
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Sydney
Reviewed 25 May 2012 for a stay in February 2012

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Somerset, UK
Reviewed 22 May 2012 for a stay in March 2012

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Rob W
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“An ideal holiday villa with everything you could possibly want !”
Reviewed 19 April 2012 for a stay in March 2012

the villa was at all times, cool , well kept and very comfortable despite the heat. The rooms were air conditioned and very clean and well kept. Inside the villa it was beautiful and outside beautifully kept and scenic.

no stone was left unturned where our comfort was concerned and the staff very friendly and helpful. The chef produced just amazing food which left us all speechless at times...

all in all it doesn't get much better from a holiday villa.

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Liked best: the cooking and coolness
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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