- Colonial-style property
- Beautiful beachside location
- Large pool in tropical gardens
- Cultural & safari activities nearby
Mawella Villa is a contemporary and sophisticated luxury boutique hotel in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. It’s one of many hotels to line the coast, sitting just outside of Tangalle, a popular tourist resort and fishing hub, and combines a colonial-style feel with plenty of modern touches. The service is very friendly and there’s a large pool and direct beach access along with a great deal to explore in the surrounding area.
The accommodation consists of four pristine-clean Double Rooms in the main building, along with two more Double Rooms in the separate Pool House. Each of the rooms can accommodate two adults, with a maximum of just 12 adults staying at the hotel at any one time (though there may be a few children as well). Amenities available in all rooms include air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, overhead fans, a TV with cable channels and a safe; some even have their own private plunge pool. Each room has a luxury four poster bed with high-quality bedding, along with a good amount of private outdoor space where guests can unwind in the fresh air while taking in the views of the scenic surroundings.
Mawella Villa has a distinctly laid-back feel. Not only is there the vast stretch of beach to explore with direct access from the hotel, there’s also the beautifully presented tropical garden to enjoy. On-site facilities include a large 40ft swimming pool and a full-service restaurant that offers three meals a day comprising a selection of popular Sri Lankan dishes, along with some international favourites and plenty of healthy options.
Activities in the area include day excursions to the nearby historic city of Galle, a UNESCO world heritage site, safari expeditions in Yala National Park and whale watching trips.
Children of all ages are welcome and those of three to six years of age can either sleep on an extra bed in the room (availability depends on the room) or they are permitted to share their parents’ bed. While there are no particular designated child facilities at the hotel, there is plenty for all age groups to enjoy in the area, and the beach and swimming pool will doubtless keep youngsters entertained. Parents are reminded to make sure their children are under adult supervision at all times.
- Large, exclusive resort
- Stunning beachfront location
- 4 restaurants, pool, spa, tennis courts
- Boutique beachside hotel
- Good value for money
- Comfy base for exploring south coast
- Secluded beachfront hotel
- Private bungalow accommodation & meals
- Reliable choice just outside Galle
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019