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Mawella Villa

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- Colonial-style property
- Beautiful beachside location
- Large pool in tropical gardens
- Cultural & safari activities nearby

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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.

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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