Arriving by seaplane on Koggala lake, we were greeted by the driver arranged by Lakeview and were at the villa within 10 minutes. We were met by Ken and shown around the fabulous property. Before leaving the UK we were contacted by Ken to arrange our first night's meal. Sonali cooked an unbelievable Sri Lankan meal and further meals were just as amazing. Much to our surprise our 7 year old ate every meal with gusto. Whilst not a fussy eater, he would not eat rice prior to our trip but from the first meal he devoured each meal cooked by Sonali -including rice! The staff at the villa were outstanding and we believe it is the quality and attention of the staff which makes Lakeview villa such as special destination.
We are a family of four, with 7 and 11 year olds, and prior to booking we discussed the possibility of moving beds so that our children could share a twin room next to the main bedroom. Ken said this was no problem and the rooms were set up as promised for our arrival. Whilst the villa's floor plan is perfect for multiple couples or extended families travelling together, two of the rooms are accessed from the exterior so may not be suitable for smaller children to use alone.
As mentioned previously, the food was amazing -I cook from scratch regularly and have high standards but I have never eaten such outstanding food on holiday.
Given the remote location of the villa it was very helpful to have Lasantha, Sonali's husband, available to take us out in their car to visit Galle and MIrissa. These trips were very reasonably priced and offered far more comfort and safety than the local tuk-tuks. TukTuks were fine for the shorter trip to the beach and were arranged by Sonali giving us reassurance.
Mosquitoes were prevented by nets over all beds, aswell as coils and plug-ins. Pool was great and jus as good as the photos suggest. Gardens well maintained by Raja. Air-conditioned Cinema room a welcome retreat at times with a good selection of movies and decent equipment.
During the times that staff were around the house we enjoyed their company and felt most at ease, chatting at length with Sonali about food and Sri Lankan culture. They were attentive when around but gave us space and privacy at other times. We truly felt that we were staying with friends and were very sad to leave them at the end of our stay. Sonali's previous experience as a nanny clearly shows as she was fantastic with our children.
If you are looking for a non-touristy true Sri Lankan experience and are keen to learn more about their culture and cooking tips then this villa is the one for you.