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Alex Durban, South Africa - Left on 04/30/2013 for a stay in April 2013

We had a fantastic stay at this lovely villa!
The house is perfect with ample space and great entertainment area's and awesome kitchens.
The staff were fantastic and made our holiday that much better -
The guard Perrier was great, he appeared whenever we needed help and made life very easy for us.
He even cut us fresh coconuts from the garden every morning, and on request showed us all the fruit/spice tree's in the garden.
The cleaning lady was delightful and cooked some spectacular dishes for us.
And the Manager Ruzaik ahmed was always available - day or night to assist and organise transport, translate and answer any questions we had.
I would recommend the villa for groups wishing to kick back and enjoy the south coast at their own pace!
Thank you so much!
We would love to visit again sometime in the future!
Caroline Bristol, UK - Left on 03/31/2011 for a stay in March 2011
This is a very beautiful house in an incredibly friendly village with a little private beach set in the palm trees. We were so well looked after by the guardian of the house (and the beautiful dogs!) and we would love to keep coming back here again and again!
It the most relaxing experience and felt like a real home away from home in a very special part of Sri Lanka.
Thank you for a wonderful stay!
J & R Jonkerr Ottawa, Canada - Left on 03/22/2011 for a stay in January 2011
Staying a Emanuela's place opened our eyes to the real Sri Lanka.
Being in this little paradise close to beautiful beaches, a Dutch colonial town, a bird sanctuary and fascinating markets all within minutes from the house by bicycle. We were able to mingle with the locals and at the same time keep our privacy.
No where else in Sri Lanka did we relax so much and at the same time get a real understanding of the people and country.
The house and garden are beautiful and the owners are a delight.
BaylorBrown Colombo, Sri Lankari Lanka - Left on 07/27/2012 for a stay in July 2012
We throughly enjoy our stay. The house is beautiful and well kept.
The house manager and guard are both very friendly and helpful, and the quite environment surrounding the house can't be beat.
We hope to return again in the near future.
Committeeofone Glasgow - Left on 01/14/2012 for a stay in July 2
This is the second time that my wife and two teenage daughters have travelled,on holiday, to Sri Lanka.
We stayed at a hotel on our last visit, just to learn the ropes, with a view to returning for a longer stay in rented villa.
I saw the villa on Trip advisor and contacted Emanuela to arrange our stay four 4 weeks.
Everything went smoothly, no problems.
On the run up to the holiday one of my daughters friends expressed an interest in joining us on holiday, it ended up that her family joined us bringing the total of people up to 8, 4 adults and 4 teenagers (1 boy and 3 girls)
We arrived at the airport Bandaranaike airport and took a taxi to Fort Station (railway) in Colombo, cost $10, we then bought tickets for Matara, $2 each.
The reason for doing this was to save money and time.
A taxi to Matara is $80 per taxi, cost $160. By train $36. This then has to be paid on the way back, hence by taking the train you save $248.
The train is also 45 minutes quicker than a taxi, but it is not for the faint hearted.
Forget the nice comfortable, modern, clean trains of Europe, the rolling stock is pre WW2 and in need of scraping and replacing, all life is here.
A taxi ride is just as interesting, and again if you are not used to it you will fear that death is only seconds away several times during your journey.
We arrived safely at the villa and on entering were greeted by the staff who handed us the keys.
We settled in and had alook round, the grounds are beautiful, an old coconut plantation of about 1 acre with the house right in the middle and a seperate cottage at the back .
The gardens are grass with small borders around the perimeter filled with shrubs, the front of the garden is right on the beach which is only available at low tide, the water is clean,blue, calm and swimable, and yes there are large turtles in the water.
At low tide you can walk right out to the island where there is a budhist shine.
The accomadation is comfortable, simple and kept clean by the housekeeper.
Toilets are large all with hot showers wet room style.
Security is not a problem as Mr Perera is on duty 24 hours a day, a quiet generous man who will help you in any way he can and if he can't he will find you somebody who can.
The kitchen is well equiped with all the gadgets you have back home.
As far as supplies are concerned you can walk to the supermarket, 20 minutes, it sells all the "western " style foods at hard to explain prices, or you can pick up stuff at the local shops, meat is expensive but fish is very cheap, speak to Mr Perera. eating out was a better option for us as I was the only person on the trip that could cook and I wanted a break aswell.
We headed down to Polhena beach, 10 minutes walk through the village, where there are about 5 eateries, all have more or less the same menu but we went for one called the Sealion, you can't miss it as you enter through the mouth of a sealion.
The food is the same as all the other resturants but this one was chosen by our girls because of the staff, the chef Kumar looks like he has just stepped off the set of a Bollywood movie with a winning charm and a filmstar smile. the food is good, plentiful and cheap.
Polhena is a tourist area for Sri Lankans, white people are very rare, this being the case everybody wants to know you, speak to you, help you and be your friend.
You don't know their customs and they don't know yours, laugh, learn and have fun.
On a final very positive note about the villa...there is no TV, no Wifi no radio...Fantastic really, really fantastic.
Bob Philadelphia, USA - Left on 09/28/2010 for a stay in August 2010
Now at a distance of a few months later our week long stay here at the beginning of august 2010 seems like a dream.
The house is both beautiful and comfortable with its mix of asian and Mediterranean styles.
The caretaker Pereira who looks after the house is cordial and very efficient and the convenience of having a daily maid in a private house is great.
The sea in front of the house is rich with fish that we easily caught and did up on the barbecue.
We love calm transparent water so this location was ideal for us, protected as it is by the coral barrier.
Nearby in the village of Polhena there are beautiful sites to visit and the city (Matara, walkable from Polhena, but you can use the bike to get there quicker) offers whatever you might desire from pharmacies to hospitals to a supermarket to a local market selling fish, fruit and vegetables.
It is truly a relaxing destination to get away from it all, while still having access to the things you need to keep you connected to the outer world.
Thanuja Seattle, WA - Left on 05/01/2011 for a stay in April 2011
We were in Sri Lanka recently during the Sri Lankan new year time.
I can easily say our stay at this beautiful beach house was the highlight of otherwise a hectic 2 week trip to Sri Lanka.
Despite it being the hottest time of the year we did not feel the heat because of the sea breeze.
House had a rustic feel to it with asian and Mediterranean touches, comfortable furniture and decorated tastefully with what appears to be mostly local products.
We especially enjoyed the hammocks and the outdoor shower.
It had enough room to accommodate our party of 10. We spent our days lounging, playing cricket, exploring nearby markets and of course eating.
Nirmala who is avaialble to hire as a maid during the day was an excellent cook.
We were able to find local produce and fresh fish easily at the Matara market and Nirmala cooked them to perfection.
Many of us in our group loved to cook and we had all the utensils we needed and beautiful tableware to serve them.
We did not brave the ocean by the house but Polhena beach was easy walking distance from the house.
Mr Perera was always there to open the gate and was a reassuring presence at night.
He even caught us a crab.
Mr ahmed was there to meet us on arrival and seemed to be a very nice person.
They all spoke very fondly of the owners.
As many of you know the owner Emanuela is Italian and there were basil plants in the backyard that seem to have survived the heat.
The dogs were friendly and Mickey in particular accompanied us on our walks to the beach.
Emanuela, your house was pretty close to what I had in mind when I was looking for a beach vacation rental and the wonderful staff you have there made it the perfect vacation.
Thank you for a wonderful stay.
I am sure I will be thinking of your beautiful house by the beach during long cold winters here.
From Olya:
We spent 1 week in Deep Blue Villa and it was just a paradise!! Very beautiful house with amazing garden and private beach. You dont need more to have the best vacation ever! Maruz was very helping and quickly responding to any question, it was real pleasure to communicate with her. Ruzeik (house keeper) was also extremely helping and friendly and we never experienced any problem. The villa is perfect for big grpoup of people. We were there even with a small baby and everything went really fine. Thank you so much and i hope to come back one day!!
Gigot (Francia) July 2014
Our stay at Deep Blue Sri Lanka Colonial Villa will be a holiday that we will never forget. We had such a fantastic time , the house is amazingly beautiful, nicely furnished with our private beach front, nice little hidden paradise. We travel all over Asia and was amazed with the quality of service and hospitality we received from the house care taker and staffs. They went out of their way to make us feel very special. We shall and planning to return the soonest possible. My family highly recommends the house and that location of Sri Lanka. Celine & Fabien
From Erla
Amazing time in this beautiful location and very comfortable villa!! All rooms decent size with huge garden that's very kids friendly and fun! Easy to get around everywhere by tuk tuk that was normally few minutes to arrive after the lovely Mamdu( guard) called them ! Thanks For having us
From Kristine april 2015

We had a delightful stay in Polhena. No trouble finding the place, as the house manager told our taxi driver the directions as we approached. But is is located near Boutique Hotel Amaloh, if you need a landmark. When we arrived we were shown the quarters and were amazed with how spacious and inviting the house is. It is even better than the photos of the house. There is a large outdoor terrace next to an outdoor dining area. Upstairs is a small library and a large deck with a lovely hanging "bed-swing" and more chairs and a table. There are two kitchen areas- the main one indoors with lots of pots and pans, knives, etc. to make food with, and the outdoor one with a small oven and an extra sick. There is a laundry area with sink and laundry machine as well (a godsend for us after doing laundry in the sink for weeks!) The bedrooms are all quite large and all except one bed had mosquito nets. All rooms have screens on all windows- a rarity! There is no AC, but we did not find this too bothersome- there is a breeze from the nearby water and fans in each room. The bedrooms and bathrooms are simply decorated, although basic, everything was very clean. Used the outdoor shower more than the indoor ones. This is truly outdoor living-and we loved it! The yard has a big sandy area with chairs, and there is a small private beach with loungers where we spent most of our days. Most areas of the house and most bedrooms have an ocean view. Polhena public beach is a quick bike ride away (two bikes provided- I would recommend renting more if you are staying any length of time with more than two people). Polhena beach is very quiet and has great snorkeling. Tuk=tuk to Mirissa beach cost about 600 Rps. and took about 10 minutes. This beach is more populated, with sometimes rough waves, but lots of seafood restaurants. Very pretty at night. Yes, there are some mosquitos and most of the time you are outdoors, but putting on the overhead fan and using coils at dusk kept them at bay. We truly appreciated the unique design and layout of Deep Blue, and hope to return. Thanks to all the wonderful staff- Mr. Ruziak took good care of our needs, Manjo caught us some crabs and fish and took us on a boat ride to the small island near by, and Onita (sp?) kept us clean and made us some wonderful Sri Lankan food for a very reasonable price. THANK YOU ALL!

From Isabelle august 2015
Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour à 2 familles dans la maison de Maruz. Belle maison spacieuse en bord de mer . Pour trouver la maison , indiquer Amaloh Hotel au taxi , la maison se situe juste à côté. L'accueil par Ruzaik a été formidable ( il nous a amené au supermarché le premier jour et a apporté les bagages à la gare au départ). Chaque jour, il passait à la villa pour voir si tout se passait bien ou nous conseiller sur une sortie. En journée, la maison est gardée par Manju et sa femme . Il ont été également très serviables. Nous sommes allé voir les tortues sur l'île en face avec son bateau. Il nous aidait aussi au barbecue.Leur accueil et leur gentillesse resteront un très bon souvenir du Sri Lanka ! La nuit un gardien dort dans la propriété. Côté équipement, les salles de bain sont basiques ( 2 avec eau chaude et 2 avec avec eau froide) mais les chambres sont agréables. L'espace extérieur pour les repas est très appréciable avec une vue sur le magnifique jardin. Côté moustique, les spirales à pyretre sont indispensables pour profiter de la terrasse le soir . En résumé, nous recommandons vivement cette villa.
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