Comments left by our guests
We would like to thank all the staff for looking
after us so well and making our stay a very
enjoyable and relaxing one. Especially thank you for
your kindness with Eloise, our baby, who seems to
have very much enjoyed her stay and making friends.
She was fond of the marmite sandwiches and bananas,
very tasty! We will definitely recommend you to our
family and friends.
We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary here.
Thank you so much for making it a special day:
decoration on the bed and the lovely cake.
Mike, Annabelle and Eloise (youngest visitor to
date, aged 11 months)
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
We felt at home and the staff were very friendly.
This is holiday! Although we travel a lot, see much,
a lot to think about, talk about. We love Sri Lanka
and its people.
Dre & Maria
Utrecht, The Netherlands
We stayed for two nights in this lovely villa. It
was as if we were in our own house, because we were
the only guests. The staff spoiled us with lovely
dinners and drinks and made us feel like kings and
queens. One of the best guesthouses we ever had!
Thanks for everything.
Jan & Thera Kooy
Huizen, The Netherlands
You are all so lovely and sweet. Thank you so much
for taking such good care of us!! This stay will be
unforgettable, thanks to you. So keep up the good
work and we believe that every guest who will come
to villa Modarawattha will feel as happy as we do.
Karin Ruiten & Danielle van Broekhoven
NRV Holiday, The Netherlands
Thank you very much for the great stay! If there is
a heaven we hope it is like this. The food, the
view, the people, just perfect!! Thanks again and we
hope to visit Villa Modarawattha in the future.
Erwin de Jonge & Marjolein de Vries
What a nice stay we had during these two days in
this beautiful villa with your excellent service! We
felt at home immediately, thank you so much.
With best regards,
Petra Marshall, Marije van den Muijsenberg, Dosie
Schroder, Els Risselata, Anna van Haren, Marion v.d.
Vegt, Carolien Duetz, ook groetjes van Anja Overhoff
November 15, 2010
Na een rondreis van een maand in Sri Lanka verbleven
we de laatste drie dagen in deze prachtige villa.
Een geweldige afsluiting van onze reis. Alles was
fantastisch hier. De staf, die geen moeite teveel
was om het ons naar de zin te maken, het lekkere
eten, de bloemversiering op ons bed, kortom
geweldig! Beslist een plaats om nog eens terug te
Ed en Arina Agter
Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands
Amazing way of life
All orchestrated by a very nice staff!
Benoite et Louis Vallux, France
August 13-17, 2010
Can words explain the experience of living in Villa
It’s hard to leave, but these six wonderful days
will always stay in our minds. Dear staff, thank you
very much for your care.
Raf van Peel & Harold de Jong
To the dedicated staff of the villa,
We have spent two wonderful days at this little
paradise. The meals were taken care of with a lot of
attention. The garden was also well taken care of,
as was everything. When we arrived, we experienced a
great welcome and a very friendly and dedicated
staff. We thank you all for this memory.
Karin & Bart Nooijens
Thank you so much for our relaxing and wonderful
stay. It is a beautiful place and maybe we will come
back some day!! Thanks for everything.
Mike & Marjolein
To a very dedicated staff of the Villa,
Between sea and lake we found the true serendipity
of the Indian Ocean. You made our stay in Sri Lanka
complete. Staying at the villa to us has been a
perfect balance between freedom, total relaxation,
excellent dinners, lovely chats, the right personal
touch. It was a mind clearing experience. Fully
reset, we will be leaving you with the knowledge
that we’ll be back. Maybe next February again?
Much love and warm regards,
Gerben & Jolanda
February 3 – 12, 2010
Dear Staff of Villa Modarawattha,
We enjoyed the silence and the wonderful
environment. What a lovely place for us to stay and
relax. Thank you so much for your kind and warm
welcome. We hope to come back once! All the best!
Jan & Woltera van den Bosch
January 20 – February 3, 2010
Apres une visite de l’ile, nous avons souhaité
passez 10 jours restant dans un endroit calme et
reposant avant d’affronter le retour vers le froid.
Merci pour le cadre idyllique, l’accueil et le
service dispense par une équipe dédicacée et
attentive. For all of this: thank you very much!
Françoise – Georges’ wife
During our stay from 17 to 27 January 2010 on board
Modarawattha, the staff was perfect and made our
stay wonderful. Wille driving the oven and prepare
us typical Sri Lankan food, a bit spicy, but with a
lot of different flavours, something savoury and
delicious, delightful. Our room boys and waiters
Udara and Darsika surprised us with all kinds of
fresh fruit juices and their art to make towels
become a nice item, and the sheet of the bed
transformed into a beautiful peacock or flowers. The
gardens making a real paradise with an ever blue
swimming pool, even the night guard looking after
our sleep until the morning awakening us with the
birds and the first light of a new day. In this
paradise we found a homely atmosphere with luxury
and comfort. For all that we express our feelings of
gratitude. We were spoilt, but our holidays here
were a great success.
Georges Thusseau, Ibos, France
Thank you for really looking after us here. I would
never thought that such a brief stay (16 hours)
could make anyone feel so completely relaxed and
rejuvenated. I look forward very much to coming here
again and will surely stay for longer.
K. Dursanayake, England
say? How is it possible to have to go to Galle to
explore, knowing what you are leaving behind? It is
so relaxing here, the lake, the birds, the people.
The silence of the house and the discretion of the
staff. This is an incredible place to stay. We are
ready to leave and hope that we can soon experience
this again (but next time staying in Galle too).
Thank you to all who have made it a special stay.
Fiona & André
To everyone who wants to know about Modarawattha:
After a life of hardworking, we wanted a long stay
at a nice place to have time for ourselves to read,
swim, walk and just relax. We chose Modarawattha and
stayed for four weeks. This is a small piece of
Paradise, far away from the hectic way of life. We
loved especially the mornings and evenings with a
beautiful view over the lake with fishing people and
fireflies over the lawns. Don't forget the beautiful
garden with singing birds and all lights at night.
Last but not least, we want to make a compliment to
the staff who made us feel like the last resident of
this country or the King! Always thinking of
everything that could please us. We will never
Henk & Lida Broeke
After a nine day round trip through Sri Lanka we
came to rest here in Modarawattha, not unknown to us
but the first time for a real holiday. What a lovely
spot! Peaceful, wonderful garden, the occasional
monkey in the tree, the train that rattles over the
bridge, the beautiful view and last but no least the
kind staff that looked after us so well. Wille,
Fazal, Udara, Darshika, Wasantha all helped to make
this a wonderful stay. Fazal, the King of Curry,
thank you for all the recipies, Wasantha, thank you
for the Rampe plant and the leaves and the coconut
milk, Wille thank you for the Maldive fish flakes
and making sure everything ran smoothly, Udara,
thank you for showing me how to fold a Lotus napkin
and for serving us at the table, Dharshika thank you
for the evening bees and serving us so ably too at
the table and of course Pantis, thank you for
keeping the garden so tidy and beautiful and smiling
your kind smile.
Anthony & Pia de Monchy
05-01-2010 to 10-01-2010
It was a
pleasure to be here. We enjoyed everything. The
weather 'with the rain in the afternoon', the
swimming pool to relax after six days travelling in
Sri Lanka, the birds, so many and beautiful, while
we were having breakfast. The food, especially the
birthday dinner for Martin, that was a surprise! and
all the lovely people who gave us the feeling that
we were welcome. Thank you for the beautiful bed,
everyday something different!)
Thank you all for these fine days.
Cecile and Martin Stegeman
Deventer - The Netherlands
This place really was like paradise, it was so nice
to come here after being in places that weren't
relaxing! You were all very helpful & the food was
delicious (specially the pumpkin curry!) Thank you
so much and I hope we will be back soon!
All the best,
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! The Villa
and setting are gorgeous, the food delicious and the
staff extremely kind and helpful!
Best wishes, hope to come again!
Eine Sleurink & Richard
We stayed in the Villa from 13th to 24th December
2009. We have been genuinely impressed by the
condition of the professionalism and informality
that we experienced during our stay. Both the
quality of meals and the service was beyond our
expectations. Apart from a view proper reading
lights, our stay was perfect!
Best wihes for 2010,
Paul & Jetty Sleurink
Day trip around Galle with a classic Mini Moke from
We were guests at the Modarawattha Villa when we
were introduced by Mr.Wille, the manager to driver/guide
Mervin and his classic car. He just bought the car
with the intention to drive around tourists and show
them his country. We were the first clients he took
for a day trip to Galle and surroundings. In this
car no climate control but just a fresh wind like in
a convertible, to protect you from sunburn the roof
think the maximum speed is 50 miles an hour, so
relax and don't hurry. Maybe not the car for the
highway at home but here it's wonderful. Driver/guide
Mervin ("Mo" for his friends) is a nice man to be
around; good manners and a fine sense of humor. He
is licensed and is an expert guide for top hotels in
We had a wonderful day because Mo knows everything
about the history and culture of his country and
told us a lot of things we did not know. We
recommend Mo and his car to anyone who wants to see
Sri Lanka in a different way.
Henk & Lida Broeke
a amazing place to be, nice and relaxing. The view
and the pool were very nice. We were here for two
days, but I wished it would be more. I want to thank
the boys for the fishing! The meals were very nice
and it was quite an experience to have this place
for us only. The staff is friendly and polite. We
enjoyed it very much.
Many thanks for everything, regards,
Susan Konyn & Richard Post
We had a fabulous time. Thank you for the best two
days of our honeymoon!
Jasper & Esther Zuidam
Dear people of Villa Modarawattha,
It's like a fairytale being here! Thank you for all
your kindness. Hope to come back someday!
Sietse & Marlene
Arriving in the dark after a long day, this place
had a big 'WoW' factor from the moment the gates
opened. Putting the bags in the room and having the
staff cooking a wonderful meal to enjoy at the
lakeside enhanced this factor. Waking up to the
beautiful view makes it all one fact: this place is
a bit of paradise! What a privileged people we are
to be able to experience all this. This name, Villa
Modarawattha, will be imprinted in our memories
forever. Also because we were fortunate to seal our
relationship on these beautiful grounds.
Benno Aalders & Cornelie Lankherst
Arnhem - The Netherlands
Dear Staff of Villa Modarawattha,
Our beautiful trip with a caring guide comes to end
at Villa Modarawattha. What a lovely place. We
enjoyed the silence and the wonderful environment.
So very comfortable, a nice place to stay and relax.
Dear staff, we want to thank you very much for your
kind and warm welcome. We spent two days with you
and in those two days we felt a bit like king and
queen! We thank you for everything and one day we
will be back with you.
Ayubowan! With love,
Inez & Dirk
We're falling in love with the Villa, we stayed two
weeks and it seems paradise. The food is very
delicious, the staff is very sympathic and always
with a smile. For us, it is the best holiday! We
like Sri Lanka, you are lucky to live here. Thanks a
lot and all the best to you. Thank you for your
Julie & Nicolas (baby) Baptise
Le Mans, France
And Nicole & Julie
In the evening a lot
of fishermenn are coming with their lamps to catch
the fish. Its difficult to see how they manage it,
but it is really hard work. Our boys liked the
swimming pool and the lake to go in. Even they
climbed in the trees like monkeys. The hospitality
of the staff was great. Everything was possible.
Thanks a lot. A lively stay as the manager said...
Our company of nine
has been accommodated in a perfect way. Really a
place to relax at least for the guests while the
staff members keep on smiling while being asked
plenty of questions. Exceptional hospitality!
Villa and grounds are beautiful and well maintained.
Without been isolated from the outside world, it is
a paradise. The late afternoon traffic of ringnecked
parakeets to the east and the egrets to the west
towards their respective sleeping quarters made
Thanks for having us, keep it up!
Bart, Niek, Martijn
Thank you for taking such care of us. Our two days
here were great. It is a wonderful place to relax
and enjoy the good life.
All the best to you.
Thank you very much
for taking care of us. The two days were great and
unfortunately we couldn't stay longer. We have
enjoyed the silence, the wildlife (monkeys,
fireflies etc) and the good service. A memory we
won't forget. Thanks for everything and good luck!
Corine & Leo
What a wonderful place to relax. Last time I had to
work, this time only holiday! I've enjoyed the food,
the beautiful environment, all the good cares (also
the puppets on the bed!). One thing for sure, I will
Mrs. Rita Verdonk
Ayubowan (a warm welcome/hello in Sinhalese)
Kohomade? (how are you). Thanks for learning me some
Sinhalese. I enjoyed my stay specially because of
the prawns, chocolate mousse, the swimming pool and
of course all your great cares!
Bohoma istuti! (thank you very much)
For me too it was a perfect couple of days. My
compliments for having such a good staff and such a
nice and comfortable villa.
Mr. Peter Willems
We have really enjoyed this place which was perfect
for all of us. Marie learned how to swim and to
communicate with the boys (thank you for taking care
of her!). Jean-Paul was relaxing and I was able to
read and write. So, we were near paradise... I
review being here as a lovely place with a lot of 'charm'.
Thanks to everybody.
Adeline, Marie & Jean-Paul
We had a really great time here at Villa
Modarawattha! Pure relaxation... birds, monkeys, the
environment. Everything perfect as it is... one with
NATURE! The food was extra ordinary. We liked it
very much! You were all very kind and friendly, see
you next time!
God be with you,
Jimmy & Nathalie
It was great to be here. The staff was fantastic!
It was a little piece of Heaven...
Thank you very much!
Gijs & Corine Bouwman
I have travelled a lot, stayed in many hotels, but
I have never been pampered like this before. A big
Thank You to the staff for their dedication, their
warm hospitality and their everlasting smiles. I
leave Modarawattha with pain in my heart, but with
Thank you so much for everything and I already look
forward to my next stay!
Marianne van den Bosch
The Hague, The Netherlands
We stayed here for two nights. It is a beautiful
place here. You can hear the birds sing. It's a
total difference with everything we've seen in Sri
Lanka. You can see beautiful nature here. The Villa
is comfortable and the staff is/was very kind and
friendly, what made us feel comfortable and home!
The quietness and the rest... we enjoyed it! And
also the mornings when you wake up, you hear the
birds, see the squirrels and if you're lucky you can
see many monkeys.
The food that the Chef has made was magnificient! We
have eaten Sri Lankan food, it was of excellent
Staff, we want to thank you for two wonderful days
at this beautiful place. Till next year!
Lots of love and God's blessings,
Jorim & Willeke Greven
What a beautiful place to get rest. We have already
visited four hotels in Sri Lanka but No: 1 we like
this beautiful Villa.
Behind the street you can't see that it is a
peaceful place of rest.
The staff was very helpful and super! We were these
two days totally pampered! It was super!
Niels & Sandra de Laure
Beautiful place, very friendly people! We really
Igor & Brenda
With grateful hearts... we say 'thank you' to the
staff of Villa Moderawattha for welcoming us so
warmly. We really enjoyed our short stay at the
Villa Modarawattha. May God Bless this Villa and all
who offter service.
Principle of the Sacred Heart Convent
Galle, Sri Lanka
What a beautiful place, just a paradise!
Relaxing, getting up in the morning and go for a
swim with a view to the Koggala Lake. Excellent care
of your staff, a place to never forget.
Thank you very much!
Hanneke en Margretha
What a wonderful place to recharge the battery!
Some places are like fairy tales... You can meet the
birds, the ducks and the squirrels in the morning at
sunrise and the firefly in the evening. Together
with the wind, the water and the trees, they all
exert to make this an benevolent environment. They
give you the best of Mother Nature and invite you to
listen to their songs, their sounds and experience
the silence at the same time... This is Villa
Modarawattha, I love it!
A true paradise on earth! After a long journey from
Newara Eliya to this fantastic place we felt we were
The hospitality and service of the kindest staff
ever we will always remember! With the warmest
feelings we leave...
Love and peace to all of you!
Marietta Van der Meer & Marianna Mol
A totally unexpected pleasure. A warm welcome in a
beautiful place. Relaxed atmosphere. Competent &
pleasant staff. Excellent food. A truely tropical
Jngrid, Jelle, Martine & Hendrikjan
Overwhelming! Beautiful. The villa on the 2nd
Christmas day. The hospitality, the de luxury, the
food & the atmosphere more than fantastic! All
ingredients together made me feel like "A KING IN
The visit to the Holland House of Hope (Somawathie
Children's Home) was very impressive. One thing for
sure, we are coming back. Thank you all very much.
Daan & Josine
13th of December was my birthday, my bed was
decorated like I've never seen before in my life.
Two fantastic days we spent in this paradise. The
people around us, the staff was caring to make us
feel happy and we loved it. We hope to come back
Saskia & Chris
Last night we arrived in this beautiful place which
immediately gave us a very relaxed feeling. Despite
the rain we enjoyed a beautiful evening with the
help of the staff who served us nice. Waking up and
having breakfast on this location was a lovely
Thanks for having us here.
Robert Wentink, Solanda Blyleven, Cas & Tiny Zechner
the beautiful view of the lake amongst the trees.
Our stay here has been idyllic. The staffs have been
more than helpful, the food has been delicious and
the house is of a beautiful traditional Sri Lankan
design. This is our second time traveling around Sri
Lanka, and this Villa rates amongst the best I have
seen. What a Diamond!
Modarawattha is a beautiful place with beautiful
views. The food was delicious and the staffs were
very helpful. I really enjoyed the lemon juices and
hope to come back in the future.
has been just fantastic! Beautiful villa, beautiful
views, beautiful food and great staff. Being greeted
with cold flannels every time we got home was lovely.
The villa was gorgeous with the natural design
inviting fish and bats along to enjoy our week.
Estooti (thank you in Sinhala)
wonderful time we have had – relaxing and enjoying
Fazal’s excellent food (both Sri Lankan & English).
Thank you to the team for the lovely day with the
children and going out of the way to help us in
every way. We will be back!
loved our stay here – beautiful setting, wonderful
food & brilliant service. And what could be better
than being greeted at the door with a cold flannel!
Thank you so much for having us & we will most
definitely be returning!