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Kathaluwa Holiday Villas & Cottages (4)

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Tranquil perfection

5 of 5
We have just returned from a fantastic fortnight at South Point Cottage. The cottage is on Koggala Lake. It is a 3 bedroom property (2 with fans, one with a/c). We travelled as a couple, so only used one room. We were met at our taxi, as you cannot drive up to cottage; it is a short walk- 2 mins max. Then you descend into paradise. The cottage is set in its own grounds, with a swimming pool, and a jetty.Loads of natural wood has been used throughout the cottage and terrace, it gives a lovely feel to the place. The bathroom is huge and has a rainfall shower, bliss. The garden is well tended but natural which means lots of interesting wildlife paying a visit. The biggest asset this place has is the staff. They make you feel so special. We had some fantastic conversations even with the language differences; we even had pictures of all the wildlife drawn for us! They made our last night so good with a guitarist playing and singing western and Sri Lankan songs. Some of the highlights included: Fishing from the jetty at dusk. Memorable. Boat trip round the lake including Bat Island and a visit to a cinnamon stick maker. Discovering all the wildlife. The sleep. I have never slept so well, or so deeply. Eating fresh coconuts, watching a man climb the incredibly tall trees with just a tiny rope for assistance. The food, the chef is brilliant. Use the suggested menu as a guide, and leave it to him, we did not have any food that was less than great. Deep fried ice cream is a revelation! Having a lovely safe driver, makes a real difference in SL. Watching the local fishermen in their canoes, and buying a crab from one, and having it cooked for us. Watching the seaplane take off every day. We used this to fly back to CMB as we could not face the long drive back pre long haul flight. It is around £40 per person, would recommend. The cottage is in a small village, next to a Buddhist temple, with a small school. You really are off the beaten track; however you are well placed for exploring Galle Matara, Mirissa, tea plantation etc. We spent so many happy days at this cottage, some days not leaving the grounds, it is so tranquil. The South Point People also run an education building in the village, we had some lovely outfits made by the ladies there, very reasonable prices – (tip-take an item of clothing as a pattern). Ayurvedic massages at the cottage, they were so relaxing. I recommend this place to get away from it all, hope to return soon.
  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2011
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2011

The best place to stay!

5 of 5
The South Point villa is absolutely the best place to stay in Sri Lanka. The house is very beautifull, huge rooms and is surrounded with a nice garden, the beach and the pool. For the children it was great to have the beach and a big pool, good for hours of fun! We made a lot of excursions to Galle, turtle hatchery, temples and went for safari's. For us, a family with three children it was the best place. The very friendly staff made our two weeks at South Point fantastic and we would very much like to come back!
  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2008
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2008


5 of 5
We had a truly fantastic time at Southpoint Abbey. We stayed there for 2 weeks with our two children, aged 2 and 4. The staff at the house were lovely, and couldn’t do more for us – the cooking was amazing and they toned down the spice for the children. The children would go into the kitchen to watch Janaka cooking the meals. The house itself is beautiful – really airy and stylish with large rooms and clean bathrooms. The pool was great for the kids and it was lovely to be right on an amazing beach. My son (aged 4) and husband went off fishing in the early mornings accompanied by one of the staff from Southpoint Villa next door. The owners of the property (who live in Colombo) came to see us and were really friendly and helpful – our kids played with their sons on the beach and they took us on a boat trip on Koggala lake. They are doing a lot of work raising money for local people and a lot of the proceeds of the Abbey and Villa go to charity. Although the property was on quite a busy road, we were not disturbed by the noise, and you weren’t really aware of this once inside the house. Once you crossed the road you could walk into the lanes within the village. We walked to the station (5 minutes) and took the train to Galle (about 20 mins) which the kids loved. The people in the village are really friendly and loved to interact with the kids. We would thoroughly recommend this property, and think about our whole holiday with great fondness and happy memories. Sue, Chris, Thomas (4yrs) and Ella (2yrs)
  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2008
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2007