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Pool area...
pool
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pool at night
pool at night
pool at night
lily pond
Lily pond
getting ready for dinner
Beach at the end of the garden
Double rainbow over the house
Walking along a nearby beach - Great for swimming / surfing  / body boarding year round !
Beach at the end of the garden
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Villa -
5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Dondra, Southern Province

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SunLoverC...
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Awesome experience”
Reviewed 8 February 2016 for a stay in January 2016

Ratnakara is a hidden gem in Sri Lanka. My friend and I were travelling around Sri Lanka and the retreat was a welcome break. The villa is luxury, with a beautiful infinity pool surrounded by jungle and monkeys in the trees. The staff are extrememly friendly and they serve excellent, fresh, local food. The two hours of yoga in the morning and evening was great too - especially as we were beginners. I am now a yoga convert! Really hope to get back there!

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Liked best: Setting
Liked least: luke warm shower
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
9 Feb 2016
Hi , We are delighted that you enjoyed the experience of staying with us. Yoga retreats are something new for us that sit alongside our usual holiday rentals . Love the positive feedback and hope you can come back to see us again. Best regards, Ratnakara.
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Wanderlus...
Cape Town, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“One word: Incredible”
Reviewed 2 February 2016 for a stay in January 2016

Lovely home, in a great location with the best hosts. Everything was great from a superb room to wonderful meals. You will feel at home but on holiday at the same time very quickly!

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Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
3 Feb 2016
Many thanks your great review of our property, your feedback is appreciated! Please make sure you come back again ....Best regards, Ratnakara.
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Dinouk S
Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
“Relaxing Yoga Getaway”
Reviewed 22 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

Very Relaxing weekend getaway. The place itself is lovely with a homely feel, great accommodation, food, and staff very helpful and flexible. The yoga instructors were great, accommodating and activities a lot of fun. The Yoga itself was suitable for all levels but challenging at the same time. Definitely be visiting again!

Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Jan 2016
Many thanks for your Great review! Delighted you enjoyed staying with us and looking forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Best regards, Ratnakara.
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JulieTham...
Thames Ditton
Level 3 Contributor
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“The peaceful luxury is palpable the moment you step inside.”
Reviewed 14 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

I have just enjoyed the most delightful six days yoga treat at the Villa Ratnakara, Dondra, Sri Lanka. Emily is a fantastic host and yoga teacher. I have learned so much from her despite being a regular practitioner for almost 40 years. Over the six days we experienced such diverse sessions of yoga - every one of them to an inspiring playlist, in a beautiful yoga shala watched over by the swaying trees of the jungle and the sound of the waves. The yoga was by turns demanding, energising and restorative and the villa is beautiful. A precious time to savour for many weeks to come when I return to the fray of day to day life. Thank you Emily.

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Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Jan 2016
Thanks for the great review. Delighted you enjoyed yourself with us so much and hope you can come back again soon. Best regards, Ratnakara.
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Katy R
Dondra, Sri Lanka
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Even better second time around”
Reviewed 16 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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Fell so in love with this beautiful place whilst staying here for two weeks in the summer that I found myself back for another ten days in November. Brought with me a group of Ratnakara virgins to whom I had raved incessantly for the previous four months about how wonderful Ratnakara is. I could not have sold it higher but thankfully and unsurprisingly it did not let me down and not only met but far exceeded their already sky-high expectations.

Arriving at the house after a long and tiring journey from the UK to be met by the familiar welcoming smile of Wasantha and the rest of the lovely staff felt like coming home and I realised that this is exactly what makes Ratnakara so very special - it really is a home from home where it is impossible not to feel completely at ease and like you belong. As one of my companions wrote in the guest book “possibly the most relaxing place I have ever been”, and all the while whilst being looked after impeccably. Faultless. Again.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
17 Nov 2015
Thanks for the great review ! When are you planning to come and stay with us again ? Very best regards, Ratnakara
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