Reviews

The very best sales person is a satisfied customer so here is a small selection of some of the wonderful, generous comments our lovely guests have left in our Visitors Book after staying with us here at Ratnakara. 

We are thrilled to have had some really fabulous reviews on Trip Advisor as well.

Really awesome staff
Amazing wildlife
Tropical Heat
Not a day without monkeys
Ambalama evenings
Katy is cool and fun
Absolute luxury
Rhubarb curry
Arrack Sour sundowners (adults only!)

Very, very friendly dogs
Infinity pool, so deep
Lovely food
Luscious jungle
Altogether wonderful

Thank you so much to all the staff for looking after us so very well, feeling completely spoilt! We have all had such a wonderful time, Ratnakara really is a special place. 

What’s to do? Thank you all so much. 

Jane, Andy, Ellie & Maggie, August 2017

Dearest Katy, Wasantha, Guna, Nadun, Iresh, Nihal and Wanne-G.

Thank you so very much for the most incredible step in to paradise over the past 11 days.

We have all been looked after so very well, cared for, fed! – my goodness chef, you are AMAZING!!! No words could be enough, Ratnakara will always now hold a special place in my heart. Hopefully we will see each other again one day.

Samantha, Chard, Somerset, England - July 2017

Dearest Katy, Wasantha, Guna and the rest of the A-Team.

What an incredible place to spend my 40th! Amongst family, friends and now new friends. This is my 2nd time at Ratnakara and it is every bit as beautiful, relaxing and fun as the 1st. Spending time with the one and only Katy R as always is the icing on the (gin) cake!

A mesmeric holiday hit!

See you all NEXT TIME!

Thank you.

James Dodd - July 2017

Dearest Katy, Wasantha, Nadun, Guna, Iresh, Nihal and Wanne-G!

THANK YOU!!! It has been the most amazing holiday. I have loved it all and thank you from the bottom of my heart πŸ™‚ for making it so…

Lucky me. It’s been my first trip to SRI LANKA, I shall definitely be back.

All my love, Claire

Claire - July 2017

Dear Katy with a Y and Wasantha with a W and the whole team with a T.

What a lovely ten days in this beautiful, beguiling paradise. The roar of the sea, the squawk of the peacock and the annoying shriek of that pesky chipmunk all conspired to make a fortnight of ravishing sounds and general assault on all the senses (an assault in a good way – not GBH)

It’s sad to leave. Who’s gonna cook for us in London? Who’s gonna feed us the amazing Sri Lankan cuisine? Aww shucks, it sucks to leave but we’ll be back with a hen party of 20 from Skegness.

Richard Thomas - July 2017

Dear Katy, Wasantha and Team,

Thank you all so much for the all your kindness and attention. I have not only fallen in love with Sri Lanka but with the people that live here, what an amazing culture.

Thank you for allowing us to share Ratnakara with you all and making us feel more like family than visitors.

Every day I have experienced a little miracle from dancing fireflies to monkeys pinching my apple!!

Also thank you for making James’ Birthday so special, it literally was a CELEBRATION OF LIFE.

Katy, what else can I say, Bless you, I have spent twelve days in PARADISE with my family.

Love to you all always. I leave a little piece of my heart with you.

Linda - July 2017

I first got here at Ratnakara and when I got to this wonderful villa it looked amazing and I was right it is amazing. As soon as I got here the 5 brilliant, cute dogs were barking like crazy and were very nice to me and the staff gave us all delicious welcome smoothies.

Here in Ratnakara is like living in a dream. I almost don’t want to go back home. This is a magical place and it’s got lots of wild life like fire-flies, gekos, monkeys, chipmunks, lizards and all sorts.

The staff are lovely, the food is amazing and I’m so lucky to live in a dream for these twelve days I’m here for. What more can I say? Apart from a great big thank you so much because everything is just so magical!

Molly Toogood aged 8 - July 2017

We are leaving with heavy hearts. We had an absolutely great time. The weather was perfect. The house, room, food, pool dogs, monkeys mosquitoes and outside shower are/were perfect.

We tried to sit on the rocks watching the waves almost every day. Hiriketiya beack is amazing. Swimming and eating pizza at the Beach House. Canoeing at Duwa Villas in Ahangama is a must. So peaceful and quiet.

Tuc-tuc rides are a must do. It is exciting and scary at times. You get accustomed to the driving within a couple of days. The people are amazingly friendly. Always want to help and please. The massages in the breeze made us feel free and relaxed.

The pool is a winner! The water temperature perfect.

The food absolutely fantastic. Thank you Wasantha and your team. Always serving us with a smile.

Katy, thank you for your friendliness and help.  We hope we will be Sri Lankans soon. We are definitely coming back.

Thank you Ian – Ratnakara is great and special. Well done.

 

Illse & Gideon Scheepers (SA) living in Doha - July 2017

We had the “BEST” time here and especially loved the food which was out of this world. I enjoyed early morning walks in to Dondra village, taking photos of the smiling locals before jumping in to the Ratnakara pool.

Wasantha and the lovely team were perfect and arranged everything and anything for us. Thanks to Katy we did yoga and highly recommend the massage, tuktuk trip to Hiriketiya beach and Arrack drinks.  Also the “old school” train trip from Matara to Galle was fab.

Martin Robot Man and Wendy Woo, Auckland N.Z. - June 2017

Well what can I say? We came as a family the first week with our children and then with good friends we met in Sri Lanka in 2006.

Ratnakara is a paradise on earth, resplendent in a jungle – a jewel. The staff including Wasantha and his team and Katy are superb. Nadun the chef guarantees we leave pounds heavier!

We visited Mirissa for whale watching with Geeth – amazing, the National Park for elephants and amazing bird life, and Galle.

Wonderful, thank you, a great start to my retirement and my ‘gap’ year.

 

Gareth, Sue, Hannah, Geraint, Rachael, Alys and Jake - April 2017

This has been such a special holiday for our family. Thanks so much to Wasantha and the team for their hard work in making it so wonderful – and we loved the food! Thanks to Katy for the gin and hospitality. This is a really unique treasure and we will be back!

HAPPY [Sinhalese] NEW YEAR!

 

Sean, Kate, Rowan and Alana - April 2017

What an incredible place to stay!!!

Huge thanks to Katy, Wasantha and the entire team! Everyone has been welcoming, kind and friendly. Everything about my trip has been so epic I’ll treasure the memories forever.

I’ll be back soon, I can’t wait.

Jack - April 2017

Well, what an amazing week in such a beautiful property… the design and attention to detail is fantastic. I arrived feeling jaded and with flat batteries and soon was restored thanks to the warmth and attention from Wasantha and the team. The food was absolutely amazing with such love and attention put into every meal. Katy ensured we had the benefit of local knowledge with trips out and massages in Ratnakara arranged for all.

Thank you, an amazing gem in Sri Lanka

Wendy - March 2017

We have had a fabulous week. Thank you so much for the thoughtful and consistent care of your guests. Ratnkara is a special place in a special country of abundance and beauty.

Heaven on earth!

Thank you again.

Sue - March 2017

Thank you to Wasantha and all the lovely staff for their calm attentiveness and wonderful food, I love the smiley faces and gentleness. The dogs are a comforting presence, adding to the relaxation.

[Our event hosts] have been wonderful, Katy lovely to chat to, and a very congenial group to spend time with. The location and the villa are a stunning design concept, so many beautiful touches and areas to meditate and take in the beauty of the jungle canopy, the wildlife, flowers and foliage and the glimpses through the tree tops to the crashing waves.

I really enjoyed seeing the staff relax playing a game of cricket πŸ™‚

This place is idyllic perfection, thank you to all.

Sue - March 2017

Dearest All,

Thank you for everything. You’ve all been amazing and taken care of us all beautifully. We very much look forward to seeing you again next year.

Much love

Karen & Davina - March 2017

What a wonderful stay! Every part of this experience was made even better by Katy, Wasantha and all the staff! Thank you to the monkeys and wildlife- a feast for the eyes and soul.

Thank you! Looking forward to next time.

Jo - March 2017

Thank you for taking care of us so well, with attention, care, amazing food, service, and humour.

Carlie Angel - March 2017

The house is grand enough, the staff just makes it even more so, – off the charts. The food, the village, the monkeys, the flowers everyday. Could not have had a better experience ever, ever, ever.

Carylayn Mitchell (Virgin Islands, Caribbean) - March 2017

We’d like to thank all Ratnakara ppl for our amazing stay in Sri Lanka.

Our yoga retreat was perfectly organised and I as a teacher had nothing to worry about.

We were so impressed by generosity and hospitality. Food was really awesome!

Hope to see you soon!!

Ania and yoga team from Russia with <3 - February 2017

Thank you so much Wasantha and all the team for our wonderful stay – complete heaven  πŸ™‚

The food was delicious and the service second to none.

We’ll miss this utter luxury as we continue our trip around the world.

Love and happy memories.

Susan, Tom, Evan, Alex and Georgia (Ireland and Isle of Man) – February 2017

We had a really great time at Ratnakara Villa.

We spent 10 wonderful days here and the staff made it a fully relaxing and unique stay.

The villa is beautiful and with all the animals you almost don’t have to visit one of the national parks πŸ˜‰

In case you need some inspiration, this is our 5 point recommendation for your stay at Ratnakara:

  • Get to know the people of the village by having a walk to Dondra
  • Visit Talalla Beach, one of the most beautiful ones in Sri Lanka
  • Try the Sri Lankan food chef Nadun will cook you
  • Enjoy the tasty Arrack Sours made by Wasantha
  • Experience the atmosphere at the Parey Duwa Temple and Weherahena Temples in Matara

We would like to thank every one of the Ratnakara staff. Our baby girl fell totally in love with you guys.

Special thanks also to Asintha (tuktuk driver) who was always a helping hand during our trips with him.

Hope to see you soon!

Francisco, Eva and Talisa (Spain-Poland-Germany) – January 2017

We have had a brilliant time at Ratnakara. Looked after by Wasantha and his team really well. The food has been excellent all week. Enjoyed the safari and the boat trip.

A beautiful relaxing place to stay.

Nerissa, Nathan, Sophie, Paul, Richard, Lee, Robyn, Luke and Tom – January 2017

A lovely week in this spacious house. We we so lucky to be able to snap it up. The staff, particularly the kitchen, have been amazing. What food!  Thank you all so much – a magical time for all of us. The children will have lasting memories of me stupidly leaving a bunch of bananas on the kitchen table and then seeing a monkey run off with them!!

The Ellis-Finer family – January 2017

What a beautiful, memorable week at Ratnakara. Hard to pick our highlights – the monkeys, the beach, the delicious curries or the yoga.

A beautiful villa, gracious staff and unparalleled location.  We will be back!

Oh yes- and the sweet dogs! And the treats from Santa.

Dana Shell Smith, Ray, Jake and Ryan Smith, Brena, Mike, Kelsey and Daniel Isman - Christmas 2016