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.

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 🙂

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  🙂

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 😉

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

Thanks so much Ian for your very kind generosity and to everyone at Ratnakara for making this return visit to the beautiful, Heaven-on-Earth Sri Lanka so wonderful. And to Katy for showing us the sights in Galle and for being such a wonderful hostess.

Very sad to leave but Ratnakara will be with me! Thank you so much.

Claire – October 2016

What a lovely house! Wonderful view of the ocean and perfect pool for swimming. Fabulous staff keep everything going to efficiently- all the comfort of a hotel but with the added benefit of it feeling like a home.

Super food- thank you for the demonstration Sarath.

I really don’t want to go back home to England (which is NOT at its best at the beginning of November!)

Huge thanks to all who helped make this an unbeatable holiday.

Maggie - October 2016

Great long weekend at Ratnakara. All of the staff were amazing and so helpful. Delicious food. Perfect location for a party with friends. Night swimming is a must.  We’ll be back!

Thanks for a great stay!

Siobhan, Craig, Kirsty, Emma, Steph, Gerry Claire, Craig & Mandy - October 2016

Great place, had an awesome time.

Peter – September 2016

Wonderful relaxing holiday in a beautiful location with friendly and helpful staff.

Thank you all so much, it was much needed.

Paulette & Simon - September 2016

We have had a fabulous holiday at Ratnakara and will take away happy memories.

Sri Lanka is such a beautiful island and the hospitality of Wasantha and his team has been exemplary… it has made our holiday truly amazing!  So, a big thank you to Wasantha, Sarath, Nimal, Uncle, Nihal and Sumeda for looking after us so very well.

Returning from this Paradise to our normal lives is going to be a struggle.

Hoping to return one day…

Suzy, Sam, Peter, Dave, Lottie, Joe, Abby, Tom and Izzy - August 2016