We stayed at the house in mid-December as a family of 5, with another family of 5, with the children all between 9 and 4 years old and it worked fantastically. We had more friends staying in the house next door, which made it even better, as we could have some big meals together and drinks after the kids had gone to bed,
First of all the people that looked after us, Elaine (the owner) did a good job of telling us what was what before we got to the place and arranged our transfers for us, which made us more relaxed. Secondly, the main guys for our house Suraj and Tilly were superb (the house next door had another good crew). They were friendly, patient and very professional. When one of the youngsters hurt their foot on the beach they got a doctor for us very quickly to check it over. They also gave us lots of good advice about what to do and how to do it in terms of day trips. Then there were the chefs and the house boys, the chefs did a great job cooking us what ever we wanted for breakfast, lunch and dinner all week, and it was all really high quality food, that was amazingly fresh.
The next thing to mention was the house, set in a mesmerizingly beautiful setting, right on the beach, with a great pool out the back (shared with the other house), and steps right down onto the lovely beach, which was practically empty. We had a lot of fun bodyboarding on the waves. The inside of our house was decorated and furnished to a really high level, with a lot of style and fun, and was a complete home away from home.
Finally the day trips and things to do from the house were lots of fun too. we did turtle watching, when they were laying their eggs, went on a day safari to see Elephants, crocs, monkeys, water buffalo izards and birds, which was all amazing, and our drivers looked after us. Sri Lanka itself is a great country to visit and now was a good time to do it, before it gets further developed as it inevitably will.
I cannot think of a better family holiday I have been on. Truly memorable.
Thanks again to all of those that helped host us.