This quote is from ‘The Times’ newspaper in 2012 and it’s not hard to see why.
Situated about an hours drive south from Colombo set in 3 acres of exotic gardens and lily ponds, facing a gorgeous stretch of beach on the edge of Wadduwa village, which is on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast.
This quote from a review in Conde Naste gives you an even better picture
There are seven suites in total, decorated to the highest standard with decadent Jacobean Calcutta four-poster beds, exquisite punkah fans as well as huge granite bathtubs, hand-hewn exclusively for Reef. The hotel is set back from the beach by a beautifully manicured coconut grove, through which you can stroll to get a glimpse of the fishermen hauling in their catch (should you get up early enough). There is also a new Reefresh Spa offering signature clay cocoon wraps, hot stone massages as well as an array of treatments using essential oils unique to the country; not to mention an all-weather tennis court for those willing to brave the heat.
This ultimate tropical villa really is a throw back to the days of the British Raj
The Reef is best described as a romantic, tropical hotel filled with original colonial antiques, set on a stunning beach on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast
Husband-and-wife team Brendan and Bernadette pooled their skills as architect and designer to create this stylish hotel on a beautiful section of Sri Lanka’s coastline. Set amid lily ponds and fringed by an exotic garden of frangipani and hibiscus, it has a calming view onto the Indian Ocean, only interrupted by swaying coconut trees.
Self-confessed antique hunters, the owners filled Reef Villa with their Sri Lankan and Southern Indian collection, showcasing the opulence of the colonial era with heavy carved doors, deep verandas and cool marble floors. The 7 high-ceilinged suites pair traditional colonialism with modern, comfortable fittings – intricate four-poster beds dating back to 1850 (when they were built for the British Raj) are now dressed in 400-thread count sheets. Dressing rooms resemble a mini museum stuffed with ceremonial objects, yet in the lavish bathrooms, huge granite tubs gleam like modernist sculptures.
Outside, the cerulean pool beckons, and come dusk the Reefresh spa is perfect for an almond oil massage. Reserve evenings for a seafood dinner under a canopy of stars: this is a routine you won’t tire of.
The Reef and Spa is a really lovely place, and it is very difficult to do it justice in a few lines and images, but this summary of its most outstanding features followed by a guest’s comments may help.
Serene spa: recommended is the clay cocoon followed by an essential oil bath sprinkled with frangipani
Fabulous food with an emphasise on seafood: think lobster thermidor, crab ravioli, grilled fish and prawn curry
Indulgent champagne bar and good wine list
Vast suites with sumptuous bathrooms; some have their rain shower in a leafy outdoor garden
Polite, happy and attentive staff with good conversational English, who can’t do enough for you.
We have travelled the world extensively and this is by far the best place that we have ever stayed!
The owners have thought of everything, there is nothing to fault. Every aspect from the sumptuous interiors, to the manicured grounds, to guest comfort and faultless service, to the exquisite food – everything is done to perfection!
If you are reading this prior to booking somewhere to stay in Sri Lanka, hesitate no longer, don’t waste your time doing any more research, you won’t find anywhere better, just book it!