PRIOR TO TRAVEL
Matara is located in the southern point of Sri Lanka and therefore lies between the two monsoon zones, which gives the advantage of being less affected by the strongest south-west monsoon that rages in May, June, September and October with heavy showers. In July, August, the weather becomes calm and drier but with a lot of wind (perfect for kitesurfing !).
From November to the end of April the weather is bright, wind low, humidity reduced and the sunny days predominate with 86 °F day and 80 °F night.
You will enjoy the sunrise on the left of the beach every morning and the glowing sunset on your right in the evening !
Only lightweight outfits, T-shirts, shirts, shorts, cotton pants, linen ...
A hat, cap, 2 pairs of sunglasses, because the sun strikes from 11 am to 3 pm. Flip flops, tennis canvas shoes, but you will be almost all the time barefoot !
Do not forget the high protection sunscreen cream and your finest swimwear.
For surfing, we provide rash vests for guests taking classes at Vanina Surf School (not sunscreen ;-)
Meddawatta is a sandy bottom beach, but if you want to go on a surf trip around with Axel our instructor, plan booties for reef breaks.
All our surf school boards are new, from good brand, and suitable for beginners or intermediate surfers.
We also provide bodyboards, Stand Up Paddle and surfboards (longboards, shortboards) rental.
If you bring your board, we can store it to prevent you from sleeping with it in your Villa.
Ask your doctor if necessary, but generally in Sri Lanka you will not have any strong health problems.
However, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Rage are recommended especially if you are moving in sensitive and humid areas in the backpacker mode before to come to Vanina Villas.
Get a travel insurance in case of accident or repatriation.
There is a private hospital in Matara with quality care.
The most feared animal is mosquito (malaria is eradicated in Sri Lanka, but Dengue exists in wetlands). You will find Soffel, the only effective protective lotion (no need to buy expensive products at home).
Avoid contact with stray dogs on the beach, their temperament can sometimes lead them to bad reactions.
No gastric problems - please observe the usual precautions.
At Vanina Villas, vegetables are peeled, washed, selected food products for their freshness and quality. Do not drink tap water
We can organize and put you in touch with a transferist for your journey from/to the airport or organize your excursions program. Direct payment from you will be done with the transferist.
Airport Transfer : 15 000 Rs (about 80 €) for the minibus. Please advise us at reservation if you have surfboards.
Vanina Villas is located at the exit of Matara in the direction of Tangalle at 3 km from the port of Dondra.
On the main road to Tangalle Road, after the crossing of Beach Road (Eliyakanda Junction), 50 meters on the right turn onto Araliya Beach Road (Araliya Muhudu Mawatha), a small road that crosses the village and will take you to Vanina Villas in seafront location.
Car rental, scooters
Please consult us
The essential local Taxi ! Cheap and available in front of the Hotel, at any time. We recommend you to discuss the rate before with driver.
INSIDE VANINA VILLAS
In case of early arrival or late departure (overnight flight) and in order to make the most of your first or last day at Vanina Villas, we provide you with a Courtesy Bathroom, useful before or after your long hours of travel !
We will also keep your luggage in our Concierge Room during all your stay.
So that it does not encumber your Villa, we propose to keep your suitcases in our Conciergerie Luggage Room. You can pick it up before you leave.
Villas must be vacated by 12:00 AM on the day of departure. The rental of your Villa begins at 2:00 PM on the day of your arrival.
Water coming down from the mountains and monsoon rains is a favor from the sky and must be preserved - we are on an island - In order to participate in the eco-system preservation we ask your contribution :
Towels : Changed every 3rd day
Beach towels : Display on arrival, returned at check-out, changed at discretion
Bed linen : Changed every 3rd day
Safety deposit box
At your disposal in the Villa's closet - Please put all your valuable personal items (jewelry, cash, passport, smartphone, laptop ...)
Located in the quiet of our garden, the use of the swimming pool is strictly reserved for the residents of Vanina Villas.
The children are under your own supervision and we are not responsible in case of an accident.
Electricity is at 220v in Sri Lanka. Sockets are international model, a mix of 3 pin round sockets and 3 pin square, UK-type, sockets. You won’t need adaptors, coming from most european countries like France, Germany, Italy, Spain...
Nearly all European/International networks work in Sri Lanka but will be expensive. Buying a SIM is a good cheap option and International call and datas charges are relatively cheap. Just make sure your devices are not locked to your overseas networks. We recommend Dialog network which have the best coverage over the island with several datas and phone packages. There’s a shop inside Colombo airport at arrival or in Matara town.
There is free wifi available everywhere at the hotel. Wifi code will be provided on arrival. Hotspots are arranged in the garden for better transmission.
The cost of living in Sri Lanka is low, even if inflation is high for the local people..
It’s more expensive than in India, Bali or Thailand but very reasonable anyway !
You can change your currency in Matara without any problems. Shops, restaurants mostly accept cash, few credit cards.
We offer you the possibility to sign your Bar and Restaurant notes and to indicate your name and that of your Villa after each meal. You will be able to pay your global bill on the day of your departure.
3% surcharge for all credit card payments (bank fees charged by Srilankan banks)
You will never get bored at Vanina Villas !
If the main activity remains Farniente, we suggest you to discover our special Backgamon game table, learn how to play Carom (billiards in Sri Lanka), share a Molky game (Finnish skittles) or participate in our pétanque tournaments on our official playground, at the Apéritif time…
We propose surf lessons every day from November to April, the best season for surfing.
Individual or group lessons.
We also provide surfboards ((shortboards, longboards), Bodyboard and Stand Up Paddle rental.
Carry relaxation, positive energy and the awakening of consciousness and body...
On request. Ravi our srilankan masseur will take care about that and can propose different types of Ayurvedic massages to refocus your energies :
Relax, Tonic, Medical, Back and Neck, Full or Half Body.
Vata, Pitta, Kapha massages (according to your biological mood : Water, Fire, Air) with essential oils, powders plants.
Massages can be done on the terrace of your Villa or under our Ambalana located in front of the swimming pool.
A manicure, pedicure, hairdressing service is also available on request.
Yoga classes are on request, on the beach facing the ocean in early morning sun or under our Ambalana near the pool. Also special dates for classes sessions.
For the safety of Vanina Villas residents, we ask you to inform us of any outside visitor who is willing to come to visit you at the Hotel. These visits are only allowed from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The management reserves the right to refuse entry to certain visitors.
Out of respect for the other residents, we ask you to avoid any nuisance after 10:00 PM, especially in the area of Villas and Pool.
Religious, Public HoliDays
Numerous Buddhist, Tamil, Christian or Muslim festivals take place on the island all year round. This is an opportunity to discover the traditions of Sri Lanka, but also to know that many shops are closed and restaurants do not serve alcohol (notably Poya Day, full moon day) Farewell your cold beer that day …