What an amazing experience, and so great to see that everywhere we turned, the camp was working to conserve the environment. Whether it be the tents surrounded by trees or the supply of clean drinking water into glass bottles, it is visible to see that Noel, Cecile and the team are really working alongside our environment, not against it. We were able to see all animals, except the sloth bear (which we didn't mind missing out on, due to their elusive nature), and only participated in 3 of the 4 game drives (due to wanting quiet time during our honeymoon). The staff are amazingly helpful and courteous and knowledgeable, and will even run to your rescue at midnight if you hear something in the bushes as there's mobile phones provided for anything of the like. The traditional food is nothing short of AMAZING! My husband is the fussiest eater and was a tad worried beforehand to say the least, but enjoyed almost everything put in front of him and not once went hungry (quite the opposite!). The honeymoon tent was a little out of our budget, so we chose to stay in the 'normal' couple tent, however were definitely not disappointed. I'm definitely going to have trouble getting my husband to come 'normal' camping again! It's very comfortable, spacious and 'glamorous' for bush standards! And perhaps the coolest part was meeting so many incredible people from around the world who were there too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As you can see - highly recommend for anyone visiting Sri Lanka :)
Neeleshwar Hermitage: "The perfect place to enjoy simply being"
I felt so happy staying here, after 4 nights it felt like home. I enjoyed complementary yoga first thing in the morning followed by a full breakfast by the beach. The sea water is so warm and clean, while the pool also is wonderful and you can read there and have refreshments. Always the hotel was quiet so meditation was really easy. The rooms are very spacious and every detail in the design and decoration has been beautifully composed. I rarely felt the need to go out of the hotel grounds but a couple of times I borrowed a bicycle to explore the local area which is interesting. There are other excursions to do but I wanted to enjoy every moment being there - reading, having massages and treatments from expert practitioners in the exquisite spa, conversing over wonderful Indian meals and being looked after by the friendly staff. There is a good library, plenty of places to sit, the gardens are nice, and the beach has a natural lagoon where birds come to.
"I ve been to this hotel 8 years ago the first time, it was great. Canguu was completely different. Less crowds and the area was remote.
This hotel was beautiful.
Great front private beach area, great for reading and enjoying the seaview.
Service is great, rooms are clean and decorated with great style.
Every now and then I like to spend a couple of nights here.
"On our first night in Chiang Mai, we wanted to start our stay here with a nice dinner, and after reading all of the wonderful reviews, we decided there would be no better place than David's Kitchen. Our experience not only met our expectations, but exceeded them. When we first sat down, David came to our table and was more than kind and welcoming. The staff paid such close attention to detail and with their superb service, it made our dining experience unforgettable. There was never a moment we were left unattended. The pumpkin soup and the raw salmon with cucumber salad was absolutely delicious and I definitely recommend those as starters. Then, I ordered the Beef Cheek as my main course and it was magical; a true culinary experience for anyone who has a passion and appreciation for food. You could feel the chef's heart and soul in every dish. Then, as if it couldn't get any better, we were talking to David again, telling him how much I love to cook and that's when he invited my whole family to the kitchen to meet Chef O. The Chef and his team gave us a warm welcome and took a picture with my family. Overall, the experience we had here was an utter treat and one we will never forget. Thank you David and Co. for an amazing night filled with impeccable service and food. Anyone who is staying in Chiang Mai should not leave without getting the pleasure of visiting this Chiang Mai treasure.
Alina Aslanian & Family"
We stayed at Polanka in early April and it was wonderful. All of us (2 adults, 2 boys 11 & 15) loved it. Julie & Kathy helped us arrange everything (guides, tickets to the Circus, cooking lessons) and had great suggestions for shopping & places to eat. The property is an oasis of calm; the food is fantastic (the chef who gave my son & I our cooking lesson is marvelous); and the swimming pool is the perfect antidote to hours of walking through the temples. The owners of the hotel are long-time supporters of local artists and the entire property shows a deep connection to the local community. We can't wait to go back.
Villa Mathis: "la maison rouge de l’hôtel villa Mathis privatisée : le top !"
Nous étions 7 et avions privatisé la maison rouge (villa de 4 chambres avec piscine privatisée) : c'était le top en termes de décoration de chaque chambre et de beauté (végétation luxuriante dans le jardin, piscine à une température idéale de 27° assez grande pour faire mes 40 mn de longueurs quotidienne ;)). Nous avons choisi un dîner privatisé dans le jardin 2 soirées, c'était vraiment "luxe (à prix raisonnable), calme et volupté". En résumé, une très très belle adresse qui vaut le coup pour 3 ou 4 nuits maximum. Peu de choix de resto accessibles à pied en dehors de l'hôtel : la Casetta, un resto italien très bien juste en face sur la route, et c'est tout.
Mie Cafe: "Splendid dinner … best yet in Siem Reap"
Lovely setting, great menu, and food was perfectly cooked and presented .... Crab Bisque, then Curried Langoustine ... All outside seating, fans no A/C, but fine for us ... Give it a try !
The resort is about an hour out of Jaipur in truly rustic rural surroundings. The castle has been very tastefully restored and the entire property is very well maintained. Being a small resort, it is idea as a very peaceful getaway. The food is very good.
Mathis Retreat: "Sehr schönes & ruhiges Resort"
Wir waren 3 Nächte im Mathis Retreat. Es war ein sehr angenehmer Aufenthalt! Personal ist sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit, der Pool ist klasse und bietet einen tollen Blick auf die Reisfelder. Restaurant und Frühstück waren klasse - man kann sich individuell à la Carte alles zusammenstellen. Wir hatten einen Bungalow der sehr schön war. 2x am Tag wurde sauber gemacht. Wir können das Mathis zu 100% weiterempfehlen
"This hotel was pretty special, we had a chalet style room with a verandah overlooking the lake with sun loungers, chairs and table. The room was excellent and the bathroom had ""his & her"" wash basins, a bath and an outside shower. There was a good restaurant, bar and swimming pool and we arrived by boat being rowed by the distinctive local leg rowing method.
Wifi only obtainable in reception and restaurant/bar areas