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Infinity-edge plunge pool of the Fire Villa, WaterlandInfinity-edge plunge pool of the Fire Villa
Lotus Villa or Fire Villa
Lotus Villa or Fire Villa
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Waterland is a magnificently situated private estate in a quiet corner of Negombo with 4 villas and 1 luxury suite.

We have a large English-speaking staff on site to assist guests.

Cross a picturesque white bridge, pass through the entry gates, and enter a tropical oasis of palm trees, flowering birds of paradise, and ornamental ginger.

The most common comment from guests about Waterland: "We wish we had stayed longer."

The space

Waterland has 2 Studio Villas by the 17th century Dutch Canal: The Lotus Villa and the Fire Villa.

Each of these Studio Villas has generous amounts of outdoor living space including a side deck, a pool  terrace, and a back deck.  The side deck offers outdoor seating with views of the tropical garden and the neighboring coconut plantation.  The back deck has 2 teak lounge chairs for sun-bathing.  

The Lotus Villa  reveres the lotus, a symbol of purity. The Fire Villa is dedicated to Gini Raksha, a  fire spirit who protects against evil.

Open floor plan
One-story villa
Sofa seating
Ceiling fans
Free high-speed Wi-Fi
Flat-screen television with satellite channels
Tea-making facilities
Safety deposit box
Shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toothbrush, and hairdryer
Complimentary bottles of water
King size bed with a luxurious 10" mattress
Plush linens
Spacious bathroom featuring wall-mounted toilets, waterfall faucets, and ceiling-mounted rain showers
Maximum number of guests: 2
Complimentary breakfast for 2

Guest access

Waterland has an on-site restaurant that offers gourmet fusion cuisine.

Interaction with guests

Airport pick-up can be arranged to/from Bandaranaike International Airport for 25 USD. Submit your airport pickup request by searching the web for Waterland in Negombo and clicking on the airport pickup link of the Contact Us page of the Waterland webpage.

We have a large English-speaking staff to ensure that you have a pleasant stay.

There is an intercom in the villa to facilitate communication with the staff.

Other things to note

There are always staff on site to help with late night and early morning arrivals and departures.

Buzzer/wireless intercom
Wireless Internet
Extra people No Charge
Always communicate through Airbnb
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 king bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM

Check-in: 2:00pm
Check-out: 11:00am
Treat others with respect
No children under 8
No smoking
No parties
No loud music
No disruptive behavior

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
1 night minimum stay

19 Reviews

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Ujjwal User Profile
January 2016
Waterland is a great property! The villas are quite stylish and well designed and the waterfront makes for a peaceful vibe. The staff was very polite and helpful and the food was very appealing to the taste buds. Our breakfast was so elaborate it felt like a four course dinner, which came as a nice surprise. We custom ordered a meal for lunch which was delicious as well. We wanted to take a quick dip at night but there were many bugs floating around in the pool and we didn't want to disturb the staff and have them come and clean it. It is totally understandable that all the pools face a lake and several trees so there will be bugs flying around the area, but my suggestion is to cover the pool with an easy-to-use net that guests can put on and take off themselves, without relying on help from the staff. Overall we had a great experience and I would recommend Waterland to anyone who is looking for some peaceful time away from the crazy hustle bustle. Thanks to Mark's entire team for the warm hospitality!

David User Profile
April 2017
Great for a quiet low key relaxing transition to Sir Lanka after your flight.

Melissa User Profile
January 2017
A lovely place for relaxing. The staff was friendly and attentive. Great breakfast. We were only there for one night and did not take advantage of many of the services they had to offer. Extra service prices were high compared to typical Sri Lankan prices.
Mark User Profile
Response from Mark:
Thank you for your thoughtful review. We're glad that you enjoy your stay, that you found it a lovely place for relaxing, and that you found the staff friendly and attentive. Our cooking staff and I have worked hard to ensure that we offer a premium dining experience. It's great to hear that the breakfast was great. Thanks too for noting the many extra services we offer. Thanks too for pointing out that the cost of many of those services are higher than what they would pay in a homestay situation. It's important for guests to understand that Waterland offers massages and meals on par with those of a luxury hotel. Waterland is not for everyone and your comments help underscore that Waterland is not well-suited for budget travelers. We look forward to your return.
January 2017

Jo User Profile
January 2017
Great staff,very clean.good spa,great breakfast.Thank You to Mark and Staff.
Mark User Profile
Response from Mark:
Thank you, Jo, for staying at Waterland and for taking the time to write a review. We're delighted to hear that everything was very clean, that the massage was very good, and that the breakfast was great. It's also lovely to hear that the staff were great and that "nothing was too much trouble." We're sorry that you encountered those problems with your tooth. That cannot have been pleasant. We hope you will return to Waterland. Hopefully, the next visit will not be marred with tooth problems!
January 2017

Osh User Profile
December 2016
Lovely place. Friendly staff, very accomodating :)
Mark User Profile
Response from Mark:
Thanks, Osh, for visiting and for your nice review. We're delighted you two could come to stay and wish you a lifetime of happiness together. Mark
December 2016

HighLife User Profile
November 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Waterland Resort and couldn't recommend it more! The staff were so friendly and attentive, the view from the villa was breathtaking and the villa itself so clean, modern and luxurious.

Marla User Profile
August 2016
Stunning lodging, beautiful location, magical! The community is lovely to explore by foot or bike. The canal is gorgeous to view from the Villa or take a boat ride on. The attention to detail in the small touches inside the Villa make the design and experience wonderful. The staff was kind and helpful. This was our first stop (and time) in Sri Lanka. We were picked up from the Columbo airport and were to our first Sri Lanka home in a half hour. The bed is comfy, the infinity pool refreshing, and the view! Couldn't have asked for a better first few days in an extraordinary country.
Mark User Profile
Response from Mark:
Thank you for choosing to stay at Waterland and for your enthusiastic review. We realize that writing a review takes time and care and we are most appreciative. We're delighted that you found the lodging to be stunning, the location to be beautiful, and your stay to be magical. We're pleased that you had a chance to explore the area, that the staff were so kind and helpful, and that the attention to detail was to your liking. Sri Lanka is indeed an extraordinary country and it's great to hear that you were enchanted both by Waterland and by your travels around the island. We look forward to your return.
August 2016

United StatesJoined in May 2014
Mark User Profile

I am an American and have lived and worked in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Languages: English
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