Angela and family, January 2019
Suddenly, as 2019 unfurls, we find reasonably priced tickets to Colombo and we decide to go again to Sri Lanka, this time with our teens. Why, after just one year, we're in the very same spot, in Beruwala, Sri Lanka? This album is dedicated to those asking us before we flew: why going twice in the same place, on this big, diverse Planet Earth, in such a short life? The answer might be a bit long, but before anything else, one thing stood out and sent us there again: we love the people, not only the place itself, and those people received us with lots of love. Love and kindness, (not only politeness): you cannot _buy_ these anywhere in this world, at any resort, you have to earn them. We were back for Daniela & Anne, the owners of the place in Beruwala, for Lekha, Suwarna, Nyas, Siam, Ajith, for Suresh, Hemantha and his family, for Milinda, for Dilip, Dinesh, Gabi and for many others. For their soul smiling through their eyes... Then, we were back for the long, sunny, fine-sand beaches. For the burning street fires, for the Araliya Flower tree, for the spiced scents, for the blended smell of flowers, tea, dust and salty water. For the birds of Sri Lanka and for the prayers of the muezzins, for the smiling kids on the streets. We were back because we felt there part of the Universe, a warm, moist, scented and welcoming Universe. We are accepted, loved, no prejudices there. This album is dedicated to Mr. Wolf, who passed away some years ago, the man who, together with Anne, created that oasis in Sri Lanka. The love, the passion he planted there are still persisting and growing in Beruwala.
RO: Pe neașteptate, la început de ianuarie, găsim bilete bune de zbor în Colombo și decidem să mergem din nou în Sri Lanka, iar de data aceasta să-i ducem și pe adolescenții noștri.
De ce, după un an, din nou în chiar același loc, adică Beruwala, Aluthgama, Sri Lanka? Acest album este dedicat și celor care ne-au întrebat chiar asta: de ce să mergi de două ori în același loc, planeta fiind atat de mare și diversă, iar viața scurtă. Răspunsul e ceva mai complex, dar lucrul cert este că ne sunt dragi oamenii, nu doar locurile, și oamenii de acolo ne-au primit cu foarte multă dragoste, din nou. Dragostea, nu amabilitatea, nu o plătești la nici un resort sau niciunde în lume, ci o câștigi. Ne-am întors (și) pentru Daniela si Anne, proprietarele locului, pentru Lekha, Suwarna, Nyas, Siam, Ajith, pentru Suresh, Hemantha și familia lui, pentru Milinda, pentru Dilip, Dinesh, Gabi și mulți alții. Pentru modul în care le zâmbește sufletul prin ochi... Și, apoi, pentru plajele întinse și fine ale insulei, pentru focurile care ard noaptea pe ulițe, pentru floarea de Araliya, pentru amestecul de mirosuri de condimente, ceai, praf și apă sărată. Pentru păsările Sri Lankăi și rugăciunile muezinilor, pentru copiii care te saluta pe stradă cu gura până la urechi. Pentru că acolo te simți parte din Univers, un Univers cald, umed, parfumat și primitor. Acceptat, iubit, nejudecat. Acest album îl dedic domnului Wolf, care a creat locul în care ne întoarcem mereu, și care nu mai este printre noi. Dragostea cu care a creat oaza din Beruwala persistă.
Frank, Sue, John and Frances, February 2016
Dear Anne, can't believe it is 2 years since we have been here and everything is just as we remembered absolute paradise in a little corner of Sri Lanka. We have had an amazing time again and wish we could stay longer especially as it is only 5°C in England. It was fantastic to see all the team were still here. We have been looked after so well - nothing being too much trouble. Food great as usual. Anne, your team are great and so loyal to you and it was especially great for us to see the same faces. We all hope to return in the near future but until then thank you and best wishes for the future, Frank, Sue, John and Frances xxxxx
Harri and Viktoria, Linda and Sura, January 2016
This was our first time visiting Sri Lanka, this beautiful country with good food, a lot of sun and very warm and friendly people. Thank you Anne and everyone working here for making this holiday so lovely for us. We have felt so welcome from the first day we came and we have felt totally spoiled by all of you. Hope to see you all soon again, Harri and Victoria with Linda and Sara from Stockholm, Sweden
Nancy Fernando, March 2016
It was absolutely lovely staying here. I enjoyed the company of Anne and Lekha. The Villa was wonderful and the beauty of the plan was heavenly. I will definitely be coming back again, Lots of love to Anne, Nancy
Paul, Kate, Finley and Jessi, December 2015
We have had an amazing holiday and we would like to thank yourself and your wonderful staff for making it so special and memorable. Nothing has been too much trouble for them and everything has been fantastic from the very tasty food to the very welcome swimming pool. Our two children have really enjoyed their time here and have also been locked after and catered for by yourself an all the staff. You have a wonderful place here and we feel very lucky to have found it and experienced it. We hope to com back in the dos so distant future. Happy New Year and all the beste for 2016. Paul, Kate, Finley and Jessie from England
The Silvanus, December 2015
A very big thank you to yourself and your staff for an amazing time and your fabulous hospitality over this festive season 2015. We have fallen in love with this little corner of the world and will return home with very good memories of the wonderful community in and around Halawagoda Road - Villa Anna Resort. Hopefully see you again sometime in the near future. Best wishes for the new year, The Silvanas
Stephane - the french boys, February 2015
Paradise in this world! A beautiful garden with a lot of birds and many other animals and flowers. We were so happy to see and hear the birds singing every day, every morning. This place is so peaceful and really like no other. Thanks to everybody for kindness and help and to Dinusha learning us how to say good bye! Istudi, Stephan and the french boys from France