Villa, Southern Coast, USD 200 to 500

Apa Villa Thalpe shines as one of the best beach villas on the island. It is located 8 Km south of historic Galle Fort which is a heritage site in southern Sri Lanka. It is often described as stylish, elegant, & peaceful. The pool is overlooking the Indian Ocean and the sandy beach.

Three distinctive villas offer a total of seven large suites. The rooms have bathroom and dressing area with a rear door which has access to the villa entrance. The double bedroom is air-conditioned and flexible door panels will open up to reveal a larger space. Breakfast and dinner are served on verandah overlooking the garden and pool. Double beds under large mosquito net canopy are placed on cool cement base. The bathrooms have the facilities of hot & cold shower, wardrobe cupboard and writing table-cum-dressing table. Connecting door combines with Suite 2 to complete as an apartment for a family or group.


 

Villa, Southern Coast, USD 75 to 200, Eco

Location:  Aranya is an adventurous choice for Yala, a simple eco lodge that lies just outside the park's boundaries. Yala, in Sri Lanka's south-east corner, claims to have the best leopard sanctuary in Asia. Two bird sanctuaries, Bundala and the Kelametiya wetlands, are also within easy reach. Aranya is situated in the rural village of Kotchchipathana, about 5km from the holy town of Kataragama. A seven hour drive from Colombo is best done with a few leisurely stops en route. 

Description: Aranya is a small eco-lodge offering guests an opportunity to soak up the serene atmosphere of Sri Lanka's wilds. The three-acre property - which can only sleep people in a chalet, tree-hut and watch-hut -- is simple but thoughtfully designed. The Sri Lankan architect has paid special attention to space, light and colour to create a property that is both relaxing and revitalizing. Aranya, developed by former Sri Lanka cricket star Hashan Tillakaratne, aims to be a true eco-lodge and the staff are all recruited from local villages. Meals are prepared with fresh local ingredients. The property does not have national grid electricity but solar power provides lighting in the evening.


Accommodation: Aranya can comfortably accommodate eight persons in a chalet (four people - one double bed inside and one outside), a tree-hut (three people) and a small watch-hut (one person). All rooms have mosquito nets. No fans are necessary due to the open and airy design. The chalets have out door open air showers and the Tree Hut has a separate washing area a few yards away. 

Facilities: Sri Lankan rice and curries are served at the Makaranda restaurant. BBQs are organized near the Kochchipathana Lake. Meals are prepared with fresh vegetables and meats purchased at the local market. The dining area also has a TV, stereo and gas operated fridge. 

Excursions: The wildlife is the main attraction and sometimes you won't even need to leave the chalet to see a wandering elephant. Wildlife trips into the Yala National Park can be arranged in 4WD vehicles. Mountain bikes can be hired and Aranya also has two resident ponies.


 

Villa, Southern Coast, USD 200 to 500

Situated a few kilometres from Galle and close to the Unawatuna Beach, the Beach Hut is a beautiful beach villa on the beach. It is about 165km from the Airport and only about 125km from the Capital City of Colombo.  

The villa is newly built keeping simplicity in mind and appreciating outdoors. The white washed walls and polished cemented floors with long French windows opening in all directions resemble a tropical villa built to love the beach, the sun and out door living. The villa can be described as a place for pure indulgence and relaxation.


The entrance is through a set of railway sleepers put across a water pond. The beautifully yet simply furnished living area is open to breathtaking views of the ocean and the pool. The large bedroom upstairs overlooking the Indian Ocean and tall coconut palms is a haven on its own. The beautiful four-poster bed adds to its style and elegance.  

Please be the mistress / master of your own kitchen, the staff are not employed for their cooking skills. Should you wish a chef can be arranged  separately. There are fresh markets daily nearby and a small supermarket in Galle for western items.


 

Villa, Hill Country, USD 200 to 500

Built over 100 years ago for the Manager of a major tea estate, it preserves the character and tranquillity of colonial days. At 2,400 feet, Ellerton combines the best of Sri Lanka's weather. The sun in the day is hot, while the evenings and nights are relatively cool without the stickiness of the coast, nor the distinct chill of the hill country.
  
The beautiful gardens are full of interesting flowers, butterflies and birds including the the Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot, Golden Oriole, Sunbirds and the Plum Headed Parakeet. The garden also provides vegetables and fruit for the house. 

The Main House has a colonial-style veranda, immediately adjacent to which is the large open-sided Pavilion, where meals are normally eaten and which also provides a shady retreat for reading and admiring the view.

Ellerton is very informal and we can accommodate most requirements for meals. We have a policy of giving free drinks with lunch and dinner including local alchohol - which means beer, gin, whisky and mixers as well as fruit juices.


The Main House has a colonial-style veranda, immediately adjacent to which is the large open-sided Pavilion, where meals are normally eaten and which also provides a shady retreat for reading and admiring the view. 

The Main House has a large sitting room furnished with antiques, a dining room which seats 12 and a study where you can watch international news via satellite TV. There are 2 guest bedrooms, one double and one twin, both with their own bathrooms. The twin bedroom has an additional bedroom leading off it with a single bed. 

The Valley House is near the swimming pool, and some thirty yards away from the main house. It has spectacular views and has three generous bedrooms, two double and a twin, the double bedrooms have their own bathrooms whilst the twin has a shower. A great advantage of the Valley House is the huge veranda which is a natural place to sit and read. Valley House guests can choose to have their meals here.
  
The swimming pool is a wonderful vantage point from which to gaze at the view 20 miles down the valley. The pool is fed from our own borehole and we use very little in the way of chemicals, greatly enhancing the pleasure of swimming. 

This is our home when in Sri Lanka so the house is furnished in a relaxed 'country house' style. There are books and magazines for guests to read, music to play and games and cards are available too.


 

Villa, Southern Coast, USD 200 to 500

Situated in the legendary Galle Fort, a living world heritage site, this beautiful villa lies in the heart of the fort. It is 115km from Colombo and with a short drive, has access to some of the best beaches in the world.  

Built in the early 1800s this family home, originally occupied by a merchant and his mistress has recently undergone a complete transformation courtesy its New York based owners.

Many of the original features have been restored and when combined with an eclectic mix of modern and traditional features the overall feel is of a comfortable family retreat.


A cool green sided pool in the courtyard provides the focal point to this stylish house whilst the west facing roof terrace offers a magnificent view over the Dutch ramparts and spectacular evening scenes as the sun slides into the Indian Ocean.  3 double en suite bedrooms with 4 poster beds and all fully air conditioned as well as overhead fans. The master suite has a private breakfast terrace. All 3 bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with showers. There is a guest bathroom located on the ground floor.

A study / reading area  is located in the entrance hall. Large and comfortable sofas are located in the main living area that opens onto the dining area. In addition to around the courtyard pool there are deep chairs on the roof terraces and on that rare 'rainy afternoon' there is the Satellite TV/ DVD room with huge beanbags.  


 

Villa, Southern Coast, USD 200 to 500

Situated in the legendary Galle Fort, a living world heritage site, this beautiful villa lies in the heart of the fort. It is 115km from Colombo and with a short drive, has access to some of the best beaches in the world.

This large house has been recently renovated and is unique. Entering through the large teak door you step onto black and white tiles saved from the previous owner.

A clever use of archways guides your gaze to the large pool, garden and pagoda. The sitting and indoor dining room with a lime wash timber ceiling lead onto the terrace in front of the pool. The kitchen and bedrooms are housed in a second building designed with glazed windows running its length.  The Villa has high ceilings throughout.


There are 3 double air conditioned suites, 2 upstairs and 1 downstairs overlooking the pool. All bedrooms have en suite. The master has a large copper tub.

It has a  comfortable sitting area inside the house or by the pool on sun loungers. As the sun goes down the pagoda provides an ideal spot to watch the changing light. Visitors have 2 dining tables to choose from,  one inside for more formal or when it is too hot to use the outside one. A modern kitchen overlooks the pool. The house is offered on a self catering basis but a cook can be arranged and paid for separately. The house boy lives in and will help with breakfast and other meals as well as do the shopping for you if you wish. A room girl comes daily and will make the rooms as well as any clothes washing you may have.


 

Villa, Southern Coast, USD 75 to 200, Eco

Location: Near the pilgrimage site of Kataragama, close to Yala game park in Sri Lanka's south-east lies Galapita Eco Retreat, on the banks of the Gem River. What began as an idealistic rural retreat for friends and family is now the ultimate escapist retreat for a small selection of independent travellers. Life can hardly be more natural than this.

Description: Across Galapita bridge, your world may change. Your bedroom on stilts will be one of four huts perched on the rocks by the river. It will have a straw roof, bamboo walls, a futon bed, mosquito nets and a little driftwood furniture, nothing much else. It might be the Tree House that peers over paddy fields. Galapita is one of the island's best hideaways, a property blessed with a stunningly beautiful location and a relaxed atmosphere. If you need to unwind and recharge away from the stresses of modern world then this is the place for you. Families, too, will love Galapita because the surrounding countryside will keep children enthralled for hours. However, children aged under eight should be watched carefullt because of the river. Galapita only offers vegetarian food but the rice and curries are mouthwateringly good.


Facilities: A washing area for each hut possesses flushing toilets and showers. Solar power. The bedrooms are open and natural, furnished with comfy mattresses and bed linen and cooled by the night breeze. The sights and sounds of natural life. Food is predominantly Sri Lankan made with the freshest ingredients, perhaps picked from the garden or fished in the river. Activities: Jungle treks, birdwatching, elephant watching, cycling, river bathing, tyre-tubing (sailing downstream wedged in a tyre!... get the jeep back), plus a host of nearby cultural sites, including Kataragama, one of the holiest towns in the island. The Kirinda gate for Yala Park is about 1.5 hours drive away but a new gate closer to Galapita is being opened and this will make the property well-positioned to cater to those wanting to visit Yala.


 

Villa, Western Coast, USD 200 to 500

The Hideaway, situated in the village of Wathuregama, is an hour’s drive from the airport just 36 km from Katunayake. Set on 5 acres of lush greenery it is a perfect place to relax and unwind after a long flight. The drive to Hideaway itself is a beautiful experience, passing long stretches of paddy and coconut and a number of colonial bungalows known as Walauwas

The Hideaway comprises of two suites and one double room, all three, spacious, elegant and luxurious. The bathrooms are fit for a king! The suite- room bathrooms are open air and have private Jacuzzi's, offering maximum comfort. The villa is ideal for a family of five or six or a party of friends. It is also excellent for a honeymoon couple, as the villa will be all to yourself and you can enjoy full privacy.

The rooms are equipped with a set up for listening pleasure and a mini bar. Wathuregama is a cool village set in lush tropical forestry and village atmosphere and therefore do not require air conditioning in rooms. The staff  are extremely friendly yet discrete. You will only notice them if you need  them!


Dining can be in the dining area inside the villa or outside. Dinner, subject to weather conditions, is always served in the beautiful dining area behind the villa with candles surrounding you. 

There is an in-house bar and an excellent stock of movie DVD’s and paperback novels, so you might want to stay put inside and enjoy but do make time to take a walk in the hotels nature trail, a 10-minute walk around the immediate garden filled with vegetation. You can opt to borrow a cycle or take a longer walk on the surrounding paddy fields and village or arrange a bullock cart ride to the market. The villa also consist of a gym.


 

Villa, Southern Coast, USD 200 to 500

Illuketiya is set midst 10 acres of lush tropical forestry and land located 800m from the 4 km post on the Akuressa Road from the Galle-Matara main road. It is about a 3-hour drive from Colombo and about 4 ½ from the airport. You can arrive by seaplane and land in Koggala Lake just 15 minutes from Illuketiya.  

The estate is a haven for nature lovers with its endless gardens of rare flora and foliage. The house is a colonial estate bungalow, renovated preserving every bit of the colonial charm and adding comfort and luxury to the discerning traveller. It exhibits its own colonial luxury feel and creates a feeling of paradise and ultimate comfort and homeliness. The service offered by the discrete staff at Illuketiya is exceptional.


There are two main buildings. The main house consisting of four grand bedrooms named after tropical flowers; Hibiscus, Water lily, citronella and Lotus and the Pond house consisting of the elegant and luxury Ginger suite and Jasmine suite.  

The rooms are spacious, some consisting of terraces and others large sitting areas. The suites are exceptionally elegant and offer tranquillity and a sense of absolute calmness. Situated overlooking the pond and the forest garden, the suites also have breathtaking views and are great for bird watching. 


 

Villa, Southern Coast, Over USD 500

The drive to Kahanda Kanda is 25 minutes inland from Galle. Turn off the main road just outside Galle and for 15 minutes drive through rural SL. Beaches are beaches anywhere in the world but it is often said that the interior of a country is where the true spirit lies. Sri Lanka is no different. This final 15 minutes of your journey takes you along a narrow road through paddy fields; past temples and a huge colourful-seated Buddha meditating amongst the trees; through small villages; and into the very heart of this tropical Eden.

Accommodation is offered in terraced stand alone en suite pavilions whilst the living and dining areas are also housed in their own pavilions as if to emphasise that in SL, doing one thing at a time is the preferred path. Each pavilion features polished cement flooring and exposed timber ceilings with tiled roof. 


Breakfast of local delicacies, an abundance of fruit, bread, organic jams and honey combs, tea (of course) and coffee is provided. The chef speaks fluent English and specialises in Western, Thai, and Sri Lankan dishes. A menu awaits your consideration and he will discuss with you when you are free, a selection for every meal either on a day-to-day basis or, for the whole of your stay if you prefer not to have to think about such things every day.

A  21 by 9 metre pool with a dark green polished cement finish allows the energetic to do 'lengths' and the others to simply float around. On one side is an infinity edge that runs off into views of Koggala Lake and the jungle. A cascade at the deep end falls from a carved opening in the end wall. 


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