Sri Lanka offers something for everyone. There's the ancient Sinhalese ruins of the Cultural Triangle; the Hill Country's colonial plantation bungalows, misty peaks and endless tea; Kandy's revered Temple of the Tooth; national parks where leopards, elephants and bears roam free; and the warm turquoise seas where you can see whales and dolphins, and scuba to coral reefs.

This island's endless swathes of un-spoilt palm-speckled beaches are its biggest draw. The sultry south-west stretch linking the water sports capital of Bentota, the historic 17th century fortified city of Galle and the rustic shoreline of Tangalle is the most developed, accessible and popular, and also where most of the island's villas – many atmospheric heritage homes - can be found.

Sri Lanka's relatively small size means that you can take in the best of the island's attractions within a few weeks. The south-west coast and hill country are at their climatic best between December and April, which is when the majority of visitors come. The inter-monsoonal northern summer months are not to be avoided either as quick downpours intersperse long sunny days.

   Galle

Ambassador's House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

The expansive living and dining areas of this evocative 5-bedroom family-friendly villa in the heart of Galle Fort offer plenty of potential for entertaining. Spread between two expansive buildings fringed by courtyard gardens, this fully staffed villa features a lap pool, expansive roof terrace and plenty of kids’ facilities.

Min Rate
$600
Max Rate
$950
Our rating
8.7
Guest rating
9.0
Bedroom
5
Sleeps
10

32 Middle Street

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

One of the oldest homes in historic Galle Fort, 32 Middle Street is a highly secluded house where careful renovations have exposed original timber ceilings and provided for three spacious bedrooms, a contemporary open plan living/dining area filled with art and antiques and a pretty courtyard garden with swimming pool.

Min Rate
TBA
Max Rate
TBA
Our rating
7.3
Guest rating
8.8
Bedroom
3
Sleeps
6

41 Lighthouse Street

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

A 300-year-old boutique house in Galle Fort with 3 bedrooms, a swimming pool, lots of living space and a large palm-shaded garden. Both convivial and seductive, 41 Lighthouse Street is as ideal for small groups and families as it is for couples seeking seclusion amongst the main attractions of Galle.

Min Rate
TBA
Max Rate
TBA
Our rating
8.0
Guest rating
9.0
Bedroom
3
Sleeps
6

5 Middle Street

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

This seventeenth-century 3-bedroom (plus children’s quad bunkroom) home in Galle Fort features a rammed-earth one-of-a-kind extension, eye-catching vertical gardens and a contrastingly contemporary open-plan interior design.  A children’s bunkroom and an attentive staff team make 5 Middle Street particularly family friendly, as does it’s location, close to the Fort’s many attractions.

Min Rate
$550
Max Rate
$550
Our rating
7.5
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
6

79 Leyn Baan Street

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

This 2-bedroom (plus kids’ bunk room), self-catering, historic colonial house in Galle Fort, staffed by a daytime maid, is just 30 metres from a swimming beach and the fort’s slender white British-built lighthouse.  An upper-floor master bedroom attached to an ocean-view roof terrace makes the house particularly attractive for couples.

Min Rate
$400
Max Rate
$600
Our rating
7.0
Bedroom
3
Sleeps
6

Ivory House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

An elegant country villa overlooking a lowland valley of paddy fields, with 4 bedrooms, generous living spaces, a modern open-plan kitchen and a helpful team of staff.  Enveloped by a lush palm-spiked tropical garden, Ivory House also has a gorgeous lap pool that takes full advantage of the rural vistas.

Min Rate
$450
Max Rate
$1,000
Our rating
7.6
Bedroom
5
Sleeps
8

Lassana Kanda

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

An exceptionally spacious 7-bedroom hillside villa, a short drive from Galle’s beaches.  Rooms are spread across three buildings amidst meticulously landscaped tropical gardens, and standout features include a gorgeous 18-metre infinity pool with valley views, a gym, an entertainment room and full complement of staff including an excellent chef.

Min Rate
$1,200
Max Rate
$1,200
Our rating
8.3
Guest rating
8.4
Bedroom
7
Sleeps
14

Mihiri Beach House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

This vibrant 4-bedroom beach house is just around the corner from Dalawella’s tranquil beach and restaurants, near historic Galle. Expansive living areas spill onto a convivial pool terrace and tropical garden, a staff of four includes a chef, and 10% of Mihiri House rental rates go to a local charity.

Min Rate
$600
Max Rate
$1,200
Our rating
8.0
Guest rating
9.2
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
8

No. 39 Galle Fort

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

No. 39 Galle Fort is a three-bedroom heritage house located right in the heart of Galle’s 17th century Dutch-built fort, close to major landmarks, restaurants and shops. Grand and spacious, yet equipped with every home comfort, this atmospheric heritage home is staffed, and ideal for groups of friends and families. 

Min Rate
$345
Max Rate
$500
Our rating
8.0
Guest rating
8.9
Bedroom
3
Sleeps
6

Old Palm House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

Pitched on a leafy hill in tranquil Heenatigala, this fully staffed 4-bedroom villa with secluded swimming pool and private chef is within an easy drive of Talpe’s picturesque south coast beaches and Galle. Prettily wrapped by a lush garden with superb valley views, this recently renovated house is particularly family-friendly.

Min Rate
$450
Max Rate
$450
Our rating
7.7
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
7

The Dutch House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

A striking eighteenth century Dutch colonial mansion that stands in glorious landscaped gardens overlooking, but hidden from, the town of Galle. Offering quiet seclusion close to all major attractions including Galle Fort and the beaches, it features 4 luxurious suites, exquisite art and antiques and a wonderful ‘treetop’ swimming pool.

Min Rate
$1,600
Max Rate
$2,000
Our rating
8.2
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
8

The Old Lady at the Sea

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Galle

The Old Lady at the Sea is a great value, fully staffed property set in lawned gardens, and is ideal for extended families and big groups. Nine ensuite bedrooms, equipped with TVs and DVD players, sit either side of the sea-view swimming pool at this renovated 300-year-old Dutch house.

Min Rate
$648
Max Rate
$1,296
Our rating
7.0
Bedroom
8
Sleeps
18
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