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.

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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

Pointe Sud

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Mirissa

This exclusive, elegant and exceptionally located cliff-top villa boasts the most panoramic ocean vistas of any in Sri Lanka. Fully-staffed, 5-bedroomed Pointe Sud bursts with character whilst the tropical 5-acre garden, set above a deserted stretch of beach, features a stunning infinity pool, sunset-view pavilions, lookouts and manicured lawns.

Min Rate
$1,000
Max Rate
$2,000
Our rating
8.2
Bedroom
5
Sleeps
10

Rangala House

» Sri Lanka » Hill Country » Kandy Region

A charming homely 4-bedroomed converted planter’s bungalow with stunning views overlooking the wooded hills and tea plantations above Kandy complete with private swimming pool and a full complement of staff. Perfect for those who enjoy walking, nature, the great outdoors or simply relaxing.

Min Rate
$580
Max Rate
$580
Our rating
7.2
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
10

Satin Doll

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Talpe

An elegant 4-bedroom beach villa, with a near-symmetrical design, which works well for two families holidaying together. The ocean views are shared from every room, living and dining space abounds – both inside the house and out in the garden – and there’s a pool, TV snug and enthusiastic staff team.

Min Rate
TBA
Max Rate
TBA
Our rating
8.0
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
8

Satori

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Inland Galle

Beautifully serene hillside manor house with spectacular jungle views just a five minute drive inland from Unawatuna. With 4 bedrooms, glorious swimming pool, massage and yoga pavilions, a luxe of living space and terraced rambling gardens Satori is a heavenly escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Min Rate
$795
Max Rate
$795
Our rating
7.7
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
8

Siri Wedamedura

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Mirissa

A chicly renovated historic manor house set in five acres of grounds a few minutes’ walk from Mirissa harbour (for seasonal whale- and dolphin-watching cruises) and a popular palm-fringed beach. Fully staffed, 4-bedroomed Siri Wedamadura has a fabulous swimming pool, alfresco living and dining areas and a well-equipped kitchen.

Min Rate
$550
Max Rate
$850
Our rating
7.6
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
6

Sisindu C

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Habaraduwa -Koggala

This idyllic 2-bedroom beach pad near Galle sits before an impressively wide strip of south coast sand. Featuring a huge ground floor living space bedecked with loungers, which spills onto a deep dining veranda and beyond, to an azure pool, there’s also a west-facing pavilion topping the lush green lawn.

Min Rate
$450
Max Rate
$900
Our rating
8.0
Guest rating
9.2
Bedroom
2
Sleeps
4

Six Degrees North

» Sri Lanka » West Coast » Ambalangoda

Boasting absolute beachfront on a delicious slice of sand south of Ambalangoda, Six Degrees North is a chilled tropical retreat for a family or group of friends. Homely, relaxed and fully staffed, this 5-bedroom property with palm-peppered garden, pool and garden pavilion also offers a variety of Ayurvedic treatments.

Min Rate
$440
Max Rate
$480
Our rating
7.6
Guest rating
10.0
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
10

Six Degrees North

» Sri Lanka » West Coast » Ambalangoda

Boasting absolute beachfront on a delicious slice of sand south of Ambalangoda, Six Degrees North is a chilled tropical retreat for a family or group of friends. Homely, relaxed and fully staffed, this 5-bedroom property with palm-peppered garden, pool and garden pavilion also offers a variety of Ayurvedic treatments.

Min Rate
$440
Max Rate
$480
Our rating
7.6
Guest rating
10.0
Bedroom
5
Sleeps
10

Skye House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Habaraduwa -Koggala

Standing on an idyllic sandy swathe of beachfront near Galle, the fabulous 4-bedroom Skye House is blessed with a lovely pool, tropical gardens and a full complement of staff.  An additional kids’ bunk room (sleeping 6), plus a dedicated playground and plentiful toys make this house exceptional for families.

Min Rate
$900
Max Rate
$2,000
Our rating
8.1
Bedroom
5
Sleeps
8

South Point Villa

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Habaraduwa -Koggala

Elegant, fully staffed 3-bedroom seaside villa on small private headland in Kathaluwa, footsteps from a gorgeous reef-protected swimming beach. With a selection of living and dining areas both inside and out, plus swimming pool amidst a grassy garden, South Point Villa works well for families and groups as well as couples.

Min Rate
$750
Max Rate
$1,300
Our rating
7.8
Bedroom
3
Sleeps
6

Sri Villas

» Sri Lanka » West Coast » Bentota

Sri Villas, a fully-staffed trio of boutique seaside properties, share a tropical garden, a large swimming pool and direct beach access. Sleeping 18 in total, these villas are perfect for large groups and for entertaining. Each is fully self-contained with its own living areas, dining space and kitchen.

Min Rate
TBA
Max Rate
TBA
Our rating
7.4
Bedroom
9
Sleeps
16

Sri Villas - Araliya (Villa Three)

» Sri Lanka » West Coast » Bentota

The largest of Sri Villas’ trio of contemporary beachside holiday homes that share a big, sunset-view swimming pool and tropical garden, 4-bedroomed Araliya is fully-staffed and great for one or two families. If booked in conjunction with its two neighbouring villas it’s also an excellent choice for extended groups.

Min Rate
$1,200
Max Rate
$1,200
Our rating
7.2
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
6

Sri Villas - Nisala (Villa Two)

» Sri Lanka » West Coast » Bentota

Nisala shares a big pool and beachfront garden plus spectacular sunset views with its sister Sri Villa properties. Fully-staffed, it has expansive living and dining space plus two serene sea-view suites. A great family holiday home or, if all three villas are booked together, an excellent choice for extended groups.

Min Rate
$700
Max Rate
$700
Our rating
7.3
Bedroom
2
Sleeps
4

Sri Villas - Sagara (Villa One)

» Sri Lanka » West Coast » Bentota

Out of Sri Villas’ trio of contemporary beachside holiday homes that share a large pool, tropical garden and spectacular sunset views, fully-staffed Sagara is the most suitable for couples and friends. If booked in conjunction with the other two villas it is also an excellent choice for larger groups.

Min Rate
$650
Max Rate
$650
Our rating
7.3
Bedroom
3
Sleeps
6

Strathdon Bungalow

» Sri Lanka » Hill Country » Hatton

From its private hilltop perch in the southwest Hill Country, 100-year-old Strathdon Bungalow gazes through stands of giant bamboo across spectacular tea-clad mountains and verdant valleys. Home to 4 bedrooms and a lovely ‘breakfast terrace’, this family house comes with a small staff team including cook and non-resident manager.

Min Rate
TBA
Max Rate
TBA
Our rating
7.0
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
10

Talaramba Reef Villas - Villa Sulanga

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Mirissa

Villa Sulanga is one of two Talaramba Reef Villas on the beachfront near sultry Mirissa Bay. The 4 bedrooms are equally sized and sea-view verandas are furnished for living and dining. The villa is fully staffed and has a huge pool, spacious living room and enormous (but shared) garden.

Min Rate
$750
Max Rate
$750
Our rating
8.0
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
8

Talaramba Reef Villas - Villa Vatura

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Mirissa

Villa Vatura is one of two Talaramba Reef Villas on the beachfront near sultry Mirissa Bay. The 4 bedrooms are equally sized and sea-view verandas are furnished for living and dining. The villa is fully staffed and has a huge private pool, spacious living room and an enormous (but shared) garden.

Min Rate
$750
Max Rate
$750
Our rating
8.2
Guest rating
9.8
Bedroom
4
Sleeps
8

Taprobane Island

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Weligama

An enchanting private island escape set just 150m off the coast of Weligama, 30 minutes from Galle. Hopelessly romantic and wonderfully private, this five bedroom 1920s mansion is set amidst two and a half acres of lush tropical gardens with infinity pool and breathtaking spots to appreciate the panoramic views.

Min Rate
$1,000
Max Rate
$2,200
Our rating
8.0
Bedroom
5
Sleeps
10

The Beach House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Tangalle

Beautiful Bawa-enhanced former artist-owned beach house set in a tropical garden near to Tangalle, ideal for families, couples or groups. With 5 intimate rooms, a large swimming pool and direct ocean views this chic beach retreat is pleasantly secluded although conveniently enough located to visit Tangalle’s main attractions.

Min Rate
$850
Max Rate
$1,750
Our rating
7.6
Bedroom
5
Sleeps
10
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