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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Ocean’s Edge

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Tangalle

This grand 4-bedroom fully staffed villa sits in extensive gardens and offers true escapism beside a blissfully isolated beach visited by turtles.  Ideal for families, groups and nature lovers, the house is spacious and has a big, fenced T-shaped pool.  There are plenty of exciting national parks to visit nearby.

Min Rate
$540.00
Max Rate
$830.00
Our rating
8.0
Guest rating
8.7
Bedroom
4
Sleeps

Ambalama

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Talpe

Fabulous Balinese-inspired beach villa in an excellent location on the Galle coast close to shops, bars, attractions and restaurants.  With 4 bedrooms, Ambalama is ideal for families, groups and couples alike. This fully-serviced tropical villa comes with an infinity swimming pool, large grassy garden, cosy lounging areas and superb chef.

Min Rate
$750.00
Max Rate
$750.00
Our rating
8.2
Guest rating
10.0
Bedroom
4
Sleeps

Auraliya

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Talpe

A superb 6-bedroomed beach villa with extensive lawned gardens, magical fibre-optic-lit swimming pool and spectacular sea views. Perfect for families and group get-togethers, Auraliya features sociable living and dining pavilions, a sunset bar and lounge, a full staff team and direct access onto one of the region’s best swimming beaches.

Min Rate
$1500.00
Max Rate
$1500.00
Our rating
8.3
Bedroom
6
Sleeps

Claughton House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Dickwella

One-of-a-kind Geoffrey Bawa-designed 5-bedroom hillside house, dating back to 1984 and set in eight landscaped acres near Dickwella with fantastic panoramas over Kudawella Bay. Each bedroom has a sea view and there are two swimming pools, a dedicated staff team and direct access to a lengthy palm-fringed beach.

Min Rate
$1500.00
Max Rate
$2500.00
Our rating
8.1
Guest rating
9.5
Bedroom
3
Sleeps

Footprints Villa

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Talpe

Dalawella’s famous swimming beach is just a 100m stroll from this contemporary 4-bedroom seaside villa, eight kilometres from Galle. Ample living space spreads across two floors and the villa also features a TV room, two dining areas and a six-metre swimming pool. Footprints is staffed and completely air-conditioned.

Min Rate
$500.00
Max Rate
$1000.00
Our rating
7.5
Guest rating
9.2
Bedroom
4
Sleeps

IF Villa

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Talpe

Sited on the most desirable section of beach in Talpe, IF is a gorgeous Dutch-colonial-style villa with verdant garden, spacious sundeck, panoramic ocean views, private swimming pool and spacious dining pavilion. The property comes staffed with a cook and is perfectly set up for families and groups of friends.

Min Rate
$800.00
Max Rate
$1600.00
Our rating
8.2
Guest rating
8.9
Bedroom
5
Sleeps

Indisch

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Ahangama

Oceanfront Indisch is superbly located on a picturesque curve of sandy coastline south east of Galle and features a large swimming pool and an expansive lawned garden with kid’s playground. Ideal for families and groups, this hugely spacious villa comes with an exceptional staff team, and is very private and secure.

Min Rate
$1000.00
Max Rate
$2500.00
Our rating
8.6
Bedroom
5
Sleeps

Khomba House

» Sri Lanka » North West Coast » Kalpitiya

This idyllic 2-bedroom beach pad on Sri Lanka’s tourist-scarce north-west coast is perfect for couples, families and even groups as daybeds increase capacity to ten. Khomba House is staffed and comes with a huge beachside garden and access to two swimming pools, a water sports centre, restaurants and a spa.

Min Rate
$285.00
Max Rate
$490.00
Our rating
7.4
Bedroom
2
Sleeps

Kikili Beach

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Talpe

This fabulous 1-bedroom beach house bursts with colour, energy and soul. It’s perfect for couples who will love its privacy, intimacy and blissful comfort. Enhanced by the services of a housekeeper who’s also an excellent cook, Kikili Beach has a great location within sight of Unawatuna and close to Galle.

Min Rate
$325.00
Max Rate
$325.00
Our rating
7.6
Bedroom
1
Sleeps

Kurumba House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Tangalle

Comprising just two bedrooms, a living–dining area and kitchen (complete with great cook); this idyllic beach pad near Tangalle is without pretensions. Revelling in its sensational seaside situation, contemporary Kurumba’s emerald lawn is scattered with comfortable recliners, a hammock and a deeply cushioned ambalama just footsteps from the beach.

Min Rate
$300.00
Max Rate
$450.00
Our rating
7.1
Guest rating
7.8
Bedroom
2
Sleeps

Lansiya

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Tangalle

Breathtaking sea views, 4 stylish bedrooms, tantalising cuisine and incredible privacy – Lansiya has it all. Staffed by an excellent team of four, this piece of paradise near Tangalle features plentiful living space, a stunning infinity swimming pool and glorious garden overlooking a wide sandy bay; it’s the ultimate escape.

Min Rate
$1200.00
Max Rate
$1500.00
Our rating
8.3
Bedroom
4
Sleeps

Max Wadiya

» Sri Lanka » West Coast » Ambalangoda

Wide access onto an almost deserted sandy beach near Ambalangoda coupled with a large palm-shaded garden are highlights of 5-bedroom Max Wadiya. Relaxing, spacious, comfortable and full of colonial antiques, this villa is ideal for extended families, two individual families or groups of friends. Rates include all meals.

Min Rate
$1270.00
Max Rate
$1750.00
Our rating
7.8
Bedroom
5
Sleeps

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
$600.00
Max Rate
$1200.00
Our rating
8.0
Guest rating
9.2
Bedroom
4
Sleeps

Olanda Beach House

» Sri Lanka » South Coast » Talpe

Lush palm-shaded lawns topped with loungers soaking up the serenity of sun and sea stretch generously in front of this five-bedroom beach pad that feels spacious even when full. There’s a swimming pool and loads of living space whilst Olanda’s staff of four graciously tend to your needs.

Min Rate
$700.00
Max Rate
$1500.00
Our rating
7.4
Guest rating
6.3
Bedroom
5
Sleeps

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
$1000.00
Max Rate
$2000.00
Our rating
8.2
Bedroom
5
Sleeps

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

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
$450.00
Max Rate
$900.00
Our rating
8.0
Guest rating
9.2
Bedroom
2
Sleeps

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
$440.00
Max Rate
$480.00
Our rating
7.6
Guest rating
10.0
Bedroom
4
Sleeps

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
$440.00
Max Rate
$480.00
Our rating
7.6
Guest rating
10.0
Bedroom
5
Sleeps

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
$900.00
Max Rate
$2000.00
Our rating
8.1
Bedroom
5
Sleeps
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