Blue Heights is a very apt name for this family friendly tropical home that sits on a rise near Dickwella. Tantalising glimpses of the sparkling southern ocean and silhouettes of ships scattering the horizon can be spied through the comb-like leaves of the coconut palms as you lounge or dine on the shady veranda. One-and-a-half-acres of garden is dotted with blossoming frangipani and pots of hot pink bougainvillea, gently slopes down the hillside to a narrow road that descends to the beach. Midway down the garden sits a glorious, infinity-edge swimming pool with jacuzzi which laps up the sunshine and savours the best of the views.

The house comprises two buildings and was designed by Amila de Mel, a protégé of the late Geoffrey Bawa. Modern yet minimal, the linear main house stretches almost the entire width of the land ensuring that whether you’re sat on the long veranda, in the dining area, in the lounge or in the bedroom, the views are equally good and without obstruction. The location is blissfully quiet, and although entertainment is provided (the house has a TV, DVD player and books), the garden is a magnet for wildlife and provides a gentle theatrical setting of its own. You might see peacocks strutting alongside the pool, squirrels chasing each other up and down palms or prehistoric-looking monitor lizards wandering stealthily across the lawn.

A second building, tucked to the side of the main house, houses a further three bedrooms, including an expansive upper floor master bedroom with its own private sun deck. A husband-and-wife team tend to your requirements, prepare delicious Sri Lankan food (all provisions for food and drink are charged at cost price) and keep the house shipshape.


Blue Heights savours its spectacular situation at the summit of the eastern headland flanking Nilwella Bay, with views both across the bay and out towards the Indian Ocean. The beach is a five-minute walk away, via the gate at the bottom of the garden and down a narrow road, whilst Dickwella, the well-facilitated closest town, is either a fifteen-minute walk or a five-minute drive away.

Dickwella 2 km
Mawella Lagoon Airport 7 km
Tangalle 14 km
Dondra Lighthouse 18 km
Mulkirigala Temple 24 km
Rekawa (turtle watching) 25 km
Galle Fort 67 km
Yala National Park 95 km
Colombo 180 km
Bandaranaike Airport 207 km

About Dickwella

Dickwella is a bustling fishing town set on a wide bay between Matara and Tangalle. Despite a growing number of tourist hotels and villas along this picturesque stretch of coastline, famous for its secluded coves and rocky headlands, Dickwella itself still feels authentic and unspoilt. The town is home to plenty of conveniences, including a supermarket, fresh produce stalls (and a Saturday market), banks with ATMs and liquor shops, but few obvious attractions aside from the sandy beach. The region is boosting a revival in the cottage industry craft of lace-making however, and the town has a few outlets where you can see the women at work and browse or purchase their designs. Dickwella’s biggest attraction lies three kilometres out of town, at Werurukannala Temple, where sits a 50-metre-high seated Buddha, the island’s tallest. Here you can actually climb into the Buddha’s head for a little divine inspiration and wander through a series of rooms where murals and models illustrate grizzly images of life in Buddhist hell. Other attractions near Dickwella include Dondra Lighthouse, marking Sri Lanka’s southernmost tip, the Devinuwara Buddhist temple and the two Dutch Forts in Matara. Towards Tangalle are secluded bays to explore and the inland temple of Mulkirigala, perched high on a rocky outcrop with stunning panoramic views. Wining and dining is fairly limited in Dickwella (the choice is either one of the rice and curry restaurants or the Dickwella Resort), but there are more options in, and on the way to, Tangalle.

About South Coast

Stretching between Galle and Hambantota, the south coast is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka. Characterised by historically significant fortified towns, numerous picture-perfect palm-fringed beaches, a sultry turquoise sea, swathes of iridescent green paddy fields fringed by lush green jungle, ancient Buddhist temples, expansive waterways, nature-filled rainforests and tea-carpeted hills it offers enough variety to be a destination in itself; fabulous for families, groups and couples alike.

Galle is one of the region’s most significant attractions for its sixteenth century Dutch fort filled with an evocatively rich collection of buildings, boutiques, museums and luxury digs that hug a peninsular to the south of town. Galle’s popular beaches are better-facilitated, more developed and safer for swimming than those in and around Tangalle, but the further you travel east the more expansive, deserted and nature-filled they become.

Surfing, snorkelling, diving, whale watching, sailing, fishing and kayaking can all be done along this magnificent stretch of coastline as well as cycling, walking and trying your hand at Sri Lankan cookery. Inland, the scene varies as the westerly wet zone’s lush jungle interior gives way to the arid dry zone plains a little beyond Tangalle. Taking off by bicycle is often the best way to explore the hills, plains, sanctuaries and jungle whilst a boat is a must to navigate the scenic lakes and rivers that wind in between.

Some of Sri Lanka’s most popular national parks – Uda Walawe for elephants and Yala for leopards and bears – as well as a trio of its most accessible rainforests – Sinharaja, Kottawa and Kanneliya - are easily visited on a day or overnight trip from anywhere along the south coast.

Our review   Overall Rating: 7.40

For a lazy, languid holiday where you come armed with a stack of books and great company, Blue Heights is the business.  The simple design and minimal interiors are unfussy and free of distractions so that you focus on the job at hand – relaxing, catching up with friends and family and absorbing the restful environment.  The ocean views and hilltop locale create a feeling of space and the convivial pool area, with sunset-worthy jacuzzi, soon became one of our favourite spots.  The open-sided dining area made the most of the views and even from the glass-walled lounge you can spy the sea whilst watching TV.  Those staying in the master bedroom do get a lot more value as the room is huge and is attached to a little private lounge with pergola roof, although the bathroom is rather narrow.  The bedroom in the main house works well for elderly relations or independent couples.

The staff, a husband and wife team, plus houseboy, were very welcoming – as was Timmy, the house’s loveable dog!  Service is casual and their English was limited so communicating was a bit of a struggle at times.  However, the villa is looked after by a management team whose area manager is always at the end of the phone.  The kitchen is basic and uninspiring, however there is a little pantry with sink and fridge for making drinks.  In any case, a cook prepares all of your meals (Sri Lankan cuisine mainly, plus a few fried rice and noodle dishes).

Note that the beach is not at the end of the garden – you need to go through the gate, turn right along the road and then wander for five minutes to the beach.  Swimming is best in the middle of the bay.


Bedroom:  4
Sleeping Capacity: 8
Location:  South Coast

Bedroom 1 - Master King
Bedroom 2 Queen
Bedroom 3 Queen
Bedroom 4 Twin


  • Chef/Cook (All meals)
  • Garden/Pool Staff
  • Housekeeping (Full time)
  • Manager
  • Masseuse/Spa Therapist (Extra)
  • Service Staff
  • Shopper

Key Amenities

  •   Internet (WiFi)
  •   Swimming Pool (Private)
  •   TV (Satellite/Cable)

Other Amenities

  • Baby Cot
  • BBQ
  • Bed Linen
  • Board Games/Toys
  • Book Selection
  • Car Parking
  • Ceiling Fans
  • DVD Player
  • Equipped Kitchen
  • High Chairs
  • Hotplates
  • iPod Dock/Speakers
  • Laundry Service (Extra)
  • Massage Beds
  • Safe
  • Towels
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