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.
Booking a private villa or a chalet is very different from booking a regular hotel room, especially with regards to payments and cancellations. We urge you not to just tick the box and accept these terms and conditions (as we often do) – kindly take the time to read the following conditions carefully.
Elite Havens (“EH”) acts as a wholesaler for property owners (“Owner”) and their representatives (“Owner Representative”). Each time a guest confirms a booking of a Property through EH, a Rental Contract is entered into between EH and the guest in whose name the booking is made (the “Guest”) for the agreed period (“Rental Period”). When a Guest books a Property through EH, the Guest is deemed to have agreed to these terms and conditions, and for personal data to be processed by EH with regards to the Rental Contract. The Rental Contract is not effective until EH has confirmed the Guest’s booking in writing.
For villas in Sri Lanka:
When you make a booking request, the appropriate deposit payment must be made to EH within 5 working days of availability confirmation. If the required deposit payment is not received within 5 working days, EH reserves the right to void the Guest’s booking request. The following deposit payment schedule applies to most villas (see individual villa terms for full details):
Where a 20% deposit applies to the booking, the Guest must pay the remaining 80% balance at least 75 days before the scheduled arrival date.
The cost of electricity, mains, water, cleaning and garden supplies and local taxes are included in rental rates. For chalets in Japan, an additional cleaning fee will be applicable, details of which will be communicated at the time of reservation. There are generally no additional costs, surcharges, taxes, staff salaries, or management fees above the price quoted unless otherwise stated in the property description, the guest booking confirmation or reservation voucher. If the information in any of these is inconsistent, the most recently issued terms will prevail.
Typically, provisioning costs will be the Guest’s responsibility. Gratuities for household staff are encouraged but left entirely to the Guest’s discretion.
Once the full payment is received, the Guest shall be sent a reservation voucher by EH with confirmation details, the Property’s address, contact details of the EH representative, transfer arrangements, and directions to the Property. This voucher, along with the Guest’s passport, needs to be presented upon arrival for check-in.
Standard check-in and check-out times for villas are 3pm and 12pm (noon) respectively unless stated otherwise. Guests can check into our chalets in Japan between 3pm and 8pm, while the typical check-out time is 10am. EH will work with the Owner or Owner’s Representative to try and accommodate the Guest’s actual arrival and departure times, subject to availability. Please notify EH of a change in your arrival or departure schedule for us to be able to accommodate a change where possible.
A security deposit may be payable directly to the Owner or Owner’s Representative immediately upon arrival at the Property. The standard security deposit required for each Property is stated in the Property description; however, the Owner has the right to impose different requirements on a case-by-case basis. For chalets in Japan, the security deposit will be due to EH along with the final payment of the chalet rate.
Access to the Property may be refused if the security deposit is not paid in full. When the security deposit is required to be paid in cash, or when a non-standard security deposit applies, EH will inform the Guest in advance of the amount payable and any other conditions.
The security deposit will normally be refunded at the end of the rental period for villas, and one week after Guest check-out for chalets in Japan, after deducting:
A Property is typically someone’s home. Please treat the booked Property accordingly, and leave the Property and all its contents in good order and an acceptably clean condition.
Any damage or loss caused during the Rental Period, as well as any special cleaning requirement due to negligence of anyone in your group, will be the Guest’s responsibility and may be charged to the Guest’s account and deducted from the security deposit. In cases of excessive or unacceptable loss or damage at any time during the Rental Period, EH may require the Guest and their party, including visitors, to vacate the Property immediately, without compensation or refund.
The Property and its facilities are available for the Guest’s full enjoyment during the duration of stay. However the Owner, Owner’s Representative, or other staff and contractors may need access to the Property from time to time (e.g. for maintenance of the house, garden, swimming pool, utilities and services, or for providing additional services requested by the Guest, etc.). You are required to give them reasonable access to the Property for these purposes.
The number of persons (adults and children) staying at the Property must not exceed the maximum number of sleeping places indicated in the booking confirmation and reservation voucher unless specifically authorised in writing by EH. Exceeding this number may invalidate any insurance policy on the Property. Entry or access to the Property may be refused or limited where the number of guests exceeds the stated requirement. Chalets in Japan require at least one resident guest to be aged 25 years or over. No pets are allowed unless agreed in writing in advance.
All bookings are assumed to be for normal holidaying purposes only, and the Guest agrees that the use of the Property will be limited to this purpose unless otherwise confirmed in writing.
If the Guest is planning to hold an event such as a wedding or a party that involves having a larger number of people at the Property, or if the Guest is planning to use the Property for a purpose other than a holiday, please communicate this to EH at the time of booking, as special approval or arrangements may be required. Please be aware that same-sex wedding ceremonies are prohibited by law in Indonesia and any other kind of same-sex ceremonies will not be in accordance with prevailing local customs. Most parties, in particular bachelors or bachelorette parties (also called hens, stags and bucks parties), may not be organised in any of our chalets in Japan. Depending on the nature of the event, a surcharge and/or additional security deposit may be required, which will be agreed to and confirmed in writing before confirming the reservation. Note that some Properties are in residential areas or estates, and some are subject to rules and regulations regarding their use. Therefore, it may not always be possible to grant permission for certain uses or activities due to these or other reasons beyond the control of EH and the Owner.
If EH has confirmed a booking that includes an event at the Guest’s chosen Property, in certain circumstances the Guest must then obtain permits from the police and the local community before the event can proceed. The Guest acknowledges and agrees that EH, the Owner and the Owner’s Representative cannot control the issue of these permits. If the police and/or the local community refuse to issue a permit for an event at the Property, the Owner or the Owner’s Representative will refund any event fee paid by the Guest to the Owner, however, neither EH, the Owner nor the Owner’s Representative will be liable for any further refund or payment to the Guest.
Properties are generally located in quiet residential neighbourhoods. As a resident Guest, you are requested to respect this and ensure that your entire group, as well as visitors to the Property, behave appropriately. Illegal or immoral activities including gambling, prostitution, prohibited drugs, possession or use of pyrotechnics or dangerous goods, and possession or use of firearms and other weapons are all strictly prohibited. Smoking is generally prohibited unless stated otherwise in the booking confirmation or reservation voucher. Smoking is prohibited in all of our Japan properties. This is to abide by Japan's fire regulations, and also for health and safety reasons. A ¥50,000 penalty for deep cleaning will be charged in case of any violations for chalets in Japan. The penalty will be applied each time any guest(s) is found smoking inside the chalet, or if any evidence of smoking is found.
The Guest is responsible for the behaviour of all guests staying at the Property, as well as visitors to the Property during the Rental Period. Should any guest(s) or visitor(s) not behave in a suitable manner, the Owner or Owner’s Representative may, in their absolute discretion, require the Guest, their party and/or visitor(s) to leave the premises and/or vacate the Property immediately, without compensation or refund.
In the interest of safety, due care should be taken at the Property at all times, especially with children. Suitable supervision should be given around pools, beaches and roads, and when using the Property’s facilities.
Guests are responsible for all their valuables and personal items. Neither EH nor the Owner or the Owner’s Representative accepts any responsibility for loss of or damage to Guest property. The Guest is responsible for the Property during the Rental Period and must ensure that all windows and doors are locked securely when not on the premises. Any act or omission by the Guest, their party and/or visitors which may negate or prejudice the Property’s insurance policy and/or results in loss or damage is the Guest’s responsibility.
Once a booking is confirmed, the price of the reservation is fully guaranteed, even if EH changes the price on its website thereafter. In return for this commitment, no refunds will be made for any exchange rate fluctuation that may otherwise reduce the rental cost.
EH reserves the right to impose any taxes or other charges which may be implemented by a government or other regulatory body, which were unknown at the time of publishing. EH will tell the Guest promptly in the unlikely event that it becomes aware of any additional taxes or charges that will apply to the Guest’s booking.
For villas in Sri Lanka, in the event that the Guest cancels a confirmed booking, the following cancellation fees will generally apply:
For specific policies relating to the COVID-19 situation, please follow this link - https://www.elitehavens.com/coronavirus-cancellation-policy.
EH will do its best to accommodate reasonable amendments, but kindly be aware that some changes may not be possible. Charges may also apply. Note: Shortening of stay for any reason is considered as a cancellation.
In the unlikely event that EH is unable for any reason (including the sale of a property and force majeure) to provide the Guest with the Property booked, EH reserves the right to transfer the Guest and their party to an alternative Property of similar type and value, in consultation with the Guest. If the price of the substituted Property is less than the original booking, the difference will be reimbursed back. If the price of the substituted Property is higher than the original booking, the difference may be charged to the Guest. If, however, after considerable effort by EH, no alternative of similar type and value is available and/or no agreement can be reached between the Guest and EH, then either EH or the Guest may opt to cancel the booking and this Rental Contract. In that event, EH will refund the paid amount to the Guest, without scope for further compensation.
Every attempt will be made for the Guest to have an enjoyable stay. If you have a problem during the Rental Period, please inform EH and we will try to put things right. For complaints to be addressed, the Guest must communicate any problem whilst on location. If no complaint is reported during the Rental Period, EH will assume that the Property was to the Guest’s satisfaction and no complaint will be entertained later.
Self-catering accommodations require guests to arrange for all provisions and consumables necessary for daily living. The staff at the Property may accommodate any reasonable requests to purchase provisions on your behalf, and this will be charged to the Guest account.
The descriptions, assessments and/or ratings of Properties and surrounding locations that EH publishes or gives to the Guest are provided in good faith and in the belief that they are accurate based on the latest information received. However, EH cannot be held responsible for any last-minute modifications to the Properties or inaccuracies. Where EH publishes or refers to descriptions, assessments and/or ratings of the Property either by EH or by third parties, these ratings are for information purposes only and EH will not be held responsible for any reliance placed on these ratings.
EH, does not accept any responsibility or liability for:
In no case will EH, the Owner or the Owner’s Representative individually or collectively be liable to make any payment or give any refund or compensation of any amount over and above the total rental amount paid.
This agreement will be governed by the laws of Singapore. In the event of controversy arising from the booking and stay that cannot be resolved amicably between the parties, both parties agree to exclusively refer the matter to the Singapore International Arbitration Centre to be resolved finally by arbitration in the English language.
By making a booking request, the Guest agrees that these terms and conditions have been read, understood and have been accepted and agreed to without reservation and without exception.
If any of the conditions of this Rental Contract are or become or are deemed to be invalid, or if there is any omission from any terms and conditions, the remaining terms and conditions will remain valid and enforceable and cannot be contested.