With its dramatic sea views, pretty beach frontage and relaxing ambiance, Ambalama blends barefoot luxury with all of the comforts of home. Aged antique doorways and pillars from Bali highlight a design that reflects the Asian aesthetic of living in the tropics; courtyard ponds and alfresco shower areas seamlessly merge the indoors with the out whilst high timber roofs, cool cement floors and louvered windows and doors invite the air to breezily circulate and cool. Numerous French windows in the living room and bedrooms open onto a broad terrace that hugs the Balinese tiled swimming pool from where endless panoramas of the ocean and the ships topping its misty horizon can be admired in privacy. The grassy garden is a delight for both children and adults alike as explorative little ones can be watched from the convenience of a cushioned sunbed beside the pool.
Groups will love the conviviality of this villa and equality of its four bedrooms; it makes a very convenient base for exploring the area and the closest beaches are also the best in the region for swimming. A good selection of restaurants are on the doorstep for those wishing to eat out, though the temptation is to stay ‘home’, relax and unwind in peace and comfort, and savour the culinary delights of the chef's freshly cooked fusion cuisine (provisions on guest account). The menu is excellent and the villa’s experienced chef one of the best of any villa around. Ambalama is fully serviced, and with such an able team of staff to keep the house clean and tidy and to shop on your behalf, menial chores can be forgotten. A non-resident manager drops in to assist with requests relating to travel and tours, and to make restaurant bookings and spa treatments on guests’ behalf.
February 17th, 2011 - February 24th, 2011
“We really couldn't have wished for a more enjoyable holiday. We loved the style and lay out of the villa which was perfect for a group of friends, plus bedrooms are all of equal size and ocean facing so no one missed out waking up to that amazing view. Roshan's cooking was superb, especially the Sri Lankan curry! We also joined him on his trip to the markets one day which was really interesting. Hema and Chundra looked after us very well, Chundra's smile is so warm and welcoming and Hema's good English and knowledge of the area made it very easy for us to plan trips to Jungle Beach, the silk factory, Unawatuna and Galle Fort. If you like playing games on the lawn, the very sweet and polite young boys who live next door love to join in the fun and are very good at cricket! Make sure you ask the night watchman to wake you up if you are interested in seeing turtles. We were very lucky to see an enormous leather back turtle (approximately 100 years old!) lay her eggs right outside the villa wall! We all felt very spoilt, relaxed and well looked after! ”
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.