Set within a large expanse of tranquil, tumbling gardens with views of coconut palms and riverine foliage, this three-bedroom villa is all the more special given that it’s also just 600 metres from the coast. Amidst this rich inland scenery you can enjoy long lazy days watching parrots and kingfishers beyond the infinity pool or photographing monkeys swinging between the boughs of the mature trees that spike the serene tropical gardens. For a change of scene, Weligama, a wide sandy bay popular with surfers, or the more intimate palm-studded Mirissa beach, a favourite with sun worshippers, are both just five minutes’ drive away.
Kumara Villa also stands out for its comforts and fresh contemporary design. The three bedroom suites are each located in their own buildings encircled by walled tropical gardens, and feature tubs for bathing and romantic open-air showers. Floor-to-ceiling glass panelled doors blur the boundaries between inside and out, especially in the living pavilion, which opens widely onto a sun-drenched terrace, a 15m infinity-edge pool and verdant leafy views. Each bedroom is generously equipped with a host of hotel-style amenities including mini fridges, kettles (and a selection of Ceylon tea), safes, yoga mats, bathrobes and luxurious Spa Ceylon toiletries.
A friendly staff team works at the villa, including a cook who can prepare select western dishes and extensive Sri Lankan cuisine. The cook uses a fourth ‘kitchen villa’ – located towards the back of the property – which is furnished with a traditional open hearth, and she will happily welcome you to a Sri Lankan curry demonstration. The villa manager is experienced in arranging tours and can help you book your onward journey as well as transport to local restaurants and attractions.
Set on a pretty stretch of coastline near Weligama, Villa Suriyawatta is a convivial 5-bedroom oasis with graceful living areas, sweeping sea views and a gorgeous garden and pool. It’s well equipped for kids, has a Sonos sound system wired to the pool area and an excellent staff team.
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.