As you climb the winding road up the hill through the blushing cinnamon plants, catching glimpses of the verdant tapestry of the region as you go, you can only anticipate the panorama that will unfold at its summit. Boasting 360-degree views out to sea over Weligama Bay and inland to the Denipitiya Hills, and capturing the changing light and mood of the local landscape, Mount Cinnamon certainly doesn’t disappoint. Designed by renowned Sri Lankan architect Chelvadurai Anjalendran, it is a pure and elegant essay in the island’s vernacular; majestic, but both celebratory and respectful of its surroundings. The villa is also immaculately presented and enhanced by vibrant paintings, sculptures and collages of contemporary Sri Lankan art including a special commission by the celebrated Sri Lankan artist Laki Senenayake.
Mount Cinnamon comprises four bedrooms as well as comfortable living and dining areas that make the most of their privileged location. Picture windows and sliding doors maximise the views and allow cooling breezes to infiltrate the property. A swimming pool is discreetly sited in the grassy courtyard garden, whilst a deep veranda to the front of the villa leads onto a sloping lawn and to a picturesque pavilion (ideal for yoga) that artistically overlooks Weligama Bay and the sea. At sunset the view from here is magnificent as the colours in the sky change from apricot to deep crimson,.
On the villa’s substantial staff team is a proficient chef who cooks meals according to a priced menu system. The breakfast table on the front veranda overlooking the hilltops and sea is a particularly scenic spot from which to soak up the views, whilst another dining table is more formally located inside. Places to relax inside the villa include the master bedroom’s lounge/study whose shelves full of interesting novels and coffee table books are sure to provide hours of amusement. For those who crave the sand between their toes, Mirissa and Weligama beaches are less than a 10-minute drive away.