The swell of the ocean, its gentle tune and the vibrant shades of its smouldering moods are as refreshing as they are magnetic at Olanda as the property has been built in such a way to draw your eyes, very deliberately, to the sea. Stretching out seemingly to the ocean’s watery edge, the villa’s vibrant lawn, shaded by towering coconut palms, bridges the gap delightfully and is scattered with seating areas from where you can take in the gorgeous scene in the most shamefully slothful of ways: a double daybed languishes within a whisper of the ocean, a trio of lusciously cushioned built-in sofas slumber scenically beside the water’s edge whilst another cushioned lookout tucked atop the villa’s boundary wall commands such private views over the beach and sea that no-one even notices it’s there.
The villa itself is as generously furnished as the garden, with the main house sporting a deep wraparound timber-pillared veranda, typical of its Dutch colonial origins, providing yet more stunning locations for enjoying the sea views. Almost unnoticeably situated between the main house and the dining pavilion is a swimming pool that mirrors the verdancy of the villa’s lawn and reaches out towards the sea under the shade of the comb-like leaves of coconut palms high above that attempt, unsuccessfully, to roof its placid expanse. A wide shallow section – great for little paddlers and adult wallowers – is in full view of the veranda and dining pavilion that’s furnished with candy-striped sofas, rattan rocking chairs and a formal dining table for ten.
Olanda’s five spacious ensuite bedrooms are split between the main house and a side annexe just a few footsteps across the lawn, where two of the rooms feature their own private balcony or terrace looking directly out to sea. In the main house, a cavernous, scarlet-hued living room with three big daybeds comes with cable TV and a DVD player, whilst a games room with pool table adjoins the open-sided dining terrace.
The villa has a staff of four, including a cook, to make life easy (groceries are on guest account) and the property is situated in Talpe within walking distance to two good beach restaurants if you need a change of scene. Whether feeling energetic of slothful, sociable or solitary, there are many places where you can comfortably absorb yourself at Olanda, even if you’re one of a crowd.
October 30th, 2010 - November 6th, 2010
“The villa was beautiful, staff very friendly, food very good, however, constantly being asked for more money to purchase items. The cleanliness was very poor and needs addressing, also lack of English for some of staff, for simple items like a glass of water, was very frustrating. You walk onto a beautiful beach but need to walk about hundred meters before you can swim. Marissa beach is fantastic for surfing, 30mins away by tuk tuk and well worth a visit. The tuk tuk driver they recommended was brilliant and we hired him for 3 days to chauffeur us around (he lives opposite) Koggala lake and spice gardens well worth a visit, informative and tranquil experience. The turtle sanctuary is also worth a visit and the highlight of the trip for our 3 kids as they were able to release some into the sea for a small donation. Would recommend taking 2 family's to this villa to create value for money.”
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