For a holiday villa, not just in Sri Lanka but anywhere in the world, Pointe Sud is exceptional; views to die for, gorgeous gardens, complete privacy, an abundance of space, a full staff team and a tropical beach. The villa itself is an architectural folly; although essentially a Palladian design and approximately 30 years old, it was built around the 100-year old teak floorboards, the antique window frames, aged painted temple doors, beautiful carved doorways and terracotta tiles that the original French owner found and incorporated into the design, and these unique features make it feel much older than it actually is. The result is a majestic and memorable villa that’s not Dutch, not British, not French and definitely not a traditional Sri Lankan walauwa (manor house) either, but looks and feels like a graceful amalgamation of everything in one. The villa’s colonial features, homely interiors and exquisite antiques exude character and its captivating charm is enhanced by a heart-warming love story as it was built by a devoted husband for his wife. On asking her to pick anywhere in the world to live, she chose this amazing clifftop spot near Mirissa for its exceptional Indian Ocean views and access onto a deserted beach where they used to spend much of their time. The house, now with a fabulous infinity cantilevered lap pool, five bedrooms, modern bathrooms, manicured terraced lawns, elegantly furnished living and dining spots and an extensive library, gazes uninterrupted towards Antarctica from its location on Sri Lanka’s southernmost tip or pointe sud. Huge ships drift mistily along the horizon and the stars at night are so unaffected that they shine as fiercely as new. This is a house for artists, for writers and for dreamers as the garden hides strategically placed lookouts, and sunset-view pavilions where the unique vistas framed by the comb-like leaves of the palms are beautiful, inspiring and exceptionally serene; all you hear in this five-acre garden that’s part jungle, part tame, are the crashing of the waves and the gentle swish of leaves, punctuated now and then by melodious birdcall. Scenic dining locations are aplenty and as satisfying as the delicious Sri Lankan curries and seafood dishes freshly prepared by the cook (provisions on guest account). A house for families, for friends and for lovers, Pointe Sud is a timeless escape where rest and relaxation are guaranteed.