Suriyawatta is named after the pair of Indian tulip trees (suriya) that shade the garden from the hot sunshine enjoyed by this idyllic stretch of Weligama coastline. This idyllic dwelling (watta) is built onto an elongated piece of land that descends towards the sea. Breezy wraparound verandas spill onto lush terraced lawns sun-dappled by the boughs of ancient flower-laden frangipani trees, king coconut palms and blushing bougainvillea.
A few steps down from the lawn is a magical saltwater swimming pool. You’re likely to spend much if not all of your time down here, lying on the white-towelled sun loungers – some placed on their own in scene-stealing spots beneath the scented frangipanis. The pool’s infinity edge beautifully mirrors the coral-sprinkled sea beyond, where huge container ships ply the horizon, fishing catamarans illuminate the night and surfers can be spied at dawn. Bose speakers connect the pool with the villa’s Sonos sound system and it feels especially decadent reclining on the wide pool ledge with a tipple in hand whilst listening to your favourite tunes.
The house is equipped with plenty of kid’s facilities including pool inflatables, books and DVDs (a few of which are in French). Four bedrooms (two kings and two twins) are located to the back of the house, off a courtyard, and a fifth (twins convertible to a king) in an annexe building. A huge living room furnished with squashy sofas, antique writing desks and cupboards laden with books opens on three sides to a sea-view veranda scattered with daybeds, chairs and dining tables.
An experienced, amiable staff team headed by a manager take care of you at the house and from the well-equipped kitchen the chef cooks up a storm (all provisions on guest account).
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.
This 2-bedroom (plus kids’ bunk room), self-catering, historic colonial house in Galle Fort, staffed by a daytime maid, is just 30 metres from a swimming beach and the fort’s slender white British-built lighthouse. An upper-floor master bedroom attached to an ocean-view roof terrace makes the house particularly attractive for couples.
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.
This vibrant 4-bedroom beach house is just around the corner from Dalawella’s tranquil beach and restaurants, near historic Galle. Expansive living areas spill onto a convivial pool terrace and tropical garden, a staff of four includes a chef, and 10% of Mihiri House rental rates go to a local charity.
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.