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).