It’s no accident that this villa’s name is red. It’s the colour of passionate revolutionaries and the owner of Villa Red, an innovative figure in Sri Lanka’s apparel and sporting industries, has embellished this theme throughout the villa by displaying iconic images of some of the twentieth century’s most famed cultural visionaries. Paintings, prints and photographs of such controversial leaders as Mao Zedong and Che Guevara pump personality into the villa as they gaze down into the house and prompt topics for after-dinner conversations. The owner is also a keen boxer and his sporting idols – such as Mohammad Ali - also scatter the walls; the master suite, particularly, is a treasure-trove of recent sporting greats.
Beneath this iconography sits an elegant five-bedroom villa that borders the Bentota River, a stone’s throw from a four-kilometre stretch of beach. Prettily set in a manicured tropical garden enhanced by a swimming pool languishing beside swaying palms and exotic red blooms, the villa exhibits a contemporary open-plan design that feels particularly convivial; the long dining table extends almost into the garden itself. Red is an ideal villa for a large or multi-generational family, since there’s one huge master bedroom and four smaller doubles. The villa comes with a staff team of three, including a cook, and there’s a great kitchen, although the cook’s creations (western and Sri Lankan cuisine) are more than enough to deter guests from taking over the stove . Oriental furnishings liberally scatter the villa alongside a collection of more conservative Sri Lankan wardrobes and dressers. Cupboards stocked with DVDs, tables topped with glossy tomes and a full CD collection provide diversion from the water-borne activities for which the region is famed.
Bentota offers many fun activities for families and sports enthusiasts both on land and water. Waterskiing, windsurfing, jetskiing, fishing and even banana-boating can all be directly embarked upon from the villa’s private jetty that lies to the front of the garden, whilst the beach is only a five minute drive away. For the water shy, there are many opportunities to visit fish markets and local temples, and take scenic bicycle rides inland. The villa’s excellent central location in Bentota means that there are many good restaurants, shops and spas within easy reach.
Fabulous Balinese-inspired beach villa in an excellent location on the Galle coast close to shops, bars, attractions and restaurants. With 4 bedrooms, Ambalama is ideal for families, groups and couples alike. This fully-serviced tropical villa comes with an infinity swimming pool, large grassy garden, cosy lounging areas and superb chef.
A superb 6-bedroomed beach villa with extensive lawned gardens, magical fibre-optic-lit swimming pool and spectacular sea views. Perfect for families and group get-togethers, Auraliya features sociable living and dining pavilions, a sunset bar and lounge, a full staff team and direct access onto one of the region’s best swimming beaches.
Dalawella’s famous swimming beach is just a 100m stroll from this contemporary 4-bedroom seaside villa, eight kilometres from Galle. Ample living space spreads across two floors and the villa also features a TV room, two dining areas and a six-metre swimming pool. Footprints is staffed and completely air-conditioned.
Sited on the most desirable section of beach in Talpe, IF is a gorgeous Dutch-colonial-style villa with verdant garden, spacious sundeck, panoramic ocean views, private swimming pool and spacious dining pavilion. The property comes staffed with a cook and is perfectly set up for families and groups of friends.
This fabulous 1-bedroom beach house bursts with colour, energy and soul. It’s perfect for couples who will love its privacy, intimacy and blissful comfort. Enhanced by the services of a housekeeper who’s also an excellent cook, Kikili Beach has a great location within sight of Unawatuna and close to Galle.
Lush palm-shaded lawns topped with loungers soaking up the serenity of sun and sea stretch generously in front of this five-bedroom beach pad that feels spacious even when full. There’s a swimming pool and loads of living space whilst Olanda’s staff of four graciously tend to your needs.
An elegant 4-bedroom beach villa, with a near-symmetrical design, which works well for two families holidaying together. The ocean views are shared from every room, living and dining space abounds – both inside the house and out in the garden – and there’s a pool, TV snug and enthusiastic staff team.
Gorgeous 5-bedroom private beach villa with spacious palm-shaded garden, inviting swimming pool and sweeping sea views that’s only eight kilometres from Galle. Victoria’s restful character, experienced staff team and useful location close to many attractions and facilities make it an excellent holiday home for families, groups and couples alike.
If you’re looking for a big house for an extended family getaway or group occasion then eight-bedroom Why House is perfect. Set in two acres of tropical gardens with a stunning swimming pool, Why boasts a full staff team and a beautifully tranquil inland location just five minutes from Galle’s beaches.