Stylish Stays in Sri Lanka
Our pick of Sri Lanka’s best villas.
Teardrop-shaped island Sri Lanka offers an experience-rich holiday from beaches, temples, tea plantations to whale watching, not to mention an introduction to a delectable cuisine.
Enhance your holiday by staying in a gorgeous villa, perfectly spacious and private, with lush gardens, a pool and luxe extras including chefs, masseurs and private guides. Read on to see our pick of Sri Lanka’s best villas.
Seclusion & Spa
Haritha Villas & Spa
Sri Lanka is famed for its beautiful beaches, but Haritha Villas and Spa give you an opportunity to hide away in your own slice of verdant jungle, clasped in a patchwork of greens, sound tracked by the squawks of nature. At Haritha Villas, luxe jungle living comes in the form of a collection of chic one- or two-bedroom mansions, each with their own pool, designed in a contemporary style using teak, stone, marble and polished concrete. Each villa comes with its own butler, to further facilitate your relaxation.
The rest of the resort is characterised by overflowing greenery, the huge jade-green pool is the perfect place to relax and the restaurant serves an unscripted range of traditional ‘rice and curry’ dishes or seafood, freshly caught from the Indian Ocean. The spa at Haritha Villas is particularly good. There’s an on-site Ayurveda practitioner, who’ll help you discover your ‘dosha’ (element) to then tailor soothing treatments and dietary recommendations. If you can shift yourself away from this enclave of calm, there are beautiful beaches less then 20-minutes away and cultural daytrips to the Dutch fort at Galle, moonstone mining in the jungle and watching the stilt fisherman do their work.
“Without compromising on luxury, Haritha Villas allows you to live in the jungle, all mod-cons supplied, with the beach, temples and culture a short drive away.”
During November to April, whale watching season takes place. Enjoy a private cruise to see these gentle marine mammals in the water including blue, sperm and humpback and watch playful dolphins join in too.
Idyllically located just steps from the calm waters of Mawella Bay, Taru Mawella is a classic colonial-style villa, with red-tiled roof, airy verandas and carved teak furniture. With rooms scattered between the four-bedroom Main House, the two-bed Pool House and the self-contained Karumba House with separate service team, this gorgeous hideaway would suit a large family travelling together. The room configuration gives privacy and space, yet the large open-sided dining room means dining en famille is very much possible.
The large garden, overflowing with tropical flowers, is the ideal place for relaxation – lie back in a hammock or find a shady spot by the pool. The on-site team take care of every wish, from tropical fruit cocktails, a Sri Lankan curry feast or lobster BBQ. It’s easy to head to the beach too- just a few steps take you to silky soft sand and the gently lapping Indian Ocean. If you can tear yourself away from this tropical paradise, explore the surrounding countryside in the Sinharaja forest, out at sea whale-watching or riding waves on a surf lesson.
"Multi-generational holidays are hard to get right – not so here. The spacious room configuration and high level of service means everyone can relax and enjoy the tropical setting."
There’s so much to see and do in Sri Lanka. Consider adding an extra week to your trip to delve deeper, exploring tea plantations, visiting cave temples and enjoying elephant and leopard safaris. Let us arrange a holiday full of experience.
An Architectural Legacy
The Last House
Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most famous architect used The Last House, aptly named, as his swansong project and it is here, on a secluded beach in Tangalle you can stay, surrounded by the hallmarks of Bawa’s legacy. Open verandas create cool inner spaces, windows frame frangipani trees in hyper pixelation and nature shimmers all around the tile-topped structures.
Best described as muted elegance, The Last House is a very special place to stay, infused with the best of Sri Lankan architecture and considered design. For a family or group, this simply translates to a very comfortable and stylish villa – we love the master bedroom with sea views, with a huge adjoining bathroom and freestanding tub. The ground floor is full of indoor-outdoor spaces to relax, the pool shimmers invitingly and the beach is accessible through a gate at the end of the garden. The on-site house manager is truly dedicated to making your holiday happy, menus are discussed to ascertain your wishes and should you like to head out on adventures, this can be arranged with ease. Surf beach breaks at Marissa, visit the temples and monastery within the Mulkirigala Caves or see elephants at the Udawalawe sanctuary before coming home to the peace and tranquillity of The Last House.
"The Last House makes the perfect end to an activity-packed week in Sri Lanka. Talk to us about arranging a tour of Sri Lanka’s best sights paired with a relaxing week at this special villa."
Take advantage of your on-site manager to access Sri Lankan life. Visit local markets together and then have a one-on-one cookery class to learn the secrets of creating Sri Lankan curry.
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Villas for Multi-Generation Families
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