...The review

Walatta House

A stunning 3 bedroom eco designed south facing villa set on a hill side overlooking the Indian Ocean.

A stunning 3 bedroom eco designed south facing villa set on a hill side overlooking the Indian Ocean. The front door is on the garden roof level with steps leading down and passing the bedrooms you enter the open plan and open sided sitting and dining area. The rectangular pool stretches the width of the house.

“From the moment you walk down the steps into the hillside home, you are enchanted by the architecture and surrounds, with three stunning bedrooms surrounding an open area for lounging by the ample pool. And then the food starts.... Madura, the chef, previously worked as a chef at Nobu in Dubai and in the Maldives. His cooking is exquisite, but more importantly, nothing is too much trouble”


  • Tangalle location
  • Distance from Colombo Airport: 3 hrs 30 mins
  • Meal Plan: Catered – ingredients excluded and purchased locally
  • Staff: Accomplished Chef and House Staff
  • 3 bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 twin)
  • 20m pool
  • Direct beach access
  • Hill side south facing overlooking ocean
  • Eco design
  • Yoga Platform
  • Sat TV/DVD
  • Security

Detailed Description

Walatta House is one of the most unique villas on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The house is partially ‘submerged’ into a hillside that overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers a seamless junction between architecture and nature. It is a superb example of contemporary design. The imperative was to maximise interaction between the indoors and out, to create a sense of openness and space.

The landscape is used as an integral design element with an open sided living room offering stunning views across the infinity pool to the ocean, the beaches and the sky. Indoors, too, the design blurs any distinction between house and garden.

Courtyards and landscape penetrate the bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing maximum airflow and natural ventilation, and the heat absorbing grass roof also minimises the need for air conditioning – although all 3 bedrooms do have that option available.

The rectangular infinity pools runs the length of the house, and the secluded beaches are just a few metres down the slope.

There are 3 bedrooms – 2 doubles and 1 twin – all ensuite and with air con. The bathrooms are indoor / outdoor and have views onto the gardens. The kitchen and staff house is in a separate building adjacent to the main house.


Tangalla (1 ¾ hours from Galle, 3 hours from Colombo) is known for its vast beaches; its beautiful bays and challenging surf.

Although the town itself does not hold much excitement what lies around is what  makes  this location so appealing. Aside from the long deserted palm fringed beaches you are close enough to the Yala Game Reserve for a day trip and the opportunity to see a majestic leopard and several pachyderms. It is about 1 hour away from where the whale and dolphin watching boats leave from so  the largest land and sea mammals can be seen in the same day…although don’t try rush it. There are sea turtles on almost every beach and ancient temples, undiscovered by tourists.

The Verdict

A truly idyllic location by an exclusive stretch of beach, combined with extraordinary attention to detail makes this a firm favourite of ours.


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