Villa holidays are great because you get privacy and lots of space – and they’re just perfect if you’re travelling with children. You can pop them to bed and relax just like at home, rather than being all cooped up in a hotel room.
Well, in Sri Lanka they’ve really taken this idea and popped a cherry on the top of it, as almost all villas in Sri Lanka come with a private pool and staff, including your very own chef who will shop for fresh ingredients and cook them for you. You may never want to leave…
The hardest decision is which one to go for. I’ve gathered together a few of my favourites here, all of which will act as an ideal base for day trips to some of the great highlights of Sri Lanka.
Best beachfront villas
Go barefoot for your whole stay if you want, the sand and surf are just steps from your door…
Perfectly located for those who like to go out in the evening, this beautiful 2 bedroom villa is a short walk from bars, restaurants and hotels plus an easy car trip to historic Galle. Although there is no need to leave this well appointed villa if you don’t want to, it’s a home away from home.
An exclusive 4 bedroom beach villa right on the beach, with infinity pool, expansive dining space and grounds, ocean views from the bedrooms and even on-call massage therapists. A perfect base for day trips on safari or up into the tea country.
A striking 3 bedroom urban villa with direct beach access, a huge swimming pool and attentive staff who are always praised for the food. Close to Tangalle beach town, with easy access to Mirissa and Weligama for boat trips and surfing.
Worth the little walk or tuk tuk ride…
These villas aren’t beach front but it’s well worth the compromise. Click the links for more images, it’s so easy to see why.
A beautifully crafted 3 bedroom villa overlooking the Bentota lagoon. You can get a boat transfer to the beach in just a few minutes from the private jetty. A perfect villa for watersports fans.
A funky 3 bedroom villa tucked in the jungle on a cinnamon estate – and as its less than 10 minutes to Weligama beach it’s an ideal balance of tranquility and activity.
Great for Groups
These extra large villas are worth planning your whole trip around – get the extended family or a group of friends together under one gorgeous roof.
Perched above the sea, booking the charming Cove House and Little Cove together gives your group an expansive private garden set just off the beach in the Dikwella area with easy access to Tangalle beach town and national parks for safaris.
Just a short drive from the UNESCO Heritage town of Galle, the stunning Sisindu T villa offers lots of indoor and outdoor space, comes with 7 members of staff and is surrounded by a working tea estate with striking sea views to one side and jungle to the other.
I hope this was helpful – it’s been a delight to write this while it rains outside my office window in London, I could almost forget for a moment!
Get in touch if you want to hear more about these villas, I work with Delia, Eva & Marbree at Fleewinter and specialise in Sri Lanka & Maldives trips.