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The Best Villas To Spend This Summer At

2017 May 24

Gone are the days when travellers opted for typical accommodation options such as exorbitantly priced all-inclusive hotels, resorts and boutique hotels. Today Villa-type accommodation is popular and preferred by most, simply for reasons of exclusivity, privacy and most importantly, great value. If you have fallen head over heels with one of those videos of Sri Lanka that have been making their rounds all over social media, showcasing aerial photography or videos of Sri Lanka’s bluest beaches, greenest mountains and whatnot, but not sure of where you should be staying, we think we’ve got you covered on this edition of Villas in Sri Lanka.

Scroll right to the bottom of the article for the location to each!

Hikks Villa – Hikkaduwa

A bustling tourist destination known for its surf-friendly waves and happening nightlife, the Hikkaduwa beach is home to Hikks Villa, a private property offering a tranquil getaway, on a quiet stretch of the beach, in stark contrast to the hotels and resorts peppered along the area, that are crowded and swarming with guests.

It is a well-appointed villa, with an artfully decorated interior consisting of white walls and turquoise blue doors and windows, looking like something out of a magazine page (rejoice all ye Instagram addicts!)  Consisting of a king sized bed and private bathroom in each room of the three bedroomed villa, it can accommodate up to six persons, making it ideal either for friends or even a family trip.

The villa has a fully equipped kitchen, and those booking the entire property, have the option of having their meals cooked to order by the in-house chef. Other facilities and services include a pool overlooking the sea, free WiFi and laundry and linen facilities.

Villa Nilaveli

Villa Nilaveli is one of the bigger villas featured on this list, being able to accommodate up to 10 people, and regardless of the number, the entire property would be for the exclusive use for those staying. It is situated in Nilaveli, on Sri Lanka’s Eastern Coast, and within a mere 20-minute drive to Trincomalee, a city steeped in history and home to a large number of the Tamil community.

The simple and spacious Villa has an en-suite master bedroom and four other bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a balcony that offers scenic views of the ocean and sunrise, and a large living and dining area as well. Guests staying here can either cook for themselves in the fully equipped kitchen or have their meals prepared for a fee. The best part about the villa, however, is that the beach is just 30 meters away and makes up for the fact that the property doesn’t have a pool.   

Other facilities at Villa Nilaveli include free WiFi, washing machine and other modern amenities and on request, the staff will help organise activities such as dolphin watching, water sports and related activities.

Pepper Jungle House

This stylish and hip villa is every modern traveller’s ideal and is situated in Galle and a few minutes away from the Galle Fort, a popular destination amongst tourists and locals alike. As its name may suggest, Pepper Jungle House sits amidst lush greenery and wildlife and offers stunning views over the jungle all while being merely a few kilometres away from the beach. The villa is child-friendly and thus is suitable even for the modern family looking for a getaway.

This villa can accommodate six guests in its three well-appointed bedrooms that include a master bedroom with its own balcony and two other rooms. Each bedroom has its own attached bathrooms that contain modern amenities. Complimentary facilities and services here include breakfast, an 8m infinity edge pool, WiFi and most other facilities to be expected from a luxury villa.

Far Cry Kumbukkali Forest Retreat – Habarana

This property is a haven of greenery, being surrounded by a five-acre forest rich in flora and fauna and so, is ideal for avid nature lovers who wish to immerse themselves in solitude. It takes on a rather minimalist and rustic architectural concept. Although the access road is poorly surfaced and is a bit rough, it is situated close to some of the country’s most culturally rich towns such as Habarana, Dambulla and the world heritage site Sigiriya.

The Bungalow can accommodate up to 8 people and includes an en-suite family room that has a queen sized bed, with a private balcony – where two more single beds can be added, as well as a large roofed deck room with open sides that has four more beds and a common bathroom.

Meals here, are not on a self- catering basis and the resident cook will provide a variety of local dishes. Other services and facilities at Far Cry include a swimming pool, access to the large living, dining and garden areas, and two well-equipped bathrooms. Transport to, from and around the property may be arranged on request.

It must be noted that once booked, the villa will be exclusive to the guest for the entire duration of the stay.

Villa Velmarie

Villa Velmarie in the coastal town of MaggonaM, is a colonial-era property now renovated to host guests and is ideal for those who are looking to stay in a villa on a budget. The extent and ambience of the villa which sits amidst a sprawling coconut estate is such that it is ideal for a family or group travelling together. Their speciality, however, is that they offer yoga/ meditation wellness retreat packages and their very own newly opened ayurvedic spa.

The fact that is it just a two-minute walk away from the beach and a five-minute drive away from the Beruwala town makes it ideal for those who want to get an extra dose of Vitamin Sea!

They have six well furnished double bedrooms, a swimming pool and provide facilities such as Wi-Fi. Their chefs are able to prepare a variety of cuisines including Western and Eastern dishes in addition to the local fare. 

Sri Villas

Located less than two hours South of Colombo, Sri Villa is the biggest property featured on this listicle, making it a great choice for not just a family, but for entire a group of people travelling together, and is even ideal for those wanting to host an intimate event by the beach. Guests can either choose one out three two-storey villas or the entire property that can altogether accommodate up to 18 people, excluding extra pullout beds for children. Although this beautiful villa is situated in a small fishing village, it’s location is not far from popular tourist destinations such as Kalutara or Galle.

The three villas vary in size, and –while the Araliya Villa consists of three suites and one room, the Sagara villa and the Nisala villa consist of three and two suites respectively. All rooms have attached bathrooms and balconies, while each suite has its own living, dining and kitchen spaces as well.

Breakfast is included in the room rates, and meals at Sri Villas will be prepared by the in-house chef, and guests have a choice of Sri Lankan, Asian and European dishes. The Villa also has a lap pool and access to the uncrowded Induruwa beach. Other services provided include laundry, transport and Yoga lessons, all of which are paid services.

Windgate Kandy

Situated in Peradeniya; just a 30-minute drive from the historic city of Kandy, this Villa is a great place for those wanting to escape to the cool climes and be away from the chaotic city centre for a rather reasonable price.

 They boast of having one master suite and two other en-suite bedrooms – a triple and a double, all with their own private balconies offering breathtaking views of the mountain range. If you are travelling with a group, you may book the entire villa, which can sleep up to a total of 8 people.

Among the facilities that Windgate offers are, a pool that is open until 9 pm, free WiFi, and at a nominal fee, guests may avail themselves of laundry facilities, arranging of tours to places of interest and organising yoga sessions.

Sri Lankan, Continental and Asian fare are on offer, and guests may opt for a BBQ dinner as well.

Monsoon Villa

Situated North of Colombo, along the Western coast of the island, you will find Monsoon Villa, a well preserved and beautifully maintained ancestral property, in the culturally rich town of Puttalam. With a history spanning over a hundred and thirty years, guests staying here will be transported to a forgotten era, to have a glimpse into the island’s heritage, with its majestic architecture, and furniture both antique and replicated, used in decorating the interior of the villa.  The property overlooks the picturesque Puttalam lagoon and its location offers easy access to places of interest such as the Wilpattu National Park and the Kalpitiya peninsula – famous for water sports and dolphin watching.

The Villa has a total of six bedrooms, out of which two are located on the foot of the two towers -that flank either side of the main building – which offer beautiful views over the lagoon. Except for one, all other bathrooms here are unattached, making it the only downside of the beautiful property. However, it appears that this is done, only to preserve the original architecture of the building. Apart from the spacious rooms, the villa also has a well-tended garden, a swimming pool and a restaurant. Guests having meals here have an option of Sri Lankan, Indian or Chinese cuisine.

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