4-bedroom Villas in Inland Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka

Escape Galle’s beaches and you arrive at an unspoilt oasis of calm where iridescent green paddy fields are bordered by overhanging palms and patches of jungle that hug hillsides and conceal homes accented by colourful bougainvillea, hibiscus and frangipani blossoms. Into this lush rural scene ancient temples such as Kathaluwa, Yatagala and Pilana are woven. During festival days, white-clothed devotees flock to these important places of worship with hands full of flowers and prayers on their breath. Narrow Dutch canals, mangrove swamps and bumpy hillocks add to the region’s verdant tapestry and its back lanes, paddy bunds and dusty tracks are best explored by bicycle as you meander your way from Galle’s hinterland towards the coast where the majority of the region’s eateries are located. Tea and cinnamon plantations, rainforests and jungle become more prominent the further you go inland.

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Illuketia

Illuketia

Sri Lanka » South Coast » Inland Galle

We thought Illuketia was a charming villa in a delightfully peaceful, rural location. The house has a fabulous colonial design, is airy and spacious and filled with an interesting collection of art and antiques. The wraparound veranda is a great feature and perfect for informal dining, especially as each side offers a different view of the garden. The four double suites are cosy and well-presented however a couple of the bathrooms are a little dated and Waterlily’s (Bedroom 4) intimate size is better suited to children or just one adult.

The villa staff were quiet but efficient. They swept the house and lawns every morning, assembled huge arrangements of flowers and served up well-presented meals of Sri Lankan and eastern cuisine (they can do western cuisine too). On our most recent visit we spied aubergines, gourds, chillies and other fresh produce neatly planted in rows in the organic garden. It’s lovely to know you’re eating fresh produce from the estate (and be able to go see it growing!). This, combined with the villa’s efforts at water recycling and their use of solar power, makes Illuketia an attractive eco friendly choice.

Manager Chathuri is delightfully helpful, but since she also manages Apa Villa Talpe (where she has an office), she’s not always on-site. Illuketiya is a great villa for friends, families, groups, nature-lovers and couples, and also makes a glorious setting for small weddings, which the staff are well versed in hosting. Despite the swimming pool being a 100m walk from the house, the staff will set up tables down here underneath the great boughs of the trees for lunch or dinner; nothing seems too much trouble for them. Note that the villa is a good ten minutes inland from Galle and can be tricky to find.
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Satori

Satori

Sri Lanka » South Coast » Inland Galle

Satori scores highly for location since it is set in such a fabulously serene spot though desperately easy to get to a good selection of beaches, shops and restaurants. This is the perfect place to kick back and soak in the incredibly tranquil natural ambiance, and the villa positively encourages this. The pool is a focus at the front of the house and there’s a generous terrace to either side for sun bathing, dining or barbequing in view of the jungle-carpeted hills. The house feels very homely and has a good information booklet for guests (although we found the priced estimates for daily food requirements to be too low), lots of books to browse and a cabinet with plenty of DVDs. There’s a spa pavilion in the garden for basic ayurveda treatments which is a particular highlight should you wish to be pampered without leaving the confines of the house; let them come to you! The staff kept the house in order and although service was sometimes a little laid back, they were keen to assist with everything from shopping (grocery system) and cooking to organising transport and local tours. The house can sleep eight people comfortably although since it has quite a few spare beds and mattresses it could sleep up to 12; however for more than eight people note that there’s a supplement of US $40 per person a night. Families would also love it here although with the terraced lawns and steep slopes, parents would need to keep a careful eye on young children.
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