“The wide sweep of beach below the villa is gorgeous.”
One of our favourite features at Poya Villa was the lush garden that trained the eye towards the swathe of sand and out to sea. The beach below the villa is gorgeous, stretching to a headland at the far end. By day, we watched ships passing by on the horizon, and even at night their passage could be followed by the orange glow of their lights. Surfers – many of them – were clustered beyond the western headland, which proves that the villa is an ideal base for surfers, body boarders and ocean-lovers – especially since the sea is your only swimming pool.
With a double bunk room that kids will love, Poya Villa is a good choice for families; and the set up works well for two families travelling together too. The garden is enclosed and the sand beyond offers tons of potential for sandcastle building and hermit crab chasing. Because the three double bedrooms are almost equal in size, this villa is also good for couples travelling together.
The villa cook served up some great Sri Lankan curries during our stay, and with the barbecue pit in the garden, grilled seafood, fish and chicken feature heavily on the menu too. He uses a separate staff kitchen to the back of the house leaving the main one free for guest use. The houseboy is very attentive – sometimes overly so – and keen to please; his English is excellent so he can help with any request you have. He can shop for you if you need, and all food cooked at the villa (except breakfast, which is included in the rate) is charged at cost price plus a little extra for transport.
The villa rates did initially seem high as there’s no pool. However, if one couple wishes to rent a room outside of the peak season (January and February), they can do so for a very good price, and enjoy the whole villa to themselves, which represents great value.
This villa’s wide, curved boundary with the beach affords wonderful panoramas of the sea. The best place to soak up the scenery is from the little ambalama to the side of the garden. If you love surfing then you’ll love that you can just pad 100m down the beach to the popular surfing break of Kabbalana Point at the far end of the bay. There are many other great breaks to test surfers of all abilities in the surrounding area.
As the sea is too rough for swimming during off-season (May to October), it’s a slight disadvantage that there isn’t a pool but you can always cool down in the lovely garden jacuzzi. The villa is located between the busy Matara Road and the beach so you can often hear the passing traffic. However, the sea does a pretty good job in drowning most of the road noise out. The hot water is incredibly hot – which is a plus – but be careful not to burn yourself when turning on the taps.
Note: Poya's owner has confirmed that since our original review the hot water problem has been rectified.
- sally pretorius, United Arab Emirates checked out on 29-Oct-2012