Sri Lanka offers some of the most luxurious private and exclusive villas found anywhere in Asia, with incredible facilities for couples, small groups and families. So when ‘good’ just doesn’t cut it and you need a special villa for an exclusive vacation, take your pick from our favorite private luxury villas, which offer total privacy, spectacular facilities, world class food and in-house staff who will make sure you don’t have to lift a finger while on holiday.
On an unspoilt strip of the island’s south coast lies the four bedroom Habaraduwa House from the same creators of the lovely Kahanda Kanda boutique hotel in Koggala. The villa is surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, historic landmarks – including a UNESCO World Heritage Site just 30 minutes away and a vibrant local fishing community. Sleek and modern, Habaraduwa House has all of the modern luxuries you’d expect of a stylish upmarket villa, and is crisply decorated in beautiful light woods and white walls. Welcoming, smiling staff make you feel like a royal guests, though importantly the villa really makes you feel like you’re in a home away from home.
Sisindu C offers an uber-chic, stylish and relaxed villa on the island’s south coast in Habaraduwa, just a short distance from Galle Fort. The two storied, two bedroom villa comprises an oversized living and dining space with open plan kitchen, large chill-out sofas, a veranda leading out to a swimming pool, and is absolutely ideal for two couples or a small family traveling. Its location between UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort and Mirissa ensures plenty to do in surrounds, and the highly competent team who run the villa ensure that you don’t have to lift a finger while you’re in residence.
Located on pretty Wijaya Beach, just 20 minutes from Galle Fort, Skinny Beach House is a two bedroomed, two storied villa perfect for friends traveling together, a couple or a small family. Skinny Beach House is styled with a cool, contemporary flair and features a refreshing plunge pool and beautiful swaying palm trees. Its name is derived from the clever layout of the property, which makes great use of a narrow strip of the gorgeous beach on which is sits overlooking. Its direct access to a year round swimming beach and it’s close proximity to the very chilled out Wijaya Beach Restaurant, makes it a firm favourite, and for those on a slightly tighter budget, it makes for a great option for those who are looking for the benefits of staying at an exclusive villa without the accompanying price tag.
20 Middle Street:
Occupying prime space within Galle Fort’s mighty walls, this one-time 1750s Dutch merchant’s house has an indoor elegance that matches its outdoor surrounds. The 5 bedroomed villa is easily the largest private villa inside the fort, so is a great choice for a family reunion or a group of friends traveling together who need that additional space. 20 Middle Street features traditional Dutch-style high ceilings, swooping stone archways and impeccable, art-filled interiors. The villa naturally comes fully staffed with a host, private chef and housekeeping throughout the stay, so that you can concentrate on enjoying the luxury of the property without having to worry about anything else.
Ishq is among the most luxurious villa rentals available in the south of Sri Lanka. The four-bedroomed villa has all the facilities a family or small group of friends would need for an unforgettable beach stay. Set around anindoor swimming pool that looks outward towards the sky, this villa is especially suited to a family or close knit couples looking for a private an intimate space. The villa occupies a prime plot of private beach and there no shortage of activities in and around the complex. Whether you fancy watching a movie in the plush home theater, sweating away your stress in the in-villa gym with a private trainer, or playing golf by the sea – ISHQ has thought of it all. The villa has a long history in the island’s south, having been first designed in the 1990s, by the renowned architect Bruce Fell-Smith. Family owned, the villa’s name is tied to the Arabic word for ‘love’ and ‘passion’. It comes fully staffed with a personal chef and butler servicebut should you want to venture out, the villa organizes for you to get about locally in vintage cars.