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Ambalama

South Coast, Sri Lanka

Ambalama is a smart four-bedroom beach villa situated 7km south of historic Galle on a pristine beach in the fishing village of Dahawela, one of the many beautiful small bays that stretch along the coast from the city, down to Sri Lanka’s southern tip.

At a Glance

  • Meals are not included in rates, but there is a chef on hand and food and drink are charged at cost price

  • Food at Ambalama is sourced locally, including fresh catch-of-the-day fish and seasonal fruits

  • Staff are never more than a few footsteps away should you need a snack or drink anytime

  • Ambalama is not licensed to sell alcohol, but bring your own booze and the staff will concoct your favorite drinks and cocktails, with no corkage charge. Sri Lankan spirits and beers can be bought locally and the staff will happily mission out to buy it on your behalf.

  • Each bedroom opens onto a lawn terrace affording privacy

Villa, Family, Beach

Insider's View

Just a few minutes walk from Ambalama, a sandy strip of beach at Dalawela offers safe swimming throughout the year.

Scott Dunn team

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Description

The journey from Colombo takes a shade over 3 hours. Allow 4-hours 30-minutes from the airport or consider taking the SriLankan Air Taxi, which from Dec 2010 will offer daily scheduled flights from Katunayake International Airport. Visit Galle Fort, a UNESCO-protected World Heritage site. Enter the house across stepping-stones over a water pool and into an open plan sitting dining area. White terrazzo floors and high ceiling encourage cool airflow. Large teak double doors lead directly to the pool with uninterrupted views of the beach and Indian Ocean.

Ambalama has three double rooms and one twin room all with en-suite bathrooms and all with direct sea views. Two rooms have air-conditioning and all have ceiling fans. Four poster beds are comfortable and have fitted mosquito nets. The en-suite bathrooms have showers, twin washbasins and WC. Two bedrooms have outdoor showers. The sitting area has two large sofas, and additional seating and sun-beds on the pool terrace. Outdoor dining and BBQ is organized according to guest’s wishes. For formal dining a circular table is laid in the sitting area and additional tables can be laid by the infinity swimming pool. There is a fully equipped kitchen where the in-house cook prepares Sri Lankan rice and curries as well as western dishes, using fresh local produce. There are several beach bars and small restaurants nearby. The staff at Ambalama consists of an English-speaking resident manager - Amal - who is extremely helpful, a cook, two housekeeping staff, a gardener and night watchmen.

A 20-minute drive will take you to the historic city of Galle where the 17th century Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located. Explore the well preserved buildings from the Dutch period, the maze of narrow roads lined with quaint houses, a growing collection of art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. There are several fine beaches in the area, including Unawatuna and Mirissa, which also offer a variety of watersports. Day trips are also possible to the Sinharajah Rainforest and Yala National Park.

Accommodation

Ambalama has three double rooms and one twin room all with en-suite bathrooms and all with direct sea views. Two rooms have air-conditioning and all have ceiling fans. Four poster beds are comfortable and have fitted mosquito nets. The en-suite bathrooms have showers, twin washbasins and WC. Two bedrooms have outdoor showers. Rooms are also fitted with iPod docking stations with Bose speakers.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Ambalama but there are no specific facilities. Kids will love exploring the Dutch fort in Galle and local beaches of Unawatuna and Mirissa offer some great watersports and whale watching trips just off the coast. They will particularly enjoy to the Sinharajah Rainforest and the Yala National Park where you'll get a chance to spot leopard, spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose, pangolins, crocodiles and elephants.

Facilities

Facilities at the hotel include the sitting area, and additional seating and sun-beds on the pool terrace. Outdoor dining and BBQ is organized according to guest’s wishes. For formal dining, a circular table is laid in the sitting area and additional tables can be laid by the infinity swimming pool. There is a fully equipped kitchen where the in-house cook prepares Sri Lankan rice and curries as well as western dishes, using fresh local produce. In-room massages are also available.

Activities

The historic city of Galle is only a 20-minute drive away where you can explore the 17th century Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the well preserved buildings from the Dutch period, a great collection of art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. There are several fine beaches in the area, including Unawatuna and Mirissa, which also offer a variety of water sports. Day trips are also possible to the Sinharajah Rainforest and the Yala National Park.

Location & Directions

South Coast, Sri Lanka

Ambalama is located 7 km south west of historic Galle on the ocean road to Matara on the pristine Dahawella beach, home to the distinctive Sri Lankan phenomenon of stilt fishermen.

When to go

From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.

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