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At a glance

  • The swimming pool features on the front cover of 'Living in Sri Lanka', visually ravishing portrait of Sri Lankan living spaces

  • Delicious Sri Lankan food freshly prepared by the cook

  • Owned by Hans Hoefer, photographer, designer and founder of Insight Guides

  • Single suites are ideal for couples, while adjacent or connecting rooms are perfect for families

  • The beach directly in front of the property is not always ideal for swimming due to the strong undercurrents but calm clear waters are on 5 minutes stroll away


Villas offer simple yet beautifully decorated air-conditioned rooms, spacious living areas and stunning views out on to the pool and the ocean. The style of the villas befits a gentle tropical existence of monsoon rains, surf and splendid sunsets. All suites are oriented to the sea. A unique elongated swimming pool is shaded by swaying palm trees and at its beach end is a wooden deck positioned to watch the rolling waves and spot the occasional ship passing or a sea turtle surfacing for air.

Meals can be chosen from a mixture of Sri Lankan curries, fresh seafood or continental dishes. Guests can chose either to dine in the main house dining room, on their own private veranda or out in the shade of the coconut palms on the beach deck.

Apa Villa is well located to take advantage of the Sri Lanka's stunning beaches and there are a wealth of watersports available on the nearby the beaches of Unawatuna and Mirissa. Other activities on offer include sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkelling and boating.


Apa Villa Thalpe offers three Villas and seven Suites.

Suites feature large double beds, beautiful hand painted bed spreads and paintings of Southeast Asian landscapes. All rooms include: air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, private gardens or terraces.

The three suites in the Cinnamon villa are discreet, light and airy, with a spacious lounge area spilling onto a deep outdoor terrace facing the garden and the ocean. The two Cardamon suites are separate or joined; expansive rooms with en-suite bathrooms, walk-in dressing area, lounge and bedroom screened by evocative accordion door panels.

The two Saffron suites stand out as lovely places to while away a holiday, with their own verandas overlooking the garden and sea.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Apa Villa Thalpe. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.


Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, library and dining room serving tasty Sri Lankan curries, fresh seafood or continental dishes.


Apa Villa is well located to enjoy the beautiful southern beaches of Sri Lanka which are famous for their surf and fabulous fishing spots. Galle is a short trip by tuc tuc where you can explore the 17th century fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow streets lined with Dutch and British colonial era buildings which are still in use, sturdy ramparts looking out to sea, the lighthouse, and a growing collection of art galleries. Travelling inland, you can visit a number of lovely temples passing rice paddy fields and tea/cinnamon plantations along the way.

When to travel

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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Location and directions

Thalpe, Sri Lanka

Apa Villa Thalpe is situated in village of Thalpe, just 8km east of Sri Lanka's historic UNESCO-listed fortress port of Galle on Sri Lanka's south west coast.

How to get there

10-hour 45-minute direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. It takes 3-hours 30-minutes to drive from the airport to Ambalamba.

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