From unique private houses in Galle Fort to beachfront villas in the popular towns of Weligama and Habaraduwa, we’ve picked out the crème de la crème of Sri Lanka's villas. Perfect for larger groups of families or friends, they all offer privacy for you to truly unwind. Spend time lazing by the pool or head out to explore southern Sri Lanka; whether it be shopping around Galle Fort, taking a boat trip on Koggala Lake, cycling through the paddy fields or whale watching in Mirissa.
Ani Villas is the perfect bolthole to end a tour through this beautiful teardrop isle, or simply for a week-long stay. A private estate overlooking a golden beach and coconut palms, guests can expect next-level luxury here. Equipped with a tennis court, spa, gym and kids’ pool with a waterslide, Ani Villas truly is your own private resort.
Full of character and Bawa brilliance, Claughton House boasts a picture perfect setting with five bedrooms. The pool area has its dining area where you can enjoy long lunches and barbecues under the stars, whilst teens will love the games room complete with table tennis and space for lounging.
The remote Ranawara Villa proves a suitable option for anyone throwing a big gathering or hosting a special occasion. Understated opulence can only describe this five-bedroom villa, with its own massage sala, endless infinity pool and very own bar for late night cocktails.
Coco Tangalla is a south coast classic, bringing old world charm to the beachside town of Tangalle. Part of Manor House Concepts whose sister properties include The Kandy House, there are three double rooms and one twin room here. The pool and beach are definitely the highlight here.
The Last House
With boogie boards waiting for you, The Last House is a wonderful beachside haven near Tangalle. Step out onto the golden white sands where you can enjoy a morning stroll before feasting on the chef’s delectable cuisine. The team here really do make you feel at home at this alluring Bawa hideaway which can accommodate up to fourteen people.
Open-plan living and subtle green hues make Suriyawatta a lovely option close to Weligama and the seasonal whale watching which sets off from Mirissa. Lazy days can be spent appreciating views of the azure Indian Ocean, enjoying an in-villa massage or learning to surf at Weligama Bay. Sleeps six adults and four children comfortably.
Enjoy Halcyon days at Habaraduwa House along Koggala Beach. Designed by Kahanda Kanda owner and renowned interior designer George Cooper, this five-bedroom villa is made for sophisticated entertaining. With a vast pool lined with sun loungers, you’ll find it hard to leave heavenly HH.
Why House is a delightful boutique hotel and Scott Dunn favorite. Located inland yet just a 5-minute drive away from the beach, it is renowned for its delicious cuisine and attentive staff. Although primarily a hotel, Why House can be taken on an exclusive basis, ideal for a birthday bash. Because why not?
Sisindu T is a gorgeous property located high up in the hills near Galle. Although not on the beach, this private home offers a quiet retreat that is perfect for a celebration. The Jungle Room which stands separate to the main house comes with two double beds, perfect for teens and is a lovely addition to the property which was originally built in 2011.
Serene Samudra House is a two-bedroom villa set on the famous Koggala Beach in Habaraduwa. Supported by a small but dedicated team, the chef can cater to your needs and as and when you’d like to eat. Great for a smaller group or family, the villa sits on a flat stretch of beach and close to some great local restaurants.
20 Middle Street
Oozing opulence and charm, 20 Middle Street sits proudly amongst its Galle Fort neighbors. Another George Cooper creation, it sleeps up to eight adults in the five spacious bedrooms. This private residence is split into the main building and a separate annex with two bedrooms, ideal for those wanting a little more space.
41 Lighthouse Street
Created by the same designer as the renowned hotel Fort Bazaar, 41 Lighthouse Street sits within this UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the Dutch colonial period. Just three bedroom, all with ensuite bathrooms make up the property; but the highlight really is the pool and roof terrace for basking in the sun.
Another Galle Fort favorite, Rampart Street has four ensuite bedrooms which can sleep up to eight people. This 19th Century merchant house is one of just a selection of private houses within the Fort that boasts a pool. Here kick back and enjoy the old world charm of of this luxurious home away from home.
A simple yet homely style makes Sisindu C a tropical beach pad waiting to be discovered. Set along Habaraduwa’s famous flat beach, the open-air living area means guests can enjoy the cool sea breeze with an evening drink before heading to one of the area’s nearby restaurants. This rustic villa has just two double bedrooms making it suitable for a small group of friends or one family.
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