Sri Lanka is an up and coming vacation getaway, increasing in popularity every year. Old historic buildings are being restored into the most beautiful and unique villas for private vacation rentals. The number of villas available in Sri Lanka is huge, not only on the beach, but all over the island too. Read on to find some of the most stunning villas in Sri Lanka.
The 3 Sisters beach house is on the southernmost tip of the island, close to the city of Matara. The house has been refurbished in a balanced mix of classic Sri Lankan with modern touches. The three bedrooms are comfortable and spacious, perfect to share with family and friends. The owners of 3 Sisters also have an estate in the countryside and a safari glamping facility called Kulu Safari.
The world-famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa had a country home close to Bentota which he called Lunuganga. This beautiful house is more than just a villa, it’s a collection of rooms around a deliciously manicured garden next to Bentota Lake. The rooms can be booked separately, though a group can also book the entire estate. The Geoffrey Bawa Trust is in charge of the estate’s house and gardens. Apart from being able to stay overnight at Lunuganga, visitors can also come for a tour.
From the outside, this villa doesn’t look like much. Until you open the door and find the real beauty. It boasts a large living area with a pool table, sofas, tv and stereo system, all in close proximity to the pool and garden. The house can be rented to use just one bedroom, two bedrooms or all three, but whoever rents it out gets the privacy of the entire house. 41, Lighthouse Street has an excellent location in the middle of the historic Galle Fort.
The Ocean’s Edge villa is situated in a secluded 23-acre estate close to Tangalle. Next to the ocean and surrounded by gardens and trees, this villa is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The T-shaped pool is perfect for lounging in the afternoons and taking respite from the heat. This is the perfect villa for a nice holiday escape.
Villa Pooja Kanda sits atop a hill in a secluded area of Hoggala, only ten minutes from the beach. All spacious rooms open up to sweeping verandahs that overlook the lush gardens surrounding the house. Pooja Kanda in Sinhalese means “hill of worship,” and it’s suitably named. This place will be relaxing and peaceful for the whole family.
The greatest treat at Bethany 101 is the food. In this well-kept villa from 1836, visitors can unwind in the garden and pool while eating the best Sri Lankan food on the island. Bethany 101 is family-run and the staff knows exactly how to take care of guests. This villa is located in Puttalam, just north of Colombo and very close to Kalpitiya, where visitors can go on whale and dolphin-watch boat trips or even kite-surf.
After three years of hard work, the family that owns the Aathma Colombo House finally finished their masterpiece. Nested on a small island on the shores of the Diyawanna Lake only ten minutes from central Colombo, Aathma Colombo House is both a villa and a boutique hotel. The beautifully decorated rooms with tile mosaic motif can be booked on their own or the entire house can be reserved for a group. The food is delectable and the family is wonderful. As the newest option in Colombo, this villa has it going on.
The Taru Villa in Rampart Street has only four rooms in a 19th-century English Merchant house. All rooms have modern amenities and gorgeous antique decor. The master suite boasts a luxurious bathroom with a tub overlooking the fort and the ocean. Four-poster beds and wooden armoires take you away to another era. The garden also has a pool to lounge by for a lazy afternoon.
In 1958, renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa acquired a couple of houses in a little cul-de-sac in the Cinnamon Gardens neighborhood of Colombo. He made his home there and the small space maintained its character as more houses were gradually added. There is one room available to stay in as bed and breakfast accommodation.
Taru Villas is one of those hotel chains that caters to the senses. All boutique villas by Taru Villas are small, beautiful and perfectly set up for a memorable stay. Mawella is situated in the Mawella bay close by to the town of Tangalle. The villa has four complete rooms plus a pool house for larger groups or a family. There is private beach access and a full range of modern amenities.
Bolgoda Lake is a natural area of fresh air in the middle of the Colombo suburbs. Villa 14 is located on the private Ruskin island, surrounded by lotus ponds and lots of wildlife. The rooms in Villa 14 are all accommodated to suit everyone’s needs. The balconies and verandahs all look out over the lake, perfect for birdwatching. The on-site chef will cook whatever you like, and just the way you like it.