Khomba Beach House
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Khomba House was designed by a leading young Sri Lankan architect and completed in 2009. With it's wide open spaces and high ceilings it combines the feeling of a cool beach house with a classic Sri Lankan colonial villa. Established in partnership with the neighbouring Bar Reef resort, the villa offers perfect seclusion with access to the facilities of a larger destination offering infinity pools, restaurants, bars and plenty of massage. It was recently nominated as Harpers Bazaar Top 10 Beach destination.
Private boat for dolphin and whale watching, snorkelling, fishing and waterskiing.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Your own!|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Colombo 140 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The house is laid out in a classic Sri Lankan style. In addition to the two double bedrooms, which have a further daybed in each there is an en suite living room which has three day beds. The vast main living area is completely open to the sea affording panoramic views of the Indian ocean. The dining room lies just off the main living area, adjoining the kitchen. This too is open to the beach front. The Villa is set in six acres of what was formerly a coconut plantation. Now planted with a variety of fruits, clients are free to wander through the leafy palms to their own covered beach hut situated right at the waters edge.
|Further details outdoors|
From October to April guests are able to go out whale and dolphin watching, a truly spectacular phenomenon as literally hundreds gather in the feeding grounds just off the reef. The villa has four bicycles which allow guests the opportunity to travel the wider resort, or if they're feeling very energetic, make the 5km trip into the local town. Boat trips are also available to go snorkelling on the reef or fishing. New to the area is the nearby kite surfing school which operates off the inland lagoon.
During the low season the area is becoming renowned for kite surfing with numerous schools starting up and taking advantage of the flat water and consistent afternoon breeze.
We try and be as completely flexible with bookings as possible. If you plan to stay a couple of days and then go off to Wilpattu, Sri Lanka's largest national park, for a couple of nights, we'll do our best to keep the house for you on your return, but not charge you while you are away.
The North-Western Province region
Khomba House is situated in an area known as the Wilderness Coast. A clutch of boutique developments have established a complementary web of facilities which you drop in or out of at your will. Khomba House is the only private villa within this setting sharing the beach and the clear waters which don't have the legendary currents of the South.
It has now become established as one of the most unique destinations within Sri Lanka, largely driven by the discovery of 1,000's of dolphins about a mile offshore coinciding with the diving continental shelf. Another mile or so offshore there are daily sightings of numerous different species of whale.
Historically just a coconut grove the new occupant have turned this strip of beach into a verdant garden and with it attracted all manner of birds and other wildlife.
For exploration a little further afield, visits by tuk tuk, boat or van can be made to a nearby fishing village or to the town of Kalpitiya. The latter is a vibrant and unspoiled fishing town with an interesting mix of historical buildings from its eventful colonial past.
For those who wish to explore the island's ancient history, the many attractions of the Cultural Triangle, with its ruined cities, temples and statues, are within comfortable reach. About two to three hours away, it contains no less than four of the island's seven World Heritage Sites.
Wilpattu National Park, the island's largest wildlife sanctuary, where you can find one of the highest concentrations of leopard in the world along with myriad other wildlife, is a little over an hour's drive away.
The beach and area around Bar Reef are an absolute twitcher's delight. The salterns just to the North of us as well as the Bird Sanctuary about an hour away are other spots worth visiting if you are passionate about birds.
The 17th century St. Anne's Church in Talawila, a mere five miles away, is the island's most renowned Catholic shrine. Legend has it that a Portuguese trader had a vision of St Anne while resting under a banyan tree and returned to build the church that now sprawls over the site. In March and August each year, St. Anne's hosts the largest catholic festivals in the country, when up to 700,000 pilgrims come to pray.
Munnesweram Kovil is a much-storied Hindu temple whose origins date back to great antiquity. A highly revered temple dedicated to Shiva and associated with Kali, its deity's name can be translated as the 'Lord of Antiquity' and its goddess as the 'Goddess of Beautiful Form'. About an hour and a half away, it is well worth a visit.
The Puttlam salt pans are a half hour drive away for those interested in learning what one of our most basic condiments goes through before it ends up on our tables and in our food.
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3 Jan 2014
We had a wonderful time at Khomba House, it was by far the best place to stay in Alankuda, you have created a little piece of paradise there. We were extremely comfortable and I slept like a child, lulled by the sound of the sea. It reminded me a bit of those meditation tapes of waves breaking. Photographs of sunsets, and recordings of waves never do justice to the reality and the deep coral sun set right in the centre of the horizon. The Indian Ocean was always warm, we swam at 7.00 am before breakfast till last thing at night. The climate was perfect, not too hot, a dry heat with a balmy breeze. Lovely to sit on the terrace to miss the midday heat and enjoy a little sleep on the daybeds after teatime.
Sisira was a wonderful host and has the most delightful smile. We secretly nicknamed him Sinbad the Sailor. His wife's cooking was some of the best we sampled in Sri Lanka and we were beautifully and discreetly cared for.
Many thanks for your review, delighted to hear you had such a good Christmas and New Year.
17 Oct 2013
"A relaxing retreat with lots of potential"
We have just returned from a 6 night stay at this fabulous villa. There were three adults and two kids (4 years old) in our group. We absolutely loved our stay. The house is stunning and the staff … More
Many thanks for your review. To AC or not to AC is a question we've been battling with for a while. The primary issue is electricity - this area can only get single phase (which we now have) so we would have to employ a diesel generator as well, which would clobber our eco creds. The second issue is one of timing. For most of the year the temperature with the sea breeze is just fine, we're afraid you picked the hottest time of year to visit. A private pool is definitely part of our plan for the future.
26 Jul 2013
"Bags of potential"
We stayed in Khomba House at the start of a 3 week tour with our sons (11 and 9). As it was out of season, we might well have gained a false impression of the location but as the only low point, it i… More
Many thanks for your review, all comments are very helpful. You are quite right, the challenge of keeping the beach clean in the off season is enormous. We and our neighbours try and clear up every day, but if there has been bad weather it can suddenly arrive. In the high season it is kept in pristine condition. We were very sorry to hear you didn't have hot water, this is not normally the case. I hope you will agree the wind farm is so far away there is no noise and they are ony a couple of vanes visible on the horizon. Aircon... curse or a blessing, but we hope the information we provided was not misleading in any way.
22 Apr 2013
"An Experience to be repeated again and again!"
We have been home a week now after our holiday in Sri Lanka and everything is still so fresh in my mind. We had a totally amazing holiday and the biggest factor making this so, was Khomba House and t… More
15 Apr 2013
"Magical place, amazing food - paradise"
I just had to write to let you know what a wonderful time we had at Khomba House. All four of us agreed it was our best beach holiday ever and we have never been looked after as well as we were for ou… More
25 Mar 2013
"The simply wonderful life"
Khomba House presents a most ideal setting for spending time with friends or family, the layout of the house, garden and beach hut provides great space for sharing and seclusion. The dolphin and wildl… More
23 Apr 2012
Khomba House is a real discovery, perfectly situated with a lovely spacious garden which led down to the very clean and deserted beach. The design has been painstakingly thought through with cool air… More
17 Apr 2012
Beautiful house tastefully decorated. The amplitude of the rooms, the spacious porch, tropical landscape and the beach a few meters are perfect to enjoy a nice stay. The service staff is almost invisi… More
18 May 2011
"Khomba House - Fantastic!"
We stayed in Khomba House for 8 days and it was by far the best place we have ever stayed. The house itself is beautifully designed, with cool breezes running through it's open plan, incredibly s… More
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