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Satori Villa

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Excellent 5/5 74 reviews

Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Satori – a home from home in the heart of paradise.

Set high on a hill, overlooking the jungle-covered contours of Southern Sri Lanka, Satori Villa is within easy reach of a coastline of stunning soft sand beaches, World Heritage Site Galle Fort and two hours from the capital city, Colombo. Recommended by Condé Nast and Harper's Bazaar, our Dutch-style colonial villa sleeps up to eight in four-poster bedrooms of traditional Sri Lankan style, providing a luxurious home from home experience.

A gentle and inspiring natural environment, Satori offers guests the opportunity to rediscover real peace and relaxation. Lush tropical gardens surround the villa, their fruit trees alive with chattering monkeys and birds darting from the branches overhead, while a carp-filled pond hugs the terrace with simple tranquility. Relax in our infinity pool, work out the knots with a massage or just swing gently in a hammock on the verandah listening to a cricket chorus under a star-clustered sky.

The villa is fully staffed, with a chef on hand and warm service from our gracious and attentive staff. Whether you're a honeymoon couple, a family or a group of friends in need of a break from a hectic modern life you'll find a unique experience in this corner of paradise. We invite you to step out of the everyday and into the extraordinary.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach Unawatuna Beach & Wijiya Beach 3 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Colombo 120 km, Nearest railway: Galle 3 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sauna, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view
Pool Children's pool
General Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 5 En suites and 5 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking

The Sri Lanka Southern Coast region

Satori villa is situated in the village of Unawatuna in Southern Province of Sri Lanka 4 kms beyond the Unesco World Heritage site Galle.

nearby 3 kms is the world famous Unawatuna Beach and further beyond km's and km's of unspoilt picture perfect white sandy beaches.

The main town is the historic Galle Fort.


Galle Fort was established by the Portuguese in the C15th, and was completed by the Dutch 100 years later. The British came in the C18th, and in 1988 it was designated a World Heritage Site.

The narrow streets of Galle Fort are lined with Dutch merchant villas, with pillared verandahs, carved doors and windows. Offices dating back to the Dutch and British periods are still in use today.

A stroll along the streets or along the ramparts offers the visitor a unique insight into a patchwork of bustling life - Buddhists, Tamils, Muslims and Europeans all living in harmony - commerce such as lace-makers and jewelers alongside tourists, and the ever present cricket match!

One of the great joys of the Fort is to visit the Ramparts around sunset, a popular activity for local and tourist alike!

Galle Town just beside the Galle Fort (on the other side of the cricket pitch) is best explored on foot, or by tuk tuk. It is a sprawling metropolis, with the exotic fruit market to the myriad of shops in Main Street, selling everything from sarees to televisions!

Mirissa Water Sports Centre has a 54 ft Indonesian fishing trawler for sports fishing & coastal cruises, as well as a 24ft gaff rigged for bay sailing. Blue whale watching is also an activity well worth undertaking between November to May.

Scuba Diving - There is a dive centre at Unawatuna, run by Sumith. They provide advanced and beginner courses, as well as night dives.

Guided Bike Tours - Galle resident Alex Barrett will take you on a number of unforgettable bikes ride through paddy fields, thru jungle and temples. Suitable for all ages & all levels! Trips usually last between 1.5 to 4 hours and you really have the opportunity to see a slice of Sri Lankan village life.

Turtle Sanctuary - There are several in the area, including a particularly well run one in Habaraduwa about 15 minutes away.

Kogala Lake Sunset Tour - If you like sunsets, vaste expanses of water, 1000's of birds & bats flying to a single island in the middle of the lake to settle in for the night then this is the tour for you and you can go for dinner at the Fortress Hotel afterwards.

Surfing – There are a number of surf schools in the area locale as well as nice spots in Unawatuna, Wijiya and Marissa further down the coast.

Tea Estate and Factory - The Handunugoda Estate is 40 minutes away and provides a fascinating tour for visitors, highlighting the production of white tea.

Yala Safari Park - Leave Galle at 03:00 hrs and get to Yala for sunrise. Sightings of leopard are good, along with lots of elephants, sloth bears & crocodiles. Head back to Galle, with a stop at one of the beaches near Tangalle to break your journey.

Temples – Being a predominately Buddhist Culture you will find temples are everywhere. Particularly interesting are the ones at Yatagala and Kalatuwa. Be warned that all temples are crowded on Poya days (Full moon). Dress code is very important so please remember to remove shoes, cover shoulders , cleavage and any flesh from above knees.

Please ask our team to assist with transport and costings for these trips.

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4 Aug 2014


"What an experience! - Best Holiday Ever"

We were lucky to find that Satori still had rooms available as we booked quite last minute in July. From the moment I contacted Hugh I knew it was the right decision. My partner and I had never been t… More

21 Jul 2014


"Idyllic retreat"

Satori is a fantastic villa. We travelled in a group of 6 for a wedding in Galle and Satori was so lovely as a base for relaxation and catching up with old friends. It was spacious enough for the 6 of… More

16 May 2014


"Luxurious service and accommodation in an idyllic jungle setting"

We spent a wonderful week at Satori, and could not have chosen a more perfect place for our first trip to Sri Lanka. From the moment we arrived (via a smooth transfer direct from the airport) the frie… More

11 May 2014


"Take me back to Villa Satori now!"

Flying from Dubai to Sri Lanka was easy, being picked up in a lovely clean mini van for our drive to the Villa, easy. Being met at the villa by the amazing staff offering us chilled towels and coconut… More

11 May 2014


"Fantastic stay at Satori Villa"

Satori Villa delivered on all of its promises. The staff are fantastic, the villa itself was perfect for the 9 of us and the arrangements made for transport and activities and recommendations for rest… More

7 Jan 2014


"Jungle Paradise"

Villa Satori truly lived up to all expectations, providing the location for a once in a lifetime family reunion. Set in several acres of jungle paradise, not only is it beautiful, but the wildlife it … More

23 Dec 2013


"Perfect retreat - a chance to relax and recharge the batteries"

We just returned from a wonderful week at Sartori Villa. The villa staff looked after us very well including bookng restaurants, tuk tuks, bike tours and massages. The chef provided wonderful meals ba… More

28 Nov 2013


"Pretty much faultless"

We had a 4 nights in Satori this July, in a family group of 4 adults and 4 kids (aged 18 months to 13 years), all of whom have visited Sri Lanka before - and all of whom were very impressed!It is a be… More

14 Sep 2013


"Perfect place to stay in Sri Lanka"

We stayed 4 nights at the Villa Satori with our good friends, total of 8 with 4 adults and 4 kids. It was absolutely excellent in every way. The staff is terrific and take care of every need. The c… More

Thanks Lars our team really enjoyed having you guys and we look forward to seeing you back soon.

29 Jul 2013


"idéal pour un séjour en famille"

Tout est dans le titre! Nous avons séjourné 6 jours dans cette villa avec nos 2 enfants de 4 et 7 ans. Le personnel est adorable et très à l'écoute de vos demandes. La plage est à peine à … More

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Calendar last updated:05 Aug 2014

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