Khomba Beach House - stunning beach side villa
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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.
Set in the middle of six acres of private tropical gardens which provide two hundred metres of virgin beachfront with golden sands. Unlike the beaches of the South the sea is beautifully calm and free from currents.
The Villa is fully staffed with a superb chef, manager, maid and gardeners. Meals can be taken however you wish from a BBQ at the beach house, under the stars in the garden or under the high ceilings of the wonderfully ventilated dining room.
With its own boat for your exclusive use you can visit the daily display of 1000's of dolphins, venture further out to visit whales or enjoy snorkelling of the neighbouring Bar Reef.
Khomba enjoys close friendly relationships with neighbouring facilities providing you with access to three superb pools and their accompanying bars and dining facilities.
The Villa comprises of two double bedrooms, with en suite facilities, and a further day room which can accommodate a further three people. There are also daybeds in the main bedrooms which are suitable for small children. There is an 18x5 metre veranda providing most of the day space with views looking across the garden to the beach.
With absolute privacy guaranteed (and zero hawkers), children can safely roam the coconut groves and comb the beach to their hearts content and if the sumptuous Sri Lankan curries are not to their taste then the chef willl happily reproduce their favourite meals.
During the low season the area just North of Khomba, with its shallow lagoon, has become a Mecca for kite and windsurfers. Courses can be booked for begineers and advanced sailors will love the variety of sea states and consistent winds.
Khomba Beach House was voted as a Harpers Bazaar Top 10 Beach destination.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Your own!|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|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|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|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||Double beds (2), Single beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), 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.
If you can muster the energy there's a volley ball court and all the beach toys including fishing and snorkelling equipment.
Normally guests allow our chef to put guide them through an exquisite array of Sri Lankan dishes, but if you have a particular hankering for prawn, tuna, lobster or crab, they can be supplied at a moments notice.
Worried about the food being too spicy? Our challenge is to make sure that all tastes are catered for and the chef will do her utmost to make everyone happy.
|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.
Planning on a longer trip? Include Khomba on a circular tour taking in the tea estates of the highland, the cultural triangle and the Wilpattu National Park. We are very happy to provide advice on how to make the most of your Sri Lankan holiday.
About this location
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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26 Oct 2014
"The dream come true"
Thank you so very much for such a fantastic stay at Khomba. We had a simply amazing time. Best of all was the sea. It was so relaxing to be able to watch my grandchildren play in the water all day, from the privacy of our own beach hut. We'd stayed down south the week before and the currents were awful and really quite dangerous. We went to see the Dolphins. This is probably one of my favourite memories of Sri Lanka. They were truly amazing and the children were really living the dream.
So spoiling to have our every need taken care of by Sisira. While the food was out of this world it was so much easier to be able to have less spicy food for the younger ones.
You have clearly put so much effort into making this a very peaceful place. Thankyou
21 Oct 2014
What a stunning place and the photos don't do it justice. Slightly off the beaten track its a house and grounds offering complete peace, but at the same time you are slowly immersed in the wonde… More
15 Oct 2014
"The perfect tropical getaway!"
My partner and our two young children have holidayed in Sri Lanka before and last time we stayed on the South Coast so we really didn't know anything about Kalpitya and the West Coast. All I can … More
We're so glad you had a good time at Khomba, always great to get this kind of feedback.
8 Oct 2014
"Great private getaway"
The perfect getaway with the family, friends or even solo. The rooms are luxurious, modern, very spacious, clean and homely, the staff is very accommodating.The service staff is almost invisible, the … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review
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
Thanks for your review. When you visited Khomba it was not connected to the national electricity grid, with all power coming from a generator like many private Villas. To preserve our 'eco' creds we didn't like to run it all day. However now we are connected with 3 phase - the ceiling fans in every room circulate a beautiful natural breeze plus there is no shortage anymore of cold drinks, ice, music and wi fi. It's a different place and we look forward to having you back.
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
Really sorry this happened. We understand there was a massive monsoon flood in India and all of the rubbish eventually ended up on our golden shores. Between us and our neighbours we all know our beach is our greatest asset. We emply one fortunate individual to just work on maintaining the whole strip - no piece of rubbish is too small - but I should stress this was an exceptional event.
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
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