Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
As its name suggests, this secluded property sits within a whisper of the ocean; just footsteps away from the warm turquoise sea. From the tranquillity of the front verandah you can watch the waves crashing therapeutically onto a golden beach often visited by marine turtles whilst coconut palms in the extensive garden sway softly overhead, their leaves rustling in the gentle breeze. Bright green parrots noisily dance between the trees, butterflies provide flashes of colour and the crescendo of chirruping crickets reaches its peak come nightfall. For nature lovers and outdoorsy types, this four-bedroom property is perfect. Twenty three acres of land offer much opportunity for exploration, whilst the sandy beach is a delight for walkers as it extends for miles to the east and west.
The villa itself is light, airy and very generously proportioned. Multiple sets of tall arched doors open onto balconies with panoramic views of the garden and sea. Cool polished floors, high ceilings and pillared verandahs are reminiscent of the colonial era, even though interiors are a blend of antique and contemporary furnishings and the property was only built in 2004. Cushioned seating and dining tables in and around the villa make relaxing a treat and dining a pleasure as there is always something to watch – from birds in the trees to ships bobbing atop the deep blue sea. After only a few hours in this secluded, tranquil environment, time vanishes without import and stresses and strains simply melt away. Ocean's Edge is a place where friendships and family bonds can truly be renewed.
For its space, room configuration and extensive gardens this villa is a great choice for families. A large T-shaped swimming pool, surrounded by a wide deck scattered with sun loungers, lies to the back of the house whilst indoor entertainment is provided in the TV room. A small staff team are on hand to cook and clean for you (provisions at cost), although the large well-equipped kitchen is freely available for guests’ use too. There are no restaurants or shops within walking distance; you need to head into Tangalle (16km) for such diversions. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the seclusion of this rural location or embark upon exciting half-day trips to wildlife-filled national parks such as Yala, Uda Walawe and Bundala.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (4)|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool|
The Sri Lanka Southern Coast region
Stretching between Galle and Hambantota, the south coast is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka. Characterised by historically significant fortified towns, numerous picture-perfect palm-fringed beaches, a sultry turquoise sea, swathes of iridescent green paddy fields fringed by lush green jungle, ancient Buddhist temples, expansive waterways, nature-filled rainforests and tea-carpeted hills it offers enough variety to be a destination in itself; fabulous for families, groups and couples alike.
Galle is one of the region's most significant attractions for its sixteenth century Dutch fort filled with an evocatively rich collection of buildings, boutiques, museums and luxury digs that hug a peninsular to the south of town. Galle's popular beaches are better-facilitated, more developed and safer for swimming than those in and around Tangalle, but the further you travel east the more expansive, deserted and nature-filled they become.
Surfing, snorkelling, diving, whale watching, sailing, fishing and kayaking can all be done along this magnificent stretch of coastline as well as cycling, walking and trying your hand at Sri Lankan cookery. Inland, the scene varies as the westerly wet zone's lush jungle interior gives way to the arid dry zone plains a little beyond Tangalle. Taking off by bicycle is often the best way to explore the hills, plains, sanctuaries and jungle whilst a boat is a must to navigate the scenic lakes and rivers that wind in between.
Some of Sri Lanka's most popular national parks – Uda Walawe for elephants and Yala for leopards and bears – as well as a trio of its most accessible rainforests – Sinharaja, Kottawa and Kanneliya - are easily visited on a day or overnight trip from anywhere along the south coast.
This beautifully diverse landscape between Tangalle and Ambalantota comprises the ecologically rich rural destinations of Rekawa, Ussangoda and Kalametiya and is affectionately known as RUK.
The south coast is visited by five of the world's seven species of marine turtle that drag themselves onshore to lay their eggs deep in the sand; however it is only at Rekawa to the west that these gentle creatures are protected. As one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites on the island, where former egg poachers are now paid to patrol and protect the eggs in situ, it's possible to go at night to watch and wait for them to emerge. Kalametiya is one of the most ecologically diverse wetlands in Sri Lanka, and its scrubby dry land, salty lagoons and lewayas (salt pans)are home to a myriad of bird species that visit during the migratory winter season much to the delight of keen ornithologists. Ussangoda, a short walk down the beach from Kalametiya is a protected archaeological site that stands on high ground overlooking the sea. Characterised by a red, barren, mineral-rich, meteor-scarred earth where only a few grasses are able to grow, it is a pleasant place to walk and admire the surrounding scenery.
A nature lover's paradise, the dry zone RUK area is where you can truly escape and immerse yourself in Sri Lanka's beautiful rural canvas and admire the amazing wildlife that's found within. Paddy fields characterise the interior scene whilst breathtaking beaches stretching for miles are some of the south coast's most stunning. Although the sea might be a little rough for swimming here, the opportunities for walking along the beach are endless.
The RUK area is very rural so banks, money changing facilities and supermarkets are few and far between; stock up before you go there. Restaurants come in the form of small local shacks that serve clay-pot buffets of some of the cheapest and most delicious home-cooked Sri Lankan cuisine.
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28 Jul 2014
"Quiet & Secluded Location"
Large house, which accommodated seven adults on a family holiday. The staff managed by Thamala,were attentive and accommodating. The food prepared by the in-house chef was delicious and portions were … More
3 Nov 2013
The villa is in a stunning location, immediately on the beach and completely isolated. Being so out of the way the quality of food delivered by the staff was important as we couldn't simply wander up the beach or road to another restaurant. Having already stayed in two villas in the days beforehand, we had an idea of what the quality should be like. Unfortunately, the food did not live up (or was anywhere near) our expectations.
If you are considering traveling to this villa with young children please be aware the tiles in the pool are incredibly sharp. We were 2 families of 4 and each one of us departed with several deep scratches in our hands and knees.
Overall the villa was lovely and our stay would have been perfect if the standard of food had been a little better.
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