“Laid-back beach retreat with a fabulous pool”
Spread between 3 villas, 6 of the 7 elegant suites enjoy wonderful sea views. Contemporary yet colonial, living areas are spacious and stylish. Beds are set on raised platforms and laid with crisp linen. Mosquito nets are cleverly hung from the inside. Ceiling fans, air-con and the sea breeze will keep you cool. Mod cons are minimal (this is about escaping modern life), but you will find plenty of books to read.
Suites 1, 2 and 3 - Cinnamon Villa
Each suite has one double and one single bed as well as a sitting area. They share a large central living room and a long terrace with rattan sofas for lazing around in the heat of the day. Suite 2 has garden views, the others look to the sea.
Suites 4 and 5 - Cardamon Villa
Each large suite has a double bed, a walk-in wardrobe and a sitting room. They share a wide veranda furnished with colonial-style chaise longues and a dining area that faces the swimming pool.
Suites 6 and 7 - Saffron Villa
Saffron has the most spacious suites and they’re divided by a pretty lily pond. Each has a double bedroom, a sitting room and a terrace.
One of the highlights of Apa Villas is the delicious food. The permanent household staff can cater to your needs - nothing is too much trouble. The varied menus cover local specialties and international dishes, all of which are carefully prepared to your taste. Guests tend to eat on their verandas, although there is a large dining room in the main house for big groups.
Dinners range from freshly caught crab with a Singapore twist to Sri Lankan curries using coconuts picked from the surrounding grove. Most dishes are based on locally grown vegetables bought fresh that day, and you can also sample squid, prawns and meats from the market.
Breakfast is a healthy selection of tropical fruits, buffalo milk curd, toast, eggs, pancakes, marsala omelettes and Sri Lankan breakfast hoppers.
Light lunches (salads, burgers, sandwiches and cakes) are available throughout the day.
Refreshing chilled beers, cocktails made from local liquors, homemade popsicles and freshly made juices (including pineapple, watermelon, passion fruit and orange) can be provided.
If you fancy a night out, head to the buzzy Wijaya beach bar and restaurant nearby. Otherwise there are some lovely restaurants in Galle and laid-back beach cafes in Unawatuna.
Children are welcome at Apa Villas and staff will do all they can to help parents.
All suites can hold an extra bed or baby cot. The Cinnamon and Saffron Villa suites can each sleep up to 4. For oodles of space, book an entire villa or even the whole property.
Babysitting can be arranged on request.
The chef can tailor meals to children as required.
Beaches suitable for families: Wijaya (1.5km away) or Unawatuna and Habaradura (both 3km away).
The beach by Apa Villas is not suitable for swimming as the water has strong undercurrents and sharp reefs.