Set back from a sandy garden with a sapphire-blue pool and direct beach access, this simple yet stylish retreat for 4-6 is the handiwork of locally lauded interior designer Nayantara Fonseka, who also owns hideaways in Bentota and Mawella. This house is small yet perfectly formed, with 2 ensuite double bedrooms (both with sea views, air conditioning and space for extra beds or baby cots), plus a lounge attached to a small kitchenette. The easy-going home-from-home vibe attracts families and couples alike, looking to relax, surf and dive. And the superb home-cooked food is a huge bonus.
- We loved sitting at the end-of-garden table, watching life on the beach
- Nothing is too much trouble for the charming staff; they even arranged a surprise birthday dinner for us, complete with cake and candles
- The high-quality food blew us away
- Surf breaks galore, plus historic towns, markets and turtle hatcheries nearby
- The board games and film collection make light work of rare rainy days
- Some traffic noise, though the bedrooms don’t suffer too badly
- The pool area is unfenced and not very toddler-friendly
- If you’re tall, expect to stoop through the bathroom doors
- The sea can be quite choppy, though it’s generally safe for swimming between November and April
- There's quite a hefty pre-payment
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Our top tips
- Boutique Villa
- 2 bedrooms
- In-house chef (breakfast included; other meals on request)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Plunge Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car not necessary
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Laundry Service
- On-site housekeeper and gardener
- Board games
The uncomplicated décor matches the villa’s low-key vibe. White timber furnishings are offset by hand-loomed fabrics and local artwork in tropical hues, whilst tarnished brass birds, cement statues and bowls brimming with wetakeiya fruits provide the finishing touches.
Both bedrooms come with mosquito-netted kingsize four-posters, ensuite shower bathrooms, cushion-strewn daybeds and wardrobes equipped with safes. Ours had a crimson colour scheme (the other is blue), and from the window we could gaze across the garden to the sea. We slept well thanks to efficient air conditioning and shuttered windows, which kept the interiors cool, quiet and dark. The bedrooms open onto the lounge (with sofas, cable TV and a DVD player), flanked by a small kitchenette and breakfast bar. Outside is a flagstone veranda with a dining table and rattan sofas, and the pool is mere paces away.
- Mosquito net
- Safe box
The villa has a chef, and breakfast is included in the rates. Options range from ‘healthy’ (yoghurt with toasted oats) to ‘not as healthy’ (cooked English or Sri Lankan spreads), all accompanied by fresh tropical fruit and chilled watermelon or king coconut juice. We chose the Sri Lankan option: a coconut roti with dhal, chicken curry and katta sambol, which was fragrant yet not too spicy.
Lunch and dinner cost extra, and menus include plenty of fish, seafood and veg, as well as pasta, sandwiches, salads and curries. Although tempted by the sound of Hainanese chicken rice, we opted for beer-battered fish and chips plus jumbo prawns with roasted garlic rice - both delicious. We also devoured pumpkin ravioli in a sage-butter sauce, followed by melt-in-the-mouth lamb. The team do all they can to accommodate special requests, and there’s a small kitchenette where you can help yourself to wine, beer, coffee and soft drinks (extra cost), though you're not permitted to prepare or consume your own food. Hikkaduwa has plenty of eateries for dining out.
- In house cook
- Kids' meals
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian options
- Enjoy the beach. This wide, sandy swathe is ideal for basking, ball games and sunset strolls
- Go surfing - the breaks here are some of the best in the southwest, and you can rent boards or book lessons via Hikkaduwa’s many surf schools
- Hikkaduwa is also a popular diving location. Highlights include the Hikkaduwa Gala cave complex, rocky bottomed Kiragala and a number of fascinating wrecks
- Jump in a tuk-tuk to Ambalangoda, a centre for antiques, music and dance. Browse its museums to see a vast range of folk and devil dancing masks
- Visit nearby Galle’s handsome Dutch fort. Be guided on an insightful walking tour by local author Juliet Coombe, or explore the cobbled streets and ramparts at your own pace. The fort is also gaining a reputation for shopping and dining - our favourite spots include Barefoot for colourful handlooms, Stick No Bills for vintage Sri Lankan posters, and Sugar for weekend breakfasts
- Explore Lunuganga and Brief, the stunning estates of the talented Bawa brothers
- Visit the sea-turtle hatchery at Kosgoda, an hour away
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
- Scuba diving courses
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
The villa is great for families: each bedroom has space for an extra bed, and a baby cot is available. There’s plenty of room in the garden (not to mention on the beach) for kids to roam, build sandcastles and make as much noise as they like, and the indoor lounge with its TV, DVD player (there are family movies to watch) and board games is handy on rainy days.
Note that both bedrooms have kingsize beds, so children might have to share.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
- Baby cot
- High chair
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There’s a kids’ menu with options such as macaroni cheese, spaghetti bolognese and pork sausages with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The kitchenette is available for making drinks.
Kids Activities nearby:
- Surfing, diving and snorkelling
- Turtle hatcheries
- Tuk-tuk rides
- Masks in Ambalangoda
- Ramparts and a lighthouse in Galle
Families Should Know:
The unfenced pool isn’t toddler-friendly, and the sea here can be too choppy for swimming from May to October
- Airport: 2 hours' drive (Colombo)
- Hospital: 15 minutes' drive
- Shop: 5 minutes' walk
The villa is situated at the southern end of Hikkaduwa’s sweeping beach, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s a 2-hour drive south of Colombo and a 45-minute journey north of Galle.
Colombo’s Bandaranaike Airport (143km away) is the island’s main international hub, with plenty of flights from Europe, Asia and the Middle East - click on the links below for a list of airlines. Villa staff can arrange airport transfers (see Rates).
The island’s south-coast rail line is a particularly scenic way to travel from Colombo to Hikkaduwa; services depart frequently throughout the day, though they can be much slower than travelling by road.
It you want to hire a car and driver for your entire trip, enquire through our Tailormade Tour Operator. Otherwise, villa staff can arrange cars, drivers and tuk-tuks for day trips and local journeys.
Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.
- Colombo Bandaranaike International 143.0 km CMB
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 0.5 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km