“Chic, staffed villa for 2-5 on one of Galle’s best sandy beaches, with sea-view bedrooms and a gorgeous pool”
Serendipity is super stylish. The 2 bedrooms sit side-by-side, and are furnished with enormous four-poster beds, twin wardrobes and a pair of countertop washbasins. Doors to either side lead to semi-open-air shower bathrooms, with palm trees reaching up into the roof. We were impressed by the grandness of our bedroom and loved waking up to ocean views while cosy in bed.
Dominating the living room are white sofas and an oversized ebony almirah, flanked by twin antique tea-rolling tables artistically crafted into mirrors. To the rear is a contemporary open kitchen whilst across the garden, surveying the pool and Indian Ocean, is the bijou dining pavilion.
Daily breakfasts are included in the rates (either Western or Sri Lankan), while provisions for all other meals are charged at market rates and prepared by the in-house chef. The menu lists Western and Asian dishes, but we used it as a guide since the chef recommended dishes based on the availability of local produce.
For lunch, we tucked into yummy leek and tomato tart with a trio of fresh salads. The staff ramped up the ambiance for dinner by lighting candles in the dining pavilion and scattering pink and white temple flowers on the table. After a shot of smooth gazpacho soup we dined on honey chicken, mango salsa and a leafy green salad, before ending with a delicious strawberry syrup-drenched pannacotta with the perfect wobble.
The flexibility of the villa’s dining arrangements is a big plus, though there are a handful of good restaurants within a 5-25 minute drive for a change of scene.
Children of all ages are welcome. Little ones can safely play in the enclosed garden, there’s a sandy beach just beyond the garden gate and a turtle hatchery nearby. The staff are extremely flexible in accommodating kids’ food requests and mealtimes.
The 2 bedrooms are spacious, easily allowing for cots and extra beds; note both beds are doubles, and there's a maximum occupancy of 5.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
An English-speaking babysitter or a full time nanny can be arranged with advance notice. Daily or hourly rates apply
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The chef can prepare kids' meals and the kitchen is freely accessible to guests who need to heat baby milk or cook for fussy eaters
The pool is unfenced and there are no steps into the pool nor a shallow paddling area. Toddlers and babies will require extra supervision