“Staffed 2-bedroom beach house in the surfing hub of Hikkaduwa, with a small pool, superb service and home-cooked food”
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.
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 and seafood 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.
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)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
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.
The unfenced pool isn’t toddler-friendly, and the sea here can be too choppy for swimming from May to October