The Beach Hut

Unawatuna, Galle & South Coast, Sri Lanka Book from Book from £316 per night

A stylish beachside retreat near Galle, with a secluded pool and gardens - perfect for honeymooners or a family of 4-6
This is an idyllic, 3-bedroom beachside retreat only 10 minutes from Galle, near Unawatuna Bay. It's a modern 2-storey house, with the master bedroom (ensuite) and a small air-conditioned children's bedroom (no ensuite) upstairs, plus a third bedroom (ensuite) downstairs, complete with its own terrace. You'll also find the open-plan living-dining area and kitchen on the ground floor. Outside are lush gardens of swaying palms and sandy grass, with a trickling fountain bridged by railway sleepers at the roadward end, and at the other a romantic gate which opens onto a strip of sandy beach. All of this is yours and yours alone. Your needs will be met by the team: a cook to discuss your daily meal requirements, a steward to take care of the pool and gardens, and the housekeeper. The night watchman clocks in at sundown to fends off the over-friendly monkeys.

But seclusion is not the only trump card: you also get bags of style. The inside-outside living space has polished stone floors, arty bits of driftwood, vivid Sri Lankan artwork and handmade sofas; upstairs in master bedroom is a romantically netted four-poster bed and comfy sofas for relaxing in front of the TV/DVD. The spacious veranda sports bright-blue-cushioned wicker easy chairs, while at the bottom of the garden is a funky L-shaped stone bench for a change of reading scene. With restaurants and bars lying just a short walk along the beach and the Unesco-recognised delights of Galle Fort ony a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride away, this really does have all you need for a blissful week's break in Sri Lanka.


  • It's rare to find such a gorgeous villa that accommodates couples as well as families of up to 6
  • There's plenty of space, both inside and out, for everyone to read or play in peace
  • The cook can prepare great curries or other simple meals at a cost
  • This is a real alternative to staying in Galle: close to the town, yet you're blissfully secluded
  • A short walk from the property brings you to beautiful Wijaya beach, with reef-protected swimming and a snack bar


  • The sea just outside the house has dangerous currents and is not recommended for swimming
  • The children's bedroom is small and has no direct access to a bathroom
  • The electricity has been known to be unreliable, but the team assure us this is no longer an issue
  • There can be mosquitoes at sunset
  • There's a minimum stay of 3-7 nights, depending on the season

Best time to go

November to April has the best weather and the least rain; the rest of the year is the monsoon season and can bring heavy downpours. Book well in advance for the busy Christmas period.

Our top tips

Join the staff as they shop for food at the local market and help them haggle for meat and fresh fish. It's a fun way to learn about Sri Lankan ingredients.

Great for...

  • Beach Villa
  • 2
  • All meals by arrangement
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Private beach


The master bedroom occupies most of the upper floor, with 5 sets of French windows opening onto a shaded wraparound veranda with wicker recliners. Inside it's simple, bright and airy, with white walls, polished concrete floors and high sloping beams, and furnished with a kingsize four-poster, ceiling fans, a portable A/C unit, side tables and storage cupboards. There are 2 comfy sofas and a couple of leather pouffes, and one corner is set aside as a cosy sitting area for reading, watching DVDs or listening to CDs. The ensuite bathroom has brass basins and a deep corner tub with overhead rain shower set into the concrete-screed floor.

The small children's bedroom is air-conditioned and has a double mattress. It is perfect for young children (up to 10) who don't mind going downstairs or next door for their ablutions.

Downstairs is the additional guest suite, with an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and a private terrace. There's also a delightful open-plan living space, with a bar, daybeds for indoor lounging, groovy artwork, display cabinets, iPod dock, and wide French windows leading to the covered dining veranda, which overlooks the pool and garden. The dining table can seat up to 8, but you might prefer to eat al fresco on the veranda or in the garden, where a table can be laid out for you with candles to light your dinner.

Features include:

  • CD player
  • Cots Available
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi


The cook can prepare whatever meals you require, from breakfast (choose from English and Continental spreads or try the Sri Lankan option, with egg hoppers, sambol and curd) to a range of lunches and dinners. You choose from the menu and the staff do the shopping. Either way, it's very reasonable: you just pay the cost of transport and of the ingredients.

Meals are basic but tasty. Think aubergine or prawn curry, seared tuna steak or chicken pie, served with dahl, popadoms and rice (or chips for the kids). Dessert might be banana fritters, bread and butter pudding or watalappam ( a delicious Sri lankan egg custard).

Alternatively take a short walk along the beach to Wijaya Beach Café for simple snacks and drinks, or a similar distance along the road to Sun'n'Sea for classier fare with a view of Unawatuna Temple. You can also grab a tuk-tuk into Galle for more choice; The Beach Hut has a list of recommended restaurants.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Chef on request
  • Children's meals
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • In house cook
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Shopping service


  • Visit the historic town of Galle, a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride away, with its famous Dutch fort and international cricket pitch
  • Take afternoon tea at the colonial Galle Fort Hotel and browse the town's surprisingly fancy shops
  • Swim in the protected coral bay at Wijaya Beach, with its reef-protected shallows (perfect for kids), then walk up to the nearby temple to watch the sunset
  • Snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing are all on offer (with guides if needed) on nearby Unawatuna beach. There are also several wrecks 20 minutes away which more experienced divers can explore
  • Jump in a tuk-tuk and head to the turtle hatchery at Talpe (a 10-minute ride), where you can watch hatchlings take their first steps towards the ocean
  • Stay in and chill out: by the pool, on the beach or in the palm-shaded garden
  • Yoga and massages can be arranged if you're in need of further relaxation

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Wildlife
  • Yoga


Children are welcome and the small double bedroom is ideal for 1 or 2 kids up to the age of 16. Babysitting can be arranged on request and cots and high chairs are available free of charge. You can use the washing machine and kitchen as much as you want, and the housekeeper often helps out.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available


Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The staff will tailor meals for children and high chairs are available on request.

Families Should Know:

The sea immediately in front of the The Beach Hut is not recommended for swimming, but a walk along the beach brings you to the idyllic reef protected beach of Wijaya. Seas can be quite rough from February to October, so keep an eye on any young children when on the beach and near the pool.

Kid Friendly:

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