The Beach Hut

Unawatuna, Galle & South Coast, Sri Lanka Book from

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A stylish beachside retreat for 2-4 near Galle, with secluded pool and gardens - perfect for honeymooners
This is an idyllic beachside retreat for a honeymooning couple or family of 3-4, only 10 mins from Galle, near Unawatuna Bay. It's a modern house on 2 floors, with the master bedroom (ensuite) and the small children's bedroom (no ensuite) upstairs, and an open-plan living-dining area downstairs along with kitchen and second bathroom. 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 - if you discount the helpful and very discreet steward-cum-cook who lives alongside, as well as the housekeeper who comes in every morning and the night watchman who 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-red-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.

Highs

  • It's rare to find such a gorgeous villa designed with just 2 people in mind
  • It's also great for families with 1-2 young kids
  • There's plenty of space, both inside and out, for everyone to read or play in peace
  • The steward can cook simple meals at cost, or you can book a professional chef for a big splurge
  • This is a real alternative to staying in Galle: close to the town, yet you're blissfully secluded

Lows

  • There's a minimum stay of 3-7 nights, depending on the season
  • The second bedroom has diminutive twin beds and isn't really suitable for adults
  • The sea just outside the house has dangerous currents, but a short walk brings you to Wijaya beach, with reef-protected swimming and a snack bar
  • The electricity is unreliable, but candlelight is very atmospheric!
  • There can be mosquitoes at sunset

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
Family
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • 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
Room:

Rooms

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, antique rattan luggage tables, side tables and storage cupboards. One corner is set aside as a cosy sitting area for reading, watching DVDs or listening to CDs. There are 2 comfy sofas and a couple of leather pouffes.

The ensuite bathroom has brass basins and a deep corner tub with overhead rain shower set into the concrete-screed floor.

The small second bedroom has short twin beds and is perfect for young children (up to 10) who don't mind going downstairs or next door for their ablutions. It's the only room in the house with air conditioning; the others have ceiling fans.

Downstairs is the open-plan living space, with 3 broad daybeds for indoor lounging, groovy artwork, display cabinets, a CD/stereo/iPod dock, and wide French windows looking out to the pool area. There's also a dining table which seats 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
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The steward and housekeeper team up to 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, ingredients and the housekeeper's late return.

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). If you plan a celebratory meal, the owners can arrange a professional chef to whip up the feast of your dreams.

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 meals
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • In house cook
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Oven
  • Shopping service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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

Kids

Children are welcome and the twin bedroom is ideal for 1 or 2 kids up to the age of 16 (the beds are quite small). 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 (note there is no microwave) and the housekeeper often helps out.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Babysitting:

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 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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