“Secret hideaway for 4-6 on the beach near Galle, with luxe furnishings, a lovely garden and a dreamy pool”
There are 2 double ensuite bedrooms on the upper floor. As with the rest of the house, they're decorated in a soothing blend of white, teal and natural colours, with wicker lamps and crisp linen on double beds that look out to sea.
Both rooms have iPod docks, air conditioning and hairdryers, along with bathrobes and products in their shower bathrooms, but generally it's not a place with multiple mod cons - you just don't need them. You may want to use the mosquito nets that drape around the modern four-poster beds but we didn't bother with them and were fine.
We liked the quirks in the décor, such as the saloon doors with unusual wooden screens, and the bathrooms painted in a textured turquoise to give the impression that you're under the sea. Both rooms open on to a veranda with sisal matting and wooden loungers plus one of the best views of the sea that you'll experience, complete with palm trees swaying in the near distance.
Downstairs there's an open-plan living/dining area, with lots of space for a double blow-up air mattress if there are 6 of you. There's a third bathroom down here, too, with a shower.
The villa comes with a private cook who prepares bespoke meals in the open-plan kitchen/diner - and food is excellent. Generally, you have a chat about what you would like and give a float and meal requests, and Rana does the shopping and accounts. However, there's flexibility to run the food side of things the way it suits you best - and you can self cater a bit if you want to.
You should certainly try local specials such as spiced fish curries and delicious vegetable accompaniments. Breakfasts could be tropical fruit with pancakes or eggs any style, but basically you order what you want.
Meals can be served indoors or outside overlooking the pool on a long wooden table with a turquoise paisley runner and the sea breeze to add an exotic flavour.
There's no need to eat at the villa every day if you don't want to: just a short stroll along the beach in either direction you'll find beach cafés. Galle, a 10km drive north along the beach, is a good place to visit if you want a more upmarket dining experience.
Children are very welcome and the villa has hosted many happy families (though there are no twin rooms). It's spacious and largely hazard-free, although the pool isn't fenced. It's close to the beach as well as plenty of lovely family-friendly attractions, including a sea turtle conservation centre and spice gardens. There's a laundry room, which parents of babies and toddlers will find really useful. A baby cot is available.
There are 2 bedrooms, both doubles, and in addition you can add a blow-up double mattress and a baby cot. There are 3 shower bathrooms.
The pool isn't fenced.