Turtle Beach House

Near Galle, Galle & Environs, Sri Lanka Book from Book from £372 per night

Secret hideaway for 4-6 on the beach near Galle, with luxe furnishings, a lovely garden and a dreamy pool

This 2-bedroom, two-storey villa on the beach at Habaraduwa is relaxation itself. A little off the beaten track around 10km south of Galle, it has a touch of paradise to it. As the name suggests, it’s steps away from a sea turtle sanctuary, and at full moon in season, turtles come to bury their eggs practically on your doorstep.

The downstairs is decorated in a soothing blend of natural colours and teal, with Asian accents like dancing Buddhas and lattice wood doors. The lounge area is full of light, with white walls and quirky pieces of furniture, and leads to a deck overlooking the pool, gardens and a route to the beach, swaying with palm trees. Upstairs, there are 2 double ensuite bedrooms and a veranda with a view of the sea. There's also space for a double air mattress, in case there are 6 of you.

It's a great place for a family holiday, or 2-3 couples, especially if you simply want a relaxing beach break. Included with the rental are a cook, cleaner and night watchman, and you can book beauty treatments to have in the villa. Relax around the pool on plump bean bags then plunge into the sea to cool off; heaven.
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Highs

  • Just steps from a lovely sandy beach
  • Attentive and friendly staff who give service with big smiles
  • Food is very good: the chef will discuss menus with you and you just pay for groceries
  • Plenty of space to relax, indoors and out
  • Within easy striking distance of Galle Fort, Unawatuna and temples and spice gardens

Lows

  • No TVs
  • It's a classic beach house so those expecting hotel-style service and all mod cons might be disappointed
  • No twin rooms
  • The sea here can get quite choppy, and the currents strong

Best time to go

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is between November and April, when it's mainly dry on the south and west coasts (the main beach areas). May and June are the wettest months of the year; July and August are pleasant but the Indian Ocean is rough. September and October can be sunny but heavy rain - humidity and high seas are typical.

Our top tips

When you're out and about, cool down in the heat with a king coconut. They are available nearly everywhere, with a hole for a straw hacked in by a machete. If you're lucky, you'll get to watch someone shimmy up a palm tree to fetch you one.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Boutique Villa
  • 2 double bedrooms
  • In-house cook (+ restaurants nearby)
  • 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
  • Laundry room
Room:

Rooms

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 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 onto 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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Extra beds
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe box
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

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 Shantha the chef does the shopping - ask to join if you fancy learning a bit more about Sri Lankan cooking and local produce. 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, the sea breeze adding 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. We recommend KK Beach Hotel’s restaurant for lunch and refreshing cocktails, just a few doors down. Galle, a 10km drive north along the beach, is a good place to visit if you want a more upmarket dining experience.

Features include:

  • Breakfast on request
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Full kitchen
  • In house cook
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Relax in the breezy living room, laze by the pool or in the shade, and wander barefoot to the beach. You can book an in-room beauty treatment or massage if you want to completely bliss out
  • The sandy beach is well known for attracting egg-laying turtles - they usually lay at full moon between Nov-May; otherwise, there's a small turtle hatchery next door where you can hold palm-sized turtles in your hand and release them out to sea – an unforgettable experience
  • If you fancy swimming with turtles, Wijaya Beach is close by. The water here is shallow and calm, so great for families too
  • Take a tuk-tuk to lovely Unawatuna beach (4km) for swimming, diving (there's a PADI centre), snorkelling and temples
  • Go whale watching or dolphin spotting from beautiful Mirissa beach - best between November and March
  • Or go surfing at Weligama beach, one of the island's most renowned spots
  • Take a day trip to Galle (20 minutes by tuk-tuk) to admire the Unesco-listed fort, fortified town walls, lighthouse and cricket ground. It has some sensational interiors shops and lovely restaurants
  • Take a catamaran ride on nearby Koggala Lake to spot alligators, monkeys and birds
  • Get a boat over to the Ananda Spice Gardens, where you'll find natural cures for sunburn and heavenly spices to take home, or to Cinnamon Island, where a local will show you how cinnamon is grown, harvested and produced
  • Visit the Kataluva Purvarama Maha Viharaya temple, 5km from Koggala, which dates back to the 13th century
  • Hire bikes and explore the coast, forest and small villages in a slow and leisurely way

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Whale watching
  • Wildlife

Kids

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.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

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.

Families Should Know:

The pool isn't fenced. The sea here can get quite choppy.

Distances:

  • Airport: 2 hours (Colombo)
  • Hospital: 15 minutes (Galle)
  • Nearest shop: 5 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

Turtle Beach House is in Habaraduwa, a beachside hamlet 10km south of Galle on the southern tip of Sri Lanka.

By Air:
Colombo Bandaranaike International (162km away) is the closest airport - click on the links below for a list of airlines serving it.

From the Airport
It takes 2 hours by car to reach this region from Colombo airport. The owners can arrange this for you at an extra cost. Alternatively, Sri Lankan Airlines runs a convenient air taxi service from Colombo airport to Koggala Lake, 5km from the villa. From there you can jump in a tuk-tuk.

By Bus/Train:
Take a bus or train to Habaraduwa station then a tuk-tuk to the villa. It's only a short distance away.

Getting Around
If you want to hire a driver and car for your whole holiday, enquire through our Tailormade Tour Operator.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to Sri Lanka and getting around

Airports:

  • Colombo Bandaranaike International 162.0 km CMB

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 3.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

We unfortunately were only able to stay for 5 days at this wonderful, relaxing, charming, colourful, stylish beach house.. but we will definitely be back. The owners have created a fabulous holiday home for all to enjoy. The location is the best, the beach is long, empty and sandy. Near enough to Galle and other locations to pop out for drinks, meals or sightseeing. Shantha looks after your every need in his charming sunshine manner. Shantha treated us to the best food on the island. The only problem being that once in this beautiful home it was hard to leave as everything is just perfect. I cannot recommend it more. We were a family travelling with our 2 adult daughters. It was perfect for all of us, we all left feeling relaxed and ready to take on life on our return home. Also ready to go back there as soon as possible.

10/10,

We have just spent a week in Paradise! Turtle Beach House to be precise. This elegantly stylish house is situated right in front of the sea with a garden and pool. The accommodation was very spacious and open, immaculately clean throughout and lovely attention to detail everywhere. Total relaxation and thoroughly spoilt by the attentive staff of superb chef, who conjured up delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All other aspects were taken care of by the attentive house manager, and there was a night security as well. We were totally spoilt! The house is located by a deserted quiet beach front and close to adjacent villages to go exploring and shopping - or out for coffees and drinks. Also a springboard to the Yala National Park where we did a day safari and saw so many animals including a leopard and elephants. There is not a single thing to fault - we loved our stay so much - we plan to return next year!

10/10,

This villa is a true oasis of paradise, with loads of seating areas in the breeze, stunning beach views and a gorgeous pool. It has been a wonderful time here from the fantastic service (Santa), delicious food which meant we hardly left the villa (Nuwan), and the nighttime support (Numal). Nothing was too much trouble - organising Tuk-Tuks, taxis and most particularly showing us turtles laying eggs on the beach. A special mention for the Ceylon Spa toiletries throughout. Bedrooms perfect for 2 couples. We have great memories, so will most certainly be back.

10/10,

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