Located in Dikwella, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka and close to Tangalle, this villa sits on a hillcrest overlooking quiet Nilwela Bay, close to Dikwella, the house has a classic, white colonial-style with minimalist arches and open split-level terrazzo terraces. The main house consists of 3 rooms with a fourth room in a separate annex.
Built by renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa the property is bright, modern and minimalist with a blend of the contemporary. There are terrazzo floors and views down to the ocean from your bedroom windows. There are nearly five acres of landscaped gardens which lead down to a swimming pool. The property is built on an incline, steep in places, and has graceful lawns sweeping down to the swimming pool and beyond to two sandy, crescent sea bays. The house comes with staff including a housekeeper and cook.
The house remains a private residence and retains that special atmosphere with window seats and armchairs set away from the main rooms. There are three simply furnished but extremely comfortable air conditioned bedrooms (1 double and 2 twins) with ceiling fans, coir matting and views of the gardens and ocean. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and a private courtyard with outdoor shower.
There is a long table for dining, surrounded by arches, urns and Buddhist statues silhouetted by directional lighting. The master suite has a private verandah overlooking the sea and each of the suites has a wall of windows from which to admire the view and allow the morning light to flood in.
The incredible sunrises are made all the more amazing in company with a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast and the finest tea. By night, sip champagne and listen to gentle background music.
There is lots to do in the area such as a visit to Hummanya blowhole (most active in June during the monsoon), take a picnic boat trip, go deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, or scuba diving can be arranged via a nearby hotel. Both snorkeling and diving are best between November and March, the dive school being closed out of season. Further afield, the local town of Dikwella can be visited or a 2 hours drive allows a visit to the safari parks - the Uda Welawe and Yala National Parks where you can see Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar and deer.