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Our 5 Favourite Villas in Sri Lanka

Our 5 Favourite Villas in Sri Lanka

Planning your next Sri Lanka villa holiday with a group of friends or family? We have access to some of the most beautiful villas in the country all with their own private chefs, butlers and housekeepers. Why not combine a tour of the island with a villa stay at the end? Our team will gladly arrange it. Below are five of our favourite villas and the reasons we love them.

Braganza House

A beautifully designed family-friendly villa set amongst two acres of tropical walled gardens, the property offers far-reaching views across the terrazzo pool and local paddy fields. Despite its private and secluded location, the villa is just a few minutes from some of Sri Lanka’s best beaches and only 20 minutes from numerous tourist attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle Fort. Featuring four stunning suites, a spacious sitting room, Lionel’s Bar and a breezy verandah, every aspect of Braganza House has been beautifully designed by the British owner and interior designer, Chloe Elkerton, founder of E&A Interiors. From authentic local signatures to Mediterranean favourites, guests will enjoy exceptional dishes cooked by the talented in-house Chef Prabath.

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Ceylon House

Located on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Ceylon House is one of three stunning villas that comprise ‘The ON Houses’ in Weligama. Nestled amongst palm and frangipani trees, this unique property offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, an infinity pool, direct access to a swim-friendly beach and even its own massage room. The villa comes with its own friendly team, including an in-house chef and the best massage therapist on the island! Named after Ceylon Tea, which is known for its bright and diverse palette, the design of Ceylon House is inspired by Swahili architecture, whilst the spacious interiors combine a mix of Sri Lankan antiques with soft furnishings from India and Morocco. All five en-suite bedrooms are beautifully decorated, and have their own verandah with ocean views. Topping it all off is the rooftop itself, a breezy lounge area for yoga, meditation, morning coffee, afternoon tea or dancing till dawn!

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Maliga Kanda

Maliga Kanda, meaning ‘Palace on the Hill,’ is an exceptional hilltop villa located just a few kilometres from Galle, and close to the beaches of the south coast, including the famous Unawatuna beach. Surrounded by beautiful gardens with trees, spices and tea plants, this unique 6-bed property offers stunning views over the jungle and paddy fields that can be enjoyed from the spacious terrace or the large saltwater swimming pool. Featuring a TV/games room, multi-sports court, fully-equipped gym and massage room, accompanied by nourishing food cooked by the exceptional in-house chef (using fresh ingredients grown on the property), Maliga Kanda hopes to offer guests a fun and relaxing experience focused on health, fun and fitness.

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Myla Beach Villa

Located just a few km from the historic Galle Fort, Myla Beach Villa is a luxury two-storey beachfront villa with uninterrupted ocean views. The unique thoughtfully-designed interiors feature a mix of antique pieces, handmade tiles and custom-made furniture made from locally sourced materials. The four en-suite bedrooms each offer floor-to-ceiling windows and an ocean-facing balcony that overlooks the pool and beautiful sandy beach.

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Skye House

One of Sri Lanka’s most sought-after family villas, Skye House is a stunning two-storey villa located on one of the most desirable beaches near Galle. The property offers five en-suite bedrooms (they are all fab!) and an open-plan living space that leads out to the garden, large pool and a children’s playground. A private gate leads directly onto Habaraduwa Beach which is ideal for sunrise yoga, sunset strolls, beach barbeques and seasonally-safe swimming and boogie boarding. There is also a turtle hatchery close to the villa and on full moon, it is sometimes possible to see sea turtles come onto the beach to nest.

For more tips on where to stay in Sri Lanka, check out our recent story in Conde Nast Traveller, or speak to one of our team on +44(0) 207 81 99 770.

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Client Testimonials

So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India

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