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Samudrawasa Beach Villa

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12 guests5 bedrooms8 beds6 bathrooms
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Kick off your shoes and relax at Samudrawasa, our beautiful colonial villa in Ambalangoda, Galle. Built in 1901, it has been renovated to a very high standard and is now a laid-back, luxury retreat sleeping 6-12. A private pool to the front of the house is the perfect place to cool off, and our beach house is a stones throw away. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and A/C. Breakfast is included in the price; our charming staff can also prepare other meals on request. Wifi available.

The space
Samudrawasa is a private villa that is looked after by our house manager and his small team. It sleeps up to 12 comfortably in 5 bedrooms, all of which have en suites (2 king suites, each with additional day bed; 2 queen suites; 1 twin room). There is also space for an additional 2 children/nannies in the bunk room that can be accessed either from the queen suite at the back of the house or from the rear veranda. Cots and baby chair available on request.
Our beachouse is also included in the rental price which has a private beach garden. The 2 story house has a balcony with great views a second floor sitting room and kitchen and bathroom
Breakfast is included in the price; other meals are prepared for you at market price. Guests who prefer to cook may take advantage of the separate, well-equipped sea-view kitchen, which is stocked with a complimentary pantry of spices, condiments and base ingredients.
There is a large communal sitting room and a dining room that seats 10-12. The internal courtyard with reflecting pool and the verandas to the front and back of the property allow for seamless indoor/outdoor living.
The infinity-edge-style swimming pool is situated to the front of the house with views of the beach. Please note that the pool is not fenced off, so children MUST be supervised at all times.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 sofa
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed, 2 single beds

Amenities

Beach access – Beachfront
Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pool
TV
Washing machine
Air conditioning
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Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

There are very few places in the world where you can experience such a variety of countryside and climates: hot, sandy beaches, cool hillside terrain, lush rainforests and elephant-filled national parks are just some of the reasons why Sri Lanka is known as the “pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The influence of the Dutch, Portuguese and British can be seen in the country’s culture, customs and architecture, and the fabulous Southern coastline, with its villas and colonial heritage, is a great place to base yourself.
Ambalangoda itself is far less touristy than nearby Hikkaduwa but is now attracting investment. The villa is a short walk from the centre of Ambalangoda – worth a visit to soak up some authentic local colour! The town is famous for its colourful hand-carved 'devil' masks and puppets, which are still used in ceremonial dances that are intended to drive out evil spirits. Local visits and activities include:
Colonial Antiques & Mask Museum – a 10-minute walk from the villa will take you to Ambalangoda’s mask museums (there are several). En route, you should stop off at the vast antique shop on the corner of Beach Road. They do a lot of work for many museums worldwide and the owner, Roshan, will be happy to ship any item around the globe for you. He supplied most of the furniture in Samudrawasa.
Turtle Up – there are a couple of turtle hatcheries and “retirement homes” for less fortunate turtles on Ambalangoda beach, just in front of the villa. A little further afield, Kosgoda has one of the oldest and can be seen while touring Bentota (see below) if desired.
Beaches – There are several well-known surf breaks here; boards are available for hire and surfing lessons are also available.
Massage and beauty – we can suggest a couple of therapists who will come to the house; details are in the 'information manual' guests receive on booking.
Balapitiya Lagoon Boat Trip – just 5km up the road, it is possible to take a lagoon boat trip along the breathtakingly beautiful Madu river. Wildlife such as the Sri Lankan alligator can be spotted while taking in the cinnamon plantations that are synonymous with the Sri Lankan landscape. The trip takes approximately two hours and is charged per boat.
Hikkaduwa – Only 10km from the villa and famous as a popular hippy hangout in the 70s, Hikkaduwa beach makes an interesting diversion with a number of gift shops, gem shops and Ayurvedic massage shops. The Refresh Restaurant, right on the beach, is a good lunch stop.
Ayurveda – there are enormous numbers of Ayurveda treatment spas and centres in the area. Although often a little bit traditional by Western spa standards, the good doctors will happily deal with complaints from verrucas to diabetes. If you would like to visit one, Oom Sri Ayurveda Centre at the Villa Ranmenika Hotel seems to do a pretty good job for a reasonable price. There is also a Spa Ceylon in Galle, which offers a wide range of luxury Ayurveda treatments.
Spice Gardens – there are several spice gardens in the local area, at which you can learn from an Ayurvedic doctor about the therapeutic properties of various indigenous plants. Expect to have any ailments attended to - this might even include an impromptu massage! Obviously there are products to buy at the end of your tour.
Galle Fort – about 50 min away, this is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. Built by the Portuguese in the 1500s, it was extended by the Dutch and British during their occupation. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of Sri Lanka’s premier tourist destinations and its ramparts play host to many small streets, shops, restaurants and historical sites. You could easily spend a whole day here, but allow at least three or four hours. Lunch in one of the colonial hotels is a highlight.
Tea Plantations – Sri Lanka is the third-largest producer of tea in the world, after India and China, and there’s a plethora of tea plantations in the area. One of the most interesting is the Handunugoda Tea Estate, which is just past Galle. You can taste over 25 different teas, tour the factory and take tea in the gardens. The visit takes about one-and-a-half hours and can easily be added to the Galle excursion.
Stilt Fisherman – en route to the Hadunagoda Tea Plantation, take the opportunity to see the stilt fisherman. Best times to visit are early morning or afternoon, when the fisherman are out in force.
Bentota, Bawa Brothers – Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most prominent architect, and his brother Bevis, both owned houses near Bentota. It is possible to view the gardens and the houses, which are a delight for both garden lovers and those with an interest in Ceylon’s colonial lifestyle. The Bawas were colourful characters who hosted a number of international figures including Edward 8th, Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Bevis Bawa’s house is now owned and run by his old Chief of Staff, who will delight you with tales from these times. Stopping for lunch in Bentota, at one of Geoffrey Bawa’s hotels, will round up a fabulous day trip.
Further afield:
Mirissa – during the whale-watching season (Jan/Feb), a trip to Mirissa (about one-and-a-half hours from the villa) is an absolute must. The boat excursion can take two to four hours, depending on your requirements. At other times of the year it is possible to see pods of dolphins merrily dashing through the surf.
Sinharaja Rainforest – only two hours away, this is one of the oldest rainforests in Sri Lanka and plays host to a cornucopia of plants, birds and animals.
Udawalawe National Park – if you're hoping to see elephants en masse, this is the place to go. It's a good three-hour drive so you'll need to commit to an early start or a late night (or an overnight 'safari' stay), but this is an extraordinary experience and if you’re lucky you might even see the elusive leopard.
For those with a little more time, Yala National Park, Sigiriya, Colombo and the Central Highlands are all possible. The staff can advise you on costs and overnight accommodation where required.

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Joined in August 2016
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During your stay
There are many things to see and do near Samudrawasa (see below); the house staff will be delighted to assist you in organising any trip you should like to make, either locally or further afield, including booking a car or minibus for you or organising overnight accommodation. The house has its own tuk-tuk for local trips - the staff will be happy to drive you.
Breakfast (served at a time of your choosing), tea, coffee and evening cocktails are provided on a complimentary basis. If you would like Kingsley to prepare lunch and/or dinner for you, please discuss your menu choices with him at breakfast so that he can buy the necessary ingredients. These will be charged to you at market value (i.e. the cost of the ingredients only).
There are many things to see and do near Samudrawasa (see below); the house staff will be delighted to assist you in organising any trip you should like to make, either locally or…
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