Full of character, charm and wildlife. For those of you who wish to do nothing , but enjoy everything.
A nineteenth century landmark preserved by locals for its revered surroundings. Located just 10 minutes inland from Galle, Illuketia is a gardeners' paradise.
A tranquil and secluded haven of plant and birdlife ensures a truly relaxing holiday. Set within 7 acres of landscaped gardens and surrounded by paddy fields, the main villa stands high on the hill looking down to the lily pond and the "˜Pond House'.
Owned and most recently restored by Hans Hoefer, designer and founder of the "˜Insight Guides', but run by British "˜Nicky Harrison' who embellishes the design with her exquisite interior décor and sensitive hospitality.
An organic vegetable and spice garden welcomes you at the gate and provides the excellent culinary delights. Streams flow, garden galleries exhibit and lilies hug the sun in this serene setting.
The 2 colonial style villas are filled with relaxing sitting rooms, contemplation pools, pillared verandahs and enough books and magazines for a lifetime.
Explore the local villages and wildlife by bike and identify your sightings from the many bird books in the villa. Music, books, board games and billiards will stimulate the mind as you lounge on the mezzanine balcony, reminiscent of a "˜seraglio'. "˜Illuketia' is a sanctuary allowing you to forget the world you have left and allow the 5 discreet, efficient, staff to pamper you.
Highly recommended by Conde Naste Traveller and voted best plantation house by The Independant 2004