Stylish colonial hotel ideal for young couples seeking tranquillity yet with activities within easy access.
Set off the main road in the middle of a coconut plantation, Club Villa is the epitome of boutique hotels- a quiet residence with 15 deluxe rooms.
A relaxed atmosphere that makes every guest feel at home. Enter the private gates and be greeted by a refreshing fruit cocktail and the sound of truly enormous jumping catfish.
His friend, and once neighbour, Geoffrey Bawa designed this 19th Century Dutch colonial style beach residence, based on Hameed's inspiration of majestic pillars, calming fish pools and serene décor that compliments the white-washed walls and soporific sway of the palm trees glimpsed outside. Long, grey stone corridors end with sitting rooms scattered with marble tables and brightly coloured cotton cushions.
Immaculately manicured gardens run along the white sandy beach. Soak in the crystal blue pool or take a nap in the many hammocks strung between the frangipani trees.
Manager, Mr Vasu, is a fountain of local knowledge for the nearby sights. Ideally located for trips to historic Galle, tours of Geoffrey Bawa's eclectic architecture, and the Brief Gardens of brother Bevin Bawa.
Club Villa has a young feel and families are a familiar sight, as the long, sandy beaches and calm tides are a castle-maker's paradise. Couples chat quietly and swap elephant and leopard sighting stories over afternoon tea.
The 11 deluxe standard rooms are" jig-sawed" around the estate, all overlooking the gardens and ocean. Modern and spotless, the deluxe spacious rooms have brightly coloured silk king-size bedspreads and cushions, neatly turned down each night and decorated with scented flowers
The colonial influences of Sri Lanka are highlighted throughout the house with antique Dutch furniture, symbolic Buddhist statues, British post boxes and Sri Lankan art.
The 2 Club Suites offer the added comfort of tranquil living rooms with bay windows where you may sit to enjoy cocktails against the backdrop of soft music and the calling of migrant cuckoos.
The en-suite bathrooms are spotless and have luxurious shower rooms and huge fluffy towels. The Club Suite showers are ceilinged by the stars or morning sun, giving you a sense of a set from "Jewel in the Crown".
The modern and locally crafted furniture and mezzanine floors allow you to hide away your luggage and imagine a life flowing on beyond 2 weeks here.
The tables are spread throughout the gardens under candle-light and flares during peak season. The sea winds can be a bit chilly in the summer months and the open verandah is preferable. By request, you can have your private cook and butler serve you in the garden by the pool. Very romantic. The Club Villa restaurant has an excellent reputation and chef Mr De Mel is proud to add to its extensive a la Carte menu on a regular basis.
A wide range of fish-harvest dishes through to Curries and daily specials such as apple and plum glazed supreme of chicken, with roast potatoes and petit vegetables, Hungarian Goulash or Nasi Goreng for 2.
We enjoyed the set menu with a light bottle of Chianti : Crab baskets with a cocktail sauce accompanied by beetroot salad, followed by a gorgeous pureed carrot soup topped with roasted hazelnuts. Entrée was a peppered steak with stuffed snake gout and boiled vegetables. The steak was tender but a little salty (common in Sri lanka). To finish we indulged in apple pie with an orange coulis. Delicious and well balanced.
The set menu was $9/pp but the a la carte would be more. The lobster thermador is definitely worth ordering in season ($17 for 2). The wide selection of wines is very reasonably priced at $12-20/bottle. Lunch time snacks of salads and sandwiches or Sri Lankan bites, such as Spicy Fisherman`s Net average at about $2-4/pp. Breakfast is a standard Western continental breakfast or Sri Lankan breakfast if requested 24 hrs before. Complimentary afternoon tea is served in the gardens daily.
Explore the local villages on bike or by boat. Typical trips include:
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