A crop of old rocks named "˜Lansiya' lie opposite a quiet bay on Tangalle's beautiful sandy beach. Above the small cliff sits a romantic villa for 2. Enter the gardens of palm trees and galaxy of cactus plants undulating down to the sea edge.
The path meanders past an old well and an infinity pool before reaching the colonial style beach villa.
The pool has a wonderful open lounge if you wish to escape the sun at times. It can accomodate freinds and neighbours from local villas too if you welcome company.
Hexagonal terracotta floor tiles and high beamed ceilings cool this white-washed villa. Lion heads carved on beam-ends overlook the outer balcony, protecting guests from the supposed evils from the sea. Fortunately they do not deter the sea`s beauties: fish, eagles, turtles and peacocks visit Lansiya every day.
"˜Swamithilake' and his 3 staff who ensure your comfort offer a life filled with morning swims, body boarding, in-suite massage, walks through the local countryside and afternoon naps by the pool.
A relaxing retreat for true beach lovers who love the sound of the sea.
The beach villa is bordered by a verandah giving wonderful sea views. Old and new marry well in this colonial style property. The master bedroom has large doors facing the sea, and is furnished with over-sized teak and brass reproduction furniture and an emperor bed.
A fan and mosquito net overhang the bed for your comfort. The central dressing corridor is lined with wardrobes and cupboards, and leads to a bijou loo and outdoor granite-walled hot water showers.
A small mini-bar cools your personal supply of water, lime juice or Chardonnay. The shady terrace has a large dining table and cushioned cement bench-seating, ideal for escaping the midday sun or sipping cocktails as the sun slides over the horizon.
Towards the rear of the garden is the main house with an open pillared verandah. Home to villa staff and 2 additional twin bedrooms. Young teenage children may delight in their independence but the bedrooms are rather bare, with twin beds and limited storage space. There are plans afoot to upgrade these rooms for 2005/6. There is a shared bathroom at the end of the verandah, with modern fittings and an outdoor shower.
Rattan chairs beckon along the verandah, but friends/children are encouraged to join the beach villa for meals.
The main dining terrace at "Lansiya' beach villa is very romantic with stunning views. The cool sea breeze keeps all insects away. The undulating gardens and occasional benches make for pleasant changes of location and vista for the many opportunities to snack. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are the daily programme if you choose to relax at the villa.
Menu suggestions in teak-bound books help to tickle the tastebuds. Barbecues or Sri Lankan curry dishes are popular for dinner - kirihodi, eggplant pahi, mallung or okra (commonly known as "ladies fingers') followed by mango crepes with coconut sauce.
Lunchtime was more appealing - seafood noodles, vegetable cutlets, pumpkin and bacon quiche with snake gourd salad. Afternoon tea was damaging - try to turn down the pineapple cake if you can.
Tea and fruit juices are brought to your bedroom every morning, followed by western or Sri Lankan rotti, sambol and Dhal on the terrace. Lansiya has a good range of spirits and Australian wines.
Lunch and dinner average at $20 and $30 per person per day. Breakfast and afternoon tea are inclusive. There are few restaurants in Tangalle - Italian "Il Camela' makes an authentic change.
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