A light, modern villa on one of Sri Lanka's most pretty fishing bays. Colourful fish swim within the protected reef of coral and crustaceans which provides a snorkellers' paradise, but also territory for the intriguing stilt fishermen, who jealously guard their posts passed down through families. The fish are so beautiful and plentiful that the cook apparently calls out your order to the surrounding sea.
Picture windows facing the ocean give an uninterrupted view of magnificent sunsets from your armchair- or four poster bed. The large sitting room is charmingly furnished with antique jackwood pieces, and teak doors and floors lead from the living areas onto the verandah. The floor here is constructed from old monastery wood.
The housekeeper and cook will indulge your every whim and are fantastic with children, should you want a quiet moment.
Boogie boards, sandcastles, 35x15ft pool and a 'writers nook' to draft that promised novel, will keep families entertained. The landscaped gardens are enclosed by a perimeter wall ensuring privacy, and safety for younger children.
The real hghlight for the children is the nightly and morning hatch and release of baby turtles just outside the villa. The villa can accommodate up to 6 adults, but is equally cosy for a couple seeking quiet in the tranquil tropics.
Koggala Lake has a temple, bird sanctuary and prawn farm, all of which may be visited by river boat.
The profits of Southpoint villa since its launch many years ago have been put towards the development of an education centre in the village. It is self funding and teaches the local community English language, art, sewing and computer skills. Recent results have led to many O and A'level passes at English and this year numerous grade A's. If guests would like to visit or take part as a teacher, they are welcome . As teacher of a one-off class, you need only to advise BSL in advance and the college will advertise the class. Attendance is guaranteed but remember the level of English and keep it informative but simple to understand.
The villa is a wonderful blend of contemporary design and antique furnishings. Ideal for a family or group travelling together, but a couple would not feel lost in these surroundings. Two rooms look out onto the ocean and the third overooks the pool. The pool is tucked around the corner so noisy, splashing children do not disturb a peaceful rest on the beach deck.
There are 2 spacious and stylish bedrooms, each with a king size four-poster bed with muslin drapes taking centre stage on the highly polished Burma teak or asian oak floors. There is a walk-in dressing area with ample storage in antique wardrobes, complimenting the pettakama (box) and bed. Large shower rooms are ensuite.
The third bedroom is the largest and can act as as a double, twin or quad for children and comprises two fourposter double beds , with more room for extra beds. There is an ensuite shower room.
A TV/DVD system is neatly hidden in the sitting area, and there is a further TV/DVD in each bedroom. Each bedroom has an ensuite shower room with colourful glass block walls. The master bedroom vanity unit has a stunning Kumbuk wood finish whilst the other ensuites have blue granite vanity units and walls of white marble. Scented bowls of floating araliya flowers add that extra detail..
The bedrooms all lead off the central living room, which has telephone and internet connection, and are complete with mini bar The villa has one cot and more can be sourced with notice.
Honeymoon couples will love this villa, and a reduced rate is offered for occupancy by just 2 people.
You may eat what you like here, but the wise choose seafood. Dine like kings on the cook's wide repertoire of seafood recipes- Sri lankan, Indonesian or Chinese.
We ordered BBQ'd prawns and parafish and shared bowls of garlic dips and sweet chilli sauce, cleansing our fingers between times in lemon water.
Lunch was a Sri Lankan affair of curries, but salads and sandwiches are available if you prefer to snack by the pool. Wine is best ordered in advance as it will have to be purchased in Colombo.
Breakfast is generally continental style, plus eggs, but the housekeeper will be happy to provide something more substantial if you order it.
Food is purchased to order and charged at cost, averaging at US$60 per person/day for full board, including afternoon tea with delicious cakes.
The kitchen is very large and guests can roam as they choose. If you would like to learn to prepare some Sri Lankan dishes or just feel like being master chef for the day, feel free.
For a change of scenery, visit one of Galle's many fine restaurants just a short tuk-tuk ride away.
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