Apa Villa, Thalpe Sri Lanka, The South Coast
Apa Villa is three distinct villas facing the sea at Thalpe, a couple of miles south of Galle. Set in a beautiful coconut grove and facing the gentle surf of the Indian Ocean, the pool is an incredible dash of blue running from the villas and pointing out to sea.
The rooms can be hired individually or the two-suite villas taken as a whole. This lends a feeling of friendly calm to this personal hotel. The design is brightly tropical and contemporary with cool woods and Asian collectibles. The suites are individual and vary in size, but all are spacious and have a living room attached.
Children are very welcome here and the space entailed by the villa layout means they will feel welcome and happy and not encroach on other guests.
The sociable feel is enhanced by a central dinning option seating 12, though you may wish to dine on your own veranda or on the enchanting beach deck. Food is unsurprisingly seafood based and local dishes can be prepared. All the experience of the owner Hans Hoffer, the photographer of Insight Guides, has been put to fine use in this first-rate and luxurious beachside haven.
Please note that as with many beaches in Sri Lanka, Thalpe is not suitable for swimming as the currents are strong and in this case, coral is on the sea bed.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
- Laundry Service
- Maid Service
- Outdoor Pool
This is the third holiday that David has organised for us. We like small boutique hotels, not too many early starts, plenty of free time and new experiences. We also like a variety of transport including boats and trains. These were all included in our package. We have no complaints and in fact, have been singing David's praises to anyone who will listen. We are going to send our itinerary to a couple we met in Sri Lanka who were not having such an interesting holiday and fancy a second go.