Kimbulagala Watta, Koggala Sri Lanka, The South Coast
Kimbulagala Watte is a peaceful and secluded private villa overlooking the vast Koggala Lake. Offering luxurious accommodation and fine tropical living, this spacious villa has everything a family or group of friends could require.
The villa has three large bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 twin), all with en-suite bathrooms. The high ceilings, pastel colours and flowing air mean air-conditioning is not required in any of the rooms.
A large lounge opens out into the tendered gardens and private swimming pool and provides ample space for relaxation and having friends over to visit. Unlike most of the villas in Sri Lanka, Kibulagala Watta has the rather unique touch of having an open plan kitchen attached to the lounge. This makes cooking a joy and means you don't need to be away from the action whilst either preparing meals or having them prepared for you. The villa is beautifully furnished throughout with a mixture of modern and antique pieces. The lounge, pool, dining area and garden all overlook the lake.
There are three full time staff to look after you during your stay (or leave you to enjoy the privacy, as you please). The staff will come and prepare meals for you as discussed, with you only paying the cost price for the ingredients. You are welcome to cook for yourself should you like, although we would suggest sampling a number of her southern-style seafood dishes before doing so!
Kimbulagalla Watta is close to the beaches of Unawatuna, Mirissa and Weligama. The lakeside location also means it is highly competitive when compared to the price of beach villas, without passing on any of the luxuries.
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.
Being the only guests in several locations, and one of only a couple in others, we stayed in the best rooms and enjoyed lots of little surprises along the way.