Sri Lanka, The South Coast
Info : Kingsley's Pearl
Kingsley's Pearl (Formerly Sanda Kirana Villa)is a luxury modern villas in Thalpe, just along the coast from Galle. Spacious and bright, the villa is fantastic for families or small groups.
Kingsley's Pearl's five bedrooms are designed in a classical and sensual style. There are four large double rooms and an additional connecting room containing two big beds. Large four-poster beds with crisp white sheets stand in the centre of the bedrooms, all of which are equipped with flatscreen televisions, stunningly designed en-suite bathrooms and open showers. The beds are cooled by overhead fans and the open design of the house makes the great use of refreshing sea breezes, although all rooms also have air-conditioning if required. The master bedroom at the beach end of the villa also has a grand outdoor seating area with inviting cushions and reclining chairs.
The swimming pool is the centre-piece of this villa, in the centre of the main courtyard and visible from almost everywhere in the property. Finished in dark turquoise, it has an unusual and charming aesthetic. Surrounded by the tiled walkways, this pool is large enough for a proper swim as well as a relaxing dip.
There is a large living room which houses a collection of books and an assortment of traditional Sri Lankan wooden lounge furniture. Doors open out on both sides of the room making it breezy and light, supported by fans which hang from the tall wooden ceiling. A separate dining area is located towards the front of the villa, which looks onto the water garden at the house entrance. The floors are all tiled which makes the villa highly practical and cool. Free wifi internet is available throughout the villa.
Kingsley's Pearl is fully staffed and you can discuss your meal requirements with the excellent chef. She will also shop for all your ingredients, tailoring meals to order. A trip to the market with the staff is often worth the journey though for a slice of local flavour. All food and drink is paid for at cost price: which represents a huge saving on the equivalent standard meals, snacks and drinks at hotels. Meat and especially fish, as well as fruit and vegetables are stunningly cheap and you will find a massive saving on your extras bill when you stay here. This makes the overall cost great value.
The garden is spacious and spans the width of the land adjoining the sea. Sun loungers and parasols are scattered around and the grassy lawn and linen hammocks swing from the many coconut trees which lean out over the sandy beach below.
Kingsley's Pearl is a glorious place for a villa holiday and represents great value for a luxurious beach stay.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
- Beach Access
- Maid Service
- Outdoor Pool
The accommodation arranged for us was truly fantastic and we had to pinch ourselves sometimes - especially at the plantation, Villa Rosa and The Dutch House - WOW! The food and service everywhere were top quality.