Octopus Reef Beach Villa, Koggala Sri Lanka, The South Coast
Octopus Reef Beach Villa is a small, contemporary two-bedroom villa just off the main road in Kabalana. It’s situated right on the beach and feels remote, though it is deceivingly close to popular beaches, restaurants and culture. The villa itself has rustic stylings and a modern, youthful feel to it. There’s a most accommodating personal chef who is very happy to cater to your schedule and culinary preferences and as you see fit.
You’ll be greeted by a big green lawn and a sprawling beachfront, and you’ll probably just want to kick your shoes off and take it all in. Although there’s no pool, there’s no need for one - the beach is fabulous and it’s right at your doorstep. The villa is air-conditioned and there are plenty of spaces for sitting, relaxing, having a drink at the pavilion bar and gazing at the Indian Ocean. Each room has a loft and a deck with fabulous beach views.
Mirissa and Unawatuna are just a stone’s throw from Octopus Reef and Galle is a 40-minute drive away. Take a short stroll to the stilt fishermen or go whale watching – a great site is situated around 20 minutes from the villa.
Unless you simply must have access to a swimming pool or international standard five-star luxury amenities, there isn’t much to criticize about Octopus Reef Beach Villa. It’s a great intimate place to bring a small group of friends or your family to do your own thing. The villa is charming, the staff are friendly and helpful, the meals are top quality and it’s easy to pass through for a night or two, although you’re bound to wish you’d stayed longer.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
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Most of them were superb and we had requested quiet rooms with sea/lake views where possible. Harriet had arranged this for us and her hard work paid of as they were all granted.