Sri Lanka, The South Coast
Info : Pooja Kanda
Set within a tropical jungle garden, Pooja Kanda is a luxurious Dutch colonial-style villa designed for pure secluded relaxation. Five minutes inland from Koggala and the southern coast, this villa is the perfect getaway for families and large groups looking for a quiet base close to Galle.
With high ceilings, a wide wrap-around veranda, wooden pillars and tall arched doorways, this villa encapsulates the style of the old Dutch colonial buildings. Bright white walls and floors are accentuated by dark antique wood furniture, creating a light, airy and elegant feeling throughout the villa. The villa has five double bedrooms spread across two pavilions and two floors, as well as a large open-planned living and dining area, and a modern marble topped kitchen. The upper floor opens out onto a balcony, whilst the lower floor leads onto the veranda; both perfect places for guests to relax in the shade.
A swimming pool can be found in the exotic garden, with an outdoor lounge area and sunbeds from which to soak up the tropical sun. The rest of the two acre garden has a beautiful waterfall feature, secluded rocky outcrop with a built in stone seat, and plenty of resident monkeys to entertain guests throughout their stay. Surprisingly this jungle environment is set only five minutes from the southern coast, so exploring the golden sands and turquoise beaches is a great alternative to relaxing in the villa.
Dinner is arranged by the villa’s chef, who can cook a variety of Western and Sri Lankan dishes depending on the guests’ tastes. A hexagonal table beside the pool offers a great place to eat al fresco. Babysitters and in-house massages are available upon request, as are drivers who can take you to explore the neighbouring towns of Kogalla, Mirissa and Unawatuna Bay.
Villa - The 'Villa' is a similar concept to the 'holiday home' in Europe, with some key differences. Our villas in Asia are always fully staffed with cooking and service provided for you. Staff will generally cook meals to your specification and purchase food and drink for you at cost price. They are generally pretty smart and luxurious too and feel in many ways like a small private hotel. Nonetheless, your villa is still effectively a home and therefore you cannot expect the same level of training, English speaking or slickness that you might expect from a hotel at a similar cost. As the owners are not generally holiday professionals we cannot guarantee the quality of a villa matches expectations in a way we can with hotels. That said, the personal local touch means villas are generally much more friendly and interactive than hotels and have much to recommend them. The privacy and space makes them wonderful for families, groups of friends or couples looking for privacy and relaxation.
- Child Friendly
- DVD Player
- Swimming 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.