Sergeant House , Unawatuna Sri Lanka, The South Coast
Unawatuna is a popular beach in south-western Sri Lanka, and this boutique villa is perched strategically close to the shores, by the main road opposite a particularly nice stretch of beach. Galle Fort is just a short drive away. The bungalow was originally built in the 1800’s for the police sergeant, and it has since been transformed into a breathtaking retreat by American landscape architect Mark Smoot. Everything about this place is well-crafted and cleverly thought out.
The first impression is one of tranquillity and beauty, inspired by colonial times but realised with contemporary flair. The space makes the most of the abundant natural light and is decorated with a fascinating and rather eclectic collection of art. The villa is surrounded by lush landscaped gardens, and there are plenty of lovely private nooks for sitting, observing, and relaxing. The L-shaped pool, mini-pool and hot tub are real highlights, and the gardens are ideal for wandering through and sitting by the pond.
Choose from two beautiful “pavilion” rooms or a completely separate bungalow with three bedrooms. You’ll find four-poster beds, stunning furnishings with one-of-a-kind pieces and plenty of verandahs, balconies and outdoor sitting areas.
As an accommodation experience, it is hard to fault Sergeant House. The staff are attentive, the property is maintained meticulously and the overall ambience is superb. Families with children might feel a bit out of place in this stylish and quiet retreat, but the villa does claim to welcome them with open arms.
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.