Sri Lanka, The Deep South
Info : Teak House
Just moments away from the beautiful southern beaches just west of Tangalle, the Teak House can be found amongst stunning and exotic gardens. For those looking to escape the business of cosmopolitan life this hidden gem offers the perfect haven to unwind in the surroundings of true unspoilt Sri Lankan beauty.
Located just two miles west of Tangalle, the Teak House is situated on a remote tropical hillside, which gently slopes down to the deserted beach of Seenimodera (Sugar Bay).With safe swimming all year round, this bay is a fantastic setting for a beach getaway. The famous beauty of Sri Lanka’s Deep South is bound to capture anyone’s attention.
The villas itself boasts two spacious bedrooms, and an open plan living area. Each bedroom has a seven foot four poster double bed, en suite polished cement bathroom, a vast wooden ceiling and shuttered windows. Mosquito nets and extra beds are also available upon request for children or additional guests.
From its high vantage point above the beach, the sea breeze provides a soothing natural air-conditioning, whilst the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean provide a gentle soundtrack throughout. The villa, which is entirely constructed of the hardwood Teak, is exceptionally comfortable and peaceful.
The open plan living and dining area hosts stunning views over the bright exotic gardens, which are scattered with tropical coconut trees and fragrant frangipani. The house boy and chef, Roshan, will put you at ease with his welcoming manner and delicious cooking. A range of traditional Sri Lankans dishes, Thai dishes and international dishes are all available on request. The local catch of the day is delivered daily to the Teak House, whilst fresh local mussels can be picked straight from the nearby rocky outcrops from the Teak House’s boat.
The colourful and exotic flora surrounding the Teak House are home to a stunning range of tropical birds and animals, including wild peacocks, bright kingfishers, busy woodpeckers, and eye catching birds of paradise. As the sun goes down sea eagles and fireflies can often be seen to line the horizon.
From the Teak House, guests can explore the sights of Mulgirigalla Rock Temple, the turtles of Rekawa beach, birdlife of Bundala National Park, Uda Walawe National Park and Yala National Park.
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.
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.