Villa 432, Balapitiya Sri Lanka, South West Beaches
The Villa 432 is a cosy and welcoming property, perched on a rocky outcrop between small coves of quiet sandy beach near Balapitiya. The Villa's 10 spacious rooms have air conditioning, fans and balconies with excellent views out to the sea. Sunsets are a real treat from this part of the island.
The hotel owner has a wealth of experience in the travel industry and has 'retired' to his own dream-spot on the sun kissed shores of the south-west coast. Simply furnished in a low-key modern style, Villa 432 is a relaxed option for a beach stay; small enough to be discreet and large enough to be social, one part Villa and one part small hotel. The decor is tasteful without being over the top. This is a comfortable establishment, with the emphasis on simple relaxation. The pool, which sits in between the two villa structures is large and inviting, with views of the beaches on either side. Sun loungers are dispersed around the lawn providing areas of sun and shade depending on your mood. The airy restaurant, located on the ground floor of the building, also has a great sea view. Service is prompt and personal and the food is tasty. The small beach which adjoins the villa is deserted and private. There are no other hotels in the vicinity and the charming stretch of sand, which is great for swimming, remains almost untouched as a result.
Most guests will want to stray no further than the pool or the beach, but for those who do there are plenty of excursions available in the local area. Nearby Ambalangoda is famous as the centre for mask-making in Sri Lanka, just 4 kilometres from the villa. Historic Galle and its Dutch period fort is only 30 minutes south along the coast. Surfing and snorkeling around the coral reef is popular at lazy Hikkaduwa, 16 kilometres south of the Villa 432. Boat trips along the Madhu Ganga River and its mangroves are less than one kilometre from the hotel. If even that seems too far there is always the herbal massages at the hotel itself, which can also be taken out in the garden with the sound of the sea lapping away at the beach.
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.