Uda Kanda, Inland from Galle Sri Lanka, Galle
Uda Kanda is a well-kept secret; hidden away atop a hillside less than ten minutes from the iconic Galle Fort and Sri Lanka’s stunning southern beaches.
Boasting excellent service, a 50ft infinity pool and a dedicated staff including your own private chef and housekeeper, the villa offers something a little different to the other options in the area – peace, quiet and pampering.
Set on a 3.5 acre estate and surrounded by jungle and rice paddies, the villa has three large double bedrooms, all air conditioned with their own private en suites and terraces. It is a great place to bring a group of friends or for family gatherings, and the friendly dogs and warm staff will make you feel right at home.
Uda Kanda may not be right on the beach, but you get far more for your money by moving a little inland, and the beach is only about a 5 minute tuk tuk ride away too.
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.
Being the only guests in several locations, and one of only a couple in others, we stayed in the best rooms and enjoyed lots of little surprises along the way.