This very special hotel embodies the often overused descriptor of ‘boutique’. Built from scratch, the Reef Villa is exactly how the owners wanted it to be. Tucked discreetly away from the road, as soon as you enter you’re enveloped in lush foliage that makes you realise you’re somewhere special. It houses an eclectic collection of antiques sourced from Sri Lanka and India, many of which display echoes of the British Raj and Ceylon rule.
Every room, walkway and common area is a delight and a treasure trove of artefacts. Lily ponds, shade and high ceilings cool the Sri Lankan sun, but when you wish for it there is a beautiful, quiet beach right next to the clipped grass garden. An inviting pool completes the idyllic scene.
Situated in the south west, in a small town en route from Galle to Colombo, you won’t realise just how special this location is until you drive through the stylish wooden gates.
Al fresco restaurant
A perfect end to our Sri Lankan itinerary. Really, what a lovely place. Thank you so much for recommending it.
Discover what to expect from staying at Reef Villa
We know how much a stay at this gorgeous hotel will enhance your experience. Stylish, reassuring, cool and haven-like: there are many adjectives to describe the Reef Villa and all are positive. It goes particularly well towards the end of a trip where a few days relaxing are really appreciated. The owners take great pride in the quality of the food at their restaurant, which can be tailored to your tastes using raw, fresh spices.
There’s a very strong argument for doing very little except swimming in the sea or the pool, or losing yourself in books or thoughts in one of the tranquil common areas. Doubly so, as this hotel will likely appear towards the end of your trip, and a lot of exciting but exhausting adventures will probably have preceded it! However, it is temptingly close to Galle and Colombo and all that they have to offer.
There’s no doubt that the Reef Villa, with its pristine, antique furnishings, feels rather mature in tone, but it’s very welcoming to families too, and the restaurant has a well thought-out kids menu.
Combine the island’s top wildlife crowd pleasers with some magnificent hidden gems and cultural highlights before spending some time on the beach.