Sri Lanka’s jagged south coast, consists of lovely coral-protected bays and headlands and offers a greater diversity of beaches than the west coast. Stunning, tropical sandy beaches, rural fishing villages, untouched wilderness and a vibrant cultural heritage makes the southern coastal belt an ideal holiday experience for those wishing to escape the larger tourist centres. From here you can see turtles hatching on the beach, there is surfing, dolphin and whale watching, scuba diving, fishing and a must are the iconic stilt fisherman in Weligama.
Amanwella one of two hotels owned by the Aman resorts on the island lives up to the famous Aman reputation with outstanding service, beautiful rooms and top draw food. It’s not aesthetically the most beautiful looking hotel but its very stylish and has the best beach along this southern coast, it really is a lovely crescent beach with safe swimming and some great body surfing in the windier seasons. There is also a fantastic near Olympic size swimming pool set above the beach. The rooms are impeccable and huge with everything you could want from an ipod docking stations to huge double ended baths, a loo with a view and a private plunge pool rather strangely at the entrance to your room at the back. There is a lovely terrace to the front though you can see into the rooms below and be seen from the rooms above so its good to keep the blinds down over the door and back windows. However it’s a fantastic hotel and well worth staying here after a tour of the island.
Last House was so named as it was the last house designed by the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa before he died. It’s a lovely villa with only five beautifully adorned bedrooms. The gardens lead down to the beach and there are plenty of places to relax either in the garden or on the comfortable sofas in the opens sitting rooms. There is a small pool around the back and the villa is in a horse shoe shaped around it. In the same family as the Kandy House the food and service is excellent and it’s a lovely quiet and secluded spot to enjoy some relaxation.
Lansiya is a private villa, so for exclusive use only, and the perfect family holiday retreat. Set within lovely gardens which run down to the beach, there is the main building with three rooms on the second floor off the terrace and below there is a games room and sitting area. The dining room and bar is further down the garden then at the front is the private suite nearest to the beach. The villa could be taken by a family but also easily for a honeymoon as the suite is self contained so you don’t feel you are rattling around in a four bed villa. It’s a lovely place with two rather bouncy dogs racing around the garden.
The view of Taprobane Island is one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic photographs. This extraordinary island retreat lies only 200 yards off the coast in Weligama Bay and is only accessible by wading through the slow-moving surf, the villa is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens which enjoy 360 degree ocean views. Taprobane was originally built in the 1920's by the romantically named but self styled Count de Mauny-Talvande. The island with its neo Palladian mansion has played host to kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, aristocracy, writers and eccentrics, giving it a very colourful history, which you can now share. The house, octagonal in shape is as open plan as possible to allow for the sea breezes. There are five beautifully adorned rooms which revolve outwards from a grand central space with a 30m high domed roof. All the rooms have a private terrace with sea views and there are plenty of places to relax in the gardens and round the infinity pool. The house is fully staffed and a great base to either explore the south coast or relax and gaze across the sea- next stop the south pole!
Nestled on a hilltop in the midst of a lush, tropical garden and immaculately kept coconut plantation, The Teak House is one of the South Coast’s most romantic and serene villa hideaways. If you are seeking complete privacy or even solitude within moments of an unspoilt Indian Ocean beach, The Teak House offers luxury and privacy in equal measure.
From its elevated position overlooking Seenimodera beach, the villa’s two spacious ensuite bedrooms and open plan living benefit from the constant breezes coming from the Indian Ocean below. Hidden from view, the villa, constructed entirely of teak - one of Sri Lanka’s sustainable hardwoods - is relaxed and incredibly comfortable. Lying in one of the seven foot, four poster beds, wreathed in fine white mosquito nets, you can see and hear the constant rhythm of the Indian Ocean. There is no pool but the beach is only a couple of minutes walk away and you will be looked after by Roshan, who is an excellent cook and will do all your shopping and cooking with fresh fish being delivered daily.