Well, this is not really a hotel in the traditional sense. It has all of six bedrooms. The bedrooms are not exceptionally large as well, although the verandah's more than make up for it. We stayed in two of the rooms in the main building. But staying here is not about your room. This is a royal home with stellar grounds.
This is one of those places where you can stay for many days on end, simply to unwind and relax. You get your self books to read an enjoy nature.
There is a lovely swimming pool in the grounds that will work phenomenally well. The food is simple and tasty. But is is very fresh since most of the ingredients came from the gardens. The fruits and vegetables were excellent.
You can do day-trips to galle and the beach from here and take in the local sights and sounds. Personally, I don't think there is much deep cultural tourism that you can do in Srilanka. The golden triangle is much touted, but I can find exceptional history and culture in Tamilnadu and many parts of India that are far deeper and exciting. Srilanka is a nice place with nice people that offers a great opportunity for easy vacations.
What you cannot expect in this resort like in a five-star hotel
b) Bathtubs & spa
c) Gourmet Food
This is a grand villa residence where you can simply unwind and have peace. We stayed here in Dec 2011
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A villa hideaway with five suites set in 12 acres of garden and ponds. A luxury that our guests can discern on arrival. Only 15 minutes from Galle town, going to Illuketia is a return to nature and plantation lifestyle. The splendid mansion with original wooden temple doors, carved window frames and Oriental-style furniture is drawn out of a traveller's journal. A swimming pool in the far end of a lush garden allows a dip while watching birds and monkeys at close range. Three differently styled bedrooms are placed around a courtyard fish pond in the main house and two other suites are located in a separate Pond House. Each room varies in size and outlook, with its own walk-in wardrobe, sitting area indoor or outdoor. The Hibiscus Suite is considered the master room with a long private balcony lined with cushions and facing tall jack trees and rice fields. There is a separate walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. The Lotus Suite is aligned long and spacious with a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. Windows look out to a water channel and flowering trees. The Citronella Suite is cozy and comes with a dining table and chairs in a private open-air verandah. It has its own wardrobe and en-suite bathrooms. All rooms are air-conditioned with additional ceiling fans and power points. The villa serves organic rice from its own rice fields, fruit, herbs and vegetables from the garden. Apa Villa's Sri Lankan Curry Rijstafel Dinner is all-time favourite among guests.. Apart from this, there is All Day menu of snacks, light meals and tea service. Evening meals are from an A La Carte with our stewards serving in the traditional sarong and tunic outfits. Booking for long-term of Pond House and whole villa welcomed. Illuketia and its grounds is ideal for weddings, anniversaries and birthday celebrations or groups with special interests like bird-watching, workshops, mahjong, painting and photography. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apa Villa Illuketia Hotel Galle
- Apa Hotel Illuketia