This Is a really difficult review to write as I think you will either love this place or find it not quite your taste. We stayed here for one night as a family of four. We were in the pond house suites and when we arrived they only had one ready.
It is converted colonial buildings set in 9 acres of lush gardens, teeming with birds and wildlife. Our son absolutely loved it as he explored the grounds looking for water monitors and monkeys, of which he found lots!
We however found it a bit isolated and restricting to be "trapped" there! The pool was distinctly uninviting! As were the surrounding loungers. It you want to be cut off from the rest of the world and are at home with the abundance of wildlife, then this is the place for you!!!
The set menu for dinner was expensive so we opted for a light bite and they were accommodating to provide us with this at the time we requested. Breakfast was fine, usual choices.
We had to occupy 2 separate rooms so split up to be with a child each. Not sure if there are any family rooms as there had been a mix up with our booking and they were only expecting 2 of us! The bathrooms are pretty much outdoors and got very messy as there was a lot of tropical rain whilst we were there!
We found the service a bit on the slow side but in reality time stands still here. If you want to get away from it all and do not mind the wildlife, some of it in your room, them this place is ideal. If you want a something more modern then you would need to look elsewhere.
- 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