The uniqueness of Club Villa is that whilst it has undergone many upgrades over the years, it’s essence and philosophy have always remained the same; providing a home from home experience for guests enamoured by nature, tranquility, comfort and great food. Its build is elegant and timeless as it perfectly represents the beautifully peaceful nature-filled gardens in which it stands, just a little above and away from the sea. Four of Sri Lanka’s great artists have each made their mark on Club Villa; first the late architect Geoffrey Bawa who designed for the owners the original four bedroom house back in 1976, which was added to later by his protégé Channa Daswatta along with the building that houses the famous Club Suite. Leading architect Chelvadurai Anjalendran also designed a part of the hotel whilst noted artist Laki Senanayake’s exquisite Sinharaja mural of winding creepers and jungle foliage in the main house is 30 years old.
Club Villa highlights life’s simple pleasures by having a communal TV room, but no TVs in the bedrooms themselves. There’s a sundrenched freshwater swimming pool with jacuzzi plus the great expanse of ocean beyond. Designed as much for peace-seeking couples as it is for convivial groups, many of Club Villa’s double bedrooms have also a mezzanine floor with second bed that makes them as perfect for friends as for families. Each room category enjoys a different view and privacy can be found not only in-room but also in little pockets of the large sun-dappled garden where furniture is artfully scattered for relaxing and alfresco dining within earshot of the sea. Club Villa is well-known for its excellent cuisine and nature-filled surrounds so gourmet garden-loving guests looking for low-key R&R and impeccable service will not be disappointed here.
These charming bedrooms, which include those in the original house, are fan-cooled only.
Found mainly on the upper floors, these air conditioned bedrooms typically come with a little more space for private relaxation and have some of the best sea and garden views of them all.
A beautifully expansive air-conditioned suite designed for honeymooners with its own sea-view lounge furnished with squashy sofas overlooking a terrace that opens right onto the grassy lawn. Club Suite’s generous split level bathroom is semi open-air and comes with twin washbasins, a big Jacuzzi tub and a monsoon shower.
– Visit Lunuganga, the magical home and gardens of the famous Sri Lankan architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa
– Enjoy a range of water sports from jet skiing, to windsurfing, wakeboarding and canoeing
– Take a day trip to Galle Fort
The staff at Club Villa put the same amount of thought into the experience of dining as the flavours of the food. The open-sided restaurant offers a cool respite from the sun whilst tables placed in the sun-dabbled garden during the day become candlelit at night and provide the ultimate in alfresco dining as the constant melody of the sea plays a relaxing background tune. For a little extra, tables can be set up for romantic seafood BBQs on the beach where dinner is also accompanied by champagne.
Club Villa has a lounge and bar where a range of alcoholic beverages including wine are served. Mid-morning king coconuts are given to guests by the pool every day whilst High Tea in the late afternoon comes with sandwiches, pastries and cakes.