Beyond the villa and long veranda lies an emerald lawn pricked by palm trees. Loungers laid out here make the most of the sun’s rays, whilst a raised lounge area heightens the views of sea and beach, and is ideal for breakfast or sunset cocktails. To the side of the villa is a turquoise swimming pool with jacuzzi jets and a separate kids’ paddling pool. The pavilion here is furnished with benches for enjoying the sea scenes, and it also doubles up as a spa ‘room’. When it comes to dining, there is a formal dining table indoors but tables can be set up under the stars on the lawn, on the upper balcony or wherever you wish. For rainy days, a big flat screen cable TV and DVD player is in the first floor lounge.
Nothing is too much trouble for the villa staff. They want you to feel at home, so feel free to poke your head in the kitchen, enjoy a cooking lesson with the chef or even use this smart space to cook your own meal. Otherwise, let the chef prepare you some delicious fresh seafood or sumptuousSri Lankan curries. If you’vesomething to celebrate – a milestone birthday, an anniversary or perhaps just wish to partake in an end-of-holiday galadinner – Ceilao Villa’s executive chef will come down from their sister-hotel in Colombo toprepare a memorable feast.
Featuring polished titanium floors, wide picture windows, timber ceilings and whirring fans, bedrooms are airy, light and relaxing. Beds are draped with soft mosquito netting, wardrobes fitted with electronic safes, mini bars and extra pillows, whilst the contemporary ensuite bathrooms come with tubs, rain showers, toiletries and twin sinks.There are also iPod docksin each room.
– Go snorkeling or jump on top a board and surf Kabalana’s famed waves
– Explore inland; discover lakes, villages, paddy fields and tea plantations
– Head into Galle and wander around theDutch Fort to discover old spice warehouses, museums, cafes, boutiques, churches and ramparts
– Take a day trip to Mirissa Beach, a palm-fringed bay to the southeast of the villa. Between November and April, Mirissa Harbour is the launch pad for whale and dolphin watching trips, coastal cruises and deep-sea fishing
Fresh local produce is sourced from the local markets every day on demand, and you should chat to the chef every morning about what you’d like to eat for the day. He will make suggestions for you and then create delicious three or four-course meals such as crispy vegetable salad for a starter followed by a yellow melon soup and then for a main, grilled jumbo prawns with fresh vegetables and a garlic butter sauce. Desserts feature plenty of fresh tropical fruit. Expect also sumptuous spreads of rice and curry alongside simple western meals.
An executive chef based at the villa’s sister-hotel in Colombo supports your in-villa chef. If you have an occasion to celebrate, he can come down on request and prepare you an extra special bespoke meal. Seafood barbecues are popular.
There is no alcohol served at the villa, but guests are welcome to bring their own; no corkage is charged.All food is charged at cost price so you’ll need to provide the chef with a float upon arrival. He will then prepare the grocery receipts daily or present them to you at the end of your stay, whichever you prefer.