Chandolu has an enviable location in Galle Fort. Its entrance is up a narrow side street, seconds away from the fort’s western-facing grass-topped ramparts where cricket players, sunset seekers and strollers colourfully converge at the end of the day. Views are best from the first floor of the villa where ocean panoramas playfully unfold from a spacious master bedroom opening directly onto a gorgeous roof terrace – the villa’s undisputed highlight. Furnished with a dining table and day bed for soaking in the superbscenes of ramparts and sea, this is the best spot for savouring a good old fashioned Galle Fort sunset; sink refreshing sundowners before dining al fresco under a sparkling ceiling of stars.
The ground floor bedroom opens directly onto the sun-drenched pool terrace and features a colonial-style bathroom with black-and-white chequered floor tiles, a pair of freestanding sinks and a claw-footed Victorian bathtub.
Chandolu’s second bedroom is on the ground floor and opens directly onto the pool terrace, along with a cosy TV Room with DVD player and a selection of movies that can be converted into a third bedroom if required. The villa is also facilitated with an iPod dock, lots of interesting coffee table books, collections of magazines and a selection of novels. You’re welcome to use thefully equipped kitchen, and the villa comes with a team of two full time staff capable of cooking breakfasts and simple local meals. A member of the Chandolu’s management team drops by from time to time, and the fort’s restaurants are mere footsteps away.
The bedroom on the first floor features a cosy ocean-view sitting area and a contemporary ensuite bathroom with elongated designer sink and shower. Three sets of doors lead from the bedroom onto a sea-view balcony that winds round to a fully furnished roof terrace.
The ground floor TV Roomis equipped with a built in sofa that can be made up as a bed, if required. The room comes with a ceiling fan and air conditioning, and is attached to a bijou bathroom so it wouldwork well if a third (single) bedroom was required.
– Ride inland on mountain bikes to discover a stunning emerald landscape of paddy fields, white-washed Buddhist temples, and rural villages
– Spend the day on one of the golden beaches along the coast: Unawatuna, Thalpe or Mirissa
– Head to Sinharaja and take a walk through dense, virgin rainforest, home to thousands of plant and animal species
– Go whale and dolphin watching from Mirissa
– Visit the virgin white tea plantation in Titagalla and learn how tea, cinnamon and rubber is produced
Wake up to either a western or a Sri Lankan breakfast. Creamy curries are a wonderful, if slightly unusual, way to start the day but we recommend you try them for breakfast at least once during your stay at the villa. Lunch options include pizza and sandwiches, whilst suggested set menus featuring on the menu for dinner include rice and curry spreads, Thai green curry, baked fish or roast chicken accompanied by vegetables, rice and salad. Desserts include banana cake, fruit salad, baked pineapple and passion fruit soufflé.
Drinking water is available at the villa, but all other drinks need to be bought in, including alcohol. The staff will purchase what they need for concocting fruit juices, and can buy soft drinks, beer and other beverages on their daily shopping trips on your behalf. Since the selection of wine and spirits is limited in Galle (but by all means available), we recommend you purchase your favourite labels from the duty free shop at the airport to avoid disappointment. The staff will concoct your drinks for you;make sure you ask them to rustle up somefried cashew nuts, as these make delicious accompaniments to sunset G&Ts!