An open courtyard with tranquillity pool marks the entrance to this chic and stylish colonial villa and leads into a spacious living room bordered on three sides by French windows and wrap-around pillared verandahs characteristic of a southern walawe or ancestral home. Sumptuously cushioned sofas within the villa and plentiful planters’ chairs on the tiled verandah offer the ideal location for both socialising and serenity as you gaze over the azure swimming pool in the garden to the glittering Indian Ocean beyond.
At IF, life is easy; the villa staff of six tend to your every need so you can enjoy cooling dips in the pool or ocean followed by long, lazy lunches on the sun-drenched terrace overlooking the lagoon. Come nightfall indulge in delicious dinners in the separate Dining Pavilion and let your personal chef take care of your culinary needs. If too much relaxing gets the better of you, the beach is perfect for a stroll while exploration of the historic city of Galle is only a 20-minute drive away.
While the double rooms are furnished with teak four-poster beds draped in soft white mosquito netting, all are furnished with antique furniture and crisp white cotton sheets. Highly polished cement floors and ceiling fans help to keep the rooms cool.
The modern en-suite bathrooms in each of the rooms have shower rooms, twin vanities and plenty of soft fluffy towels. A few of the rooms are characterised by invigorating outdoor showers open to the sky.
– Take a dawn or sunset walk around the historic citadel of Galle Fort, built from 1640 by the Dutch on the site of an earlier Portuguese fort
– 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
Meals are served in the Dining Pavilion located in the garden. A smaller seating area close-by on the terrace provides the ideal spot to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and count the lights of the fishing boats on the horizon at night. Alcohol is not stocked in the villa so it is recommended that you order your choice of wine, spirits and soft drinks in advance of your arrival.