Stella Beach Villa is a renovation of an existing house and its minimal whitewashed interiors reflect a simple tropical modernism that is completely at ease with its rustic coastal situation. Each of the fourbedroomsis accessed via a wraparound veranda linked by a central corridor and they are all airy and light with slatted windows specially designed for allowing the cooling sea breezes to infiltrate and cool. A dining bench and sun loungers are scattered to the front and side of the villa atop the veranda in view of the seawith a few more laid out on the timber decking beside the pool.
The villa can be rented by the room or also in its entirety so that you can enjoy the privacy of the house and its secure grounds all to yourself. With such an abundance of space, a refreshing swimming pool and palm shaded grounds to bask in, this is an excellent spot for a family looking to kick back and stay in comfort a little off the beaten track. The villa is situated in a coastal village less than a kilometre off the main road, yet is only a very short drive to picturesque Mirissa Beach and also to the bigger provincial town of Matara. The villa is staffed with a manager, a housekeeper and a cook who can rustle up some delicious Sri Lankan, seafood and select international dishes on request.
Situated to the front of the villa just footsteps from the swimming pool this spacious double room comes with built-in cupboards and an open-plan polished cement-finished bathroom with shower.
Located to the side of the house and opening onto the side veranda, this double bedroom boasts views of the garden and sea. The attached bathroom is also finished in smooth cement.
This double bedroom to the rear of the house boasts an ensuite bathroom with open-air shower area and a connecting door to bedroom four, making it a good choice for families.
An interconnecting door links this twin room with bedroom 3 making it a suitable choice for families. The bathroom is particularly large and also features an open air shower.
The whole villa can be booked for families or groups of friends looking for maximum privacy. The property comes with fourbedrooms, a wraparound living and dining veranda, a satellite TV with cable channels and DVD player, a swimming pool, a kitchen, a large two-acre garden and a staff of three.
– Take a ride around the picturesque Weligama bay in one of the colourful wooden catamarans
– For the reptile lovers out there, visit the nearby snake farm
– 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
A visit to the local market is a true insight into local culture and guests are encouraged to accompany the cook on one of his daily trips. If guests are renting the villa in its entirety, they also have the option of self-catering in the villa’s equipped kitchen. In this case, the staff are still able to assist guests in shopping for anything that they need if furnished with a list and a stash of cash.
The staff can prepare soft drinks and fruit juices whilst local beer and spirits can be bought locally. If you do have a preference for foreign liquor and wine however, it is best if you bring your own supplies from the duty free shop at the airport or purchase from one of the better-stocked liquor shops in Colombo.
Mirissa has a number of beach restaurants and relaxed cafes for both daytime and evening dining, and the staff are happy to assist with making any bookings and arranging transport to get there.