Stepping-stones across a lotus pond lead prettily into the villa, beside which sprout frangipani trees loaded with scented white blooms. Footsteps away lies an emerald lawn sprinkled with sun loungers and hammocks, plus an idyllic pool and seaside pavilion. Walkways to either side of the living room lead to the villa’s five bedrooms – four doubles and one twin – a dining room, a well-equipped kitchen and an air-conditioned TV Room furnished with a long sofa, flat screen satellite TV and DVD player, plus a selection of movies. Other facilities include free WiFi, an iPod dock and a CD player. The internal room is also furnished with a TV.
Victoria is staffed by an efficient team, including a chef who can whip up a selection of dishes across a range of cuisines. If you fancy an in-villa massage, the staff can arrange for a trained therapist to come to the villa upon request. The villa has direct beach access to the far end of the lawn, and this sandy sliver is wonderful for late afternoon strolls. For swimming however, you should head west to Dalawella’s idyllic turquoise lagoon for the best, and safest, bathing. Galle’s wining and dining scene is growing, and Victoria’s central location is perfectly situated to take advantage of the emerging restaurants and bars.
Victoria can be booked as an entire villa only.
– 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 this stretch of coastline: Dalawella and Mirissa are a two of our favorites
– Head to Sinharaja and take a walk through dense, virgin rain forest, home to thousands of plant and animal species
– Embark on whale and dolphin watching trips from Galle or Mirissa Harbor – trips operate between November and April
– Visit the virgin white tea plantation in Titagalla and learn how tea, cinnamon and rubber is produced
– Take a hot air balloon ride above Galle’s idyllic inland countryside or jump aboard a helicopter for a scenic birds-eye spy of the coastline