Best kept secret in Galle: Apa Villa and Illuketia (Colombo)
Apa Villa is one of the oldest though trend-setting villas along the coast of Galle-Thalpe. Started by Hans Hoefer, former Insight or Apa Guide book publisher, the beach villa has an incredible swimming pool much copied by others, great food with a menu designed by foodies from Singapore, good service, free wi-fi, private dining on the verandah facing room and welcoming to children.
Apa Villa Illuketia which is an inland plantation estate has a stunning building with four rooms and a separate Pond House facing a large pond. The escape to Illuketia means meandering around a wondrous garden and swimming among the wildlife and birds. The villa has its vegetable beds, fruit trees, own ricefields, tea bushes and huge space in the main house and surroundings.It is truly a secret retreat.
Only one hour on the new highway and you will be in a totally refreshed mood. Galle Fort and its attractions are only 15 minutes away.
For this July, rooms are going for US$150-$ Protected content occupancy) a night including breakfast. Treat yourself and your family to a few days home-away-from home. Get another family to join and enjoy the attractions of the southern coasts.
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