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Apa Villa Illuketia

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Illeketia is an absolute dream. So enchanting and full of wonder. The staff are amazing and it was a joy to meet the owner and thank him for creating such a special place. The wildlife is wonderful - 100s of species of birds - mongoose and monkey watching in the morning with an incredible Sri Lankan breakfast and firefly watching... More 

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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

I went to Sri Lanka for the first time & went with a big group of girls friends. We stayed at Apa Villa Illuketia and it was the most enchanting,beautiful, serene place I've ever been to. The food was immaculate the service was amazing. This is definitely a place you can go as a family and bond and enjoy the... More 

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Singapore
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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for 5 days with a group of friends. The property is very large and secluded yet we still had easy access to hiking trips, surfing and Galle. The food was absolutely delicious. Especially the lemongrass and ginger soup, local curries and hoppers. Everything is very fresh and the red rice is grown right in their property. There is... More 

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Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Feel like home. This actually my very first hotel in Sri Lanka during this trip. But everything so green, quiet, seeing the frogs, birds, baby monkeys jumping between the big huge trees. You would love it if you are into the green. This is my kind of favorite example of a perfect "weekend away" Breakfast and other meals are tasty... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

we had a great room with all facilities well organised and it was spacious and comfortable. Food was outstanding as was the service.Beautiful gardens with lovely vegetation and many birds-even the monkeys visited one morning. Only drawback is that it was a bit out of the way and not all the drivers knew where it was

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Reviewed 9 May 2016

Stayed here for 6 nights after a hectic 2-week tour of Sri Lanka in 38c The exotic garden and pool was cool and relaxing with birds, monkeys and lizards playing around us The room was gorgeous with a huge verandah where we relaxed on comfy cushions under a large fan and indulged in delicious lunches and fresh coconut water. The... More 

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Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

As we had read about the wonderful Sri Lankan colonial decor here in various books, we had been looking forward to this visit. However despite booking a specific room in advance, when we arrived we were put in a completely different room with no verandah. The man who showed us to our room was lovely, but the reception staff could... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2016

Tranquil, peaceful, serene, atmospheric - this is one of the most wonderful places we have ever stayed. It is the ideal place to unwind, surrounded by vibrant wildlife and jungle greenery. There's a constant hum of monkeys, frogs, exotic birds and squirrels, as well as the monitor lizards! This is a place to read, relax, swim, chat, play cards, stroll... More 

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Reviewed 11 March 2016

We were amazed at the beauty and privacy of the Apa Villa. It felt like we were in the midst of a jungle, with birds chirping, monkeys playing in the trees, and wonderful vegetation. The food and service were excellent. Many on the staff had worked there for over a dozen years. We wish we could have stayed there for... More 

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Reviewed 19 February 2016

Really quiet and secluded 200 year old house that has been sensitively restored whilst avoiding the excesses of being overly 'designed' The house really feels and operates like a the home of a kind and generous (rather wealthy) friend! - The staff are charming and the kitchen is excellent - we stayed of 7 nights and only bothered to eat... More 

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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A villa hideaway with five suites set in 12 acres of garden and ponds. A luxury that our guests can discern on arrival. Only 15 minutes from Galle town, going to Illuketia is a return to nature and plantation lifestyle. The splendid mansion with original wooden temple doors, carved window frames and Oriental-style furniture is drawn out of a traveller's journal. A swimming pool in the far end of a lush garden allows a dip while watching birds and monkeys at close range. Three differently styled bedrooms are placed around a courtyard fish pond in the main house and two other suites are located in a separate Pond House. Each room varies in size and outlook, with its own walk-in wardrobe, sitting area indoor or outdoor. The Hibiscus Suite is considered the master room with a long private balcony lined with cushions and facing tall jack trees and rice fields. There is a separate walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. The Lotus Suite is aligned long and spacious with a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. Windows look out to a water channel and flowering trees. The Citronella Suite is cozy and comes with a dining table and chairs in a private open-air verandah. It has its own wardrobe and en-suite bathrooms. All rooms are air-conditioned with additional ceiling fans and power points. The villa serves organic rice from its own rice fields, fruit, herbs and vegetables from the garden. Apa Villa's Sri Lankan Curry Rijstafel Dinner is all-time favourite among guests.. Apart from this, there is All Day menu of snacks, light meals and tea service. Evening meals are from an A La Carte with our stewards serving in the traditional sarong and tunic outfits. Booking for long-term of Pond House and whole villa welcomed. Illuketia and its grounds is ideal for weddings, anniversaries and birthday celebrations or groups with special interests like bird-watching, workshops, mahjong, painting and photography. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Apa Villa Illuketia

Address: Illuketia Watta | Wanchawala, Galle, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Price Range: $104 - $381 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Apa Villa Illuketia 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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Apa Hotel Illuketia
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#12 Romantic Hotel in Galle
#17 Family Hotel in Galle
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“The best room is the one with a huge verandah - very welcome in exceptionally hot weather like we experienced”
 of 5 bubbles Helen-Sarah48, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“The Hibiscus room opens out to a balcony which overlooks the grounds. A great place to sit in the morning and evenings.”
  • The balcony attached to the Hibiscus Room
 of 5 bubbles Brendon_F, 19 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Really enjoyed the peaceful rooms away from the main villa, by the lake.”
 of 5 bubbles SaumN, 23 Nov 2015 | Read review
“All the rooms are different, and therefore, unique.”
 of 5 bubbles AntoineWu, 6 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Hibiscus room if not travelling on a budget, otherwise the pool house is lovely.”
 of 5 bubbles 559scottl, 3 Jun 2015 | Read review
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