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Apa Villa Illuketia

Illuketia Watta | Wanchawala, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #7 of 14 hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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west sussex
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Is a really difficult review to write as I think you will either love this place or find it not quite your taste. We stayed here for one night as a family of four. We were in the pond house suites and when we arrived they only had one ready. It is converted colonial buildings set in 9 acres... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
17 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing building, incredible gardens, peaceful place, but remember : you'll be very isolated ! It's nice to meet locals if you fancy a walk around. Getting into town , you will need a tuktuk. Staff are friendly and helpful !

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9 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent two nights at this stunning property and I wish we had weeks to spend here. Villa Illuketia is one of those rare and special places to stay that make you feel privileged simply to be there. I can only say that it is a magical place: A beautiful and authentic colonial plantation villa with a deep veranda and... More

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ApaVillasGalle, Owner at Apa Villa Illuketia, responded to this review

Words cannot express our gratitude with this glowing review by Kostastravel and we feel honoured and privileged to have guests like him at Illuketia. Our staff will be very pleased to read all the positive points mentioned. We sincerely hope to welcome Kostastravel once again on his next visit. The best reward for the owners and staff is to engage... More

Tilaran, Costa Rica
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The personal service and attention are fantastic, the food wonderful, the quiet and peacefulness of the property are remarkable. If possible, ask about the many different plants in the garden and do a garden tour. An keep an eye out for all the wildlife. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

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ApaVillasGalle, Owner at Apa Villa Illuketia, responded to this review

We are delighted to receive this review by SarchasmHopper and we thank him for summarising his stay at the Pond House. While we do our best to provide maximum comfort we cannot avoid the insects that are attracted to light in the night. As SarchasmHoper pointed out, we are in close proximity to wildlife and have to live with the... More

Chepstow, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This was our second time staying at Illuketia, and probably won't be our last. We stayed fro 11 nights this time. We had 2 children, one and four with us and they loved it as much as us. The staff were first class and were great with the boys. They made up a cot and little bed for them and... More

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ApaVillasGalle, Owner at Apa Villa Illuketia, responded to this review

We are delighted that Chippymitten gave us full marks for his review on Illuketia. Thank you for the glowing words and descriptions and we are sorry that getting to the estate was rather inconvenient. We are awaiting permission to put up a finished signboard at the entrance of the side lane from the main Akuressa Road. We hope to welcome... More

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I agree with some of the other reviewers that Apa Villa Illuketia is a bit secluded and hard to get to, but when you do, it will be worth every minute you spent being lost! The villa is an ex-plantation house and divided into several suites that share a common living room and a beautiful verandah that runs around most... More

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Shanghai, China
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I booked this hotel when it seemed that all the nice hotels in Galle Fort and on Unawatuna Beach were booked up. Booked in December through Agoda and had no problems checking in last week of January. Yes, the villa is hard to find--it's tucked down a long dirt road. It would have been nice if there were better directions... More

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Shanghai, China
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
26 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We booked this hotel in November. We were debited for this stay on 25th January. We found out the night before there was no rooms for us, The manager informed us his contract with Agoda was terminated on December 16th. Party of four. No where to stay. Had to go to Colombo for accommodation. Very very disappointed with the total... More

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ApaVillasGalle, Owner at Apa Villa Illuketia, responded to this review

We deeply regret what happened to Mr. Glenn and want to take this opportunity to advise all Tripadvisor readers to visit our hotel website apavilla.com and click on Booking and Rates to book directly and get our own booking confirmations. Another option is to send an email enquiry to booking@apavilla.com. Agoda.com ignored our termination notice in December and despite our... More

Singapore, Singapore
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The Illuketia benefits more than most from TripAdvisor reviews because it will help steer beachgoing and convenience-seeking tourists towards other properties. The rest of you, keep reading. Gardens that are deceptively large and diverse, including flora and fauna. An old black-and-white manor house akin to Alkaff Mansion in Singapore or the E&O. Creative landscaping and homey artistic touches that make... More

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ApaVillasGalle, Owner at Apa Villa Illuketia, responded to this review

We are so heartened by Ee-n-Zz's appreciation of our inland plantation house as it is precisely the reason why we have opened the doors for guests who will find inspiration and quiet in the gardens and living space. We hope to see the family again and perhaps, for a longer stay to write that next book or to read in... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

After turning up with my agoda booking and asking to drop my bags off, due to having to go to galle hospital to pick my wife up who had broken her back... I was turned away with the rude staff stating they would not accept my agoda voucher. I was made to wait outside with know help or anything... I... More

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ApaVillasGalle, Owner at Apa Villa Illuketia, responded to this review

It is regretful that Mr. Mark W from London was caught in between the non-compliance of his booking agent and our management. Mr. Mark W’s booking was made the evening before and we had immediately informed Agoda that the booking cannot be accepted as there was no room available. Nonetheless, the guest turned up despite our immediate action to Agoda... More

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Also Known As:
Apa Villa Illuketia Hotel
Apa Villa Illuketia Hotel Galle
Apa Hotel Illuketia
Address: Illuketia Watta | Wanchawala, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Galle
#7 Romantic Hotel in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A villa hideaway only 15 minutes from Galle town to return to nature and plantation lifestyle. Splendid mansion with original wooden temple doors and Oriental-style furniture. Four differently styled bedrooms around a courtyard pool in the main house and two other suites in a separate Pond House. A swimming pool in the far end of a lush garden allows a dip while watching birds and monkeys at close range. Organic rice from villa's own rice fields and herbs/vegetables add to its superb Sri Lankan Curry Rijstafel Dinner. All-day menu and set dinner of international food are available. Booking for long-term of Pond House and whole villa welcomed. ... more   less 
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