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Apa Villa Illuketia

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Illuketia Watta | Wanchawala, Galle, Sri Lanka
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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
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely stay at the Pond House. We were four of us and this was a really special place.The rooms had an old world charm with mosquito nets enveloping the beds. The bathrooms al fresco were truly refreshing with modern amenities and a shower open to the sky..how cool is that! In front was our very own large... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Staying in this hotel was such a great experience ! The house in itself is beautiful and the rooms are stunning (even the smallest one, that we had), It is seating in a huge garden with a pool. The size of the place (only 6 rooms) makes it very friendly , cosy and confortable. The staff is very chill yet... More 

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Sydney
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15 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My two little kids (7 and 3) and I stayed at Apa Villa Illuketia not once but twice this past week on our south coast Sri Lankan break. I had aspirations of a surfing holiday near Weligama, but it was not to be - what we all agreed on was returning to Apa Villa! The property itself is a beautifully... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Our stay at Illukeitia on 23rd and 24 rd February 2015. . We were four people traveling together in Sri Lanka and had booked the ‘main house’ at Illuketia for our own private use over the period of two nights. I made the booking directly with Appa Villa who at the time confirmed that the rate we agreed to pay... More 

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

It was clearly not our intention to invade on his party’s conversation. We take it that as owner of the property, we will make a friendly welcoming gesture to our guests. However, we erred on this one occasion. We are operating a fully licensed hotel and as such public space is for the use of other guests as we have... More 

Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We chose Illuketia for 2 nights for more of a colonial estate feel in a lush, garden environment and were in no way disappointed. The gardens are truly stunning - sprawling lawns, rainforest like surrounds, monkeys in trees, water monitors in the ponds and beautiful birdlfe everywhere. You really do feel transported to another place in time. Food and service... More 

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

We thank our guests for taking the time to write this review. We are pleased that they enjoy the garden surroundings, wildlife, food and service. We are disappointed to hear of the errant tuk-tuk drivers from outside trying to take advantage of our foreign visitors. We have published a guide for fares to frequently-asked destinations and we leave it to... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A gorgeous little retreat inland from the coast. Gardens are stunning teeming with wildlife. We stayed in one of the pond house rooms, great view of the pond which had resident water monitors, kingfishers and freshwater turtles. Parrots were everywhere, monkeys cavorting in the trees - the place was an idyll. This is recommended for those who want to visit... More 

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

Thank you for the lovely review. Our guest hits the spot when he or she endorses that Illuketia is for those who want a different experience along the coast away from the beaches. The rewards of staying at Illuketia are the fantastic wildlife in passing viewed straight from the verandahs and through the windows. We share the same enthusiasm about... More 

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7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We had a fabulous stay here at Apa Villa. Everything was absolutely beautiful. The moment we arrived we were shown around the property by the very friendly manager. We were given a welcome drink which was papaya juice. The grounds are stunning and you instantly feel relaxed and at peace. We stayed here at the end of our busy trip... More 

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

We are most grateful for the wonderful review posted by Gemma S on her short stay in our garden villa Illuketia. It is the pleasure of the staff and management that everything turned out well for her. We would like to clarify the matter on the lower rates enjoyed by other guests at the time of her stay. While our... More 

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5 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I actually started my Sri Lanka trip with my girlfriend at Apa Villa Illuketia's sister hotel on the beach, Apa Villa Thalpe. But after borrowing some bicycles from the boutique beach hotel and getting lost for a while trying to find Apa Villa Illuketia, when we eventually stumbled across it, my breath was completely taken away and we simply had... More 

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

Thank you for the wonderful review. You are the first guest to recount your bicycle expedition from Apa Villa Thalpe by the beach to our inland estate! So much fun reading your discoveries (temples and villages) and getting lost and stumbling upon our grounds! If only more people would get out of the sun-deck and explore the country lanes and... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We stayed at this place in January 2012 on our honeymoon and we fell in love with it. We wanted to stay there forever. Owned by a german travel writer who has hand picked pieces and furniture on his travels to keep with the historic colonial design and essence. The location is astounding, in the middle of nowhere, completely off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The most beautiful place I've ever been to. The gardens are what I'd expect Eden to be like. Accommodating to all sorts of travelers. Staff were VERY helpful, rooms come with booklets advising what to do to maximize your stay. Pool was perfect and kept clean. Furniture is a little old however, it adds to the overall charm of this... More 

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