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Apa Villa Illuketia

Illuketia Watta | Wanchawala, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #17 of 40 hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Copenhagen, Denmark
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Cardiff, Wales, UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Our original intention was to stay within the Old Fort area in Galle but, with our initial choices fully booked, we ended up at Illuketia. And what a piece of luck that was as Illuketia is a truly magical place. The Old Fort is an easy 15 – 20 min tuk tuk ride away (the hotel staff will arrange at... More

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west sussex
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

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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13 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

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
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

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
10 helpful votes 10 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

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Address: Illuketia Watta | Wanchawala, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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#14 Family Hotel in Galle #17 Romantic Hotel in Galle
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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