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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Apa Villa estate hotel was not just a hotel; it was an amazing experience in-and-of itself. The 200y.o. refurbished tea plantation is positioned central to the 10 acres of lush, virgin rainforest. With no "check-in" counter and only 1 host, and 1 cook an no other visitors during our short stay, we felt that the whole experience was very personalized... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Welcome to tropical paradise! Illuketia Estate is such a wonderful and romantic place that winds you down instantly. It feels like living in a botanical garden. It is by far the best place I have ever stayed in the past 20+ years in Asia. The staff is welcoming and friendly and the food is excellent!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

400 metres off of the main road, the Apa Villa in Illuketia is wonderfully nestled inland in the most perfect location: close to Sri Lanka's stunning inland jungles, not too far out that it's too difficult to find, but far enough so you don't get disturbed by the hustle bustle of the vehicles. Upon entering the property's gates and driving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

My girlfriend and I visited Apa Villa Illuketia last year when staying at the Apa sister beach hotel and decided to come again this year and stay exclusively in the gardens and this time we brought another couple along with us. Can not recommend enough. We absolutely love the southern Sri Lankan coast. Every morning we would wake up, drink... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

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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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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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 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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