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Apa Villa Thalpe

78 MS Matara Rd | Thalpe, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #8 of 14 hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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dubai
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed at Apa villa with our kids. The setting is really beautiful, the rooms are very well designed and are airy. It's right by the beach (where you can't swim, but not a problem for us) and it has a beautiful pool. Even when it was fully booked it didn't feel crowded at all. Overall it does have a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 4 nights with our children at Apa - and had a really wonderful experience. Lovely staff looked after us, nothing was too much trouble and food good. The gardens and pool are stunning. You can't swim from the beach directly in front of the hotel (coral), but its a short tuk-tuk ride to there is safe swimming &... More

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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place, facing the beach , lots of palm trees, nice pool. A few thing to considere, is on a very busy road. Staying on a beach hotel in Sri Lanka doesn't mean you'll be swimming , the sea is very rough and dangerous. You will need a tuk tuk going to town if you are after different places... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in Apa villas early Jan 2014. The place is nicely located (even though very isolated), but the management are really POOR. We were booked in Apa Villas by our agent, who had been told by Apa Villas person that they couldnt fit us, a family with 3 very young kids, in one of their rooms. We did not... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can really escape here. The only thing that wasn't amazing was the beach out front. Beautiful to look at but not a swimming beach so if you wanted a dip it had to be in the pool. Food was great and service exceptional. Oh and something we weren't told and were a little surprised about was there is a... More

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ATHENS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for just one night at Apa Villa Thalpe. Our experience at their sister property, Apa Villa Illuketia, has been so amazing, that we decided to spend one night here as well, despite the fact that our time was rather limited. The main reason for our decision has been the property's stunning location right on the ocean, on an... More

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

We are extremely honoured to receive guests like Kostastravel who appreciate the simplicity of escape in an environment that affords peace and privacy on the oceanfront villa. Here is a true traveller who understands that television, telephones and minibars in rooms do not account for "the experience" but to enjoy the swaying palm trees, the blue ocean and the stretch... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place! Before we went to Apa Villa we had read some 'not so glowing' reports on Trip Advisor and after an incredible 7 night stay here we cannot relate to any of the negative reviews. The service was impeccable and the staff incredibly friendly, accommodating and attentive but were very discreet so it felt really unintrusive and... More

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

We are warmed by Ashleigh V's review and cannot express how grateful we are for all the important and positive points she mentioned. We try our best to offer that sense of space and privacy for our guests and to remind ourselves and our staff that the guests are primarily in the villa to restore and relax. We thank you... More

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a pity it is when a hotel that is capable of being excellent (as I know from previous visits) deteriorates to such an extent that I would neither use it again, or indeed recommend it to others. Apa Villa cannot be beaten for location and convenience, but it has gone from 'Foody heaven' to 'Foody Hell' - Bland is... More

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

We are perturbed that AJS1001 has had a disappointing stay at Apa Villa and would like to have details of his unfortunate experience. We can assure him that the kitchen staff have not changed and even then, we don't know what caused this total change of mind that he attributed to a change of management! As owner, we are constantly... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Felt compelled, following a fabulous stay at Apa Villa (6 nights in March), to offer some perspective and balance in light of the negative comments recently posted eg ProvenceFan (remarkably similar in style to a previous ‘review’ (!) – we experienced none of said dilapidations by the way nor thin towels, lack of shower shelves, water pressure/warmth etc etc –... More

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

How encouraging to receive this review by Richard H and we thank you profusely for choosing Apa Villa Thalpe. We are pleased to inform our guests that all rooms are now equipped with in-house safes. We have taken tentative steps to introduce television in a few rooms though we feel that it is redundant when people are now fully wired... More

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Much has been made of this property's iconic location on the beach, its beach frontage and swimming pool, which were delightful. The natural features apart, the camera can lie, especially in the hands of a professional!! The moment we arrived, we were so disappointed by the state of the property that we seriously considered turning around immediately. Given the room... More

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

We thank ProvenceFan001 for her timely review of Apa Villa and the detailed listing of her observations and comments as they match our list of refurbishing and restoration items to be carried out on the suites and common areas. While previous guests voiced opinions on the general appearance of the villa, Mdm. ProvenceFan001 took the extra steps to point at... More

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Apa Villa Thalpe Hotel
Apa Villa Thalpe Hotel Galle
Address: 78 MS Matara Rd | Thalpe, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Galle
#8 Family Hotel in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Short distance from Galle town, three beach front bungalows with swimming pool featured on cover of CN Traveler US and lifestyle book. Seven stylish suites (fully air conditioned) set in a coconut grove facing the Indian Ocean. All newly renovated and refurbished. Excellent kitchen and English-speaking staff with warm, friendly service. There is a library and lounge. Each suite has private veranda area for meals. Or dine on the wooden deck facing the sunset. Perfect for families and small groups. ... more   less 
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Amenities

Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style
#4 Romantic Hotel in Galle #8 Family Hotel in Galle
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Short distance from Galle town, three beach front bungalows with swimming pool featured on cover of CN Traveler US and lifestyle book. Seven stylish suites (fully air conditioned) set in a coconut grove facing the Indian Ocean. All newly renovated and refurbished. Excellent kitchen and English-speaking staff with warm, friendly service. There is a library and lounge. Each suite has private veranda area for meals. Or dine on the wooden deck facing the sunset. Perfect for families and small groups. ... more   less 
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