I felt sad that I had to leave Illuketia! It really is true paradise, the photos look good but they not do it justice. We booked Illuketia for our wedding from just researching online for the UK and I was slightly nervous that we had taken a risk doing it this was but we were soon put out of any doubts as soon as we arrived and met Chathuri (the lovely manager).
Walking round Illuketia is like being in your own personal national park with exceptional service. The staff are brilliant, they are always on hand without being obvious. Chathuri was amazing. And we were fortunate enough to meet Hans, the owner, who is a very interesting man and we felt honoured to have him at our wedding!
We booked all of the rooms out for the wedding day and so it really felt like our own private paradise for the day. On our third day our guests left so we had to share with others! But still it was lovely and there is plenty of space for everyone.
We stayed in the pond house which ad a lovely swing overlooking the pond. The rooms are all nice and well equipped (although one tip might be to offer tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms). The pond house rooms have these beautiful outside bathrooms.
The pool is something else, you feel like you are swimming in the jungle watching the monkeys overhead. And when it rains the nature comes out to play, the sound effects at night are out of this world. Hans took us on a moonlight safari which was a highlight for me!
The food was exceptional. For our wedding we had an extensive sri lankan buffet that was so nice we ordered a similar dish for dinner the next evening.
We went for a long walk around Illuketia and it really is nowhere near any other tourists which was great, we met some locals who invited us in their house for tea.
Our wedding day was very special. We had kandyan dancers, a buddhust blessing, a band, plenty of food and drink and all you could expect from a wedding day and more all organised by Chathuri. The standard of wedding was of a very high standard for a reasonable price and much more interesting than a normal western wedding.
Anyway, I'll stop waffling and add some photos but all I can say is do not hesitate to stay here. Hans spoke about building a 'birds nest' room in a water tower which we will definitely be back to see!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A villa hideaway with five suites set in 12 acres of garden and ponds. A luxury that our guests can discern on arrival. Only 15 minutes from Galle town, going to Illuketia is a return to nature and plantation lifestyle. The splendid mansion with original wooden temple doors, carved window frames and Oriental-style furniture is drawn out of a traveller's journal. A swimming pool in the far end of a lush garden allows a dip while watching birds and monkeys at close range. Three differently styled bedrooms are placed around a courtyard fish pond in the main house and two other suites are located in a separate Pond House. Each room varies in size and outlook, with its own walk-in wardrobe, sitting area indoor or outdoor. The Hibiscus Suite is considered the master room with a long private balcony lined with cushions and facing tall jack trees and rice fields. There is a separate walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. The Lotus Suite is aligned long and spacious with a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. Windows look out to a water channel and flowering trees. The Citronella Suite is cozy and comes with a dining table and chairs in a private open-air verandah. It has its own wardrobe and en-suite bathrooms. All rooms are air-conditioned with additional ceiling fans and power points. The villa serves organic rice from its own rice fields, fruit, herbs and vegetables from the garden. Apa Villa's Sri Lankan Curry Rijstafel Dinner is all-time favourite among guests.. Apart from this, there is All Day menu of snacks, light meals and tea service. Evening meals are from an A La Carte with our stewards serving in the traditional sarong and tunic outfits. Booking for long-term of Pond House and whole villa welcomed. Illuketia and its grounds is ideal for weddings, anniversaries and birthday celebrations or groups with special interests like bird-watching, workshops, mahjong, painting and photography. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apa Villa Illuketia Hotel Galle
- Apa Hotel Illuketia