Eraeliya, meaning ‘sunlight’ in Sinhalese, is a peaceful holiday retreat comprised of four individual villas set in an acre of terraced tropical gardens with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. These one- to four-bedroom villas are designed with broad balconies and terraces and luxurious interiors individually decorated with Dutch period Sri Lankan furniture and art. Eraeliya offers a range of exotic Sri Lankan and western meals served in the comfort of your own villa. The extensive gardens with lotus-filled ponds, fruit trees and coconut palms attract many species of birds, mongoose and even monkeys, and lead downhill to the beach. The villas can be booked by the room.