Club Villa was originally designed by Sri Lanka’s iconic architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. It is an enchanting spot, a beach property loved by a loyal clientele for its high standards of personal attention, immaculate service and excellent food. Set on a coconut grove, this 17-bedroom property is not really a hotel, but a welcoming retreat where time unfolds as you wish. Although it has expanded over the years, Club Villa retains its original Bawa architectural features of courtyards and verandahs; ponds and waterways; cooling cement floors and clay-tiled roofs festooned with flowering trees and shrubs. Improvements have remained true to Bawa’s skillfully blended windows, doors and even a wooden staircase taken from an old 19C century southern villa with modern features. Interiors are decorated with black and white photography, local art, hand-woven murals and furniture which mixes modern and Dutch period antiques. Enjoy a calm and peaceful day by the poolside; take a stroll along the beach and taken in the beautiful sunsets; and by nightfall, indulge in a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars or retreat to the small restaurant. Tea and cake in late afternoon is another welcome touch. The turquoise sea that fronts the property is safe for swimming during the season from December to April. The beach is accessed by a few strides across the simple, single-track West coast railway line that runs at the edge of the garden. This dissuades a small minority from staying here perhaps, but overwhelming feedback is that the occasional train is not intrusive, but rather adds occasional interest to an otherwise blissfully quiet day. Due to this railway line, young children should be well supervised.