Just to the south of Mirissa Bay, on Sri Lanka's south coast, the rocky coves are quieter and some special properties await discovery. Villa Atulya is actually two adjacent and identical beach villas – Atulya and Kanchana – both built in a traditional architectural style, with broad balconies and shuttered doors and windows, which transports you back to a tranquil world of whirring ceiling fans and gentle breezes, a perfect place to relax on a broad balcony, drink in the great ocean setting and finally complete that book you had promised yourself. Atulya is the older of these two spacious villas: Kanchana is essentially a replica, and the similarities mean that Red Dot regards them as interchangeable – although you can express a preference. Both these simple and inviting villas are sold by the room but there are ample places for privacy: in the communal seating areas, on your own balcony, in the gardens or alongside the cooling swimming pool. There is also a beautiful internal courtyard at Villa Kanchana. Both villas are decorated in uplifting shades of blue, turquoise and saffron and vibrant modern art and antique furniture contributes to the refined and intelligent feel. A great place to kick back and rediscover the basics of life.