Masada, whose name is derived from the Hebrew word meaning fortress, is truly that, offering a touch of Tuscany in the Sri Lankan hills. Overlooking the Victoria Reservoir, one of the best-known and most scenic reservoirs of Sri Lanka, Masada is a haven for those seeking a quiet, soulful stay coupled with warm, personal service. Designed, owned and managed by Corrie Boomgaard-Heyneker, who returned to her island of birth after 30 years in Europe, Masada oozes Italian charm and the interiors display a plethora of antiques and collectibles from Europe. This also means children under 15 are not accepted at the villa. Masada also has three lovely dogs, but they can be kept in a separate property on request.