Sri Lanka's glowing reputation as an upmarket holiday destination has much to do with the gorgeous selection of beach villas that stud its coastline. The hub for Sri Lanka beach villas is undoubtedly the Galle Coast, which has become a magnet for wealthy visitors, but you can also find great beach villas on either side of the Galle Coast, to the south and west. Most beach villas in Sri Lanka come with an attentive but discreet staff including housekeeper, cook and gardener. Red Dot strives to include good-value beach villas in our constantly-evolving selection.
- Beach Villas
Matara, South Coast
An informal colonial-period beach villa in the south coast town of Matara on Sri Lanka's southern tip. A swimming pool leads to a fenced garden and the beach beyond through a canopy of Pandanus trees which provide protection from the midday sun.
Dalawella, Galle Coast
Ambalama is a stylish beach villa set on a pristine beach at Dalawella, 7km south of Galle. It has four suites situated either side of an infinity pool with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. Enter the house across stepping-stones set over a pool which lead all the way into the cool white interior of the villa.
Nilaveli, East Coast
If you love water, you’ll love C Beyond, one of the East Coast’s finest boutique properties. Chic yet informal, and positioned between a lagoon and the beach on the northern outskirts of Nilavali.
Mirissa, South Coast
Casa Mija is a five-bedroom modern villa in the south cost of Kamburugamuwa, 10 minutes from the renowned Mirissa beach. The villa can accommodate up to 16 people and is let out on room basis as well as on villa basis.
Tangalle, South Coast
Claughton House is a five-bedroom beach villa perched on a hill top looking down on to the spectacular Tangalle Bay in the deep south. The villa, designed by Georffrey Bawa, has access to its own beach and is set on eight-acres of tropical gardens scattered with coconut palms.
Dickwella, South Coast
Cove House is a refurbished, old southern home which has been brought back to life by its current American owner. The three-bedroom villa and the gardens spread across two acres and have spectacular sea views from a hillock just above the village.
Habaraduwa, Galle Coast
Habaraduwa House is a luxurious four-bedroom beach villa fronting a pristine stretch of beach in the village of Habaraduwa on the Galle Coast. The same management as the much-acclaimed Kahanda Kanda promises good things in this spacious villa.
Thalpe, Galle Coast
This magnificent Dutch-period house is set in a large tropical garden and faces a beautiful stretch of sandy coastline. The villa resembles a traditional southern 'walauwa' (ancestral home) with columns, verandas and a central courtyard.
Talpe, Galle Coast
Ishq Talpe is a spacious four-bedroom beach-front property in Talpe, 15 minutes from Galle Fort, which offers its guests uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and spectacular sunsets in the evenings. The villa is rented in its entirety and is ideal for families and groups of friends.