Coco Tangalla is a much-loved six-room colonial villa in Tangalle perched on a small rise directly overlooking the Indian Ocean. This simple yet highly appealing property is managed by the owner of Kandy House and The Last House, both highly-regarded. The Main House and an adjoining annex lie at the highest point of the property, with the infinity swimming pool and gardens at lower levels. Interiors are decorated with respect to its history with a mixture of modern furniture and Dutch-period antiques, local art, and subtle infusions of colour. Coco Tangalla can be booked by the room or as a whole and can accommodate up to 12 guests. Coco Tangalla welcomes children eight years and over.
There are six individually-designed bedrooms, all with a/c. The Main House consists of three doubles and one twin room, whilst the adjacent annex houses the other two rooms. These rooms can interconnect if required. The larger of the two bedrooms in the annex opens on to a private veranda with sea views, and the second is a twin room with a spacious, partly outdoor bathroom. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with h/w showers.
Living and dining areas are furnished with comfortable sofas and have an informal feel and a terrace with spectacular sea views. Excellent meals are served in an atmospheric open-sided garden pavilion which overlooks the sea. Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, Chinese and western cuisine is served, prepared with fresh seafood purchased daily from the local fisherman and vegetables from the local market. The swimming pool has wonderful views across Tangalle Bay. The sea in front of the villa is not suitable for swimming, but just 4km away is Seenimodara (Sugar Bay),ideal for swimming during the season (December to April). Other villa facilities include: Wi-Fi, computer and printer, selection of CDs and books, DVD player, board games and relaxing massages (with prior notice). Guests at Coco Tangalla are welcome to spend a morning at their sister property, The Last House, which is 10 minutes away in Tangalle bay. The turquoise seas fronting The Last House are ideal for swimming and snorkelling during the season.
Why we like it
Impeccable service in a colonial-style property that creeps into your soul
The journey to Coco Tangalle from Colombo’s international airport will take about 3.5 hours. Alternatively, avoid road travel and take a sea plane from Colombo to Dickwella (35 minutes) – from Dickwella, Coco Tangalla is only a 20 minute drive.