Tucked away five minutes from Sri Lanka's upmarket Galle Coast settlement of Thalpe, JH Villa resides luxuriously on a former Portuguese colonial estate sprawled across three acres of lush greenery. Designed by an Italian architect, this elegant villa replicates elements of an Italian summer house, only overlooking a beautiful tropical garden instead of a vineyard.
Nestled on a hillock, the main house has terracotta tiles, high roof, courtyard with a pond and a pillared veranda with panoramic views of the garden at a lower level and the 15-metre infinity pool with its own pavilion. The main house comprises of four bedrooms while an adjacent annex houses to more rooms.
Enter into the spacious living area well-appointed with a mix of antique and modern furniture complimented with vibrant colours. Out of the four rooms, three are accessible via the living area, while the remaining room can be accessed through the front veranda. The dining area sits in the courtyard between the living room and a generous pond dotted with plants with a passageway to the garden.
The main house consist of four suites: Jade, Emerald and Ruby and the Master Suite – Sapphire, while the annex has a studio apartment by the name of Topaz and a twin room called Amethyst. All suites are tastefully decorated with soothing colours and eye-catching décor.
Sapphire: The largest of the rooms, the Master Suite opens onto a separate sitting area furnished with a day bed, writing desk and chairs and leads to bedroom on the right side and the bathroom to the left. The bedroom is well-appointed with a four-poster king-sized bed with mosquito netting, cable TV and a wardrobe. The ensuite bathroom has a standalone titanium bath and a walk-in shower with twin wash basins and h/w.
Jade: This suite is furnished with a four-poster king-sized bed with mosquito netting, daybed, cable TV and a wardrobe. Ensuite bathroom has a walk-in shower with h/w.
Emerald: This is well-appointed with a four-poster king-sized bed, wardrobe and ensuite bathroom with a bath tub. This room does not have a TV.
Ruby: Complete with a canopy bed with mosquito netting, sofa, wardrobe and TV. The ensuite bathroom has a walk-in shower.
Topaz: This studio apartment styled room comes with a small sitting area with a kitchenette and a separate bedroom. Fitted with a king-sized bed, cable TV and whitewashed furniture, the room opens out to a veranda with chairs. The ensuite bathroom has h/w showers.
Amethyst: This suite offers twin beds, chairs and ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower with h/w.
In room facilities for suites include: A/C, overhead fans, Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facility with nespresso machine and safe. The suites in the main house come with mini-fridges. All suites also open out to a veranda complete with a sitting area.
The suites can be booked individually or the villa can be booked in its entirety and can accommodate up to 12 people.
JH Villa has a 15-metre infinity pool with ample sun beds and umbrellas, flanked with pavilions on either side with a lounge and dining area fitted with overhead fans. The villa also has a fully-equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art facilities and offers guests a variety of meal options including traditional rice and curry, pastas and western dishes. The villa does not have liquor licence but alcohol can be purchased upon request and guests are welcome to BYO. Guests have the option of dining in the main dining area, in either of the pavilions by the pool or in the privacy of their veranda. The villa’s large garden serves as an excellent place to take a morning or evening stroll and is a great play area for kids. In addition, they also have a beach house five minutes from the property which is excellent for guests who want to spend the day by the beach. JH Beach House sits on a beach stretch that is safe for swimming due to a reef nearby.
Why We Like It
Strikingly spacious grounds give an extra sense of luxury to this attractive Galle Coast villa.
JH Villa is in Thalpe, 2.5 hours from the Colombo International Airport and 25 minutes from Galle Fort.