Parrotfish Bay is one of Sri Lanka's most escapist boutique beach villas. Sold by the room, too, to put it in the range of many seeking a place of rare serenity. Just south of Mirissa, this gleamingly light, modern villa looks out onto one of the most beautiful bays on Sri Lanka's south coast, an utterly idyllic spot that can encourage the Wow factor in even Sri Lanka's most sated traveller. The villa is well-appointed, stylish yet unfussy, as if quietly privileged to enjoy one of the most romantic outlooks on Sri Lanka's coast.
There are three rooms on the first floor and three on the ground floor, split into four suites and two deluxe rooms. The rooms share two living areas and one common dining veranda. All rooms have light grey floor tiles, a/c and ceiling fan, modern bathroom with shower, king-size bed, DVD player and satellite TV, hairdryer and toiletries, and a safe.
Nila Balcony Suite (30 sqm): As the only room on the first floor of the West Wing, blue-hued Nila is the most private room in the property, great for honeymooners. In addition to an impressive vaulted ceiling, Nila has a private balcony with ocean views, sumptuous sofa and chairs, bath with shower and antique-style writing desk. An extra bed or baby cot can be provided on request.
Paradise Veranda Suite (34 sqm): A bright and airy room with uplifting, spring-green tones and a private terrace looking out to the pool and beach beyond. The Paradise Suite is furnished with soft chairs, wardrobe and antique-style desk and has the addition of an outdoor shower.
Kandyan Suite (38 sqm): Regally dressed in reds and black, the Kandyan Suite is the stateliest suite, boasting magnificent furnishings including an imposing antique wardrobe and four-poster bed. This suite also has a veranda which faces out to the pool and beach and an outdoor shower. Extra bed or baby cot on request.
Ocean Suite (28 sqm): Swept in turquoise from the stylish armchair to the bold bed linens, the Ocean Suite lives up to its name, boasting the best sea views through large beach-facing French windows. This ground floor room is the largest in the East Villa.
Coral Room (22 sqm): A simpler and smaller ground floor room with no view or openable window, decorated with splashes of coral pink. A cosy, budget-friendly option which can be converted to a twin.
Lotus Room (21 sqm): This room sits on the first floor of the East Wing and is brought to life with fuchsia fabrics and traditional furniture. There is no direct view of the ocean from the room, but Lotus opens to a large common terrace overlooking the beach.
Common spaces are light and airy with white-tiled floor, sofas, soft chairs and tables. A large infinity pool has a view over a neatly-trimmed lawn to the cove beyond. Wifi throughout. There is a natural rock pool in front of the villa which offers safe swimming, and where wading birds search for food, and the deserted sandy cove on the southern side of the villa is a joy. Food, led by Sri Lankan and seafood dishes, has been warmly praised. BYO alcohol.
Why we like it
The beauty of this little bay makes us gasp with delight every time we see it
Just south of Mirissa, on Sri Lanka's south coast, take a rudimentary track down to Parrotfish Bay, where the road reaches its end in one of Sri Lanka's most romantic settings.