Reef Villa and Spa is one of the closest luxury beach villas on the west coast to Colombo. Owned and designed by a British architect, it is an elegant blend of Sri Lankan manor house architecture and colonial grandeur. Antique Calcutta four-poster beds and ceiling-fixed punkah fans – previously used by the East India Company -- are all tastefully blended with vibrant colours and contemporary touches creating an exotic ambience. Bask in the sun by the poolside, dine under the stars by the sea, or relax in your private terrace while the sun sets into the ocean at this luxury resort.
Reef Villa has seven spacious a/c suites with sitting area and private veranda. All suites are elegantly furnished with: 150-year-old antique four-poster canopied beds dressed in fine linen, originally made for the British Raj and families in the 1840s; antique double wardrobes; writing desk, and lounge chairs and Indian swings on the verandas. Antique electric fans and ceiling-fixed punkahs fans enhance the colonial style. The contemporary hand-crafted Bharta coloured floor-tiles replicate the famous encaustic floor-tiles invented by 12th century monks, a legacy of the magnificent decorative floors which were so popular at the end of the 19th century. The soaring ceilings in all the suites are lined with Kerala terracotta tiles that provide a feeling of relaxed grandeur. Furniture is a combination of original Campaign antique furniture and beautifully crafted pieces based on items used by members of the East India Company.
Ensuite bathrooms are incomparable, with Venetian-style mirrors, freestanding handmade granite bathtubs, twin granite vanity basins and a gorgeous rain shower with handmade granite screen. In suite facilities include TV, DVD Player/CD and radio, complimentary Wi-Fi, IDD telephone, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities. Bathrooms have hairdryer, dressing gowns and slippers and luxury Ayurveda complimentary amenities.
Olu, The Lily Pond Suite: A romantic escape. This secluded suite opens out to a landscaped courtyard and lotus-filled pond away from the sea, and is accessed by stepping stones across the pond. The suite has antique doors leading to a long shaded veranda and an enclosed courtyard open to the stars, decorated with tropical plants and a sunken mosaic-tiled spa bath with hand-hewn gate waterfall shower.
Plantation House Manel Suite: This magnificent suite is the second largest in the villa, located on the first floor of the Planation House. This suite offers great privacy: it has a separate dressing suite and a spacious secluded terrace which looks over the gardens, swimming pool and Indian Ocean. An enclosed planted courtyard with granite waterfall shower leads off the bathroom.
Plantation House Nelum Suite: The largest in the villa, this suite has two verandas – one overlooking the lily pond, the other with magnificent sea views. The suite has a separate dressing area and exquisite bathroom with granite bathtub and shower.
Ocean Suites: The four Ocean Suites are scattered in the gardens amidst swaying coconut palms. All suites have separate dressing rooms, private shaded verandas with beautiful antique Indian swing and opening out to the garden and the sea beyond, and enclosed courtyard leading off the bathroom with granite waterfall shower. Two of the suites are interconnecting, ideal for families.
The spacious triple height Plantation House opening onto the lily ponds and the gardens, built in the original position on a coconut grove, offers a harmonious mix of colonial antiquity, traditional Ceylon style and old world charm blended with discrete comfort and soothing surroundings. Here guests may indulge in afternoon tea or an evening cocktail and is the perfect refuge to think, read, relax or be inspired. The resort offers an infinity-edge swimming pool with spa and two children’s pools, table tennis pavilion, an all-weather tennis court, jogging track, and a gift boutique, while cricket mad staff are always to teach the uninitiated how to play the country’s national sport.
Those who prefer quieter pursuits can explore the lily ponds and the mini botanical garden’s palm trees, tropical fruit trees and secluded aviary with eclectus parrots, cockatiels and love birds.
Children are welcome at Reef Villa and cots can be provided upon request. The extensive gardens at Reef Villa leads to a 65-metre beach front.
Yoga is available on request.
Reef Villa operates a non-smoking policy within the bedrooms, verandahs and buildings and all public areas.
Guests can choose to dine at Summer Breeze, Reef’s romantic, al fresco thatched-roofed restaurant located in the lush gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean and the azure blue pool, or in the gardens, or in the privacy of their own verandah. Summer Breeze offers a wide array of Sri Lankan, Indian, and western dishes. Through a perfect combination of flavours, colours, aromas and textures guests choose from an extensive a la carte menu. Private BBQ’s can also be arranged.
Spa The Reefresh Spa offers a wide variety of treatments ranging from luxury Ayurveda in the illuk thatch garden pavilion to the sound of the ocean waves or be pampered with wraps, scrub, and polishes and detoxifying clay cocoons, warm candle massages and a range of relaxing massages, facials and body treatments in the private spa with waterfall set in the lush tropical gardens.
Why We Like It
There is an opulence to Reef Villa that makes it one of the finest beach escapes on Sri Lanka's West Coast
Reef Villa is situated amidst three acres of lush tropical gardens leading to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, The south-west coast village of Wadduwa is only 1 ½ hours from the International Airport which makes Reef Villa a convenient first or last stop on your holiday in Sri Lanka. The historic city of Galle is about one hour to the south.
Location: Wadduwa, West Coast
Style: Luxury Hotel
No. of Rooms: 7
Key Features: Opulent décor; beach setting; romantic atmosphere