Walaa Kulu is an unapologetically contemporary property which is a strikingly upmarket option within convenient reach of the busy hill-country town of Ella. Large glass panes and black metal frames predominate to make full use of sweeping panoramic views from an advantageous hillside position. Refined living among the mountains for a moneyed clientele and particularly attractive for a small group seeking exclusivity. Part of the UHE Group which is also the founder of the sought-after and more traditional Ella property, 98 Acres.
There are three luxurious and spacious Suites – Cloud 9, Cloud 10 and Cloud 11 - nestled amidst the clouds. The architecture seeks to bring a sophisticated urban feel to one of Sri Lanka’s grandest rural settings. Light wood and white predominate. Two of the Suites also feature hammock beds on the ground floor, while the third boasts a spacious balcony on the first floor. The entire villa can comfortably accommodate up to eight guests. Rooms have king-sized beds, a/c, optional sofa, TV with satellite/cable, minibar, mirror, luxurious en suite bathrooms, tea/coffee facilities, hair dryer, wardrobe.
A helipad gives clue to the guests that Waala Kulu is ambitious to attract. The villa also offers personal chefs and a heated infinity pool cut into the slopes. A large dining table supported by easy chairs and sofas is the central social area, supported by chefs who are committed to individual fine dining. A simple Summer Hut is an outdoor seating area. Nearby activities include hiking, zip lines, tea factory visits, historic sites, caves and waterfalls.
Why we like it
A confident, contemporary style gives Walaa Kulu a strong identity which will delight upmarket travellers with a preference for modernity.
Walaa Kulu is about 7 kms north of the popular hill country town of Ella near the Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory.