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Walatta House

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Walatta House is one of the most unique villas on the south coast. The house is partially ‘submerged’ into a hillside that overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers a seamless junction between architecture and nature. It is a superb example of contemporary design. The imperative was to maximise interaction between the indoors and out, to create a sense of openness and space.

Thus the landscape is used as an integral design element with an open sided living room offering stunning views across the infinity pool to the ocean, the beaches and the sky. 

Indoors, too, the design blurs any distinction between house and garden.

Courtyards and landscape penetrate the bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing maximum airflow and natural ventilation, and the heat absorbing grass roof also minimises the need for air conditioning - although all 3 bedrooms do have that option available.

The rectangular infinity pools runs the length of the house, and the secluded beaches are just a few metres down the slope.

There are 3 bedrooms - 2 doubles and 1 twin - all ensuite and with air con. The bathrooms are indoor / outdoor and have views onto the gardens. The kitchen and staff house is in a separate building adjacent to the main house.

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Rates and availability

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Guestbook

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Given 5/5 by J Bowden from the United States of America

I just wanted to send a quick note to say that we had a wonderful week at Walatta House in Tangalle. Thankyou very much for organizing the stay. The villa surpassed every expectation we had, and the staff, in particular Alwis made it a week par excellence. His friendliness and discretion made this a genuine 5 star experience, and we look forward to staying again.

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Given 5/5 by Kathrin L from Germany

let me thank you on behalf of all of us for showing us paradise on earth. We couldn't be happier here at Walatta House.
The service is superb, everyone is really nice and pleasant, and let us have our privacy while still catering to all our needs. We enjoyed the freshly prepared food by Alwis immensely - they included some of the best dishes we ever had! We didn't dine outside as it can't get better than that.

Today we had massages at the villa. It's definitely something we would recommend to everyone.

As we love it here so much, we didn't do many "outside" activities. Some of us took surf lessons at the Bandula Surf School and were thrilled. Some of us went whale watching and were rewarded with some unforgettable memories of those amazing creatures and an exciting boat trip.

If we were to change anything, it would probably be the storage situation in the rooms, and a safe in the bedroom with the two beds.

But as you can hear, we are fully happy and will recommend Walatta House to everyone we know. You have exceeded our expectations by far. We will be back!

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Given 5/5 by A Loxton from Australia

I found my new favourite! I think Geoffrey Bawa mixes raw aesthetics perfectly with the environment in this property and it’s a WOW villa in every regard. May I suggest a new landscape photo be taken from the base of the stairs coming down, looking out to the pool and view, taking in the dining area? The pool shot alone does not capture the feel one gets when sitting inside looking out.

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Given 4/5 by Rory F from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

We absolutely loved Walatta House. It was stunning as was the garden, the swimming pool and the beach. The staff were also charming and very helpful and looked after us extremely well, we had a wonderful stay.

The food was also delicious, my only comment is that the food can be a bit repetitive in the evenings. Always the same sauce with either chicken or fish or prawns. I think a bit more diversity could be brought in to the dinner meals. My friends staying in a villa nearby had the same comment on their dinners and I had the same comment when I visited Sri Lanka previously in 2013.

Thank you for all your help in ensuring that we had a lovely holiday.

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Given 5/5 by Nicola Y from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

In terms of the villa it was amazing. The staff in particular are great. Alwyn’s cooking is amazing, all of the guys were very professional and discreet but very happy and very open and really helpful. They were really great with our 4 year old son, set off fireworks and made a cake for his birthday and when he wanted to assist the gardener or Sarengai (sorry I have spelt that wrong) or Sheehan they always smiled and let him help out. Even though Sheehan and the gardener spoke little English they were really smiley and kind and always let him help them. Tommy also would wander to chat to one of the security guards,(sorry I forgot his name) who again were always kind and patient with him.
The house itself is amazing, it didn’t stand up so well to the wet weather when more bugs would come in and a lot of water. But again they guys would be in early (I think from about 4.30am) and be mopping up before we were up. So there is really nothing anyone could have done to make it more comfortable, its just the design of the house which works amazingly well ij the sun but not so much in the rain.

Anyway, we really loved it, would 100% recommend it to anyone and will definitely book it and be back again.

I really cannot emphasise how amazing the staff are though. You would have a hard time finding a lovelier bunch of people. They are all really great, hard working, happy, friendly and brilliant. Wally the dog was great too and added to a nice relaxed atmosphere.

I honestly can’t really think of anything you could improve on. Please pass on our warm regards to the staff and tell them we miss them……Tommy is bereft at the lack of coconuts and curd back in London!

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