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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

All prices in US dollars per night per villa

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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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Given 5/5 by Liana W from Germany

Left on Aug 7, 2017 for a stay in Aug 2017
We verbleven hier 5 nachten en huis en de staf zijn in één woord geweldig !! Dit is echt een prachtig huis,je weet niet wat je ziet zo mooi !! Een prachtig zwembad voor de deur,en de kamers zijn zeer comfortabel en van alle gemakken voorzien. En dan de ligging,echt een geweldig uitzicht over zee en je loopt zo naar het strand,je moet even over een paar rotsen klimmen maar dat is heel goed te doen en dan heb je een strand helemaal voor jezelf,er is bijna niemand op het strand,totale privacy. Ook de staf is geweldig,je wordt op je wenken bediend,en de maaltijden bereid door de kok zijn echt geweldig !! We hebben hier heerlijk gegeten in overleg is alles mogelijk,patat voor de kinderen,spaghetti,en heerlijke rijst maaltijden,het wordt allemaal gemaakt. Ook al het andere personeel is bijzonder vriendelijk en behulpzaam,waar wij als dierenliefhebbers ook van hebben genoten is de waakhond "wally" wat een lief dier!. Ook rondom het huis ligt een mooie tuin,met een beetje geluk zie je de apen in de bomen slingeren. Kortom een geweldig huis !! We waren het er allemaal overeens dat we best nog een paar dagen langer hadden willen blijven.

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Given 5/5 by Naomi Rushmer from New Zealand

Our family had the absolute pleasure of being welcomed into the Walatta house fold in late July. Wow, it was a truly magical three days, and an absolute sensory extravaganza ! The smells Maduras incredible cooking creations, the sound of the wild stormy waves, the feel of the stone underfoot and soft waters, the view to the Indian ocean and tropical plants that wove within and around the house…. Simply amazing. I don't know that i have seen our family so relaxed! Of course the extraordinary attention to our meals was a highlight, Madura would gather us each morning to create the menu for the day, the kids were in heaven! We even got a few tips in the kitchen … those devilled nuts. The attention to detail and the great care in truly hosting from Suranga and all the team working tirelessly behind the scenes. Not to forget Wally the dog who loved to escort us on long beach walks and joined us in the pool too!. And what a pool, best ever. The gardens are just exquisite and they way nature and house blend is a delight, loved the grass roof and the way the roof lights allow the plants to grow through. We weathered a moody storm, and lost the power a couple of times, but the generator kicked in within minutes with this pro team. Not once did we worry for our security, it never entered our head. We decided to continue with our travels to Sri Lanka post the April bombing, after much much careful thought. I can whole heartedly say that it was an incredibly safe experience around the entire country and we have never felt such great care and hosting as by the Sri Lankan people. Come and experience this magic place !!

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Given 5/5 by Bita Riahi from France

We stayed 3 nights in this beautiful villa. We were 7 family members, our 5 year old son stayed in our room that was the largest and they added one bed for some fee in this room. The villa is beautifully built and is clean and comfortable. The chef/ manager is gifted, the presentation of the food and table setting is beautiful and the staff are friendly and helpful and they make sure you have everything you need. The ocean is 5 minutes away and suitable for swimming while there is swimming pool with pioneering view towards the ocean. We requested 2 masseuse to come to the villa. A lady and a gentleman came. I recommend the stone and steam massage with the man. The oil massage with the lady was ordinary. We all had a great time and highly recommend this place. Thank you Madhura and team

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Given 5/5 by Richard Hayes from Switzerland

Everything about this place is great. The house is beautiful in and out. The staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgable. The concierge service was top-notch..helping us book everything from transport and activities to reservations at restaurants along the way. If you are looking for 5-star experience and accommodations, this is the place.

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Given 5/5 by Valeriya from Switzerland

This modern luxurious villa on top of a hill, overlooking the ocean, surrounded with palmtrees can only be described as paradise. With Madura daily cooking delicious meals and two other staff members serving you tea and taking care of everything, there is not really a reason for you to leave the house. Stroll down to the beautiful beach, cool down in the breathtaking infinity pool or just read a book in the open space lobby, Walatta House is a perfect place to take a break from the world and clear your mind. Needless to say, the upkeep was perfect and the rooms spaceous with walk-in wardrobes and plant filled open air bathrooms. The only downside of visiting this place is when you have to leave it behind. Thanks again to Madura and his staff for taking such great care of us. We had an unforgettable experience.

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