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Apa Villa Illuketia Sri Lanka

Overview of Apa Villa Illuketia

Illuketia, about 5 Kms from Galle Fort, was already placed on 19th century British maps. The present plantation house is rebuilt on the old foundation. There are four suites in the main house and two suites at the separate Pond House overlooking a lotus pond. The compound sits on 10 acres of mature garden and rice fields.

Rice fields, tea estates and rural clusters surround the estate. Be prepared to be part of nature and the Sinhalese village culture reached by interwoven country lanes.

Accommodation of Apa Villa Illuketia


Grandstand for the garden and ponds outdoor. Breakfast is served in one corner while dinner is laid out facing a different setting.

Find your strategic place for afternoon tea and quiet reading or writing. A water channel runs alongside and calls of birds, monkeys and cicadas provide background sound.

Drawing Room

Nine matching carved temple doors and a two-tier roof with Balinese carvings allow air to circulate freely. Giant bamboo furniture, lacquered Chinese cabinets, antique porcelains, chandeliers and paintings from Indonesia are personal touches of the owners.

This is the grand room for weddings and other events.

Atrium with Pond

All bedroom suites radiate from the central ornamental pool. Come monsoon, the downpour cascading into the pond is a dramatic splashy display.

Library & Billiard

Upstairs room above the kitchen area stores a collection of travelogues, art and history tomes, novels and magazines in English, French and German. Great views from here. Open to guests.

The Main House Suites

Suite 1 - Hibiscus

Master bedroom is located in a corner with a private balcony looking to the rice fields and village path. 

Traditional window frames and doors are recycled from old houses. Spacious bathroom is decorated with Turkish tiles and a wall-size mirror.

Suite 2 - Lotus

Possibly, the largest room with a view to tea hills beyond. Original paintings of Southeast Asian scenes reveal the owners’ trampling grounds. Stylish colour scheme matches the hand-painted lotus bedspread.

Suite 3 - Citronella

Though smaller, the suite is compensated by a private garden terrace to the side of the house. The en-suite bathroom has a large closet and shower and twin vanity basins. Air-conditioning is available.

Suite 4 - Waterlily

The most intimate room has a charming four-poster bed, a Dutch-style cabinet and antique mirror stand. The view gazes down the heliconia walk.

It has an en-suite bathroom with shower. Ideal as a single room.

The Pond House Suites

Suite 5 - Ginger

King size double bed on a raised platform. Bathroom is part garden, part indoor with tête-à-tête bathtubs. Bedroom is air-conditioned. Sister room to Jasmine.

Suite 6 - Jasmine

Two queen size beds under one cozy mosquito tent on a raised platform. Entrance from the living room, another door opens to the verandah and pantry. The bathroom has a walled-in garden. Jasmine is air-conditioned.

Dining of Apa Villa Illuketia

Always prepared when you are ready. Standard menu of seasonal cut fruits and chilled juices. Ceylon tea or locally grown coffee. Eggs as you like it with fried bacon or sausages. Must try buffalo milk curd or yoghurt topped with palm sugar treacle. Order typical Sri Lankan breakfast a day before. All pancakes, breads and jams are home made.

Illuketia’s cuisine works on availability of fresh produce combining the clever use of local herbs and spices. Best described as Eastern dishes under Western direction though our signature Sri Lankan garden curries is the best.

Fish, shrimp, squid and lobster are caught hours ago. Meats are delivered from reputable suppliers. Vegetables and greens are plucked from the organic nursery plots. Our kitchen is noted for its desserts, cakes and cookies.

Lunch is usually snacks, toasted sandwiches or salads. Order dinner, a three- to four-course menu, in advance. Our vegetarian meals are excellent. Outside guests are welcome. Cooking classes on our dishes on request.

Activities Available in Apa Villa - Illuketia (near Galle)

  • Diving & Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Photography and Filming
  • Surfing
  • Turtle Watching
  • Windsurfing

Facts of Apa Villa Illuketia

City - Galle

Category - Beach Villas and Bungalows

Distance from Colombo - 120 Km (3 hour drive)

Distance from Airport - 150 Km (3.45 hour drive)

Price Guide - Rates on Request

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