Forget about visiting a museum – why not spend the night in an actual historical estate? These five historic villas in Sri Lanka offer a rich taste of history – and a whole lot of modern luxury.

JH Villa Lawns | Galle, Sri Lanka

JH Villa might just be the perfect Sri Lankan villa. This colonial Portugal estate has been beautifully restored to a gorgeous modern villa with 1 15-metre swimming pool. The villa sits nestled by lush tropical gardens and what’s even better, the beach is just a five-minute walk away. Guests also have access to a private beach house.

JH Villa
5 bedrooms
Location: Galle, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $1,100 / night
Ambassador’s House Indoor Living Area | Galle, Sri Lanka

Ambassador’s House dates back to the 18th century and offers a grand histocial setting in the heart of UNESCO protected Galel Fort. Staying at the five-bedroom villa really does feel like taking a step back in time, while modern comfort is provided by the private pool, dedicated staff and impeccable furnishings throughout. The villa is named after its previous occupants, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Pakistan, Iraq and Bangladesh.

Ambassador’s House
5 bedrooms
Location: Galle Fort, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $600 / night
Coconut Grove Master Bedroom | Koggala, Sri Lanka

The lush Coconut Grove villa is a traditional country home that’s been maliciously restored into a grand modern villa. The four-bedroom villa is surrounded by the tropics and features a private pool. There’s plenty of room to get the whole family together both inside the white-washed rooms and lush gardens. If you’re looking for ultimate relaxation cradled by nature, Coconut Gove is a sure winner.

Coconut Grove
4 bedrooms
Location: Koggala, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $400 / night
39 Galle Fort Lounge | Galle, Sri Lanka

39 Galle Fort is a beautiful three-bedroom villa hugged by the historic street of Galle Fort. Sleeping up to eight guests, this villa offers amazing value. The villa has dreamy canopy beds, classic furniture and lush gardens. The staff includes a private chef, so eating well will be a breeze.

39 Galle Fort
3 bedrooms
Location: Galle Fort, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $310 / night
Pooja Kanda Outdoor View | Koggala, Sri Lanka

Pooja Kanda is a grand colonial mansion sitting proud on a hilltop, offering lush views of Sri Lanka’s lush nature. The villa features a private pool, media room and comes staffed with a chef. The villa offers a secluded location but it’s still just 10 minutes from the beach.

Pooja Kanda
5 bedrooms
Location: Koggala, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $490 / night

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