Oh, Sri Lanka, how we love you. With its stunning beaches and friendly locals – not to mention the impeccable cups of Ceylon tea – this jewel shaped nation has stolen our hearts. Next to the beautiful scenery and vibrant local culture, we love the fact that sublime luxury villas in Sri Lanka are available at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in most other tropical destinations. Check out these eight beautiful villas with a private pool in Sri Lanka.
If you don’t believe in love at first sight, Ivory House is here to prove you wrong. As our team discovered, a stay at this four-bedroom property is nothing short of magical. Located in Koggala, about 15 minutes from the beach and just a few kilometres from Galle, Ivory House is hugged by rice fields and a private tea plantation that guests are free to explore. In addition to the magnificent 20-metre pool, the villa offers luxury with its gorgeous indoor/outdoor bathrooms and meals prepared by your own personal chef.
Location: Koggala, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $450 / night
Now this is a real find: a villa with a private pool that’s actually located inside the UNESCO protected Galle Fort! Ambassador’s House is a five-bedroom villa that exudes the historic charm of Galle. The villa was once presided over by the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Pakistan, Iraq and Bangladesh and today, it’s the perfect accommodation for groups looking to explore the magic of Galle Fort first hand. We love the romantic design of the bedrooms, the amazing chef, generous living and dining areas both indoors and out in the courtyard and of course, the private 11-metre swimming pool.
Location: Galle Fort, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $390 / night
Pointe Sud serves up some serious jet glamour in a beachside location in Mirissa. The five-bedroom villa offers sweeping 180-degree views of the ocean. What better place to take in those epic vistas of the Indian Ocean than from the comfort of your own private pool in Sri Lanka? The villa has a beautiful colonial design but offers all the mod cons you could ever desire: a massive plasma TV, personal chef, strong Wi-Fi and a yoga pavilion… It’s all here. Oh, and did we mention the villa offers private access to the beach and is neighboured by a 260-year old Buddhist temple? Those poolside views will give you some idea as to why this is one of our favourite villas in Sri Lanka.
Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $1000 / night
Ocean’s Edge might just have the most unique private pool in Sri Lanka. At this four-bedroom villa, the T-shaped pool is protruded by a lush tropical tree! In addition to the pool, Ocean’s Edge lives up to its name by offering an absolute beachfront location on Sri Lanka’s scenic southern coastline. When you’re not busy splashing around in the pool or enjoying life on the beach, you can enjoy meals prepared by the in-house chef or simply relax and enjoy the impeccable design of the colonial style villa.
Location: South Coast, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $486 / night
Claughton House is the stuff of dreams. The five-bedroom villa offers access to a private beach and you could easily spend an entire week simply floating in your amazing private pool in Sri Lanka. The property has vast gardens, plenty of room to entertain and all of the five bedrooms offer views of the ocean. One of the bedrooms doubles as a game and media room as it includes a flatscreen TV and table tennis.
Location: Dickwella, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $1,200 / night
During our 10-day visit to Sri Lanka, we had the pleasure of staying at Pooja Kanda. We were swept away by the five-bedroom villa’s authentic colonial style and charm but also loved the fact the villa includes all the mod cons you’ll need. The office and media room was a great private retreat for catching up on emails. If you’re looking switch to a pure holiday mode, the private pool is more than ready to accommodate. The villa is staffed with a private chef and 24-hour security. With nightly rates starting at just USD $318, this beautiful colonial villa is a steal.
Location: Galle, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $318 / night
A picture speaks a thousand words and really – just look at those perfect poolside views that Suriyawatta delivers in Weligama! In addition to the stunning saltwater pool, this four-bedroom villa offers access to a beautiful beach. The villa has a romantic design echoing Sri Lanka’s colonial past. You can play a game of petanque in the garden or enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment courtesy of the villa’s satellite TV and Sonos sound system. Needless to say, the villa is impeccably staffed and includes a personal chef.
Location: Weligama, Sri Lanka
Price: From USD $730 / night
In case you were looking for the ultimate lap of luxury… Rather than a villa, a stay at Ani Villas feels like a divine stint in your own private resort. The all-inclusive villa offers everything from a full-board menu to complimentary spa treatments, daily children’s activities, butler service, personal fitness trainer… the list goes on. To cater to up to 30 guests staying in the 15 bedrooms, Ani Villas has two +20-metre swimming pools plus a shallow pool for the kids. As if that wasn’t enough, the kids’ pool also has a 30-metre water slide! I think we’ve found the most epic private pool in Sri Lanka.