With their beachfront views, designer style and five-star service, it’s little wonder these Sri Lankan villas have caught the eye of the media and gathered accolades from the luxury travel award circuit. Join us for a tour of our award winning and “as seen on” villas in Sri Lanka and get ready for some serious wanderlust.

Sleek, chic and sophisticated, Kadju House has been named one of the best beach villas in the world by Condé Nast Traveller. And who can blame them? Easily one of the most stylish villas in Sri Lanka, this gorgeous designer beach house is an Instagrammer’s dream come true, striking the perfect balance between high design and a lush “back to nature” experience. Offering sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the five-bedroom villa is nestled in a cashew grove and features a luxuriant private spa with walls built from fragrant cinnamon wood. The villa comes with a private gourmet chef, making fine dining by the infinity pool a breeze.

Kadju House, 5 Bedrooms, from USD $ 715 per night

Simply put, Ishq Villa is one of the most stylish villas in Sri Lanka. This light and bright beach house sits directly on the beach in picturesque Talpe, an area aptly described as the Galle Riviera. Noted by the Robb Report as one of the most sought after luxury villas on Sri Lanka’s southern coastline, Ishq Villa delivers a dreamy take on colonial architecture and modern beach house chic with the building designed by renowned architect Bruce Fell-Smith and rooms decorated in fresh tones of white and blue. Next to the gorgeous design and beachfront locale, Ishq Villa stands out with its culinary offerings which include local and international cuisine prepared using seasonal local ingredients with bespoke cooking lessons also available.

Ishq Villa, 4 Bedrooms, from USD $1,250 per night

Described as “a palm fringed paradise” by Belle Magazine, Ivory House is indeed a blissful tropical hideaway drawing subtle influences from Sri Lanka’s colonial past. The four-bedroom villa was lovingly created by Tony Bannister and Paul Walters, a hotelier with a background managing luxury properties in Ubud, Bali. The duo decorated Ivory House with bespoke furniture tastefully harking back to a time gone by – think plantation chairs and canopied four-poster beds – creating a space that’s at once serene and stylish. Ministry of Villas’ team stayed at Ivory House and we fell in love with the rice field views, swaying palm trees and personalised service provided by the dedicated villa staff.

Ivory House, 4 Bedrooms, from USD $519 per night

That Villa Serendipity is an architectural masterpiece is clear even to a layman so it seems only fitting that the villa’s ambitious design was also noted by Architectural Digest India. Built directly on scenic Koggala Lake, Villa Serendipity was created using provincial local materials in innovative ways which feel very of the moment. As architect Philip Weeraratne explains, the villa’s interiors were kept calm and minimal to best help frame the spectacular lakeside views. Besides being highlighted by Architectural Digest, Villa Serendipity also won the title of the Best Luxury Waterfront Villa in Sri Lanka at the 2018 Travel and Hospitality Awards.

Villa Serendipity, 5 Bedrooms, from USD $762 per night

A perfect beachfront locale and a full team of staff to cater to your every wish and whim make Tanamera Estate one of the most sought-after luxury villas in Sri Lanka. Cited by Harper’s Bazaar Singapore as the ultimate R&R destination in Sri Lanka, Tanamera Estate offers a crash course in beachfront luxury with a unique Ceylon twist. The three-bedroom villa offers an exclusive tropical playground for you and your group, with the salty waves of the Indian Ocean close enough to touch. Naturally, this luxury estate comes fully staffed with a personal chef and butlers, making for a very relaxing stay indeed.

Tanamera Estate, 3 Bedrooms, from USD $1,260 per night

With direct beach access, a 22-metre waterslide and designer interiors to die for, it’s no wonder the sprawling Meda Gedara was chosen as the Best Luxury Sea View Villa in Sri Lanka at the 2018 Travel and Hospitality Awards. Designed as a stylish tropical haven for families, Meda Gedara comes with an adorable bunk bedroom and a skilled personal chef to cater event to the pickiest of eaters. The beautiful interiors are matched by the great outdoors with huge gardens centred around an immense lagoon pool. Not surprisingly, Meda Gedera has also been highlighted by Equity Magazine.

Meda Gedara, 7 Bedrooms, from USD $914 per night

Sisindu Tea Estate’s design and décor was covered extensively in a 2018 issue of House and Garden and quite deservingly so. A passion project of British couple Charlie and Tweenie Wrey, Sisindu Tea Estate features shabby chic interiors with generous nods to local Sri Lankan architecture visible in the sky-high ceilings and the breezy verandas hugging the property. The most unique design feature is without a doubt the towering santol fruit tree which literally sprouts up from the centre of the living room. Besides the uniquely beautiful design, Sisindu Tea Estate comes fully staffed with a chef, housekeeping and butlers.

Sisindu Tea Estate, 6 Bedrooms, from USD $1,800 per night

Dubbed the “most exclusive villa in Sri Lanka” by Forbes magazine, Ani Villas really takes luxury holidays to a whole new level. Located directly on the beach in Dickwella, this mega villa come private resort offers all-inclusive luxury with 15 bedrooms comfortably sleeping a full entourage of up to 30 guests. And by all-inclusive we really mean all-inclusive. A stay at Ani Villas includes full-board gourmet meals, premiere spirits, spa treatments, a personal fitness trainer, daily children’s activity program… and more. With royal treatment like this, it’s little wonder Robb Report included Ani Villas in their “best of the best” coverage for 2016. Our team stayed here and after experiencing Ani Villas first hand, this heavenly estate is also one of our villa specialists’ all-time favourite villas!

Ani Villas, 15 Bedrooms, from USD $5,434 per night

Ministry of Villas offers a curated collection of villas in Sri Lanka. Contact our team and tell us exactly what you want, including preferred dates, location, number of guests and budget and we’ll help you find a villa that ticks all the boxes.