A villa is a great way to stay if there’s a large group of you. Many villas have a minimum of 2-bedrooms with some going up to 7-bedrooms. Close to the historic city of Galle, here are our favorite villas, if you’re looking for a relaxing stay with family and friends. From budget, to beach, to self-catering…check out these top picks!
How far is Galle from Sri Lanka? 1 1/2 – 2 hours south of Colombo. It’s best to either stay in Colombo a night (if arrive late) or drive in depending on your time of flight.
What Beach is close to Galle? Many online villas will say – Galle, Wijaya Beach, or Unawatuna, but they might actually be in Thalpe. All are close to Galle and family-friendly.
Do you need a visa? Yes, and do it online in advance of your trip here.
When is the best time to go to Galle? Galle’s wettest period is from May to September. Spring is the best time to visit! Chinese New Year and Easter are popular periods for families flying from Asia.
This villa is more like a stately home. Oozing old-world colonial charm, this is the place to stay if you’re looking for timeless elegance. With two master suites and a junior suite, there’s plenty of room for the clan. Have dinner alfresco overlooking the white sandy beaches and cooling swimming pool. There’s an in-house chef or you’re close to the bars and restaurants of Galle.
23 Palm, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.twentythreepalm.com
This is a stunning 5-bedroom villa close to Galle. Decorated in modern, western décor, it provides and relaxing space for your family and friends. Bedrooms are large and equipped with all mod cons. It’s super fam-friendly with a baby cot, baby feeding chair and a baby protection fence around the pool area. There’s a beautiful pool and beach front garden which is very inviting and perfect for games.
Footprints Villa, http://footprintsceylon.com/
A luxury Dutch-style villa set close to the beach, this is a great place to stay with the family or a group of friends. With 5 bedrooms, there’s plenty of space for everyone. The two-acre garden is a great place for the kids to play, enjoy an alfresco dinner, relax with friends and unwind. Galle is a short 20-minute ride away, making it the perfect location for city exploring and quiet beach time.
If Villa, www.srilankainstyle.com/villas/if-villa/
Located on the beach, this a beautiful villa for the fam and friends. Just a short ride from Galle, it’s convenient location makes it a great place to stay. Modern, contemporary and stylish, we love the direct access to the beach. With just two bedrooms, it’s a lovely place for the family to spend time. Relax in the pool, sit under the swaying trees for shade, or take a walk on the beach and dip your toes into the cool water.
Skinny Beach House, www.facebook.com/skinnybeachhouse/
For old-world charm in a modern setting this is a great villa for a few days away. Located on the beach it provides easy access to white sand and warm blue water. Recently renovated, it has all the mod cons you need from home. The kitchen is modern, the living area large and there’s a TV room and library, just in case you get a tropical downpour and need to stay in side.
Satin Doll, www.elysiumsrilanka.com/satindoll/
Located on the beach, this is a beautiful 3-bedroom villa for a long weekend or week away with the family. There isn’t a swimming pool so do bear that in mind. Located close to Galle, it’s a great base for exploring. You can watch dolphins and whales from the beach – how cool is that! Breakfast is included, so start the say relaxing outside with a cup of coffee and an bowl of fruit before you start exploring.
Alfies, Located in Talpe (20-minutes from Galle), http://www.alfiesbeachhouse.com
Stay here if there is a large group of you. With 7-bedrooms that sleeps 14 people, it’s a great party pad. Located on the beach close to Galle, it’s a relaxing place where you can watch the kids playing in the sand and surf. Chill out by the large swimming pool before finishing off the day with an alfresco dinner. There’s a staff on board to make sure your stay is as relaxing as possible.
Thalpe House, email@example.com, http://www.thalpehouse.com/
This is a beautiful 3-bedroom villa that is located on the beach. You’re close to the beach which is perfect of you have kids in tow. Close to the city of Galle it’s a great place to stay if you want to go sightseeing. You get a fresh breakfast every day and dinner can be arranged on request. The owner really looks after each guest like his own relatives, making each little gesture just wonderful.
Villa Pinthaliya, https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9549641