Why so chic?

Why travel experts chose this hotel
  • watching the turtles arrive on the palm-fringed shores

Chic Treats

Only when you book with Chic

Room upgrade

Early check-in/out

Welcome drinks

  • Overview
    Introduction

    Owned by Hans Hoefer, photographer, publisher and founder of The Apa/Insight Travel Guides Apa Villas Thalpe is one of the first boutique hotels in Sri Lanka with an irresistible location on a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed beach. This small luxury hotel is 5 miles away from the historic town of Galle and a 3 hour drive south of Colombo

    Once you arrive at the red gate of Apa Villas you enter a retreat of bungalows all individually designed to lend themselves to the relaxed, tropical way of life synonymous to old Ceylon.

    Activities

    On a bicycle, guests can get far into the old Buddhist temples and small tracks cut among the rice fields. Apa Villa's in-house tuk-tuk (three-wheeler) driver can take two to three guests for a ride on the bumpy lanes. A hired vehicle with driver can be arranged for guests to make day trips to several bird sanctuaries, game parks and the famous Sinharajah Rain Forest all under 7 hours drive. Other activities within reach of Apa Villas are diving, fishing, wreck diving and snorkelling. On moonlit nights during the season turtles come up onto the beach to lay their eggs in the sand.

    The trained English-speaking staff can arrange transport, Ayurvedic massage service, babysitting and give friendly tips on local sightseeing. The library has a stunning collection of reference books, children's books and travel guides for guests to enjoy.

    Dining

    Dining at Apa Villas is casual and always a satisfying experience. Sri Lankan specialities are the favourites. Fish and other seafood are caught locally and freshly prepared. Innovative Asian and fusion dishes are continually being introduced and many of the vegetables, herbs and fruits are from Apa Villa's six-acre organic gardens at the Illuketia Estate.

  • Facilities

    babysitting

    child friendly

    private beach

    restaurant

    spa treatment room

    swimming pool

  • Location
    Address

    Sri Lanka

  • Rooms
    Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
    Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

    The 7 suites are set in a coconut grove with an infinity pool deftly shaded by the palm trees and always in view of the rolling ocean waves. The deck above the beach is the perfect perch for dinner or sunset drinks.

    The architecture at Apa Villas is traditional Sri Lankan with coconut pillars lining the verandah. Polished cement floors and contemporary wrought-iron and wood furniture made in Sri Lanka add to the surroundings. Large four-poster beds swathed in white mosquito nets allow the cooling sea breezes to filter through. Each suite has its own private seating area and dining verandah and bathroom.

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  • Conditions
    Cancellation policy

    50% advance payment of the total room charges as a confirmation of the booking with the balance payable seven days before guest arrival. Guests are required to settle all additional charges for food, beverage and other services directly to us before departure.

    No refunds will be given for unused rooms or cancellations less than six weeks before arrival. For postponed reservations or cancellations earlier than six weeks, there will be an administration fee of USD 90 per booking.

WHY BOOK WITH US?

ONLY THE MOST CHIC

Each hotel selected for its unique charm by Lulu the founder.

CHIC TREATS

Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.

PRICE MATCH PROMISE

If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.

Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

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$180
Night

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$350
Night

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$600
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Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)