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At A Glance
  • 6 stunning suites
  • Full service Staff
  • Beautiful tropical botanical gardens and ponds
  • Library and Billiards rooms
  • Cooking classes on request
  • 25 metre swimming pool
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  • Illuketiya, Galle
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Apa Villa Illuketiya
Historic Illuketia is one of Sri Lanka's most storied plantation houses. Just 5km from Apa Thalpe and Galle, the expansive house is almost 200 years old, a living reminder of the island's colonial past. Thouroughly modernised but retaining its ancient flavour, Illuketia boasts four suites in the main house and the two in the adjacent Pond House, overlooking a lotus lake. The property sits on 10 acres of sumptuous tropical garden and paddy fields. Tea estates, Sinhalese villages and charming country lanes cluster close to the estate so be prepared for a unique cultural experience but never compromising on comfort.

Illuketia plantation is a botanical wonderland. Tall trees, majestic bamboo and giant heliconias loom over flowering shrubs, creepers and ferns. Fruits, vegetables, rice and herbs are organically grown in our garden. Our daily floral arrangements are fresh cuts from the plantation. At last count there are 156 bird species, 556 tropical plants, 20 mammals, pond fishes and a variety of reptiles, land monitor lizards and frogs living discreetly within the boundaries.

See an abundant variety of exotic tropical blooms and ferns at every turn. Some local plants and herbs are medicinal or used as dyes; others are food for humans and the wildlife. The adjacent rice fields produce our organic red rice. We use traditional methods for pest control and propagating.

The Verandah is a grandstand for the garden and ponds outdoor. Breakfast is served in one corner while dinner is laid out facing a different setting.

Find your strategic place for afternoon tea and quiet reading or writing. A water channel runs alongside and calls of birds, monkeys and cicadas provide background sound.

Nine matching carved temple doors and a two-tier roof with Balinese carvings allow air to circulate freely in the drawing room. Giant bamboo furniture, lacquered Chinese cabinets, antique porcelains, chandeliers and paintings from Indonesia are personal touches of the owners.

This is the grand room for weddings and other events.

The library and billiards room is located upstairs, above the kitchen area, and houses a collection of travelogues, art and history tomes, novels and magazines in English, French and German. Great views from here.

Breakfast is always prepared when you are ready. Standard menu of seasonal cut fruits and chilled juices. Ceylon tea or locally grown coffee. Eggs as you like it with fried bacon or sausages. Must try buffalo milk curd or yoghurt topped with palm sugar treacle. Order typical Sri Lankan breakfast a day before. All pancakes, breads and jams are home made.

Illuketia’s cuisine works on availability of fresh produce combining the clever use of local herbs and spices. Best described as Eastern dishes under Western direction though our signature Sri Lankan garden curries is the best.

Fish, shrimp, squid and lobster are caught hours ago. Meats are delivered from reputable suppliers. Vegetables and greens are plucked from the organic nursery plots. Our kitchen is noted for its desserts, cakes and cookies.

Lunch is usually snacks, toasted sandwiches or salads. Order dinner, a three- to four-course menu in advance. Our vegetarian meals are excellent. Outside guests are welcome. Cooking classes on our dishes on request
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 Guest Comments
“This is an unbelievably beautiful place. Enjoying the cooling pool and sea breeze, great for children as well. Thank you so much.”
Rog, Rie and Ryan - Japan - March 2007

We have adored every second of our time in paradise
Anne and Charlie Spear - England - March 2007

“To everyone at Apa Villa, Please don’t change anything - it is perfect, a beautiful setting, wonderful food, charming and friendly staff we have been treated like royalty.”
Natasha and Toby Greig - England - March 2007

“To the management and staff of the delightful Apa Villa’s! We couldn’t have asked or dreamt of a more perfect location and atmosphere for our beautiful wedding and following honeymoon! The whole experience was a dream in paradise, with every wish catered for. We now have the most sparkling memories to begin our married life with, and the best excuse in the world to return to Sri Lanka and Apa Villa for future anniversaries! Thank you so much for everything”
Kim and Mark Norton (Newly-weds!) - March 2007

“Watching the fishermen at the sunset over the sea – a memorable experience.”
Annie and Nick Dosh - England - January 2007

“To everyone at Apa Villas, thank you all so much. We have enjoyed our stay here enormously. It is the most wonderful setting, a dream holiday. The staff have been exceptionally attentive, pampering to our every wish, which with eight children in our party is one mean treat!”
David, Dlu, Henrietta, Hugo and Rory Church - England - January 2007

“We are sad to be leaving this oasis of relaxation after 2 weeks touring Sri Lanka. We Will take home many enriched memories of Apa Villa: the rolling surf of the ocean, the delightful setting and not least the discrete yet excellent service offered by all the staff. Thank you all with every good wish for 2007”
Janet and Derek Boult - England - December 2006

“Many hotels and villas accept children but my little tribe of 4 have been welcomed with such open arms and wide smiles it has made Apa Villa a wonderful family destination”
Paul and Lizzie Hudson - England - October 2006

“We are very surprised to find such a ‘home’ so far away from home! We didn’t need any excursion of trip to make: everything we need was here, beautiful nature (birds, monkeys, flowers, butterflies, fireflies). Excellent service nice people and very good food!”
Henk and Jacqueline Bosman - The Netherlands - July 2006

“…A slice of heaven on earth…”
Brad Farmer - Australia - November 2005

“There are not enough stars to do the justice in the name of Apa Villa. This is our paradise on earth and the happy memories will last forever.”
Jemma and Steve Wylie - November 2005

“Thank you is not enough. We have had the perfect holiday. The beach, food, and nature: a true paradise.”
Ken and Chris - England - April 2005

“Thank you all for a wonderful, however, short break at this fantastic villa. The hospitality and delicious food was appreciated. Good luck to you all and keep “blackie” in the comfort he is used to!”
Vivien and Eric Carter - McRecambe, United Kingdom - April 2005

“Paradise: idyllic escape… Illuketia and Apa Villa were both intimate and an out of this world experience. Being a part of nature within a beautiful home is special it feels very personal which is the magic behind the place. From the hearty smiles of the staff, to exquisite cooking, my soul feels rested and refreshed. Thank you Management.”
Hana - November 2004

“I came to chill out and did, thank goodness you can’t get toddy in London otherwise life would be one long siesta. I’d recommend this place for anyone of a weird disposition”
Mark Graborski - November 2004

“We had a wonderful time, enjoying the views, the gardens, the food, and the incredibly friendly and helpful staff. And of course the Management’s ever-present helpfulness.”
Jeff Lunitead and Debbie Shaipe - Lunstead - October, 2004

“Illuketia is an ideal place for artistic inspiration. Thank you Management for a more then perfect weekend.”
Indra, David, Tom and Maya - October 2004

“What a fantastic way to finish our Sri Lanka tour. Only shame is that we only had 2 days – next time we will be back for much longer”
Meg, Mimi and Claire - April 2004

“We arrived to the sounds of a Farinelli playing, entered a courtyard that takes one’s breath away and spent the next two days taking in every variation of green in the paddy fields and trees around us. The staff spoiled up silly – the food was fantastic. There are many visions of paradise – this marvelous home is the best one.”
Rahul Jacob - London - January 2004

“Please can I come again? This time for much longer, to relax in the space, the shade, the lovely people… and the sound of waves at night. Heaven…”
Lisa Geiger - London - November 2003

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