Apa Villa | Thalpe | South Coast | Sri Lanka


“The best thing about the villa, however, is its surroundings. Cicadas, birds and silver-haired monkeys have made the adjacent tropical gardens their playground while further afield, spice and rice fields disappear into the distance” – The Independent UK.

“Since I have a long way to go, I break journey at Unawatuna to have a quick lunch at Apa Villas, the beach property owned by Hans Hoefer, who till recently, was publisher of Insight Guides.

Apa Villas is perfectly placed for those who want to escape the city and yet be close enough to experience the sights of a part of this magical island. Hoefer seems to have got his formula right. The airy beach property looked after by a British couple, is as friendly as a large home can get. The rooms are remniscent of the British era with all comforts, built in a style befitting the tropical life of monsoon rains and incredible sunsets. Fully modernised, each villa is designed to take full advantage of spectacular views across the Indian Ocean that pounds onto the beach.” – The Hindu Sunday Magazine.

Apa Villa is a charming property that lies amidst a mature coconut grove, in fantastic surrounds on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Just 8km south of the historic city of Galle and its ancient Dutch Fort, the villa is an ideal getaway for those seeking sun, surf, the best sunsets and total relaxation. Whether with family or friends it’s minimal fuss and children are also welcome. With advanced notice the management will arrange for baby-sitting services when required. Apa Villa encourages bookings of the whole house, so bring your friends.

The style of the villa befits a gentle tropical existence of monsoon rains, golden beaches, surf and splendid sunsets. All suites are oriented to the sea. A unique elongated swimming pool is shaded by swaying palm trees and is the central attraction in the gardens. At its beach end is a wooden deck positioned to watch the rolling waves and spot the occasional ship passing or a sea turtle surfacing for air.

Come late afternoon, sit back with favourite cocktail to watch the most incredible sunsets one can ever imagine.

Apa Villa welcomes you to its breezy, sunny, open spaces in and around the villas. Whether seated in the interior lounge of your suite or surrendering yourself on the sun deck, where you feast your eyes on the lush greenery, the clear blue waves and a colourful sky. Then you notice that the tiled sloping roofs, elegant pillars, wood-steel-and-glass furniture add up to the aesthetics and charm of the setting.


Cinnamon Villas x 3: Light and airy corner suites with spacious lounge area facing both the garden and sea. Double beds under large mosquito net canopy are placed on a cool cement base. There are en suite bathroom with hot showers, wardrobe cupboards and writing table-cum-dressing table. Spill out to the verandah for dining outside. The rooms are air-conditioned. Connecting doors combine the suites making ideal lodgings for a family or group.

Cardamon Villa x 2: A complete suite with ensuite bathrooms, walk-in wardrobe dressing area, a seating area and air-conditioned bedroom screened off by accordion door panels. The choice area is the shared verandah with comfortable banquette and dining table on one side. The view is to the pool and ocean.

Safron Villa x 2: These designer suites are excellent with own verandah overlooking the garden and sea. The suite has a double bedroom, a master bathroom with door to the garden, a living room and garden pool. All rooms have ceiling fans too.


The staff at Apa Villa serve breakfast on the verandah of each suite at your time, any time. There’s a standard breakfast of fresh fruit, blended fruit juice, tea or coffee and milk. The main breakfast is Western fare with eggs and sausages, bacon and cheese. There are also local Sri Lankan breakfast specialties of plain or egg hoppers, a pancake of sorts made with rice flour and coconut milk with an egg added. Hoppers have to be ordered the evening before. A favourite for breakfast is the buffalo milk curd with sweet treacle.

Dine in the shade of the coconut palms. Gather on the beach deck. The staff carry out your every wish, effortlessly. Your choice of meals – Sri Lankan curries, fresh lobsters, tiger prawns and yellow-fin tuna cooked to recipes of the world. Taste a young jackfruit curry, fresh herbs, red rice and local specialties harvested from the villas own estate.

Tropical fruits of pineapple, mango, banana, watermelon and passion fruit are simply delicious. Out of this world homemade desserts include pancakes with coconut and palm sugar filling, buffalo curd and treacle, and chocolate and fruit fondue.


Without boasting, Apa Villa garners praises for its standard of service. Not overwhelming, not pretentious, always in anticipation, unobtrusive and discreet – A fresh beach towel, a nice cup of tea and a ready smile always.

The villas trained English-speaking staff will help to arrange transport, massage service, baby-sitter, laundry, scuba diving and gives friendly tips on local sightseeing. The library has a stunning collection of reference books, children’s books and travel guides from around the world for guests to dip into.

Products & Services: English-speaking staff – Local transport services – Massage service – Baby-sitter – Laundry – Scuba diving – Local sightseeing – Internet access – Library: adult/children’s books and travel guides.

Check-in/Check-out Time Normal Check-in Time is 12.00 noon and Check-Out time is 11.00 a.m. Earlier Check-in Time or later Check-out time could be requested on a case by case basis and the hotel may agree depending on availability.

Apa Villa is not available for online bookings  – Send us an email by clicking on the ‘Contact’ tab above and we will confirm availability and make the booking on your behalf.

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