The first thing we noticed about this villa for rent in Sri Lanka is its adventurous use of space. The entire ground floor is open to the tropical garden that surrounds it, but the expansive open-plan area is creatively designed on multiple levels, with strong lines that make it both imposing and playful.
Pride of place goes to the 15-meter-long infinity pool which flows down towards the sweeping vistas and splashes backwards into house itself. It features a special section just for kids, making this a great property for families.
The villa was six years in the making, and it shows in the details – the Palmyra-tree columns supporting the vast roof, the cut-out panels in the walls, the curated art, the audaciously colored walls, the beautifully tiled floors, the almost sculptural staircase cutting into the main living room, the outdoor bathtubs surrounded in tropical vegetation. All of the furniture and fittings are locally handcrafted, making them completely unique.
This is a home you can disappear into. Three-course meals, yoga and massages can booked so that you never have to leave. But should you choose to, there’s also plenty to see in the south of Sri Lanka – from the UNESCO Heritage Site of Galle Forte to two stunning national parks, complete with wild elephants. Just ask the driver to take you there by tuk tuk.