Along the sun kissed southern coastline of Sri Lanka lies the perfectly preserved 120 year old Dutch manor known as Handun Villas. It is surrounded by a lush green coconut estate and enchanting garden where giant squirrels, monkeys and peacocks come to play. The soothing lull of the ocean mingles with birdsong and the rhythm of coastal village life to create a symphony that is unique to the villa.
Handun Villas is found in Talalla Bay which is two and a half hours drive from Colombo and 11 kilometres away from Matara. With beautiful aquamarine waters and secluded beaches, Talalla is one of the lesser known haunts “down south”. Its proximity to Mirissa and Hirikatiya provide visitors with access to natural reefs, water sports and whale watching tours. In addition Talalla is conveniently located close to the island’s major national parks, wildlife sanctuaries (namely Yala and Udawalawa) and various coastal heritage sites.
Travellers who seek to indulge in simple pleasures need look no further than the villa’s estate where they can relax by the pool or take part in outdoor yoga and meditation classes. Be it modernised interiors with indoor trees that grow through the open roof or outdoor bathrooms where guests can stargaze while soaking in a tub; there is a sense of oneness with nature here no matter where you look. Even rooms at the villa bear names like Kohomba, Sepalika, Sooriya, Kurundu, and Mai Mara after trees that are found in the garden.
The villa also offers a variety of activities for visitors. From island dining consisting of calamari and jumbo prawns to cooking sessions with the chef, there is much to tickle the taste buds of foodie travellers both local and foreign alike. The more adventurous individual can request cycling tours and whale watching expeditions from the staff who are always happy to help.
With a restaurant, laundry service and 24 hour security available, the villa ensures that guests are able to let go of everyday worries and completely immerse themselves in rest and relaxation. Perhaps one of the most welcome facility at the villa is its luxury spa where guests can indulge in a little pampering while taking in breathtaking views of the garden.
Source : http://www.ft.lk/travel-tourism/Lose-yourself-in-simple-pleasures-at-Handun-Villas/27-652055