The Villa

OCCUPANCY

Our villa is available for exclusive use only. This make us a slice of paradise saved just for you after a day of adventure and exploration, and we work hard to make you feel safe, welcome and at home.

Max 8 people from a single booking.

Read on for our Health and Safety credentials and our Reservations and Cancellation procedures (shown further down this page and also here )

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Kalukanda House has also been audited against Internationally-accepted accommodation safety standards set by Sanderson Phillips and has been coded "Green" and passed fit for sale. The assessment included sections on fire safety, fuel safety, food hygiene & water safety, swimming pool safety and general maintenance/safety planning. We also have received the Sanderson Phillips accreditation for Covid Compliance. You can find us here https://www.sandersonphillips.co.uk/clients/

In Sri Lanka, we are a L1 Safe and Secure destination in Sri Lanka, and we proudly share proof of this with guests via a certificate awarded to us by independant auditors KPMG on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government. You can find the list of approved L1 destinations for International guests here.

Obtaining the certificate means that we have proven that our standards and procedures on cleanliness, health emergency protocols, staff training and guest care are at an incredibly high standard and we commit to maintaining these standards in order to ensure everybody remains safe and well. In the unfortunate event of sickness, we have documented procedures and protocols in place to ensure that you are taken care of and your loved ones looked after until you are safely back home.

On booking, we will inform you of the regulations in place at the time. Travelling with us is safe and simple so that you can get on with the business of relaxing. Get in touch to find out more.

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LOCATION

Cradled in an enclave by the coast of Weligama, with an auspicious Bodhi Tree above, it’s the kind of spot with a special feeling and an uplifting energy. Some people have mused that it’s a wonder they haven’t built a temple here.

Just 2.5 hours from Colombo by car, you can be whisked to us easily along a speedy new highway.

WHAT LUXURY MEANS TO US

We thought about all the things we wanted covering luxury in the conventional sense, and we made sure we had these covered. Ontop of that an emotional design approach was taken when thinking about how we want to experience Sri Lanka through the villa. We designed for human connections and 360 degree sensory experiences, so that you can immerse yourself in our little corner of the world and safely lose yourself in all of it.

BEDROOMS

4 double bedrooms all with en-suite shower rooms come with handmade 4-poster beds created by local craftsmen as standard. The rooms are designed for deep, dreamful sleep and have handcarved shutters that open out to our jungle garden, teaming with beautiful wildlife. Waking to the sound of the dawn chorus or watching the monkeys swing through the trees from the upper floor balconies connect you to nature in a very spiritual way.

Expect hot power showers and comfortable mattresses with the fluffiest pillows, clad in great linens. Air conditioning is in every room for extra hot days but many guests love the cooling breeze on their skin wafted from the ceiling fans instead.

Fluffy towels and organic toiletries are in the rooms for your use during for your stay.

SHARED SPACES

Entering the house you will be greeted by the grand high ceilings enclosing a spectacular space, beautifully styled with hand selected antiques and 1.8m specially commissioned chandeliers that enhance the dramatic sense of scale in the villa.

You can expect reliable, fast Wifi, international plug sockets and ceiling fans in these spaces too. Gorgeous Jasmin scented sticks burn gently and waft through the high space transporting you back in time. We have made sure that every one of your senses comes alive when you stay with us.

We have trained our staff to offer you the best possible service, without any airs but with an attention to detail that gives you a sense of familiarity and being at home. Beer is served in chilled glasses, rooms are discretely cleaned and beds made daily and we can organise special occasion celebrations at the villa or at beautiful locations within easy walking or tuk tuk distance.

GARDENS

Wildlife regularly comes through the gardens and is a wonder to watch, we have been lucky enough to see Eagles, Kingfisher visit the pool every day and even watching the huge trees sway in the breeze is mesmerising . Our yoga shala is the perfect spot to work through sun salutations and stretches, or grab a comfortable seat and read during the day. As the day draws to a close, candle lit gin and tonics, colourful chats and snacks are usually held here while the sun sets and chef whips up the evening meal.

THE POOL

The pool is a hit with everybody of all ages – whether you want to practice your dives, swim at night or just cool your toes. Lying on your back, looking above you will see palm trees, blue skies and shy, curious monkeys. Poolside beds are a favourite spot to snooze beneath the umbrellas or read your holiday fiction. Dreamily watching pretty dragonflies occasionally whir past can become an activity in itself.

Pool is 15m x 5m, it is long and deep. Children need to be supervised at all times by adults, our pool is open to the gardens and house and because we are a private location, there is no life guard on duty.

THE LOCALE

A gentle walk to our local beach brings lovely sights and smiling people.

Our local Turtle Beach is 100m away and a seasonal beach bar draws in a few surfers and paddle boarders from nearby villas and boutique hotels. There is nothing more relaxing than watching the sunset from this spot, and hearing the ebbing and flowing of the ocean waves as the light turns golden and the sun drops off the horizon.

You may well see one or two of our villagers fishing, and an early morning walk to the cove will reward you with the sight of fishermen coming in with their catch of the day. Stop and watch what they unload and then head down to the beach for a morning walk before breakfast.

We have lots of places that you can saunter to from our gates for a change of scene from fresh tuna salad and a cold Lion Beer, to a soft shelled crab curry served with ice cold wine.

A week with us will fly by...

STAFF

The villa team of 3 permanent staff and a night guard will look after you full time and you can enjoy discrete but attentive service. You can discuss meals with the manager so that your schedule and daily plans are accomodated as much as possible.

Nothing is too much trouble and transport, excursions and bookings can be made for you by your hosts or the villa team.

Find out more about your hosts on the About Us page below.

EXPLORE

We can design your holiday for you, and we work closely with knowledgable travel partners who share our passion to show oyu the best of Sri Lanka. From rainforest trekking, to safari, whale watching to lace making, cookery classes and more....Every guest is different and so we talk to you about you and your fellow travellers about what you want to see, eat and do when we take your booking. Every detail is covered and we are on hand during your stay too, just incase you want us to organise some extra trips and experiences for you.

Contact us here to find out more.

Reservations and cancellations procedure 2021

  1. Bookings are made through direct enquiry with Kalukanda House owners or via one of our trusted, accredited travel partners only. This is earmarked with a refundable £100 deposit made to Kalukanda House. Dates are confirmed and blocked off in the diary with a 50% deposit, the balance is due 60 days before check in.
  2. Check-in details are taken 48 hours prior to arrival.
  3. All guests must travel to Kalukanda House with necessary visa, insurances and PCR tests paid for and communicated to Kalukanda House or the booking agent prior to flight boarding. Online health declarations sent by the booking teams must be completed 48 hours before arrival and transfers from the airport to Kalukanda House must be via a certified safe and secure driver.
  4. All SLTDA and government requirements in place at the time of stay must be met by guests while staying at Kalukanda House. Management reserves the right to refuse guests entry if health guidelines are not adhered to.
  5. Guests must advise us immediately if unwell within 14 days of arrival at Kalukanda house.
  6. Guests must advise us if they have been travelling in a high risk Covid19 country within 14 days of arrival at Kalukanda House.
  7. If guests are unable to travel on their due date because of a national travel ban policy in Sri Lanka or in their home country due to Covid19, we would provide a refund or re-book for 18 months with a price promise if they prefer. *
  8. If guests or a member of their booking party are disinclined to travel due to Covid19 reasons they must approach their insurers in the first instance. In the event that your insurance policy does not cover you in this circumstance, we would offer the option to re-book up to 18 months or provide a 90% refund minus $100 admin fee. We respectfully ask guests to take precautions and responsibility for their health prior to their holiday and provide a doctors certificate to verify non-travel due to Covid19. *
  9. Cancellations for any other reasons are subject to our standard terms and conditions and would not be possible without loss of 50% deposit. If the dates can be re-sold, the deposit will be passed back minus USD 150 admin fee *
  10. Any booking modification or cancellation must be sent to us by email
  11. A no-show results in loss of deposits.

* Our boutique villa is a very special place taken on sole occupancy. We intentionally sell only a set fixed number of weeks a year and our guests are discerning travellers who find us through word of mouth. Every guest at Kalukanda House is looked after by the team as well as the owners. It is very difficult to re-sell dates with short notice but we will be fully flexible regarding a holiday impacted by Covid19. We kindly ask our valued guests to work with us to keep everybody safe, while also considering why our cancellation policy exists for situations outside of health and safety situations.

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