Apa Villa

AREA South
FROM COLOMBO 121 km - 3 hours 45 minutes


Located in Thalpe which is a beautiful and much visited town just a short drive from Unawatuna, you will find Apa Villas- a boutique property which consists of three separate villas. Thalpe is known for its safe swimming bay, where even children can frolic in the shallow turquoise water. The drive from Colombo will take approximately four and half hours.


Founder of the Insight Travel Guides Hans Hofer is the man behind Apa Villas. This stylish and tranquil beachside retreat draws its inspiration from southern Sri Lankan architecture. Thus, it incorporates features such as verandahs, courtyards, open spaces that allow the cooling ocean breeze, columns and archways. The décor and furnishings however stand sharply in contrast to this with strong minimalist influences, cement recliners, daybeds and floors along with contemporary timber and glass furniture. It is perhaps this quality that strongly illustrates Apa Villas commitment to modernity as well its love for Sri Lankan heritage.


The three villas are named after Sri Lankan spices. They are cinnamon, cardamon and saffron.

Cinnamon Rooms
These welcomingly open rooms are filled with sunlight and happy cheer. They feature an extensive lounge that takes you out on to an outdoor terrace with breathtaking views of the hotel’s gardens and the sea. All rooms are air conditioned have en suite bathrooms with hot water , canopied beds with mosquito nets, spacious wardrobes and writing desks. Of these rooms, Cinnamon 3 is the largest.

Cardomon Rooms
Cardomon villa has two suites which are air conditioned, feature en suite baths and private lounge space and walk-in dressing areas. The bedrooms feature decorative accordion style screens. Guests can wind down in the shared verandah while enjoying views of the hotel gardens and the ocean. There is also a sizeable dining table.

Saffron Rooms
Of all the rooms on offer at Apa Villas, Saffron rooms are the most spacious. They feature their own private verandahs, and the two rooms share a spacious master bath which takes you to either the garden, living room or pool. The rooms are separated by a lily and fish filled pond.


Facilities include a rectangular infinity pool and a wooden deck beyond from which guests can experience breathtaking ocean sunsets. The sea immediately in front of the property is not safe for swimming though a drive or walk will definitely take you to a beach that is. Meals are served according to guests wishes in the garden or the privacy of your own villa. They consist of both Sri Lankan and western cuisine and are prepared using fresh seafood and other produce from the local markets. Apa Villas can arrange a babysitter as well as a personal masseuse.


The south coast of Sri Lanka has much to offer in terms of exploration. Though once a sparsely visited town, Thalpe has now blossomed into a tourist hot spot. There are plenty of newly built restaurants, boutique hotels and chill out places in the vicinity. A drive to the nearby beach town of Unawatuna and its spectacular bay as well to the historic city of Galle are great options. For a full list of activities in the south coast, visit our South Coast Destination profile.

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