Located in beautiful
and charming Thalpe, Kingsley’s Pearl is an elegant five bedroom beach villa,
in front of a coral reef. The drive Colombo will take approximately four hours,
or consider taking an air taxi to Koggala (45 minutes) which is 10 minutes away
Kingsley’s Pearl is a
study in serenity. It has been painstakingly designed by an Australian
architect to allow natural light and sea breezes. The verandahs, bedrooms and
halls are light and airy and give openness to the place. Time moves slowly as
you spend your days lounging in a hammock, perusing through a magazine while
reclining on a planter’s chair or sipping a cup of only the finest Ceylon tea.
Local architectural features have been skillfully incorporated within the
villa’s contemporary themes.
There are five
elegantly furnished, spacious bedrooms on offer. The master features a private
terrace with a sitting area while four feature an en suite bath, while the
fifth has a rustic outdoor shower. They come with four poster beds, air
conditioning, mosquito nets, overhead fans and LCD TVs.
The beach directly in
front of the property is not safe for swimming due to the presence of a coral
reef. However, a hundred yard walk will take you to the picture perfect Thalpe
bay. There is a central courtyard and swimming pool as well as open verandahs
which serve as living and dining spaces. The clay roofs and terracotta tiles
keep the villa cool during the day. There is an indoor sitting area as well,
with a LCD TV, satellite channels, DVD player, CD player, library, board games
and musical instruments. The villa is fully staffed and comes with a chef who
will prepare both western and local fare according to your preferences. You can
even accompany him to the markets to select your own ingredients.
Galle’s UNESCO World Heritage fort is just a 15 minute drive
away and many beaches in Unawatuna are safe for swimming all year round. You
can also visit the Turtle Conservation Project in Rekawa or embark on a whale
watching expedition during migration months. For a full list of activities,
visit our South Coast Destination Profile.