Galle, Sri Lanka

Habaraduwa House


Sri Lankan sanctuary


Grassy Galle beachfront





On the shore a short drive out of Galle, Habaraduwa House is a breezy beach house, with clean white walls, artfully arranged antiques and pretty patterned textiles. This is a property that’s great for groups: separate buildings will ensure some time out, there are several seating areas throughout the estate and the huge bedrooms are perfect for families. The beach is essentially on the edge of the garden, which also has its own pool with a sunlounger-studded terrace – not to mention manicured lawns, hammocks and shade-affording palms.

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First Glance

  • Beach house spread across a series of buildings, offering maximum privacy to each guest.
  • The main living area is opposite the pool, with views out to the sand and sea through the wall of windows.
  • Pristine white walls, and traditional tiles on the roof.
  • Games room with ceiling fans, squashy sofas, film posters and an artful mix of modern and antique furniture (NB: the huge flatscreen TV is hidden within a vintage cupboard).
  • Dining pavilion that’s open to the elements on three sides, for meals with a soft sea breeze.
  • Extra tables and seating areas are scattered around the terrace, outside the living room and opposite the dining pavilion – and meals can be set up wherever you want to have them.
  • Staff-only kitchen.
  • 4,594sq m total space.

Villa highlights

  • Private chef and house staff
  • Steps from the shore
  • Fantastic for families

Sleeping arrangements

  • There are four bedrooms, each in a separate pavilion. Three have king-size four-poster beds, the fourth has twin beds.
  • Each of the three king-size bedrooms (46sq m) has a four-poster bed, pale-wood furniture and a bathroom with a walk-in rainfall shower.
  • The twin room measures a spacious 70sq m, and has a large seating area and a private terrace. The ensuite bathroom has a bath tub and a walk-in rainfall shower.

Key kit

  • Free WiFi.
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Laundry (done by the house staff at an extra cost).
  • Table football.


  • Lengthy, stone-tiled, beach-facing pool with a spacious sunbathing terrace.
  • 15’ x 60’.
  • Eight sunloungers.


  • Lengthy lawn with palm trees, hammocks and seating spots, all opposite the sugar-sand beach.
  • Parking for up to four cars, but your driver will take care of this.


  • The villa has a beachfront setting a 15-minute drive from Galle Fort.
  • From Colombo, and the island’s international airport, the drive should take around two and a half hours.

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