Dikwella, Sri Lanka

Meda Gedara

Low season per night from$727High season per night from$1,496


Exotic and enchanting


Lush gardens to pristine beach



Mr. Smith, Mrs. Smith and all of the little Smith children will find something to adore at Meda Gedara (spoiler alert: there’s a waterslide). On the unspoilt south coast of Sri Lanka in a small beach village, the villa’s surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, historic landmarks – including a Unesco World Heritage Site – and a vibrant local community. Though it exudes the charms of a bygone era, Meda Gedara has all of the modern luxuries you’d expect, and is crisply decorated in beautiful dark woods with white walls and intricate tiling throughout. Within the considerable footprint of the villa and its grounds, you’ll find an infinity pool, the aforementioned waterslide, a wild sandy beach and a yoga pavilion, ready to make you all deliriously happy.

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First Glance

  • Carefully curated space filled with antiques and original artwork, seamlessly juxtaposed with the neo-colonial architecture.
  • Spacious entrance hall with majestic staircase and traditional tiling.
  • Entrance hall leading into the living room and connecting to the breakfast room, both opening onto a large veranda with a dining table where dinner is served, with seating for up to 20 guests.
  • Children's television room next to to the living room.
  • You won't need to do any cooking yourself, as all your meals will be prepared by the expert chef in the large, well-equipped kitchen. The daily meal plan for full board is US$50 for each adult, US$30 for a child (12 and under), and US$10 for infants (three and under).
  • Cinema room that converts into a vast bedroom with an adjoining shower room. This is an excellent option for guests who'd rather not negotiate the grand staircase to get to their room.

Villa highlights

  • Direct access to beach
  • Private chef for all meals
  • Split-level infinity pool with a waterslide

Sleeping arrangements

  • The Fort – the master bedroom – has a super-king-size bed and a private ensuite bathroom with a shower and an exceptionally large bath (the bathroom connects with the nursery room, Koggala, making it an ideal option for parents with young’uns in tow); the master bedroom has a teak balcony with sea views.
  • Yala has a four-poster super-king-size bed, an ensuite bathroom with a shower and a sea view, and is decorated with intricate oriental rugs that contrast beautifully with the bright white walls and rich wood accents.
  • Kandy has a four-poster super-king-size bed, and an ensuite bathroom with a shower; it’s another exquisitely decorated room with another glorious sea view.
  • Koggala, the children’s room, has a twin bed and connects to The Fort via the master bathroom, which has a bath and shower. This is an ideal room for young children.
  • Dambulla, the bunk room, has six bunk beds – the bottom bunks are big enough for one adult or two small children – and is connected to the nursery via a landing; it has its own ensuite bathroom with a shower and is an ideal space for older kids to share.
  • Unawatuna, a twin room for adults or older children, has two single beds and an ensuite bathroom with a shower.
  • The Lighthouse, a self-contained garden suite with a king-size bed, has an ensuite bathroom with a shower; it’s a quiet garden hideaway with splendid sea views.

Key kit

  • Eight full-time staff on hand
  • WiFi and good mobile service throughout
  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Satellite, Apple TV, DVD player
  • Cork yoga mats
  • Cots and highchairs
  • Mosquito nets
  • Children’s books, games and toys
  • Outdoor equipment and pool floats
  • 24-hour security
  • In-room safes


  • Large infinity pool in the gardens, with a gently sloped entrance.
  • Jacuzzi joined to the main pool.
  • A deeper plunge pool beside the main pool, the entry to which is a 23-metre waterslide (or steps, if you hate fun).
  • Nine sunbeds.


  • Direct access to the unspoilt beach.
  • Manicured lawns surrounded by tropical flora in a terraced garden.
  • Veranda with dining table.
  • Dedicated yoga pavilion.
  • Umpire's hut and flat lawn for cricket matches.


  • Meda Gedara is in a quiet beach village, five minutes’ drive from the town of Dikwella
  • The closest beach is on your doorstep (well, at end of the garden).
  • It’s just over an hour from the 18th-century Dutch Galle Fort, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
  • It’s a three hour drive from the airport; the villa staff can arrange transfers with a driver.
  • There are many areas of interest to explore: a tea plantation, temples, an ayurvedic spa, the natural Hoo-maniya Blow Hole and the many remaining examples of Sri Lanka’s colonial architecture.
  • If you’re more adventure inclined, explore the south coast’s natural wonders where whale watching, an elephant safari, surfing and watersports, or a tour in a sea-plane await.
  • Family-friendly swimming beach and gentle surf area Hiriketiya Bay is 10 minutes away by tuktuk.

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