Apa Villa Illuketia – Galle
Historic Illuketia is one of Sri Lanka’s most storied plantation houses. Just 5km from Apa Thalpe and Galle, the expansive house is almost 200 years old, a living reminder of the island’s colonial past.
Thoroughly modernized but retaining its ancient flavor, Illuketia boasts four suites in the main house and the two in the adjacent Pond House, overlooking a lotus lake. Tea estates, Sinhalese villages and charming country lanes cluster close to the estate so be prepared for a unique cultural experience but never compromising on comfort.
The master bedroom is sited in a corner with its own private balcony looking out over padi fields and the village lanes. The spacious bathroom is decorated with Turkish tiles. Possibly, the largest room with a view to tea hills beyond. Original paintings of Southeast Asian scenes reveal the owners’ trampling grounds. Stylish colour scheme matches the hand-painted lotus bedspread.
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