There are two houses at Talaramba Reef: Villa Sulanga (Wind) and Villa Vatura (Water). Intended as informal beach houses where you can kick off your shoes and relax, the wide verandas, open living areas and colonnaded courtyards, blur the boundaries between house and garden, and heighten your awareness of the natural elements around you. The open design allows for cooling breezes to waft through the villas, even in the height of summer, and tats can be dropped to keep the elements out if Mother Nature's mood turns grey.
Each has four spacious (air conditioned) double bedrooms, with four poster beds, comfortable mattresses, and en-suite bathrooms. Each room has a roll away single bed, which can be used for a child by arrangement.
French windows open onto wide balconies, where you can sit and take in the stunning views across the reef and the Indian Ocean.
Meals are taken on the verandah overlooking the garden and pools.
There is comfortable lounge seating for a full house in the airy and bright living rooms
Both villas feature the work of contemporary Sri Lankan artists, and all of the furniture, bed linen and ceramics were designed and beautifully made in Sri Lanka.
A really special feature of Talaramba Reef, is the expanse of lush, tropical garden surrounding the villas, a rare thing in beachfront properties here. The garden contains many local tree species, including coconut palms, cashews, mangos and frangipani.
Villa Sulanga has a bar area in the living room, a TV in the downstairs bedroom, and a deeper swimming pool.
Villa Vatura has a separate TV room beside the living room, and a very shallow section in its swimming pool, which is perfect for toddlers and babies.
“An amazing five days”
The staff have been faultless, and attended to everything in a very pleasant and cheerful manner.
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