Reef Villa

Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean

The hotel

Set in three acres of tropical gardens with extensive lily ponds and easy access to a glorious stretch of beach, the Reef Villa & Spa is one of Sri Lanka’s most memorable residences. The main Plantation House and palatial suites are all hand designed using antiques from across India with original empire four-poster canopied beds and beautifully crafted furniture. Suites are named after the famed water flowers of Sri Lanka with private furnished verandas to admire your stunning surrounds. Reef Villa is family run with a homely atmosphere and relaxed style. There is an emphasis on excellent food and the small restaurant serves delicious international and local à la carte dishes which can be eaten al fresco by the pool. The bar is also well-stocked and perfect for sipping cocktails whilst marvelling at Sri Lanka's finest sunsets.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Wedding
  • Internet Access
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

In the unspoilt seaside hamlet of Wadduwa on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. Transfer time from Colombo International Airport: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Hotel information

7 individually designed suites — 3 in the main Plantation House and 4 Ocean Suites. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, balcony or terrace, TV, WiFi Internet access, telephone, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, dressing gown, slippers and hairdryer, all with antique furniture and hand-carved 4-poster beds. The main house has a relaxing lounge and dining room. The Olu Lily Pond Suite has a garden view and is hidden amongst the lily ponds and accessed by stepping stones, its planted courtyard features a sunken bath and waterfall shower, sleeping maximum 2 adults (plus cot on request). 

Ocean Suites have a shaded veranda and stepping stones across to the gardens, with a partial view to the Indian Ocean, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

The spacious Plantation House suites are situated upstairs on the 1st floor of the main house with large veranda, overlooking the gardens, pool and Indian Ocean, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child.

Main restaurant in the garden (open for à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner) and bar. Private dining for families in the main Plantation House. Infinity-edge swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the gardens. Refresh Spa* with full range of massage and beauty treatments. Ayurveda Spa*. Yoga pavilion. Tennis court. Board games, table tennis. Library. Boutique. Complimentary WiFi.

4 nights between 20 Dec–9 Jan. 

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing hotel, fantastic staff

May 1, 2019 RobLow1

My family and I spent a night at the hotel and it was amazing. Beautiful room, which was really well decorated and close to the sea. The premises are well maintained and great to simply walk around. The staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. Definitely recommend a stay, either for families or couples.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful experience

Apr 25, 2019 mas2452 Gold Coast, Australia

My husband and I recently had 6 glorious days at Reef being looked after by friendly, efficient and gorgeous staff, eating delicious food and staying in a superb room. It feels more like a private home than a hotel and has everything you need for a relaxing holiday by the beach. Amazing!
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Apr 18, 2019 Waddua

Hiding behind wooden doors is this exclusive hotel. You wonder where your driver is taking you until those doors open and this gem unfolds. A truly magnificent hotel with only seven detached suites, this "Raj" styled gem is surrounded by water gardens filled with an abundance of fish. The coconut lawned garden has a beautiful swimming pool and… Read more
Hiding behind wooden doors is this exclusive hotel. You wonder where your driver is taking you until those doors open and this gem unfolds. A truly magnificent hotel with only seven detached suites, this "Raj" styled gem is surrounded by water gardens filled with an abundance of fish. The coconut lawned garden has a beautiful swimming pool and jacuzzi. Five suites in the grounds has its own front door with patio and path leading on to the gardens all very private. The rooms are large and beautifully decorated with magnificent bathrooms. The food excellent and the service terrific, nothing too much trouble. Mr Malith, the Manager went out of his way to be helpful in all circumstances. If you miss this gem whilst touring Sri Lanka you will be sadly disappointed. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating great food&service in the restaurant

Apr 16, 2019 Алексей Р Colombo, Sri Lanka

Staying in the hotel closeby we were going along the beach and saw this place. I was a great experience - service, food, drinks, view! Special thanks to Dino who was very professional, hospitable and simply nice! :)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Secret garden getaway set in paradise

Apr 15, 2019 Sapnima

This is truly a heavenly place to spend your holiday! My husband & I stayed there during December 2018 right after our wedding, and it was one of the best experiences of a hotel stay. The setting is so serene with its landscape and the architecture makes you feel like you are escaping into a whole other world. It's covered in greenery and you need… Read more
This is truly a heavenly place to spend your holiday! My husband & I stayed there during December 2018 right after our wedding, and it was one of the best experiences of a hotel stay. The setting is so serene with its landscape and the architecture makes you feel like you are escaping into a whole other world. It's covered in greenery and you need to find your way to the hotel through this beautifully created water garden and you feel connected to the nature at all times. The hotel is decorated in antiques and it feels like a walk through time! Enjoyed the delicious food and it sure was the best cuisine we had! The rooms are beautifully decorated and the interior is so unique. Glad we chose this villa! Read less