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Apa Villa

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- Secluded beachfront hotel
- Private bungalow accommodation & meals
- Reliable choice just outside Galle

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Apa Villa is a small, homely beachside retreat nestled on the shores of the Indian Ocean just 8km outside Sri Lanka’s historic city of Galle. The property is located in a delightful coconut grove scattered with hammocks and pretty flowers and makes for a simple, welcoming and very reliable choice.

The accommodation comprises three handsomely furnished bungalows with a modern feel and pleasant traits of colonial architecture. Each bungalow is fully staffed and offers plenty of privacy and seclusion. There are seven suites spread across the three bungalows and all but one of them have sea views. Amenities common to all suites include air conditioning, mosquito nets over the beds, a fan fridge and a terrace with barbecue facilities. Be prepared, however, to switch off phones and computers and enjoy ‘digital detox’ in this simple, laid back retreat.

On site amenities include a swimming pool and a spa. There is no restaurant as such, so three meals a day are served by attentive staff on guests’ own private verandas. A broad range of cuisine is available, including Sri Lankan specialties along with some more familiar international choices. For dinner, there’s the option of two-course or three-course meals, and there is a main dining area where special meals for larger groups looking to dine together can be arranged.

Though the villas are right by the beach, note that the sea here isn’t good for swimming due to the water’s rather strong undercurrents. There are, however, several alternative beaches nearby that are better suited for swimming and other water-based activities. Other activities include trekking, cycling, canoeing and excursions to nearby places of interest. The city of Galle, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is easily accessible from the hotel. It’s replete with colonial-era buildings and has scores of quaint cafes, specialty restaurants and local shops, not to mention its fair share of well-preserved mosques, churches and other fascinating religious sites.

Apa Villa is very child friendly and actively encourages families to stay. Two of the suites in the Cinnamon Villa can interconnect, so they’re a good choice for those travelling with children; larger families can book a whole villa, or even all three villas, should they so wish. A babysitting service is available on request, as are children’s menus for all three of the daily meals.

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  • I would like to say a massive thank you for organising our Vietnam trip. The itinerary and execution were superb, as was the attention to detail. I would also like to thank the agent who was on the end of my whats app chat (I have no idea who they were!) – always available, always quick to respond, and kept me updated regarding times etc. Also, the guides Dan (north) and Tien (mid) were just excellent, and we really enjoyed their company. The lady (whose name I have forgotten) who was our additional guide for the DMZ day was exceedingly good and made that day very special.

    Missingfiona g reviewing Complete Vietnam For Families on 15 April 2024

  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

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