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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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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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