‘Taru Villas – Rock Villa’ is an enchanting, 170-year-old “Walauwa” (Heritage House) in a dream beach setting amid 2.5 Acres of tropical garden. Ideally situated on a beautiful, un-crowded stretch of coastline and with only 4 deluxe rooms + a sumptuous 2-bedroom Suite, the intimate ambience, soothing pace and honest, unpretentious service at Rock Villa is the recipe for a totally relaxing Sri Lankan holiday.
There are six rooms in total – 2 Deluxe Rooms, 2 Superior Rooms and the Wallawua Suite. Interiors are stylishly furnished with twin or king-sized beds and equipped with a/c, overhead fans and a safe. En-suite bathrooms have h/w showers. All rooms have a veranda with garden views.
The food here is excellent. Mealtimes are casual, yet the dishes look and taste gourmet. Taru Villa’s signature breakfasts range from simple continental fare to a tropical version of a full English breakfast. Lunches are available all day and you usually need to select your evening meal from a couple of set menus by early evening to give the chefs time to prepare. A typical menu might include orange, beetroot and feta salad, coconut and crab risotto and a dessert of sticky toffee pudding, and the food is really something to shout about. For a small supplement you can also order a lobster dinner or have an al fresco barbecue in the garden.
The staff are quick and attentive, whether you’re sitting by the pool, dining in the restaurant or sitting 100 metres away under the mangroves at the neatly brushed beach where sunbeds are laid out and cocktails served at sundown. There’s a lovely pool, a pavillion adjacent to it for spa treatments, and a big enclosed garden spiked by towering coconut palms, some of which are linked by hammocks. There are DVDs for borrowing and a few puzzles and games.