Mandalay is a three-bedroom holiday villa on the Galle Coast of Sri Lanka, immersed in lush tropical gardens and edged by Koggala Lake. Scattered with 16 small islands, Koggala Lake is a peaceful setting where rural life unfolds and nature reigns supreme. Fish eagles to monitor lizards share this habitat along with generations of villagers with a rich southern heritage. The design of Mandalay is influenced by Sri Lanka’s iconic architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa and incorporates verandahs, courtyards and pavilions that are well suited for indoor and outdoor living. Mandalay follows an open plan concept with large living spaces, high roofs, white cement floors and consists of two separate pavilions – a sleeping pavilion and a living/dining pavilion. Interiors are tastefully furnished with antiques and colorful soft furnishings. Mandalay can accommodate up to eight guests.
Nestled within the central pavilion, all 3-ensuite bedrooms are found. It is complete with sleek-glossy flooring, a carefully thawed ceiling, and intricately-chiseled wooden panelled doors. The carvings allow natural daylight to seep through the suites, complementing the darkly-stained beams. The upper ground suites open to its own terrace balcony to view the stunning panorama. Wrapped in pure white drapes, air-conditioning and ceiling fan facilities to cool the hottest tropical day. Nonetheless short of primitively extravagant, immaculate rugs, in-room seating arrangements are inclusive. The spacious, dimly-lit en-suite bathrooms feature sunken stone bath, twin vanities, and rain-shower facilities.
Sri Lankan rice and curries and western dishes are prepared by the in-house cook with fresh vegetables purchased at the village market. Fresh seafood is brought directly to the doorstep by the local fisherman. For those wishing to eat out, Mandalay is just 10 minutes away from Unawatuna’s beach side restaurants and Galle Fort’s exquisite fine-dining restaurants.
A 25-meter swimming pool sits on the front lawn that slopes down to the lake. Meals are served where ever you wish – at the dining table by the side of the swimming pool, on the pontoon overlooking the lake or in the privacy of your own balcony. Other villa facilities include satellite TV, DVD player and DVD library, iPod dock, complimentary Wi-Fi, Yoga and relaxing massages with prior notice, bicycles for exploring the surrounding village; a meditation pagoda which is a timber platform overlooking the lake; and a lake side pontoon for relaxation. Guests can also go on a boat ride or fishing on Koggala Lake. Mandalay has a team of helpful staff including a cook, housemaid, and gardener.