Illuketiya

Galle

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This majestic estate house was a major local landmark in the 1800s treasured for its peaceful ambiance, surrounded by rubber and tea, rice fields and jungle. The present plantation house with its fine two-tiered Balinese roof was built on the foundations of the old estate house. A stay at Illuketiya will catapult you into Sinhalese village life, while complimentary bicycles and self-guided walks further allow you to freely explore the local villages, tea factories and temples.

The house features nine matching carved temple doors and sweeping verandas on three sides of the living area furnished with planter’s chairs. A picturesque swimming pool located at the heart of the lush garden is beautifully sited to watch the numerous birdlife in the trees at sunset.

The sister property of Apa Villa, Illuketiya offers accommodation in six rooms in the Main House and the Pond House.

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Hibiscus

This master suite comes with a private balcony that looks out over the rice fields and village pathways. The window and door frames are antiques recycled from old houses while the beautiful four-poster bed is fitted with a mosquito netting. The spacious ensuite bathroom features Turkish tiles and a wall-sized mirror.

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Lotus

Possibly the largest room, Lotus benefits from vistas of the beautiful tea plantations. Original paintings of South-East Asian scenes highlight the white walls while the hand-painted lotus bedspread on the large four-poster bed compliments the lemon-yellow color-scheme of the room. The ensuite bathroom is spacious.

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Citronella

This suite is smaller, but benefits from a private garden terrace to the side of the house. The ensuite bathroom features a large closet, shower and twin vanities.

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Water lily

Water Lily is an intimate suite furnished with a four-poster bed draped in soft mosquito netting, a Dutch style cabinet and an antique mirror stand as well as an ensuite bathroom with a shower. It is ideal as a single room.

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Ginger

Ginger is a very large suite that features a king-sized bed on a raised platform and a terrace overlooking the lotus pond. The Bali-inspired ensuite bathroom is open to the stars with bathtubs.

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Jasmine

This suite features two queen-sized beds under one mosquito net on a raised platform, and is ideal as a triple or a twin. Two entrances lead to the living area and decked veranda while the Bali-inspired bathroom has a pretty walled in garden.

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Cuisine

Both local and international cuisines are featured in Illuketiya’s well laid-out kitchen. Illuketiya is also noted for its delicious desserts, cakes and cookies. Meals are served on the veranda of the main house, or for guests staying in the Pond House in the living room overlooking the lotus pool. Tables can be set up for a more private and romantic setting.

Just for the kids

Very well suited for families since it has an expansive garden and lovely swimming pool. Snorkeling and rainforest hiking trips are also possible.

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