At Apa Villas, we are thrilled and honoured that you have chosen to stay with us.
Hire a tuk-tuk or three-wheeler scooter to take you there.
Apa Villa Thalpe is 118 Km. south from Colombo. It is on the main coastal road between Galle and Matara, 7 Km. or 15 minutes drive South after Galle town.
Illuketia Estate: Leave Galle town towards south on Matara Road and turn left into the Akuressa Road. If leaving Expressway for Galle, turn left at first traffic light into Akuressa Road. After 5 Km. on the Akuressa Road turn left into a lane opposite the Walkers' and Sons Building. A bright green sign of a Buddhist Meditation Centre written in Singhalese is seen at the start of the lane. A narrow country track leads to the red gate of Illuketia marked by two small white stupas or domes on the left.
Electricity 220/240 volts : Each room at Apa Villa and Illuketia should have universal power adaptors available but if those provided don't suit your various gadgets, please advise our staff and we shall assist in getting you connected.
Air-Conditioning: Each room is equipped with an air-con unit. However, we ask you to be sparing in its use and, to preserve resources, not to leave on whilst your room is unoccupied or its doors and windows are open. You can adjust the controls to find a suitable evening temperature if you wish to use whilst sleeping – we recommend 19-21º C with low-medium fan strength.
Airport Pickup and drop off: We will arrange for pick-up in a hired air-conditioned van with reclining seats for up to six passengers at Colombo International Airport . The mini-van drivers speak some English and will meet the guests with a card bearing a principle name at the passenger arrival terminal. The journey from the Airport is about two and a half hours direct on the new Expressway and between three and four hours from the capital depending on traffic on one of the most busy roads in Asia.
Babysitter: A babysitter is on call if Mum and Dad want to enjoy a night out by themselves.
Beach: Yes, it's gorgeous and inviting but be warned - it can be dangerous. When swimming, please be very careful of the rips and undertows along this coast. We advise you to wear protective footwear - old sneakers or wetsuit booties are perfect - in the reef shallows in front of Apa Villa. There are safe and sandy family beaches 2-3 km. toward Galle at Unawatuna, and 2-3 km. east at Habaraduwa. Further afield, the sheltered coves at Mirissa and Weligama's shallow bay are lovely spots to while away a day at the beach.
Dietary requirements. If you have special food requirements, please let us know. We will ensure that your meals are specially prepared.
Environment: Surrounded by tropical flora, fauna and marine life, Sri Lanka is splendid, and we all want to keep it that way. Please enjoy and appreciate the beauty of Sri Lanka's natural environment and leave it as untouched as you can for the benefit of generations to come.
The island has its share of drought in several areas and water supply is affected in many sectors. Because of this we urge you to be mindful and use water sparingly. If you do not need a change of bath towels daily, please leave the towels on the rack for another day's use.
Electricity: Each room at Apa Villa and Illuketia should have universal power adaptors available but if those provided don't suit your various gadgets, please advise our staff and we shall assist in getting you connected.
Low water level sometimes affects the country's hydropower supply and we experience power outages now and then.
Our staff will post information on hours of electricity cut-off on our Mirror Board.
Apa Villa has a dedicated generator which powers on after a few minutes. You will also find a torch light and candles in your room at both Apa Villa and Illuketia.
Galle and its Fort: Apa Villa and llluketia are just 15 minutes from Galle, where you can spend the day meandering around the town and through the cloistered streets of the historic UNESCO-listed Galle Fort.
Many stylish boutiques, jewellery shops, smart cafés, a crêperie, souvenir stores are sprouting in the fort. The grand Amangalla formerly the New Oriental Hotel is worth a stop for a cup of tea. Other small hotels and guesthouses have opened adding to the attractions within the fort. Just outside the fort's ramparts is Galle's famous Test Cricket ground rebuilt after the tsunami of 2004. Wandering down Galle's Main Street and exploring the small shops for bargains is fun too.
Internet: Both villas have wifi internet connection.
The password for wifi in Apa Villa Thalpe is apavillawifizone.
The password for wifi in Illuketia is ikwifizone.
Laundry: You will find a laundry list in this guest folder. Place your personal laundry in the basket provided in the bathroom for washing by our in-house washer-ladies. An iron and ironing board are available for your use. Please ask your room steward.
Mealtimes:Our manager is always on the lookout for the freshest catch of the day and we are pleased to introduce our famous Singapore Chili Crab or a Seafood Celebration. Ask for the Dinner Specials menus to place your order a day in advance.
Dinner is served from 6.30 PM to 9.30 PM. Last order from the bar is at 9.45 PM after which the stewards will retire for the night. Our security guards will close up the house after you return to your room at Illuketia.
Medical: If you require medical attention, please contact the Manager to arrange for transport to take you to the nearest clinic or hospital.
Mosquito coils: These bugs are seasonal and may emerge for a snack before sunset. We provide you with a bug spray in the bathroom.
Southern Coast Mirissa port is less than an hour's drive from Apa Villas and the place to catch a boat for whale-watching. We will be pleased to book a place for you with advance notice.
Tipping: You may wish to leave staff a gratuity on your departure. Please forward your contribution to the manager who will ensure that it is divided fairly among staff.
TV/Newspapers: The English-language Sri Lankan newspapers are available locally. Please let us know if you would like a daily paper. Apa Villa's TV room is equipped with around 65 channels of news/movies/sport/variety/cartoons/etc provided by Dialog TV. At the moment there is no television in Illuketia unless requested by popular demand. Mosquito coils. These bugs are seasonal and may emerge for a snack before sunset. We provide you with coils, and recommend you use them at dusk. Each evening a mosquito coil will be lit on your veranda. Your mosquito net around your bed will be lowered in the late afternoon as your suite is prepared for the evening. If you prefer your room to be left untouched in the evening, please inform your room steward.
Security: We have 24-hour security at Apa Villa and Illuketia. Our night watchmen patrol the entire villa grounds, so don't be alarmed. Late arrivals after 10 PM will be met by the security guards and led to their rooms.
Southern Coast: Unawatuna, half-way between Apa Villa and Galle, is well known for its small beachside eateries and cheap backpacker-oriented places to stay.
Koggala Lake, 5km east of Apa Villa, is a haven for birdlife. It's fun to take a fishing catamaran across to Cinnamon Island just before sunset. Visit Ananda Spice Garden to learn the astonishing properties of plant life and buy spices and oils.
Weligama is a small fishing town set on a beautiful curved bay, 30 minutes south-east of Apa Villa.
Matara, the principal city of the 'Deep South' is 45-60 minutes drive south-east of Apa. It is known for its old Dutch Fort and broad corniche. Take a scenic coastal train ride from Thalpe Rail Station or Galle Main Rail Station to Matara for an amusing diversion.
Marissa is an hour's drive from Apa Villas and the place to catch a boat for whale-watching. Be prepared to race across the water to view the awesome creatures. For those inclined to motion sickness, fortify yourself with pills and ginger tea to overcome the roll of the ocean. Tours are seasonal.
Spa/massage/gym: Our local masseurs are experienced and recommended. Please let us know 12 hours in advance to arrange a massage for you. Nearby hotels Amangalla (in the Galle Fort), The Lighthouse Hotel and The Fortress (at Habaraduwa) offer spa treatments, for a fee. Temporary memberships or day passes to the well-equipped gymnasium at The Fortress are available.
Sunburn: We advise you to apply high protection lotion to prevent burning and sunstroke. The sun is deceptively strong in the tropics, even on cloudy days.
Swimming Pool: Our world-famous infinity pools at Apa Villa and Illuketia are maintained daily. Please ensure that small children and those who cannot swim are not left unattended at any time. There is no lifeguard in attendance.
Telephone: There are no telephone connections in our rooms. The phone and fax number at Apa Villa is 94- (0)91- 2283320. Illuketia can be reached by phone on 94 (0)91- 4381411 and by fax on 94 0(91)-4381410. Messages can be taken by the staff, and left in your suite if you are unavailable. Should you wish to make calls, please contact us at the office. International calls are charged at RS.100 per minute. Mobile phone roaming can be expensive in Sri Lanka, so we recommend buying local SIM cards from our office.
Tipping: You may wish to leave staff a gratuity as you leave. You can do this directly, or forward a contribution to manager Chaturi , who will ensure that it is divided fairly among staff.
Tours/Transport: Galle and the surrounding Southern Province has many interesting locations; historical/cultural, wildlife, and ecological. We are happy to make any and all arrangements for you.
Towels: Bath and pool towels are provided for your use, but for the sake of the environment please re-use them unless they are soiled. Towels are changed every two days. If you require a change, please leave your towel in the linen basket. The blue-striped towels are for pool and beach use; please do not take the white bath towels to the beach.
TV/Newspapers: The English-language Sri Lankan newspapers are available locally. Please let us know if you would like a daily paper. Apa Villa's TV room is equipped with around 65 channels of news/movies/sport/variety/cartoons/etc provided by Dialog TV. Illuketia's TV area is upstairs adjacent to the billiard room.
Valuables: Our staff are trustworthy, loyal and long-serving, but you may wish to avail of our office safe for your valuables.
Water: It's precious everywhere, and Sri Lanka is no different. Please use it sparingly. Our hot water is provided by solar power.
Water Sports: Fishing, coastal cruises, sailing and river trips can be arranged through the Mirissa water sports centre. Please ask the staff to arrange this for you. Diving and snorkelling trips can be arranged in season at the nearby water sports centre, where instructors are qualified to international standards. For further details, contact the office.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you need further information.