One of the increasing trends we’ve noticed in recent years is in family travel – not just Mums and Dads travelling with their children – but multi-generational family holidays. Quite often we see grandparents with a passion for travel and an equal passion for their families – arranging wonderful travel experiences for their children and grandchildren – especially when it’s around significant birthdays or wedding anniversaries.
Sri Lanka – the lush, green tropical paradise with stunning beaches, tea plantations, national parks and wildlife, and a range of World Heritage sites – is one of those places attracting multi-generational trips. Its boutique accommodation options, small size and ease of travel make it an ideal place for these types of vacations. It’s also exotic in its appeal, but not overwhelming for families with young children.
An ideal way for these multi-generational family groups to travel in Sri Lanka is to stay at some of the country’s many wonderful private villas.
These unique, boutique properties usually feature 4 or 5 bedrooms, many with private pools and gorgeous gardens in idyllic locations. They have onsite chefs, butlers, and some feature spas and babysitters. It’s a great way to have a luxurious stay, but to create a special space for families or groups of friends to be together, whilst still allowing everyone to have their own bedrooms and space.
Here are a just a few of Sri Lanka’s private villas we love for special family escapes.
1. Taru Villas, Galle
These two boutique properties are a wonderful place to stay in Galle Fort to explore this World Heritage listed city. Centrally located inside the rampart walls, the 2 villas feature just a handful of rooms each, an onsite chef and plenty of staff to make sure all your needs are taken care off. With large living areas and stunning décor there are plenty of spaces to relax, as well as a roof top terrace where you can watch the sunset over drinks and dinner, and an inviting courtyard pool. The bedrooms are spacious and gorgeous.
2. Villa Pooja Kanda, Habaraduwa
Located in a rural village a few kilometres inland from Habaraduwa, on the south coast of Sri Lanka, this elegant 5 bedroom villa sits on a lush hillside, surrounded by 2 acres of tropical garden. Ideal for families and children with its extensive lawn area for playing. The villa is spacious and offers privacy and tranquility. Relax on the rattan loungers along the verandah, cool off in the pool and spend some time on an oversize daybed reading a book. From the villa you can visit a nearby turtle hatchery, take a boat ride on Koggala Lagoon, visit historic Galle Fort or take a bike ride.
3. South Point Ocean Villa, Ahangama
A beautiful, luxury villa overlooking a sandy beach on Sri Lanka’s south coast, South Point is the perfect place to go to get away from it all. Take the whole property – with seven bedrooms in all – and you and your family can surround yourself in tranquility and privacy. Fully staffed – there’s nothing for you to worry about. An ayurvedic massage therapists and yoga instructor can be arranged; there’s a pool and gorgeous gardens. Enjoy swimming or snorkeling at the beach which is at your doorstep, lounge by the pool or head to nearby Galle and explore this historic city.
4. Six Degrees North, Hikkaduwa
If there’s a birthday milestone or anniversary during your trip, Six Degrees North is an ideal place to celebrate with your family. A luxury 5-bedroom beach-front villa, the property has a large outside pavilion where parties can be had. Enjoy a special meal outside with beach and ocean views. With a large pool, wide verandah to read a book on and a near private beach, it’s a wonderful place for families and celebrations.
5. Ranawara, Tangalle
Boasting private beach access and 23 acres of private gardens, this stunning beachfront villa will have your group wanting to stay forever. Located on Sri Lanka’s south coast, there are 5 bedrooms in the main house and two luxury garden cabanas, providing plenty of room for all your party. There’s a chef, butlers and an onsite spa to make sure you relax, as well as a library, cinema room and an inviting 30-metre pool. From the first floor sitting room, you’ll have a 360-degree view of the property’s gardens and the Indian Ocean.
6. Claughton House, Tangalle
Designed by Sri Lanka’s acclaimed architect Geoffrey Bawa, this 5-bedroom villa rests atop a hill in Tangalle, along the south coast of Sri Lanka. The property boasts magnificent ocean views, and suites that are bright, modern and airy. Claughton House has a private sandy beach where you can swim and surf, as well as an outdoor pool. Leave everything to the chef and villa staff and enjoy your holiday!
Lincoln Harris is Founder at India Unbound.