The SpaceA key feature of Sergeant House is its large open sided ambalama (rest pavilion) which is a perfect place for relaxing, dining, reading, enjoying a cool drink or pot of tea. The ambalama has impressive deeply carved timber beams and columns, a high ceiling and is ringed on three sides by the swimming pool and tropical gardens. This ensures a cooling effect as air passes over the surrounding water and across the pavilion. It is furnished with fresh flowers, overhead fans, glass bell chandeliers, deeply cushioned lounges and chairs and a long banquet table that can be divided into smaller arrangements if preferred.
Our kitchen has been designed to allow us to conduct cooking classes in Sri Lankan cuisine. If you fancy learning how the delicious curries and other Sri Lankan dishes you have sampled are created, we can arrange for our experienced chef to pass on his valuable insights.
A massage room has been built in the gardens to allow our guests to enjoy a relaxing spa experience, soothing their aches and tensions away. Sri Lanka is renowned for its Ayurvedic approach to health and well being. Book a therapist and experience an Ayurvedic massage using oils infused from the bouquet of plants that made Sri Lanka renown since the 16th century; or try a more specific massage, tailored to suit your particular needs.
Although compact, our gym contains a cross trainer, abs exerciser, multi-gym machine, yoga mats, etc. Combine this with our 20m lap pool and our guests have everything they need to maintain their highest fitness levels.
Wrapping artfully around 3 sides of the ambalama, our pool has a long infinity edge over-looking the waterlily pond and landscaped gardens. A double sun lounge appears to float in water of the shallow section of the pool, under the shade of a frangipani tree. An integrated lap pool, measuring 20 meters in length, allows those more energetic guests to sustain their fitness level. We can further enhance the enjoyment of your swim with a cool poolside drink as you relax and soak up the ambience of Sergeant House. Pool floats are available upon request.
In a secluded corner of the garden, next to the lily pond and in the shade of a cluster of wild trees, is our cool-water spa pool. Use the invigorating massage jets or just relax in the lovely garden setting.
Our bungalow and suites all have wide verandahs designed for both shade and privacy. They offer good glimpses into gardens and capture the gentle tropical breezes, allowing guests to escape the occasional rain or heat of the day. Each verandah has fans, comfortable chairs and coffee tables.
Chill-out and games room
Just completed in 2016, this indoor/outdoor room is next to the pool and provided a relaxing area to chat and play board games, darts or Karam. A large selection of books and children’s toys are also available. A Bose surround sound system is available for music enthusiasts.
Gardens and lily pond
The verdant gardens of Sergeant House are an important component of the property. Our staff work hard to maintain the gardens which are a haven for local birds and wildlife. The water lily pond with its fish, green frogs and elusive turtles, attracts many birds; including water hens, heron’s cormorants and kingfishers whilst the garden is full of magpie robins, bul buls, pipits and other indigenous bird species. The tropical flowers and trees represented in the gardens create the closest thing you will find to a botanic garden in southern Sri Lanka, displaying 30 varieties of palms and cycads. The water lily is the national flower of Sri Lanka and the striking cerise and white specimens are well represented in our garden pond together with the flounced leaves and huge pink, ruffled lotus flowers. The lawn, beside the pond, is encircled by elegant, tall palms and is perfect for a game of badminton or a yoga and meditation session. We are proud of our green oasis and hope you will take time to relax and enjoying it too. Interaction with GuestsOur staff are well trained and will take good care of you, should you need to reach me, am usually at the villa 8am - 6pm or just a phone call away Getting AroundWe have a fleet of well-maintained, air-conditioned vans with safe drivers who can speak English.
Let us know if you require transport to or from Sergeant house and we would be happy to arrange. Our vehicles are also available for airport transfers, tours and excursions.
Local travel is usually by tuk-tuk which we can book for you when needed.
We can also arrange for the rental of scooters Other Things to NoteUnawatuna and the surrounding area have many attractions, worth visiting, Heritage sites, Wild life parks, rainforests, co tours etc. It will take you just a few minutes to read through what you can do during your stay with us. Please do not hesitate to inform us if you require any additional information or wish for any of the below to organized.
Tour of Galle Fort
The Galle Fort is changing rapidly! Over the last 3 – 4 years, houses and buildings have been bought mainly by foreigners who have lovingly spent their time and energy on trying to bring back the houses to their former glory.
Those that have not been restored to the typical Dutch period have been given a variety of ‘makeovers’ with interesting design features.
Take a stroll along the small streets and you will still have the impression that time has stood still. Buildings worth mentioning are the Dutch Reform Church just newly restored the Dutch Museum, the Barracks just inside the old gate and the law courts. Have a walk around the Ramparts to the old Light House
Shopping you can do at: Barefoot, Pedlar St., has a signature style of gorgeous vivid and bright colors. As well as their own range of sarongs, beach wraps, clothing, bags, hand woven cloth, Barefoot stocks an extensive range of products by Spa Ceylon. KK Gallery has collection of fabrics, candles, house and giftware inspired by Kahanda Kanda. The Fort Gallery, Church St., has a selection of giftware, jewelry and house ware items. Laksana, Hospital St. has a large selection of contemporary jewelry and gems. Mimimango, Leyn Baan St., has a beautiful selection of ethnic culture and accessories from India. M M Ibrahim, 47 Church St., has a selection of contemporary jewelry and gems.Exotic Roots, Church St., has a collection of giftware, paintings and art. Casual Edge, has a fashion and designer clothing, men’s, ladies and kids wear. Souk 58, 58 Church Street, Souk hosts a beautiful range of local and imported home ware and gifts. There is also an on site tailor. Mansion Crafts, 23 Church Street. Mansion House is a large showroom for local crafts and clothes produced locally and in store. Orchid House, 28A Hospital Street, a wonderful collection of local gift items and handicrafts.
Sergeant House is located directly across the coastal road from the water’s edge. Less than 50 metres along the road is the entry to the southern end of the famous crescent shaped Unawatuna Beach. The beach is considered to be the best safe swimming beach in Sri Lanka. The golden white sands of the beach are fringed with tall swaying coconut palms, cafes, restaurants and other village shops. The entry gates to Sergeant House open to reveal the waves breaking on the shore opposite and glimpses of the water are possible between the trees from both the Sea View Pavilion and Poolside Pavilion.
Wijaya Beach is a 5 minutes by a tuk tuk from Sergeant House, and has a protected reef, popular with tourists and expats living in Galle. The Wijaya Beach Bar & Restaurant is renowned to host lively weekend parties, and maintains a relaxed atmosphere, cool drinks and food throughout the week.
Mirissa remains a bit more un-spoilt and has a beautiful bay for body surfing and swimming, whilst Weligama, Ahangama and Hikkaduwa are popular destinations for water sports such as surfing.
Take a boat trip on Koggala Lake for approximately two hours, visiting Talathuduwa Temple Island, followed by a Spice Garden. Then back in the boat and on to a small island where you will meet a couple who harvest cinnamon. Finally in the boat you circle a Bird Sanctuary before returning across the Lake for the tuk tuk ride back to the hotel.
Explore the area on bicycles, and experience the real Sri Lanka. Either do on your own, or go on an escorted bike ride down to the coast, via paddy fields, finishing up at Wijaya for a swim and a cocktail.
For those interested in learning more about Sri Lankan Rice and Curry, our Chef will be happy to conduct a cookery class. Using recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation, this is a truly fascinating experience
There is a diving centre in Unawatuna, and also at Hikkaduwa, where you can explore an old shipwreck. Best months for diving are December through to April.
For beginners, Weligama Bay is a great place to learn to surf and there are some good instructors. For the more experienced, there are plenty of other beaches in the area, renowned for their surf.
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery in Habaraduwa
The Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery is a non - profitable organization which is maintained for the survival of Sea Turtles for the next generation. The "Turtle Farm" is situated in Habaraduwa near to the beautiful beach. That is 5m from the Galle - Matara main road. The center was started in 1986 and have released more than 500,000 sea turtles to the ocean
A massage room and steam room have been built to allow Sergeant House guests to enjoy a relaxing massage soothing their aches and tensions away or, a cleansing, invigorating steam. Sri Lanka is renowned for its Ayuverdic approach to health and well being. Book a therapist and experience an Ayuverdic massage using oils infused from the bouquet of plants that has made Sri Lanka renown since the 16th century or a more traditional massage tailored to suit your particular needs. Please let us know 4 hours in advance to arrange a massage for you. (See price list)
We have lots of lovely spots to do yoga and you can decide a perfect location for an early morning yoga session. We have mats and blocks, and we can arrange for a local instructor to guide you.
Hot Air Ballooning Galle
Hot Air Ballooning trips are offered daily throughout the season from November to April when the winds are light and the sky is bluest. Each trip lasts approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. Please ask a member of staff for rates and availability and various package deals are available
The villages of rural Sri Lanka have changed little with time and most of the communities lead a simple and traditional life. While the main road from Galle to Matara can be noisy and busy, only minutes away from the traffic, the landscape unfolds to reveal beautiful tropical sights of rice paddies and coconut islands as far as the eye can see. Time seems to slow and stand still.
There are many wonderful temples here on this blessed island. Fifteen minutes' away from Sergeant House are Yatagala and Rhummasala. At the top of the 120 steps, the 1,200 year old Yatagala Temple is one of the oldest in the region, and is set in a beautiful valley of rice paddies and jungle hills. One of the most serene spots on the island, Yatagala is a rock temple with a beautiful image room, a 1,000 year old Bo tree and a wonderful meditation cave. Rhummasala is a brand new temple, built by the Japanese on the magical headland across the bay from the Fort. The location has breathtaking views back to Galle and the stupa is one of beautiful Zen simplicity on a huge scale. Visitors should remove their shoes before entering the temples. On a poya day (full moon) visitors can join the locals in their puja, offerings of fresh flower blooms and incense, in the late afternoon.