Khomba House was designed by a leading young Sri Lankan architect and completed in 2009. With it's wide open spaces and high ceilings it combines the feeling of a cool beach house with a classic Sri Lankan colonial villa. Established in partnership with the neighbouring Bar Reef resort, the villa offers perfect seclusion with access to the facilities of a larger destination offering infinity pools, restaurants, bars and plenty of massage.
Set in the middle of six acres of private tropical gardens which provide two hundred metres of virgin beachfront with golden sands. Unlike the beaches of the South the sea is beautifully calm and free from currents.
The Villa is fully staffed with a superb chef, manager, maid and gardeners. Meals can be taken however you wish from a BBQ at the beach house, under the stars in the garden or under the high ceilings of the wonderfully ventilated dining room.
With its own boat for your exclusive use you can visit the daily display of 1000's of dolphins, venture further out to visit whales or enjoy snorkelling of the neighbouring Bar Reef.
Khomba enjoys close friendly relationships with neighbouring facilities providing you with access to three superb pools and their accompanying bars and dining facilities.
The Villa comprises of two double bedrooms, with en suite facilities, and a further day room which can accommodate a further three people. There are also daybeds in the main bedrooms which are suitable for small children. There is an 18x5 metre veranda providing most of the day space with views looking across the garden to the beach.
With absolute privacy guaranteed (and zero hawkers), children can safely roam the coconut groves and comb the beach to their hearts content and if the sumptuous Sri Lankan curries are not to their taste then the chef willl happily reproduce their favourite meals.
During the low season the area just North of Khomba, with its shallow lagoon, has become a Mecca for kite and windsurfers. Courses can be booked for begineers and advanced sailors will love the variety of sea states and consistent winds.
Khomba Beach House was voted as a Harpers Bazaar Top 10 Beach destination.
Quoted rental rates are for four adults. For each additional person, over the age of 6 years, a further £10 (standard season) £15 (High season) £25 (Peak season) per head per day will be charged.
Children under six go free
Khomba accommodates a maximum of 9 people
Breakfast of fruit and toast is included in room tariff, there is a small charge for a cooked breakfast. Vegetarian lunch and dinner $7 per person. Fish and meat supplied at cost. Children under 6 free.
For exploration a little further afield, visits by tuk tuk, boat or van can be made to a nearby fishing village or to the town of Kalpitiya. The latter is a vibrant and unspoiled fishing town with an interesting mix of historical buildings from its eventful colonial past.
For those who wish to explore the island's ancient history, the many attractions of the Cultural Triangle, with its ruined cities, temples and statues, are within comfortable reach. About two to three hours away, it contains no less than four of the island's seven World Heritage Sites.
Wilpattu National Park, the island's largest wildlife sanctuary, where you can find one of the highest concentrations of leopard in the world along with myriad other wildlife, is a little over an hour's drive away.
The beach and area around Bar Reef are an absolute twitcher's delight. The salterns just to the North of us as well as the Bird Sanctuary about an hour away are other spots worth visiting if you are passionate about birds.
The 17th century St. Anne's Church in Talawila, a mere five miles away, is the island's most renowned Catholic shrine. Legend has it that a Portuguese trader had a vision of St Anne while resting under a banyan tree and returned to build the church that now sprawls over the site. In March and August each year, St. Anne's hosts the largest catholic festivals in the country, when up to 700,000 pilgrims come to pray.
Munnesweram Kovil is a much-storied Hindu temple whose origins date back to great antiquity. A highly revered temple dedicated to Shiva and associated with Kali, its deity's name can be translated as the 'Lord of Antiquity' and its goddess as the 'Goddess of Beautiful Form'. About an hour and a half away, it is well worth a visit.
The Puttlam salt pans are a half hour drive away for those interested in learning what one of our most basic condiments goes through before it ends up on our tables and in our food.