The SpaceThe veranda at La Cannelle is your own private vista of paradise. Relax in handcrafted planters’ chairs and drink in the plantation surroundings - cinnamon and coconut in full flush, wild peacocks strutting on the grounds and lumbering in flight, together with over 30 species of tropical birds and monkeys swinging in the trees.
Sunsets and sunrises are amazing: deep purples, oranges, crimson. Savour the moment, let nature awaken your senses. The cool turquoise water of the enticing swimming pool is literally only a few steps away. The veranda is the perfect place to start and end your day.
La Cannelle villa is ideal for those seeking something special. “La Cannelle” means cinnamon, inspired by the lush cinnamon plantation setting. Guests marvel at the exotic flora and fauna in this manicured tropical haven.
La Cannelle is a fabulous creative retreat - for those who want to write their next opus, design their next masterpiece or paint in the inescapably golden light that illuminates the property, this is a wonderful environment. Two beautiful antique writer’s desks can be set in the location of your choice, whether the veranda, private courtyard, dining room or even amidst the cinnamon bushes. Professional and amateur artists who have visited La Cannelle have found the villa full of natural light and bursting with colour. La Cannelle is an inspiring muse.
The villa comfortably sleeps 4 adults and two folding beds are also available.
The villa has two large suites - The Planter’s Suite and the Cinnamon Suite. Both are equipped with air conditioners, ceiling fans, flat screen satellite connected TVs and mosquito nets. Finest linens bedeck the extra-large, king size four poster beds. Each spacious en suite bathroom has a special feature - in addition to the solar heated indoor rainforest showers, guests delight in the outdoor showers in the private stone courtyards attached to each bathroom. There is no better feeling than the pure joy of a deluge of cool water under a scorching sun or starlit sky. The Planter’s Suite also has its own private veranda and courtyard with pergola - a sanctuary with ample space for meditation, yoga or quiet contemplation.
A magnificent, solid hardwood table and chairs bring elegance to the dining room. High speed WIFI is available throughout the house. The refreshing 15 metre swimming pool is ensconced in tropical foliage and perfect for laps, frolicking or lazy floating. The full-time staff is available to serve you tea and drinks, cook for you, do laundry and provide a wealth of information about the flora and fauna on the property, as well as help arrange local transportation at your request. Service and assistance are always seconds away.
All guests are invited to participate in a cinnamon tour on the property to learn how cinnamon is grown and harvested. On your walk, you can pull fresh mangoes or a jak fruit from the trees when in season. When you return to the veranda, our service staff Siril and Ranji are always delighted to provide a freshly cleaved coconut to drink. If you are lucky, your visit may coincide with a cinnamon or coconut harvest.
The house is set up for total relaxation and comfort. There are full time staff on the property to serve your needs whether it be doing laundry, making and serving meals and drinks and cleaning your rooms - this is included in the price of the villa.
Guest AccessLa Cannelle is on a peninsula at the end of a quiet village road. It is an exclusive plantation retreat with full time staff to serve you as needed whether it be tea service, drinks around the pool, making meals or laundry (this is included in our rates).
Things to do locally include: swimming in our private 15m pool, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, fishing, whale watching, cricket, badminton, petanque, dirt biking, cycling, beach combing, bird watching, turtle hatcheries, rain forest trails, tea plantation tours, cooking classes, temple visits, gem hunting, Perahera festivals, massage, spa, yoga,hot air ballooning, bird sanctuaries, safaris, sunset drinks and learning almost everything you would like about cinnamon. We also have a number of games at the villa including Scrabble, Chess, Backgammon, Petanque, Badminton and Twister.
La Cannelle is the perfect base for exploring Southern Sri Lanka in style. Interaction with GuestsWe are happy to answer any questions you may have and our full time service staff are always nearby. The NeighborhoodThe area is quiet and surrounded by lush foliage and wildlife. Getting Around
How to get to La Cannelle:
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEAR COLOMBO:
You can fly down south on a sea plan to Koggala Airport on Cinnamon Air or Sri Lankan Airlines or by private chartered plane. Sea planes depart from the domestic terminal which is an easy transfer from the international terminal arranged by the airlines. Koggala Airport is a 15 minute drive from La Cannelle. We can help arrange your pick up transportation.
You can book a car or van with a driver. The entrance to the new Airport Expressway is close to the airport. From the Airport Expressway you can connect with the Southern Expressway or take the longer coastal route (see below).
You can rent a car or van with or without a driver in Colombo. If you want to drive a car yourself, you need an international driver’s license that must be certified at the Ceylon Automobile Association conveniently located near the Galle Face Green in Colombo (this is very easy and fast to do).
The beautiful Southern Expressway runs through vast swathes of rubber, tea and coconut plantations. Most people do not think of highways as bucolic but the lack of traffic and the scenery make for a very pleasant 1 hour 20 minute drive down to Weligama. The Weligama exit is just 4 km from La Cannelle. Of course, one could take the alternative route along the coast, 3-4 hours driving in the company of careening buses and darting tuk-tuks – a colourful and adventurous experience.
Slower than the highway, the train is a throwback in time and is an experience in itself. See Sri Lankan life as you trundle along on the narrow gauge track down the coast with a sea view for most of the journey. If using rail we recommend the express train from Colombo. It leaves early and takes about 4 hours to Weligama train station.
Locally you can rent tuk-tuks with drivers, motorbikes, scooters and cars with drivers.
To reach Galle or Matara, you can take a leisurely drive along the scenic back roads or coastal road or zip along the Expressway, or go by train from Weligama train station. Other Things to NoteWe strive to offer something a cut above the typical "5 star" accommodation. La Cannelle is a magical place surrounded by lush jungle, cinnamon bushes and coconut palms among other exotic plants, trees and flowering bushes. Our full time staff will look after your every need as they would for us. We are long time European expatriates living in Asia. We have traveled extensively around the world and have built a plantation retreat with a service and comfort standard that we expect when we travel.