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Gorgeous Architecturally designed Modern Beach House right on the beach.

Bedrooms 3
Space 120 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Marley's is a lovely, self contained 3 bed, 2 bath house with friendly staff.

Marley's is a modern 3 bed, 2 bath beach house with all modern amenities, a lovely cook and cleaner, and steps from your front yard onto the white sand of Mihipenna Beach. A lovely tropical or Sri Lankan breakfast is included in your rental, with options for other meals also to be included. Great restaurants and bars are within walking distance, Historic Galle 10 min, and surfing within 5 mins.

The house includes a King bed in the front room with internal contemporary bathroom, a Queen bed with a lovely indian slate outdoor bathroom, and a third room with two single beds which an also be utilised as couches. All three rooms shut off and have their own fans and air conditioning units.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas six burner stove and oven, dishwasher, fridge and water cooler. The wrap around timber deck is the favourite place to spend sleepy afternoons reading, or swinging in the hammock.

Great local bars and cafes are within walking distance or short tuc tuc, with pizzas deliverable. Our in-house cook is also free to make curries, stir fries or pastas on request.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, german, italian
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
4 March, 2017

About Michelle

I work as a Social Impact Consultant and my little boy is in year one. We have travelled for most of his former years including spending 6 months of the year in SL. We find it an adventure always, but love it..

Michelle purchased this house in 2006

Why Michelle chose Southern Province

Sri Lankan Airlines took some of its original photos from our block of land, so you can imagine the incredible sunsets..

What makes this house unique

All linen, a six burner stove, water cooler, fans, air conditioning are included in the house. You should feel as if you are in a modern Western house, but with the fantastic Sri Lankan weather, a great curry and staff to ensure your holiday is all the more relaxed.

Guestbook comments from the manager

A group of us stayed at Marley’s for 5 days in February to celebrate a friends 40th. Wow. Marley’s is smack bang on the beach with amazing views of the Indian ocean, where you’re treated to the sound of the lively waves crashing on the steps up to the house and transported away! It was simply stunning and the place was beautiful. During our stay we were looked after by Neeta and Shehan, the sweetest people, who prepared breakfast for us each morning and plenty of strong coffee. We also arranged (for a very reasonable price) for Neeta to prepare dinner for us on the Birthday evening - a delicious traditional Sri Lankan curry. She also arranged a Birthday Cake for us which was a lovely touch. The house itself is clean, decorated tastefully and has everything you need. It has WIFI and a water filter so no need to buy endless bottles of water. It’s a great space for a dinner party or just lazing the day’s away and gazing out at the ocean. Steps down from the garden take you to a little sandy cove beach and a short walk along the beach leads to the beautiful lagoon area where you can swim away from the waves and current of the ocean, and enjoy and drink and food at Wijaya beach bar. Marley’s is situated with the beach out front and the Matara road directly behind. This makes it super convenient - there are plenty of tuk tuk’s pulled up or driving by, so you can get to the local bottle shop for supplies and travel around with ease. Galle is around 20 mins away. In the lead up to our trip, Martin was able to help me with lots of questions and tips over email, and arranged cars for some of us, although depending on your starting point, it's easy to get the train to Galle and a tuk tuk from there. My stay at Marley's was the favourite part of my trip around Sri Lanka. Of what I saw, this was the best beach, and the nicest place we stayed. Take me back!
Feb 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Indoor Contemporary - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure
    Lovely outdoor with Indian slate floors - toilet , bath (no shower) , outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Ocean Views and ensuite
    Queen Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Outdoor Bathroom attached
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , This room contains 2 single beds, books, games & tv/dvd.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Gorgeous Architecturally designed Modern Beach House right on the beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Wonderful and relaxing stay on a beautiful beach

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Marley's was a total pleasure. The house is really well located right on the beach, and just a short bus or tuk-tuk ride from Galle. The immediate foreshore outside the garden is quite secluded, with only a handful of visitors a day. Yet, only five minutes along the beach is a popular reef-protected section of beach that you can swim and snorkel in, or just laze next to. The house keeper, Neeta, is a lovely lady and can help with any issues, as well as prepare an excellent breakfast. The house itself is big, airy, and very clean, but the real standout is the alfresco bathroom, with an over-large bathtub from which you can see the stars. Michelle, the manager, is really responsive and helpful, and provides a great local guide to the area. I'd thoroughly recommend a stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This house is a holiday dream come true...

  • 5 of 5

Marley's is such a special place. The veranda is where I want to be everyday, listening to the ocean, watching the waves and reconnecting with the world! You couldn't get a better location and the gardens and house were immaculate. Facilities spot on, really comfortable beds (a must), great kitchen and living areas and 2 bathrooms (one outdoor - fab!!! and one indoor). Decor, ambience and staff couldn't have been more welcoming and made my first trip to Sri Lanka unforgettable. The local area is buzzing with great bars and restaurants. Short hope along the beach and you can be drinking cocktails whilst watching the sunset! Also an ideal base to tour from. I loved Columbo and Galle town as well as the exploring we did in Udawalawe. Sri Lanka is a place like no other, and Marley's is the same. It steals a place in your heart and leaves you wanting more. Thanks for having me x

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A paradise on earth!

  • 5 of 5

You not dreaming, the photos are truthful! once pushed the door of Marley's beach house and the road noise behind you, you are immersed in a postcard landscape: the house is perfect, easy-going, and the ocean is available to you every day, the beach is beautiful, too bad we were not able to swim in front because the currents are too strong in this season, but there are quieter areas. The staff were unfailingly friendly and helpful, always listening and ready to make our stay more enjoyable: Thanks to Neeta, Shehan and Rohan, and thank you to our guests!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little bit of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Amazing beachfront location, you will not be diappointed! House was clean and we'll maintained and House Manager was readily available if required. We had a truly relaxing break and would highly recommend. We especially enjoyed the local seafood, surfing and trip to elephant park. Marley's really is a true gem of a find!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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perfect beach holiday

  • 5 of 5

Stunning location, wonderful house with friendly attentive service. We arrived to The house on a busy road - but when we walked through the gate we were greeted with the smiling faces of the staff, a manicured green lawn leading to the ocean. Closing the gate behind us the noise of the road transformed to the sound of the ocean, the eye was lead to the edge of the garden, the beach and the water. The house is well designed, light, airy and very functional kitchen. It was comfortable for us two if not a bit too big. Funky features like an open shower bathroom and the hammocks out front of the bedroom were a cool touch. During our week there we were looked after so well by Neeta and Shehan - great food (mostly breakfasts and a couple of evening meals) transport and local information meant we could see the best of the area in a short time, it wasn't long enough...! I would thoroughly recommend this hidden gem for a getaway or a retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Nick, and glad you had such a nice time. Michelle
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Stunning Beach House - amazing family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Marleys with my three children earlier in April and just loved it. We were after a mix of adventure and chilling out, and this location gave us both. A lot of time spent on the deck with a book but great exploring to do as well especially the surf beaches which my husband loved. The kids tended to swim and play on the beach all morning, and then we all chilled with board games or a movie in the afternoon. The staff made my life v easy - lunch, a cup of tea, or drinks on request, and lots of good advice re eating out, travelling or which fish to cook (not that I touched a single pan in the 2 weeks we were there..). Thanks for a great family holiday. We will be back.

The house is in the most spectacular location with a view up the beach looking at palm trees, green turtles feeding and in the afternoon - gorgeous sunset. I'm sure there are bigger houses for groups of families, but for a single family with kids it is just perfect. Very much felt like our own private little spot.

Thanks to the staff for making it such a perfect holiday.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Wijaya Beach Cafe & Bar
Nearest Golf
120 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Era Beach Restaurant (or Wijya Beach Cafe)
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Car: not necessary

The local area is incredibly beautiful - white sandy beaches, and clean clear ocean seas with an abundance of seafood. Local fishermen can bee seen catching daily off the beach, and you only have to drive 60 sec and you are immersed in lush green jungles, tea plantations or rice paddies. A number of important museums, temples and historic sites are within 30 minutes drive, or ayurverdic treatment centres or home practitioners. A local dive school is five minutes drive towards Galle who can also organise whale & dolphin watching, fishing and snorkelling tours.

Galle Fort which is less than ten minutes drive is a Unesco World Heritage listing, with fabulous old buildings, cobble streets, shops, restaurants and spas.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house on the Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early 2017
1 Feb 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
Mid 2017
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late 2017
1 Aug 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
15 Dec 2017 - 31 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
Early 2018
1 Feb 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
Mid 2018
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
Late 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018
15 Dec 2018 - 31 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

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