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Kevin Driscoll or Udith Illege

Member since: 2014
Call Manager
Speaks english, german, italian, finnish, Sinhala

Hikkaduwa Ocean Front / Beautiful / New / Open Floor Plan / 'The Palms Villa'

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Galle holiday villa

You Are Right on the Indian Ocean and Beautiful Sandy Beach

“The Palms Villa” is a new modern 3 bedroom luxury villa directly on the Indian Ocean. The golden sandy beach is just a few steps from your front door. The beach is clean, wide and secluded. Any time of day you most likely will be the only one on this beautiful beach. The views of the beautiful blue ocean are just magnificent. Sri Lanka has been called the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, for good reason, this is a beautiful island paradise.

The spacious villa has a modern large open floor plan. Fantastic exotic wood work throughout. Folding glass doors across the entire front of the villa lead you out to a wide shaded patio equipped with ceiling fans in addition to the cooling effects of the ocean, truly seamless indoor/outdoor living, you are guaranteed to be comfortable sitting here enjoying this picturesque view.

'The Palms Villa' can accommodate a party of up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms. We provide bed linen and towels and can supply a cot, as well, if necessary. Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the beach house.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Kevin Driscoll or Udith Illege (Property Manager)
Member since: 2014
Call Manager
Speaks english, german, italian, finnish, Sinhala

About Kevin Driscoll or Udith Illege

I've owned and rented over 15 properties for more than 20 years. I know people want timely responses to their questions and concerns. We have a property manager in Sri Lanka that is currently managing several properties very close by. All his reviews are 4+ stars. He speaks English fluently in addition to Sinhala, Finnish, Italian and German.

Kevin Driscoll or Udith Illege purchased this villa in 2013

Why Kevin Driscoll or Udith Illege chose Southern Province

This villa was designed for the discerning traveller, exotic hardwoods, single level, high ceilings, air conditioning, large and fully equipmed kitchen, large pool, many luxury amenities, 24 hour professional security, full time caretaker and additional staff available if requested.

What makes this villa unique

Sitting on your private patio watching the sun set is truly mesmerizing .


based on 8 traveller reviews

Hikkaduwa Ocean Front / Beautiful / New / Open Floor Plan / 'The Palms Villa'
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Amazing holiday!!

  • 5 of 5

We travelled to Sri Lanka with our three girls aged 18, 15 and 8. When we first arrived we were so impressed by the villa with the wonderful Indian Ocean just a few steps away. Although we were unable to swim in the ocean as it is a little rough at this time of year we still spent time on the beach paddling and made good use of the pool. We went on quite a few trips which Udi (6 Degrees North) arranged for us and thoroughly enjoyed exploring this beautiful country. The star of the show for us was Jaya, our driver and guide, as he goes the extra mile to make sure you get the most out of your trips. We will always remember his kindness and lovely personality. We ate at the villa quite a few times ordering from 6 Degrees North as they are located only a few properties down on the beach. Sampat would arrive with our food, lay the table for us and then clear away after, a take-away with a difference! We also ate out in Hikkaduwa quite a few times as there is a very good selection of restaurants, we mainly travelled there by tuk tuk which can be rather hair raising but that seems to be the nature of tuk tuk drivers!! We have so many special memories from this holiday, from a Safari in Yala National Park to boat trips to visiting the stunning City of Kandy with the Temple of the Tooth and so much more. We would highly recommend this villa as this is a holiday with a difference, you are not just booking the villa, you are booking the beautiful hospitality of Udi and all of his staff. We will definitely be back! Thank you so much Udi and staff for making this a truly memorable holiday. Ann, Martin, Tilly, Clem and Lissy

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ann Thank you so much for that great review, we are looking forward to having you and your family back again as our guests. Kevin/Udi
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Beautiful villa, great management, but some things to be aware of

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 5 (3 teens) stayed in this property for 7 nights at the end of February. Our initial reaction to arriving was, "Wow!" The place is really beautiful and the setting on the Indian Ocean is fantastic. The pool was our favorite part of the villa and we used it for many hours every day. We ordered room service from Six Degrees North quite a few times and the food, coupled with Siva's delivery service and table setting, always made for a very nice meal.

Before you book this villa, please be aware of a few things. First, the fence along the edge of the property is no longer there. No one will bother you. The beach was deserted for the most part, so the fence itself is not an issue. What could be an issue, however, is getting down to the beach and back up again. There is about a 3 foot dropoff from the garden of the house to the beach with visible sandbags. It will spoil your view from the beach looking back to the house, but when you're at the house, you won't be able to see them. In any event, there are no stairs for beach access so you will have to climb down and back up again. We managed it, but if you or someone in your group has mobility issues, you may be unable to enjoy the beach.

Also, this is not a swimming beach. The water is incredibly rough. You will not be spending hours paddling about in the calm waters at this villa. If you want calm water, swim in the pool. Udith arranged for us to take a trip to Jungle Beach for snorkeling, and it was very nice. However, if you have any mobility issues, this will not work for you either. There is a hike through the jungle to get to that beach and there are many sandbag "stairs" involved.

There will be bugs in the villa. I understand that this is indoor/outdoor living, but you will have to keep any food you buy in the refrigerator to protect it from ants. It's not a knock against the property, as the property is designed to make indoors and outdoors seamless. It succeeds, but you will have to protect all food.

Sri Lanka is currently experiencing an electricity issue. This is an island-wide issue and is not the fault of the Palms Villa in any way. However, we experienced at least 3 blackouts while we were there. The house does not have a generator. Udith says they are working on getting a generator, so if this is an issue for you, ask about the generator before booking.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I want to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting "The Palms Villa", we enjoyed having you and your family as our guests. I would also like to thank you for taking the time it write an insightful and helpful review. When we designed "The Palms Villa" I wanted to insure that everyone could enjoy the villa, from young people to seniors and those with mobility issues. We took great pains to make sure that there were no steps and all the living areas are on one level, that the doors are wide and the showers are easy to access. We also have a driveway where a car can pull up right next to the villa. I believe we are one of the few villas in this area to incorporate these designs. The beach in front of the villa took quite a beating from several storms last year, eroding some of the sand where our fence once stood. We have contracted with a construction firm to rebuild the area along the beach and are currently awaiting permission from the local government to proceed with the work. This should be finished in several months. In the meantime we will do a better job of creating easier access to the beach area. We work very hard keeping the amount of insects in the villa down to a minimum. We have exterminators on a service plan which come in periodically. We clean the villa thoroughly after every guest departs. However as you said the burden falls primarily on our guests to keep all food in containers and clean up any messes. Several sections of the country experienced an unusual power outage due to 2 malfunctioning generators. Something like this hasn't happened in 20 years. They have replaced these generators and have added 300 MW to the grid to insure this doesn't happen in the future. We also have purchased a generator and are waiting for it to be delivered. Normally the ocean is calm during this time of year, while you were there we experienced some unusual wave patterns. I have played and swam in the ocean many times with my family. We've spent many enjoyable hours playing and swimming in the ocean. Kevin/Udi
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Paradise on the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Stunning modern self contained villa close to Hikkaduwa and Ambalangoda! Very well organised and easy to book.

Udith made our stay a breeze.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you as our guests, and we hope to see you again in the near future. Thank you for that great review! Udi & Kevin
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great house, amazing view and fantastic service

  • 5 of 5

The property manager Mr. Udi is great and very accommodating. He arranged for us to even have a late checkout on our last day since our flight was at midnight. The house is very well furnished with an open floor plan. The kitchen has everything for cooking including an oven and blender. The service we had from our guards on duty was very good but Siva was great. The pool was very large and great for swimming with our older kids; they also provided pool toys. The house is directly on the beach which was the best part. We would go and swim in the ocean for a bit and then come to rinse off at the outdoor shower before jumping in the pool. We watched many beautiful sunset. Since the house is very open it did have a few bugs but that did not bother us much. Although we only ordered food from the restaurant once it was good. We chose to cook food ourselves since all the pots and pans were there and there was also a big grocery store nearby. If you chose to walk, it is around 25 minutes but a tuk tuk ride is only 5 minutes (100 rupees each way). Siva our cleaning person was great. Every meal he would come and ask us about ordering room service which our kids loved their vanilla milkshake. He would pay attention to the fact that I was cooking and then he would show up an hour later to clean the kitchen and do the dishes. He would even come and mop the outside area as soon as we would get back into the house. The house even has a washing machine. The only recommendation that I have is to add curtains in the 2 guest bathrooms. Our kids were not comfortable using it since there was no curtain so they chose to use our shower. But this is one of the best properties that we have stayed at and we travel every 3 months to other countries.

I cannot stop raving about this property and the service. I have already started recommending it to my friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for that fantastic review, we will put curtains on those windows right away. We hope you come back soon.
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Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to The Palms Villa in Hikkaduwa. I can't say enough good things about our visit. The weather was perfect, the house was perfectly put together with all of the comforts of home. Everyone who works in the house is a delight. If you are looking for a truly relaxing vacation, look no further.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very gracious review, we hope to see you back in our villa soon.
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Прелестно! Прелестно.

  • 5 of 5

Шикарная вилла. Новая. Все превосходно. Отдыхали в начале января 2015г.

Везде было душно и влажно, а на берегу было свежо, как дома летом.

Хотели найти кухарку для приготовления еды, но администрация навязывала только дорогих своих. Вынуждены были пользоваться навязанным сервисом. Иногда сами готовили, но для этого надо было ехать в магазин за 15-20 мин в один конец на Тук-Туке. Забегаловкой напротив побоялись пользоваться.

Отдых омрачали лишь вечерние и ночные комары.

Погода подвела - в последние три дня перед отъездом были большие волны. Не смог вволю поплавать под водой в маске и в ластах.

Вилла стоит прям на пляже! Песок на пляже и вода в океане чистые. Глубина небольшая. Температура воды одинаковая днем и ночью - около 30-35 градусов. Рыбы разнообразные. Встречались и большие черепахи.

Берите с собой маски и ласты. Местные пропускают воду, да и не было их у администрации виллы.

Вообщем, вилла и удобства понравилась очень. Дети часами не вылазили из океана и бассейна (когда волны большие).

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Everything needed is within walking distance or just a short/ inexpensive Tuk Tuk ride away. A full service Sri Lankan restaurant is across the street, a small convenience store is just a 5 minute walk. A fully stocked grocery store a 10 minute Tuk Tuk ride (USD $5 round trip including tip). There are many buses which go to Ambalangoda, Galle and Hikkaduwa on Galle Road.

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Known until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.

Sri Lanka has a documented history that spans over 3,000 years, but there are theories to suggest that Sri Lanka had pre-historic human settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years

The island consists mostly of flat to rolling coastal plains, with mountains rising in the south-central part. The climate is tropical and warm, due to the moderating effects of ocean winds. . Average yearly temperature ranges from 28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). Day and night temperatures may vary by 14 °C (25.2 °F) to 18 °C (32.4 °F).

Activities include swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, stand up paddling and kayaking.

Nearby Ambalangoda is well known throughout asia for its dancers and carved masks that you can purchase at the museum or the local mask stores.

In the Hikkaduwa and Ambalangoda area there are many interesting day trips including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort which is located just 30 km south of the villa, not only for the history and old churches, but for the fantastic shopping. Also nearby is many temples, the turtle hatchery, moonstone mines, cinnamon farms, several well stocked antique stores, lake tours.

World famous architech Geoffrey Bawa's Lununganga and letter-Garden are highly recommended.

We offer transportation services including transport for the airports and multi-day tours in our air-conditioned minibuses or car with English speaking drivers, which can be scheduled at any time. There are many well known UNESCO World Heritage sites, national parks, tea plantations, temples, Botanical Garden, Elephant Orphanage, waterfalls, hanging bridges, and whale watching.

The bars, restaurants and night life of Hikkaduwa is just 12 miles away and offers many shops,


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Galle, Sri Lanka

Rental Basis:
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Holiday Rates
15 Dec 2016 - 15 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
16 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$394
Tax Rate 10.0%

Although this is a self catering villa, we provide at an additional charge many services, including chef, full time housekeeper, transportation, massages, groceries and any other services you may want.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Galle, Sri Lanka

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 176 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , outdoor shower , Beautiful Light Filled Master Bath with Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower enclosure , Large Bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - shower enclosure , Large Bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , All Beds Split into two twins, all beds are 7 feet long
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , All Bedrooms Are Moderate to Large Size
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , All Beds have Mosquito Nets
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Additional amenities include: Large private swimming pool, private garden, beach towels, linens, 3 air conditioned bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, safe, beach and pool chairs, patio deck, 3 custom made queen beds (7 feet long), all of which can be separated into 6 twins, local professional and experienced management, Professional 24 hour security, full time caretaker / pool man. Menu available for meal delivery. Cook, housekeeping and other services available upon request. We are here to make this your best vacation.