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Built in the 1800s for a Dutch merchant and his wife, Villa 42 Lighthouse Street now serves as a holiday home for vacation makers in historic Galle. This gorgeous colonial villa occupies a prime location, putting guests within walking distance to each and every attraction situated within Galle Fort.
Four finely-appointed double rooms offer ample space for eight guests. Furnished with luscious rugs, pillowy beds, antique pieces and modern amenities, the rooms are pleasing to the eye, and offer a tranquil environment ideal for facilitating a night of deep slumber.
Elegant pieces and sleek touches adorn the interiors of this beautifully-restored villa. Creamy, light hues painting the walls create a soothing sight, and complementing the elaborate paintings and intricate lighting perfectly. You will also fall in love with the dark wood finishings and antique furniture in some of the rooms. The capacious living areas offer a deeply comforting spot perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation, particularly after a day of sightseeing outside of the Fort. In the early hours of the evening, make your way to the bijou roof terrace. This is the perfect spot to wind down with a glass of wine or a round of sundowners, as you set sight on romantic sunset views over the skyline.
Villa 42 Lighthouse Street sits in the heart of historic Galle Fort, putting travellers within close proximity to the alluring sights and sounds of this well-known UNESCO Heritage Site. Travellers keen on venturing out will find a variety of charming boutique shops and restaurants. Be sure to take an exploratory stroll along the Fort walls. Do not miss the magical hour of sunset, for it promises to provide a breathtaking sight. Attractions such as the Dutch Reformed Church and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex are must-see spots for cultural buffs.
The Lighthouse Street villa by Taru is a gem in the Galle fort, beautifully restored and decorated, with top furniture and quality amenities. Big room and bathroom, quiet place, efficient wifi. Caring staff and excellent breakfast menu.
We stumbled upon the Taru Villas, Galle property while checking out one of their other properties in Bentota for our honeymoon...and what a stumbling upon it was! The colonial ambience blew us away... the owner and interior decorator, Nayantara Fonseka ('Taru') needs to be given due credit for that. The ambience not only ensures that you are comfortable but also feel like you are really living the colonial life. We couldn't have asked for more hospitable, friendly, accommodative and concerned staff. They did everything they could to make us feel comfortable. All in all, we felt like we at home and living with an extra bit of luxury. Given the great experience we had, my husband and I thought we should post a review for those travellers who are thinking of making a trip to Galle. So here goes... 1. Location - The villa is centrally located at Lighthouse Street, making all the 'must see' places readily accessible. We managed to walk all around the Fort area and come back to our hotel comfortably. We didn't find the need for a tuk tuk to go around the Fort area. 2. Hospitality - The staff were absolutely amazing...They ensured that we were always comfortable and tried to get us everything we needed. Not to mention, the entire staff was always smiling regardless of the time of day. Shelton, was especially mindful of our meal timings and ensured that we were happy with what we had ordered. When we arrived at the hotel after travelling the whole night, we were greeted with a delicious and refreshing lime and mint ice pop-sickle, and a cold towel in the lobby (extremely well decorated I might add). There was even an occasion when some food we ordered was not as per our taste and the staff sweetly heard us out and agreed to make us another dish. Not only did they do that but they so kindly offered us our dessert on the house, even though we asked for a replacement because of our personal preference. The most heart warming moment of our stay was when we were leaving, the villa manager, Weerakoon gifted us the root of a plant that I had my heart set on (so that we can plant it back in our home). 3. Room hygiene - Our room and bathroom could not have been cleaner. It was well maintained. 4. Food - The food at the villa was very good. But what needs special mention is the eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce. It was made to perfection (which is really hard to do). Also, the home-made coconut ice cream is to die for. Kudos to Chef Janake!!
Proving the old adage that you shouldnt judge a book by its cover 100% correct we arrived at this small hotel at around 0500 in the morning, and were immediately welcomed by the staff with a hot chocolate, cool towels and concern that we needed to sleep. From the outside the hotel blends into the street which is essentailly the spine of the fort precinct but it is only when you enter the building that you appreciate its expanse and character as a small but exclusive hotel. Our room on the first floor was expansive, well layed out and met all of our expectations in terms of appointment, quality and fit out. the staff were attentive, polite and welcoming without being intrusive We would highly recommend this to anyone wanting an intimate and luxurious stop over in the UNESCO heritage listed Fort area of Gallle
|Minimum stay||4 bedrooms|
|from 16/04/2017 to 01/12/2017||Low season||2 nights||AUD $ 1,217|
|from 01/12/2017 to 20/12/2017||High season||2 nights||AUD $ 1,580|
|from 20/12/2017 to 16/01/2018||Peak season||5 nights||AUD $ 2,055|
|from 16/01/2018 to 16/04/2018||High season||2 nights||AUD $ 1,580|