There’s something irresistibly seductive about Sri Lanka that makes first-time visitors fall head over heels in love and vow to return with friends and family. Good news then that UK-based private hideaway specialist CV Villas has added the Indian Ocean paradise to its portfolio, with a collection of oceanfront and hilltop villas scattered around the southern coast of the island.
Ranging from two to seven bedrooms, each of the villas is set in a lush, tropical setting, with private gardens and swimming pools, and spectacular views of the ocean or surrounding countryside.
Our pick of the collection is Villa Ruby, a five-bedroom waterfront hideaway that sleeps 12, with a three-tiered garden leading down to the beach. 10 minutes from the popular town of Weligama, the villa has a huge open-plan living area with high vaulted ceilings and a covered patio dining area that provides space for lavish al fresco meals, lovingly prepared by the villa’s private chef.