Luxury hotel holiday Reef Villa and Spa Wadduwa

Reef is a wonderful choice of hotel for those wishing for a luxurious yet comfortable boutique experience by the beach. Designed with grand colonial influences and period furniture the hotel is at once elegant and homely. Explore the verdant greenery of the grounds or perhaps relax in the spa. Guests are also just over a one-hour drive from the capital Colombo. Expressions Holidays recommends Reef for a luxurious beach holiday in Sri Lanka or perhaps as a relaxing stop on a touring itinerary.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide if part of tour or private car transfers only
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Reef Villa and Spa, Wadduwa

Reef Villa and Spa is an exclusive, luxury boutique hotel set in lush gardens overlooking a beautiful beach. Delicious cuisine, excellent Ayurvedic spa facilities and grand colonial influenced accommodation afford guests an indulgent and relaxing experiences.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Luxury boutique

Location A minutes' walk from the beach, approximately 22-miles from Colombo

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 2 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Living area, Dining room and terrace in the main house, Flexible dining, including BBQ, Beach bar, Swimming pool and 2 children's pools, All weather tennis court, Reefresh Spa treatments.

Land sports

Bicycles for hire, Table tennis, Private yoga sessions available.

Out and about nearby

Fishing communities along the coast, local life, Bolgoda lake, Gangatilaka Vihara Temple at Kalutara - approximately six miles away, Richmond Castle, Brief Garden near Bentota.

Sports nearby

Watersports at Bentota - 45 minutes' drive away, Royal Colombo Golf Course - 1 hour drive.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Lily pond suite for 7 nights

From about

£2,650

Holiday Code EXH971

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Reef Villa and Spa, Wadduwa

Reef, a nine-suite boutique hotel, offers intimate luxury amidst three acres of tropical gardens right by the Indian Ocean. Conveniently located 30km south of Colombo and two hours drive from the international airport, Reef is the creation of a British architect and designer team, one of whom is always at the hotel to ensure that your stay is as amazing as they intend it to be. Emerging through the lush foliage at the entrance is like discovering treasure, as the homely yet elegant beauty of Reef is revealed. Blessed with harmonious spaces, an intimate ambience and effortless yet attentive service, this is a haven for romance and privacy. A magnificent spiral staircase forms the centrepiece of the lofty living room in the main house, open-sided to catch the sea breezes. The antique furniture, Indian swings and four-poster beds are based on furniture used by members of the East India Company, giving the Reef an air of relaxed, colonial grandeur. Reflective lily-ponds border palm-fringed pavilions whilst a swimming pool nestles in verdant gardens between the buildings and the beach. There is a delightful Reef Spa treatment room with its own courtyard and outdoor bath, where you are treated to the ultimate in body pampering. The chefs serve a variety of international and Sri Lankan dishes, enjoyed either on your private veranda or in the main house accompanied by the frog chorus from the ponds. The Reef's nine elegant suites are spacious, air-conditioned and resplendent with teak, polished floors and luxurious bathrooms. Talcum-soft white sheets and fluffy pillows adorn highly decorated antique Calcutta four-poster beds that were used during the British Raj. The suites also have spacious shaded verandas for private dining, some with an Indian swing.

Room descriptions

Reef Villa and Spa has 9 suites, all with Air-conditioning and fan, Satellite television, DVD player/CD/radio, Broadband internet access, Direct-dial telephone, Mini-bar, Tea and coffee-making facilities, Safe, and a Hairdryer.

Lily Pond Suite Accessible by stepping stones. There is a veranda overlooking the lily pond. An enclosed planted courtyard has its own private sunken spa bath and waterfall shower. There is no ocean view.
Ocean Suite This 150 sq metre suite includes two verandas on the first floor of the main house. No outdoor shower. One veranda runs along the north side of the bedroom, overlooking the pond and the other overlooks the Indian Ocean. Verandas are furnished with chairs and tables.
Plantation House Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Lily pond suite for 7 nights

From about

£2,650

Holiday Code EXH971

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Reef Villa and Spa, Wadduwa

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Reef in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 1 hour and 40 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is stayed at as a coast extension at the end of a tailor-made touring holiday, in which case you will approach the hotel from a different location.

Additional information

Children: Cots or children's bed can be provided on request. Nannies can be arranged at additional cost. Due to extensive water features, children need to be supervised around the property. All suites except the Lily Pond Suite can accommodate up to three children.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Lily pond suite for 7 nights

From about

£2,650

Holiday Code EXH971

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Reef Villa and Spa, Wadduwa

About South west coast

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the south-west coast of Sri Lanka incorporates a popular holiday destination for tropical sun, sea and sand. It offers wonderful beaches and a variety of hotels and guests houses to choose from, with the added attraction of having local life and interesting places to see and things to do nearby. What’s more, facing directly west to the Indian Ocean, visitors are treated to the most magical sunset views. This 100-kilometre coastline between the cities of Colombo and Galle is blessed with miles of palm-fringed golden beaches interspersed with harbours, inlets, mangrove-lined rivers and lagoons. Bentota and Beruwela are the primary locations for restaurants and nightclubs which are mostly found in hotels, and also offer a range of watersports along with Hikkaduwa. Hotels of every size and quality vie with private villas, coconut plantations and fishing villages for a space on the beachfront and those priceless Indian Ocean views. We have selected a range of hotels on Sri Lanka's south-west coast which are ideally located to explore the highlights of the region, including luxurious boutique hotels and resorts such as Saman Villas and Serene Pavilions.

Highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In addition to relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of other things to see and do in this region. In and around Wadduwa: Fishing life along the coast; Long beach walks; Kalutara – famous for its historic Bo tree, grown from a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, and Gangatilaka Vihara Temple - the only Buddhist shrine in the world which is hollow; Kalu Ganga (river) and Bolgoda lake; Richmond Castle – a 19th century spice plantation mansion, built for a regional Governor resembling an Indian Maharaja’s palace design, now open to the public. In and around Bentota/Beruwela: Watersports at Bentota/Beruwela on the Bentota river (there is a well-equipped centre offering a range of motorised and non-motorised water sports, including diving); Bentota mangrove river boat trip; Long beach walks; Brief Garden – home and landscaped gardens created by Bevis Bawa, the artist brother of Geoffrey Bawa. Behind a bamboo hedge lie walled gardens, bowers, lawns, sculptures and a Japanese garden; Lunuganga Estate – the home of celebrated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; Aluthgama – shops and market; Galapita Vihara Buddhist Temple - 12th century, 5 km upriver. Inland: Singharaja Rainforest; Plantations, farming and craft villages. Between Bentota and Galle: Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; Buddhist Temples – e.g. Kumarakanda Vihara; Balapitiya –boat trips on Madu Ganga river and lagoon – birdlife, water monitors, islands; Mask carving and painting in Ambalangoda; Moonstone quarry in Meetyagoda; Beach walks; Hikkaduwa - tourist shops and restaurants, lower budget; Fishing trips, Snorkelling and scuba diving, waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing – at Hikkaduwa (12 km from Galle). Wherever you stay on the south-west coast, day excursions can be made to historic Galle, Buddhist temples, Sinharaja Rainforest, Ambalangoda mask factory, the Kosgoda turtle hatchery. The water sports facilities at Bentota/Beruwela (or Hikkaduwa) are within an hour’s drive from any of the hotels.

Cultural highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In the small towns and villages that straddle the main trunk road and railway line, Buddhist temples sit alongside churches and mosques whilst livelihoods are gained through a mix of tourism, trading and fishing, farming and skilled crafts. It is fascinating to stroll along the beach and watch the fishermen preparing to launch their brightly-painted boats, later seeing them return with their catch. A venture into the hinterland reveals a world of lush plantations, tropical forests and lagoons. The rural villages are often known for a particular skill such as furniture or mask-making and weaving using dyed reed. Wadduwa, Bentota, Beruwela and the stretch of coast between Bentota and Galle all offer golden sand beaches, small fishing communities and watersports. Further inland, the Sinharaja rainforest is the only large undisturbed rainforest left in Sri Lanka where over 800 of the island’s endemic species of flora and fauna can be found.

Climate of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

The south-western part of Sri Lanka is the wet tropical zone. It is warm and humid all year round. Sea breezes make the coast a little cooler. The sunny, dry season is between November and March with average temperatures at around 26C. The south-west monsoon brings intermittent torrential rain, winds and rough seas, normally in May, June and July, with temperatures of up to 32C.There is also changeable weather during September and October. Humidity fluctuates between 70% in the day and 90% at night, which can be oppressive in built up areas.

Travel around the region

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Colombo International Airport to Wadduwa – 1.5 to 2 hours (56 km), Colombo International Airport to Bentota – 2 ½ to 3 hours (90 km), Colombo International Airport to Galle – 3 hours (150 km), Wadduwa to Kandy – 4 hours, Bentota to Kandy – 4.5 hours (180 km), Colombo to Wadduwa – 45 mins to 1 hour (30 km).

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