Elephant Palace

10/10 over 9 reviews from 1 source(s)

Asia villas / Sri Lanka / Koggala Lake and surroundings / Ahangama

3 2 6

from

USD 500

per night

Latest reviews

Average rating of 10/10 over 9 reviews from 1 source(s)
10/10
tripadvisor
sam3gxx
sam3gxx

Stayed: November 2014, traveled as a couple

Wonderful Place to Stay on the Beach

If you are looking for a great place to stay in South coast Sri Lanka, this is it!......... When we stayed at the Elephant Palace we seemed to leave the hustle and bustle of the world behind. We were greeted by the house keeper & cook who were very in tune with what we were looking for in a retreat. Our room faced the ocean and was very well appointed. Beautiful public areas with relaxing but elegant colors and furnishings. The rooms are super clean, the beds are dreamy and the balconies overlooking the pool and beach are actually large enough to really enjoy.This villa is gorgeous inside and out. The beach area is very clean and beautiful views. During our stay we were pampered like royalty. I can honestly say we had the most wonderful time during our stay.
Stayed: November 2014, traveled as a couple
10/10
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Merrily R
Merrily R

Stayed: February 2015

Heaven On Earth -You will not want to leave

Stayed for 5 nights over UK half term - mid February. Can't say how much we enjoyed our time in Elephant Palace. The staff are amazing, and the location is perfect. Two teenagers and two adults were totally happy with this location. The villa is beautiful, very well set up for all your desires. Coffee in the morning, tea mid morning, and amazing lunches and dinners on request. What is lovely about this villa is that although it's on a main road (yes you can hear the beep beep of Sri Lanka but thats part of it) but it's also totally private and with ultimate attention from the staff that the owners provide, all with a walk on beach (which is deserted) is just bliss. It's the first time I have hired a villa with staff, and these guys kill it. You feel isolated but also you walk out onto a beach that is safe for swimmers and kids and lots of surfers to look at, and also pop next door for some lessons if you need them. The villa is beautiful and well equipped with everything that you need. Yes it's not cheap, but on the other hand it's very reasonable compared to staying in a hotel, but then you dont' deal with other residents. I would come back to this villa in a heartbeat. Thanks Rob..Holiday of a lifetime.
Stayed: February 2015
10/10
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garelang
garelang

Stayed: April 2015

Stunning house on family friendly beach - perfect Sri Lankan holiday

Elephant Palace is the perfect place to enjoy Sri Lanka in luxury with a family - it was our best holiday together yet. The house, garden and pool are beautifully designed. The beach has incredibly fine golden sand and is a great place for kids to swim safely and learn how to surf. The staff team were friendly and the service was excellent. We loved waking up to huge fresh fruit plates, smoothies, porridge and curds. The lunches and evening meals cooked to order were delicious - highlights were lemongrass prawns, ponzu seared tuna and the selection of Sri Lankan curries. The villa is only 20 minute TukTuk ride from Galle Fort and is very close to lots of other great beaches and restaurants - the delightful Cafe Ceylon is just over the road. We will be going back!
Stayed: April 2015
10/10
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Sally-Anne R
Sally-Anne R

Stayed: March 2015

The ultimate in luxury, yet you feel completely at home!

I cannot express how much we enjoyed our stay at Elephant Palace. It has been done up beautifully with it's own plunge pool and access straight onto one of Sri Lanka's most beautiful white sandy beaches! A little piece of heaven. We were so well looked after by the team and the food that was prepared for us was exceptional! A perfect place to come with two couples and/or children. It was just my mum and I, so we were totally spoiled and each had a beautiful ensuite room to ourselves with four poster beds and private adjoining terraces overlooking the ocean. Magnificent views and so great to have a sundowner up on the terrace! There is a television if you want it and basically everything you could wish for is catered for. I really hope to come back again one day, possibly with some friends, as it's really the ideal house for 2 couples or a family to enjoy a week or so on the beach, with Galle super close by. It's an ideal place from which to explore the rest of the South West coast.
Stayed: March 2015
10/10
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YeotownHealth
YeotownHealth

Stayed: March 2015

Perfect Holiday Villa especially with kids!

We stayed in Elephant Palace earlier this year with our two kids and it was like a home away from home. Everything from the fantastic chef who would cook up anything we requested to the lovely house manager who was attentive and made sure we and the kids were well taken care of. Our kids had a blast in the plunge pool and the best part was they could walk right outside the backyard and play on one of the most gorgeous stretches of beach in Sri Lanka.
Stayed: March 2015

Facilities

Available for longterm
Available for weddings
Suitable for children
Suitable for elderly
Suitable for wheelchairs
Smoking allowed
Pets allowed
Security
Maid
Chef
Swimming pool
Internet/Wifi

Bedroom facilities

  • Day bed
  • Air Condition
  • Bunk Bed
  • Double bed

Bathroom facilities

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Separate toilet

Dining facilities

  • Electric stove
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Coffee machine
  • Toaster

Living facilities

  • Sofabed
  • Lounge seating
  • Ceiling Fans
  • TV
  • Music System

Outdoor facilities

  • Sun beds / chairs

Location

Koggala Lake is under 10 minutes drive away, and is a wildlife sanctuary, on which one can arrange amazing boat tours, or even bicycle tours along its banks. Two Buddhist temples on the lake are also well worth a visit. Yatagalla temple inland from Talpe and the Japanese peace pagoda on Rumasalla are also noteworthy and only 20 minutes drive away. 30 minutes to the north is the world-heritage sight Galle Fort (best shopping & restaurants galore), the initially Portuguese (16th century) and then Dutch construction (17th century) with magnificent views all along the ramparts.

Opposite EP is a fantastic restaurant, especially renowned for its oysters and lobster prawn, fresh from nearby Koggala Lake. 3 doors down is a charming pizza & tacos restuarant that also does delivery. There are bars and beach clubs, spas and salons all along the coastal road to Galle centre. Unawatuna has the greatest concentration of nightlife, shops and restaurants, and is only a 20-minute drive. Mirissa (15 minutes in the opposite direction) also has beach bars & restaurants galore.

Rates

Include all taxes - No booking fees

Season Dates Bedrooms Daily Rental Minimum Stay
Low Season 24 Apr 2018
14 Dec 2018
3 bedroom USD 500 2 nights
High Season 15 Dec 2018
11 Jan 2019
3 bedroom USD 750 2 nights
Middle Season 12 Jan 2019
12 Feb 2019
3 bedroom USD 650 2 nights
Normal Season 13 Feb 2019
27 Apr 2019
3 bedroom USD 600 2 nights
Low Season 28 Apr 2019
13 Dec 2019
3 bedroom USD 500 2 nights

Rates Include

* Wifi,
* Staffed with cook
* Room boy
* Night security guard
* Daily cleaning

Rates Exclude

* Meals listed in the menu
* Grocery
* DEPOSIT one day’s rent (US$500, low season rent cost) - returned upon departure

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations more than 60 days before the arrival date 80% of the deposit amount will be refunded.
For cancellations and/or amendments 30 – 60 days before the arrival date, 50% of the deposit amount will be refunded.
For cancellations 1 – 29 days before the arrival date and for no-shows a refund will only be made in the event that we can relet the villa for the same terms.
During peak periods, 30 days will be added to all cancellation periods.
Any amendments that reduce the total rental amount will be treated as a partial cancellation and may be subject to the cancellation fees stated above.

Payment Terms

A 50% Deposit is required to confirm a booking and the full balance is due at least 30 days prior to arrival.

We require a security deposit equal to one day’s rent (US$500, low season rent cost) to be payable on your arrival by way of cash. The deposit will be used as security for any damages and or charges incurred by you during your stay. This amount less any chargeable items will be returned to you upon departure.

Description

Stunning villa on the best swimming and surfing beach

Location
Elephant Palace is located about 10 minutes drive from Koggala Lake, which is a wildlife sanctuary, and 30 minutes away from Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stay in the villa puts you in close proximity to some ancient temples, other cultural sites and some of the island’s best dining and nightlife options in Unawatuna. Also in close vicinity is the Mirissa beach, which also has its share of beach bars and restaurants.

Description
Elephant Palace is a stunning contemporary villa near Galle, , on one of the best swimming/ surfing beaches in the south of Sri Lanka. Comprising of open plan living/dining, verandah and gorgeous pool, and garden with direct beach access, the villa is ideal for three couples sharing or a group of six. Staffed with a cook, room boy and night security, a stay in the villa ensures that you have a relaxing, pampered tropical holiday away from all worries.

Bedrooms
The three spacious bedrooms of Elephant Palace can comfortably sleep six. All the three bedrooms are located on the first floor and have balconies overlooking stunning views. While bedrooms one and two are furnished with extra large double beds, the kids bedroom has bunk beds. Comfortably furnished with chairs, cupboards and cabinets, and done in white for a breezy ambience, the bedrooms also have en-suite bathrooms with all necessary toiletries.

Living areas
Boasting open plan design, Elephant Palace offers the best of both indoor and outdoor living, with large glass doors and windows that can be opened to let in the cool breezes or closed for air-conditioned comfort. The living room has L-shaped sitting area fitted with comfy cushions, facing a dining table and with glass windows and doors overlooking stunning views. The inhouse chef prepares the meals in the fully equipped kitchen fitted with all modern amenities. Even with the beach nearby, the villa has its own swimming pool in the lawn with lounge chairs to take in the sun.


ELEPHANT PALACE MENU

BREAKFAST
Seasonal fresh fruits usually form the core of breakfasts here (papaya, banana, mango, pineapple, watermelon, passion fruit If you want you can try some other local fruits, such as jambu, wood apple, custard apple, guava etc. Certain fruits, such as mangosteen and rambutan, are only available for a few months a year and will be more expensive). Eggs, toast, jams etc. Extra items like bacon, mushrooms, baked beans etc can be bought with notice. There is decent local coffee, but some prefer foreign brands like
Lavazza, which can be bought with notice. Sri Lankan breakfasts are fun to try. Hopper (regular or string), kiribath (milk rice served with sweet onion sambol), dhal, coconut sambol etc, need to be ordered the day before.

SNACKS and/or ENTRÉES
Asian dishes
- Vietnamese Noodle Salad
- Wok Fried Noodles (prawns or tofu)
- Vietnamese rice paper rolls [rice paper not always available]
- Vegetarian Spring Rolls
- Tom Kha Gai Soup (classic Thai chicken & fresh coconut soup)
[needs Galanga, which is a vegetable that is not always available]
- South Indian vegetarian Murtabak with tomato chutney
-Soto Ayam Madura (classic Indonesian chicken soup from Madura)
- Grilled Satay Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce
- Sang Choi Bao with Chicken, Prawns & Mushrooms
- Seared Tuna with ponzu sauce
- Green mango or papaya salad with peanuts
International
- Club Sandwich
- Parmesan Chicken Schnitzel
- Corn Fritters with Bacon
- Gazpacho
- Spicy Chicken wings

MAINS
Sri Lankan rice & curry: chicken, fish or prawn. Large variety of vegetable dishes, sambals and other accompaniments. Large variety of local seafood, grilled, fried etc, with garlic, lime or other sauce
Variety of contemporary dishes from around Asia:
- Wok Fried Turmeric & Lemon Grass Chicken with green beans
- Prawns & Glass Noodle Salad with fresh coriander & basil
- Grilled Fish with Thai red curry sauce with jasmine rice
- Wok Fried Prawns with sweet chilli sauce & basil with jasmine rice
- Seafood Curry from the Malabar Coast with jasmine rice
- Luxury Nasi Lemak with Chicken Curry Kapitan, Pan Fried Masala -
Fish with Green Mango Salad [long prep, so please pre-order]

- Grilled Fish with Malay Spices in banana leaf parcel, Crispy Bitter
Gourd with Tomato sauce, Pan fried Masala Potato Salad
- Salt & Pepper Prawns with garlic bok choy with jasmine rice
- Roast Duck Curry with pineapple or grapes, served with string
hoppers
- Chicken butter masala with Roti Parata

Variety of pasta and salad dishes, such as:
- Pasta Provençal
- Pesto: either classic basil or coriander with cashew nuts
- Salade Niçoise

DESSERTS
- Buffalo curd and kithul treacle (also good for breakfast)
- Seasonal fresh fruits platter
- Espresso Panna Cotta
- Swiss Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream
- Tiramisu [long prep, so please pre-order]
- Lime Tart with vanilla ice cream
- Buffalo Curd Cheese Cake
- Fruit Platter
- Fruit Salad with Candied fruit & syrup
- Pancake: banana, chocolate or pineapple

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