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With just the right balance of natural charm and luxury, this idyllic beachfront property is a patch of paradise located near the fishing village of Ambalangoda, just 90 minutes from Colombo airport and 30 minutes from Galle.
The twin-winged exclusive estate is set amidst a luscious tropical garden with a breath-taking infinity pool.
Currently operating as an award-winning boutique hotel, the property can serve as a private holiday villa or be converted to an ayurvedic centre or other commercial purposes. The hotel has received a 96% rating at the highest level on TripAdvisor, virtually unmatched for a similar property.
In the main building, a spacious dining-bar-lounge opens onto a wide veranda leading to the garden and has three double bedrooms, each with full baths and an ocean view.
A separate wing has two suites, each occupying an entire floor overlooking the garden and ocean with exhilarating sunset views.
A service area including a full kitchen, laundry-utility room and storage space inks the villa and the suites.
The 2-bedroom manager’s apartment has its own garden and entrance, sitting and dining area, kitchen and pantry.
The broad soft-sand beach, a working coast for local fishermen, is shared with only a handful of other small guesthouses, and foreign tourists are rarely seen. The beaches of Sri Lanka’s southwest are renowned for their warm, placid waters, making them ideal for swimming, surfing and sunbathing.
In season, it is a nesting beach for olive ridley and giant green turtles. A small conservation project on the property, run by the hotel staff, has produced more than 15,000 hatchlings in the last 10 years. The beachfront is protected by an anti-erosion gabion wall, the building and trees have lightning protection and the grounds have a laser security system.
The sale price includes the following contents: exquisite antique furnishings and local decor, a fully equipped kitchen, generator, staff quarters (in addition to the manager’s bungalow), two outdoor dining pavilions, a massage pavilion, dozens of coconut trees (green and king coconuts) and a plant nursery.
The history of the restoration of Max Wadiya
When the owners acquired the property in 1998 it was a 2-storey antique furniture storeroom. It was redesigned by Justin Samasekara, a leading Sri Lankan architect and contemporary of Geoffrey Bawa.
Justin designed the house to reflect a traditional Sri Lankan style (red tiled roof, cement and terra cotta tiled floors, carved white trim on the eaves, hand-carved ventilation panels), with all rooms and terraces having ocean views.
The furnishings and decor were bought from nearby antique stores, reinforcing the Sri Lankan character, as does the garden of sea-resistant indigenous plants.
The reconstruction and landscaping took most of 1999, and the building was ready for occupancy on the Millennium eve.
The renovations maintained the original style while opening more space by moving the manager’s quarters out of the building. In 2005 an annex was built containing the two luxury suites and service area connecting the old and new wings. The architect was Dinuk Senanayake, a student of Justin’s who had opened his own widely regarded practice. It was designed in traditional style to blend with the original building while incorporating modern features.