Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Max Wadiya opens onto one of the best beaches in southwest Sri Lanka: broad and sweeping, empty kilometres of soft white sand, and virtually private. With just the right balance of natural charm and luxury, this idyllic beachfront property is a patch of paradise within easy reach of the southern highway, just 90 minutes from Colombo, International Airport and 30 minutes from Galle.
Currently operating as an award-winning boutique hotel, the property can serve as a private holiday villa or be converted to an Ayurvedic centre. Max Wadiya has the highest rating on TripAdvisor, unmatched by any similar property, and was awarded TRIP ADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE for five consecutive years. The estate, with 155 feet of beach frontage, is set amidst a grove of more than 50 coconut trees and a luscious tropical garden of native coastal plants with a plant nursery. It’s breath-taking saltwater 40 x 20-foot infinity pool is set off by a living fence of flowering shrubs. The twin-winged property is exquisitely furnished. All rooms open onto westward-facing verandas with stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
In the main building, a spacious dining-bar-lounge accesses a wide veranda leading to the garden. Each of its three double bedrooms has full baths. A separate wing has two suites, each occupying an entire floor overlooking the garden and ocean with exhilarating sunset views.
There are two outdoor dining pavilions and a massage pavilion. The service area lending the villa and the suites includes a full kitchen, laundry-utility room and storage space. The 2-bedroom manager’s apartment has its own garden and entrance, sitting and dining area, kitchen and pantry.
The beach is shared with local fishermen and only a handful of other small guesthouses. 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 12,500 hatchlings in the last 10 years. The beachfront is protected by an anti-erosion gabion wall buried under the sand. The building and trees have lightning protection and the grounds are protected by a laser security system.
Sale of the property includes: all exquisite antique furnishings and local decor, fittings, fully equipped kitchen, 30 KVA generator, 30,0000 litre underground rainwater harvesting tank for irrigation, rooftop solar panels for water heating, lightning protection for buildings and 70-ft trees, erosion protection wall and everything else that constitutes the property and is required for seamless operation as a boutique hotel or exclusive private villa.
The Max Wadiya 147 Galle Road Urawatta, Ambalangoda, 31, Southern Province, Sri Lanka