The hideaways are located on the south coast of Sri Lanka, about 78 kilometres from Galle, 208 kilometres from the centre of Colombo and 220 kilometres from Sri Lanka's main international airport, known officially as Colombo Bandaranaike International ('CMB'). It takes between 3.5 and 4 hours by road from the airport.
The new Hambantota International Airport ('HRI') is 78 kilometres away.
Mawella Beach is little more than a kilometre from the main road connecting Galle to the Sri Lankan south coast and to Tangalle, the local market town ten kilometres away.
A Sri Lankan Airlines air taxi (actually a seaplane) runs from Bandaranaike International Airport to Dickwella aerodrome, which is on the lagoon just 500 metres from the hideaways. The flight time is approx 40mins.
Otherwise a luxury mini van can be arranged to collect guests from Colombo city or the airport (approximately 3.5 hours), from Galle (approximately 2 hours), or from other hotels or villas.
This is a plan, not to scale, of the three hideaways, showing their location in relation to each other and to the beach. The empty plot belongs to the owners and there are no plans to build on it. The staff house and the land in front of it belong to the owners. There is a central pergola in between the palm trees in front of the staff house.
Beach: the tranquil sea in front of the hideaways at this end of Mawella Beach is excellent for swimming as it is protected by the adjacent headland and remains shallow for a good distance. At the far end of the beach there is generally good surf for boogie boarding. The beach is also excellent for running, frisbee and ball games. Note that there is no lifeguard on the beach.
The beach hideaways have boogie boards and bat and balls available. The beach has two good simple local restaurants. We tend to use the one nearest the Hideaways: we walk there, order our lunch, carry on to the end of the beach and then return for the lunch. There is also a more formal restaurant in the middle of the beach.
Further afield: the holiday hideaways are ideally situated to explore Southern Sri Lanka's many cultural and outdoor attractions:
Massages from a local person can be arranged. Some of the local hotels also have spa facilities.
Children are welcome and it is a good set-up for families, although there are no specific facilities for children other than the beach and associated sports. Parents should take note of the fact that there are no lifeguards on the beach and the current can feel strong for inexperienced swimmers. We can organise basic English-speaking childcare on sufficient notice.
We regret that pets are not allowed.
The beach hideaways and gardens are cared for by our local houseman, Indika who lives in a house situated behind Kotamba and Kahumba i.e., within 50 metres of all the hideaways. He is on hand to deal with and generally care for you during your stay. Each holiday hideaway is fully equipped with bed linen, beach towels and bath towels.
Indika cleans, washes up and tidies the hideaways and gardens every day.
The closest town is Tangalle which is about seven kilometres away. Indika can shop there for you. Tangalle provides a food market, a small supermarket and various other simple shops for day to day purchases. The fish shops sell a range of locally caught seasonal fish, prawns and lobster. It is a working fishermen’s town and does not have real tourist attractions.
Please note that once a stay has been booked we provide substantial notes and advice in greater detail as well as a map to find them!
Payment and cancellation policies may vary with special offers.
We recommend that you take out insurance against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.
What is included
Cook (maybe shared with another of the hideaways), houseman, gardener, food shopping service, bed linen, beach and bath towels.
What is not included
All food and alcohol although these can be bought on your instructions by the team in the local markets.
Our houseman, Indika can arrange either tuk tuk or mini van transport for our guests for trips into Tangalle, day trips or to the airport. The air taxi seaplane flies from either Colombo airport or Galle airport and lands just 500 metres from the hideaways. The seaplane can also be chartered privately through Cinnamon Air.
The best weather runs from November through April. The rainy season is usually from May to July, although there is still plenty of sunshine. It gets drier in the months of August and September and then there are the autumn rains in October and November. December is probably the best time for diving and snorkelling because the sea tends to be at its calmest.
All you really need is light clothing by day; sarongs, shorts, flip flops, T shirts etc. You might pack a sweater or jacket in case they are needed in the evenings. Trainers are suitable for light touring, but if you are planning to go on long walks or trekking then you should bring appropriate hiking boots. Do remember when visiting places of worship, whether as a tourist or a member of the congregation, you will be expected dress respectfully and to cover your legs, shoulders and upper arms. The beach is used by tourists, locals and fishermen alike so please be respectful.
Unless you are from Singapore or the Maldives, you will require a visa for entry into Sri Lanka. You can obtain a visas either online, or from the Sri Lanka Overseas missions, or from your travel agent or operator.