Shower under a Frangipani tree, luxuriate in a cinnamon-walled spa or stroll down the hill to the beach. Kadju House is serene, relaxed and intimate. Overlooking a pristine crescent-shaped beach, the house offers four en-suite bedrooms, an Ayurvedic spa and an infinity pool with sweeping sea views. The design blends a simple tropical aesthetic with modern luxury. The five full-time staff includes a chef/housekeeper, steward, maid, gardener and night security. The house is located in a cashew grove just outside the fishing village of Tangalle and close to nature reserves and temples.
'One must be absolutely modern,' wrote the poet Rimbaud, and in this villa you find a new conception of the Good Life: simple and visionary in its clarity. Designed to be integrated completely into its environment, it contains nothing superfluous, built from only necessary forms, almost more a fortuitous configuration of materials in nature than a manmade structure -- something found. Walk through the rooms: without knowing it, you move from inside to outside, from outside to inside.
Walk down to the white-sand beach and help a group of fishermen pull in a net of shining silver fish; afterwards, relax for a massage in the Ayurvedic spa, or swim in the pool where an infinite perspective looks out over the Indian Ocean, framed by palm trees filled with parrots and monkeys. If you are dreaming of adventures further afield, pilot a flat-bottomed punt through a bird sanctuary in a mangrove lagoon; visit a preserve home to herds of elephants; or bathe in a nearby river and enjoy a picnic lunch wrapped in a banana leaf. When you return, fishermen have brought just-caught lobsters to the doorstep. Be silent, drink the milk from an orange coconut, and listen to the peacocks' melancholy cry. And then, at sunset, the landscape dissolves into pure form, and you dissolve with it.
- First floor pavilion, terrace and pool with 270 degree sea views
- Sea views, views of waves crashing on the beach from 3 bedrooms and bathrooms
- Dedicated Ayurveda Spa room with walls made from cinnamon sticks
- Located on a hilltop, with a large tropical garden and complete privacy but also immediate access to the beach
- Unique, contemporary and modern design (house and furniture); original and no attempts to recreate a colonial image or feel.
Recently been featured in Conde Nast as one of the 25 best beach villas in the world (February 2010, UK edition) and also featured in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine Hot List (January 2010)
Our chef cooks both Sri Lankan and European food. Fresh fish can be bought straight from the fishing boats on the beach. We serve fresh organic ingredients from nearby waters, local markets and our own vegetable garden. Fishermen amble by the villa with lobsters and fish caught that day just offshore and if required, Jumbo, our delivery man can source a wide variety of other equally fresh seafood. All ingredients are a direct charge to the Guest. No extra payments for Preparation or Overheads.
Kadju House is about 190 km from Colombo. During the day, the drive from Colombo takes approximately 5 hours via the southern coastal road. But the route, along alluring beaches and through bustling villages, is very picturesque. The journey time can be reduced by at least an hour in the early mornings or late evenings. There are interesting spots and diversions along the way. We particularly recommend a stop in Galle. After the 190km marker post, proceed for another 800m, passing first a temple on the left then going over a little bridge and when the road veers right, one would see another temple. Take a right turn onto a dirt road on the sea side directly opposite the temple gate. Proceed up the dirt road and The Kadju House is on the left at the end of the road.
4 Bedrooms en suite bathrooms. 1 Double with A/C, 2 further Doubles. 1 with twin beds. Extra bed and baby cot can be provided on request.
Lie in bed and watch waves crash on the beach below or soak in the tub and gaze at the stars above. From the Sea Suite's balcony, enjoy views of the large tropical garden and the Indian Ocean.
The courtyard suite (A/C) opens into its own secluded garden --- with a cashew tree, ginger flowers and a pond planted with night-blooming Manel lilies. The room has sea views and its own deck. The shower is outdoor, open to the sky and shaded by a frangipani tree.
The Pool Suite offers complete privacy from the rest of the house. It has high ceilings, sea views and opens onto a private deck and tropical garden. From the shower there are tantalising glimpses of a thin blue sliver of sea.
The Garden Suite opens onto a lush garden filled with fruit trees. It has twin beds and is perfect for children with its own television and DVD player. The bath tub stands next to lily pond full of fragrant red flowers.
Extra bed and baby cot can be provided on request.