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This is an idyllic beachside retreat for a honeymooning couple or family of 3-4, only 10 mins from Galle, near Unawatuna Bay. It's a modern house on 2 floors, with the master bedroom (ensuite) and the small children's bedroom (no ensuite) upstairs, and an open-plan living-dining area downstairs along with kitchen and second bathroom. Outside are lush gardens of swaying palms and sandy grass, with a trickling fountain bridged by railway sleepers at the roadward end, and at the other a romantic gate which opens onto a strip of sandy beach. All of this is yours and yours alone - if you discount the helpful and very discreet steward-cum-cook who lives alongside, as well as the housekeeper who comes in every morning and the night watchman who fends off the over-friendly monkeys.
The Beach Hut is near Unawatuna, 10km from Galle, on the south west coast of Sri Lanka. It's about 2 hours from Colombo by road; more by train.
The inside-outside living space has polished stone floors, arty bits of driftwood, vivid Sri Lankan artwork and handmade sofas; upstairs in master bedroom is a romantically netted four-poster bed and comfy sofas for relaxing in front of the TV/DVD. The spacious veranda sports bright-red-cushioned wicker easy chairs, while at the bottom of the garden is a funky L-shaped stone bench for a change of reading scene. With restaurants and bars lying just a short walk along the beach and the Unesco-recognised delights of Galle Fort ony a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride away, this really does have all you need for a blissful week's break in Sri Lanka.