Elysium (Beach Villa)
Location: Talpe, Galle
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Elysium (Beach Villa) is a magnificent boutique villa hotel, located directly on the Indian Ocean and in close proximity to Galle Fort, sits discreetly amongst the very best and most luxurious in Asia. Designed by a renowned Australian architect, and having recently undergone extensive renovation and improvement, Elysium offers the perfect combination of elegant and rejuvenating ultra-luxury escapism by the Indian Ocean.

Majesty, comfort and charm can rarely be found in such perfect harmony as they are in the living, dining and entertainment areas of Elysium. Spread out over an acre, and directly bordering the Indian Ocean, Elysium boasts a series of exceptionally manicured and scented gardens, a wonderful lotus pond, a 20 metre infinity pool, elegant living areas, vast luxurious bedroom suites, a gym, a spa , home cinema room and much more to keep guests entertained, indoors and outdoors alike.

Elysium offers a wealth of living and dining space , both indoors and in the multiple exterior spaces in the gardens and by the pool and ocean. The elegant interiors are full of antiques and art from all over Asia and comprise part of the owners’ vast collection.
Lusciously landscaped and scented, the gardens of Elysium are what dress the property and accent its place at the summit amongst its oceanfront peers in Asia. Nestled within its myriad gardens there can be no greater feeling of escapism and tranquility. The centre-piece of the property is a unique 20 metre jade green flecked infinity pool with an additional shallow area for children. It flows from near the main building to the beautiful beachfront garden, bordered on each side by sumptuous suites and their private courtyard gardens. In addition, there is an elegant and comfortable pool pavilion & bar for cocktails and alfresco dining.
At Elysium guests have myriad dining options that range from having their meals in the formal dining room or more casually in the outside pavilions, on the beach deck, by the pool or indeed anywhere in the gardens.
Elysium is staffed with excellent chefs who combine to serve a range of Western and Asian dishes. Enjoy a perfect eggs Benedict for breakfast, wonderful Sri Lankan and Indian curries for lunch, fresh grilled tiger prawns and crab, Japanese Tuna sashimi, Italian pasta dishes or have our staff organize a beach barbeque.
All food at Elysium is sourced by the staff from regular and trusted suppliers and ingredients are bought fresh and to order. We do not allow food to be brought on to the premises by guests but our chefs are able to accommodate most palates and special dietary requirements. What we would request is that you discuss your requirements with our manager.

Elysium also boasts a beautiful beachfront featuring a wooden beach deck, patio, beach bar and covered beach pavilion directly overlooking the Indian Ocean. The experience of being beachside at Elysium is, in itself a veritable celebration of life.
The main building comprises a formal dining room and home cinema room on the ground floor and a vast formal living room upstairs, with an outdoor balcony, library and billiards table, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows which offer panoramic views of the Indian ocean and Sri Lanka's finest sunsets. An elegant poolside pavilion and bar provides an ideal place for meals, cocktails and quiet afternoon reading. The covered beach pavilion, along with the beach patio, bar and beach deck, which directly overlook the ocean provide the perfect venue for sunset cocktails, dining under the stars or simply basking in the rising and setting sun.

The accommodation comprises 4 very spacious and stylish suites, each housed in their own sizeable outbuilding with individual terraces and gardens. All the suites are air-conditioned and en-suite with twin vanities and each contains a proper hotel safe. Each suite has seating areas, five hundred thread-count Egyptian bed linen, Super King size beds, Kemara Life bathroom amenities , hairdryers and plentiful wardrobe space. Two of the suites open out into the gardens overlooking the ocean and the other two are situated around a beautiful private courtyard garden close to the pool.
In addition Elysium also has a spacious family suite with a large King size bed, 6 bunk beds as well as two en-suite bathrooms/showers and an external shower area. There is no more perfect room for either children or a large family. Family Suite can accomodate 2 adults and 3 children below 12 years.
Suites this comfortable are rarely found in city hotels, let alone in boutique beach villa hotels.

Staff – Elysium comes fully staffed with chefs, butlers, stewards, housekeepers and gardeners. They have all been personally selected by the owners who treat them as an extended family and who will combine to make any guest’s stay a memorable one. There are 8 members of staff who are at the property every day, three of whom stay on the premises every night. In addition, there are two security guards that roam the property from sunset to dawn.
The gym - Elysium has a well-equipped gym to counter any overindulgence on the cuisine. There is both cardio as well as resistance equipment.
Spa – Elysium has a private spa room which simply spells serenity and where a masseuse on call will wave a wand of effortless recovery, rejuvenation and relaxation…
Laundry – Our head of housekeeping, and his two expertly trained assistants, offer a very fast laundry service which will return your clothes to you in immaculate condition.
Movie room – Elysium has a fully equipped home cinema where you can immerse yourself in surround sound while watching DVDs or sports events on cable TV.
Wifi – Wi-Fi networks cover the whole property so staying in touch with the world, should you desire it, will pose absolutely no problem...

NOTE: full payment required 7 days before arrival!
There is no extra beds. Baby cots are available on request.
Peak season period requires a minimum stay of 3 nights (20/12-8/01; 4/02-14/02; 22/03-31/03)

Cancellation less than 14 days before arrival will result in a 100% cancellation fee.

Child can be accepted below 3years

Check-in at 13:00
Check-out at 11:00
Late check-out and early check-in can be arranged on availability, please ask our manager.


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5.0/5   Based on 18 reviews

An amazing place to stay
abw101_ [TA], , Sydney, Australia

Where to start? Elysium was overall amazing! This villa includes a billiards table, a swimming pool, a gym, security guards and a TV room. The staff were absolutely incredible and were super helpful, they would organize transport, dinner and outings for us. The villa had spectacular views and grounds and was just fantastic! You must stay at Elysium!

Enchanting, beautiful haven with fantastic service
Toby S [TA], ,

Elysium is one of the most beautiful villas on the Galle coastline and combined with the most helpful, attentive and discreet staff it makes for a perfect stay. The rooms are large and well decorated, the pool is vast and the food is some of the best I have had in Sri Lanka (which is saying something). The facilities are fantastic but it is the staff which made it unforgettable - we thoroughly recommend and will be back!

Lovely, serene, and great staff
Meghan T [TA], ,

Wonderful property with a fantastic staff, delicious food, and a quiet location. Would highly recommend this place for couples...my (platonic) friend and I stayed here and very much enjoyed our time, though the atmosphere is best suited for couples looking for a quiet getaway. Or if you're a big family or group of friends, rent out the whole property!

The staff was very helpful and accommodating. They can help you with taxi / tuk-tuk service to town (it's a bit secluded along the beach, so not as easy to get to other places...though it's a very short tuk-tuk ride).

I would love to come back!

Be prepared to shed a tear when you leave Elysium
Spyros S [TA], , Athens, Greece

We spent three nights in Elysium as part of Chapter 3 of our honeymoon. It was probably the most amazing part of the best Chapter. An impeccable villa with massive rooms built around a large pool made it easy to both enjoy privacy and interact with other guests. The food was fantastic and the staff were exceptional by European standards (and in Sri Lanka you often suffer poor service even in exclusive 5star hotels). The villa has unique style, with subtleties that include prints of Great Court, Trinity College, Cambridge, where the owner studied.

Please can I come back and stay
Emma H [TA], , Hong Kong, China

I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this place is!!!
From the time you walk in the door you are greeted by the most warm and lovely staff who are always happy to help.
The food is INCREDIBLE!! In fact the food at the villa was better than the food at any of the restaurants in Galle Fort!! You can request practically any dish you wish from Chaminda (the Chef) and you will not be disappointed - in fact one of our group still swears that the best shepherds pie he has ever eaten was made by dear Chaminda.
The beauty of the property will take your breath away!!
The layout of the individual villas is spacious and makes your little home away from home feel personal.
Enjoying sundowner drinks at the beach end of the garden every evening is a lovely way to cool down at the end of a long day.

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about our wonderful time at Elysium. I can highly recommend to all - and often do!!

We were a group of 6 friends traveling together, this was the PERFECT place for us to stay!! A huge thanks to Vivan and his amazing team for making us all feel so welcome!!

Room Tip: All of them are good!!!
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A beautiful and quite boutique hotel
Lea B [TA], , Zurich, Switzerland

We enjoyed 4 days in this wonderful place with perfect service. The Elysium is the first choice for people like us, who like small, personalized, peaceful and quite accommodations. The team made the stay perfect.

Room Tip: choose the garden room with sea view
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The people make the place
Will S [TA], , London, United Kingdom

As the title suggests the staff at Elysium are amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. They organised a staff v guests cricket match on the lawn at our request (with freshly carved stumps and all!) and accommodated every one of our food wishes (from traditional (delicious) egg hoppers/roti in the mornings to delectable brownies and banana bread for afternoon tea)! We loved the pool, decking overlooking the sea for breakfasts and sunsets, the huge/comfortable bed, lovely local shampoos/conditioner etc.

The setting is great - it was perfect for us as it was close enough to the fort to be accessible (£3 tuk tuk ride with the hotel tuk tuk man) and far away enough from the fort to get some peace and quiet (and a lovely sea breeze - much needed after a hot outing in the fort). Good beach restaurants are walking distance (along the beach) however the food in the hotel was some of the best we had in Galle.

Sajinda recommended a few things during our trip which we really enjoyed - namely the morning bike tour with Idle Bikes (to tea plantation), the fort walking tour with Sanjei, lunches at Wijanda beach cafe...

If we were to have some small requests for the next time we came back it would be (a) to use a bit more fabric conditioner in the towels (but that is easily fixable), (b) complementary snacks (eg nuts, crisps , olives) with evening drinks, (c) a larger hair dryer in the room (wife's request), (d) local loose leaf teas on offer at breakfast - but these are all very minor and just nice-to-haves.

Thank you again for our wonderful week - we would and will recommend this place to anyone and everyone!

Will and Alex

Absolutely perfect
auechtrit... [TA], , Sydney

We stayed at this villa for 9 nights over Christmas and New Year's 2015/16. It was absolutely perfect. The location is fantastic - close enough to Galle but far enough from all the busy tourist hot spots. The property is extremely spacious and the layout (with the house closest to the road and villas at the front) means you don't hear any of the street noise (big bonus along the coast!). The layout also allows you to be on the beach but secluded enough that it feels like you're the only group in the country. The staff are super friendly and although they are always nearby, they don't impose at all. We tried many of the top rated food places around the area (including Galle fort) but the food here topped them all. Ask Chaminda (the chef) to cook up his rice and curries and you won't be sorry!! So sad to leave but so happy we got to experience Elysium. Perfect.

Romantic villas
Ludmila K [TA], , Moscow, Russia

Hidden place in Unawatuna, far away from crowds of tourists and helpers.
Spacious comfortable villas, everything is new and clean.
Beautiful design, well-kept grounds!
Great cook!
Personal attitude from the team to the quests!
And the place for breakfasts directly above the beach is a dream!
The owner of the property is a very responsive and optimistic person, with whom we had a pleasure to communicate.

Spent memorable days in this peerless and romantic villa
resode [TA], , Frankfurt, Germany

We travelled across Sri Lanka for a week to finally rest and relax for another week at Elysium. From the moment since you enter this unique site through the wooden door you feel that that you are entering a wonderful place. The staff makes you feel special from the first moment that you arrive. After you walked through the lovely garden in the front of the area you pass a pond with water lilies and enter the main house. I was impressed by the design and the art collection you can find in the main building. The style is fantastic and every little detail seems to be very well planed and makes you feel comfortable right away. The staff accompanied us to our private villa which is just right of a long pool facing another beautiful garden with coconut palms and blossoming trees. The villa itself is amazing and we had more space than we really needed. You will find paintings on the walls that match the style of the ones in the main building. The bed is super cozy and the bath area is huge. The garden in front of our villa offers you sunbeds to relax and have a nap while the staff serves you tasty lassies or cocktails. In addition to the gardens you have two open beach house that offers you some shade during the day. Let me say some words about the staff and the team in the kitchen. The staff is perfectly trained and exactly knows what the guest needs. They literally read every wish from our lips with a smile on their face. The food is outstanding!!! The chief cook is doing an exceptional job with his team. You can either choose your meals and tell him what you want or and even better let him inspire you with his heavenly creations from the local food. The kitchen team invited me for a cooking session because I felt in love with the rice and curry. And there was no way that I leave this place without having the recipe. When I spent the time in the kitchen I realized why the food is so great. And its a simple answer: they just love to cook. There is a gym in of the villas you can use to exercise but I would recommend you to go to the beach which is just in front of the garden and have a run or a walk there. Especially at low tide you can have romantic and extended beach walks.

I can only recommend this place to stay as the combination of an exclusive private villa, attentive staff, and delightful food offers you a splendid stay.

We will definitely come back and can't wait having our breakfast on the wooden deck just in front of the ocean.

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