TRAVEL & CUISINE l by HI Online l 5 Feb 2019     - 113

Villa Sielen Diva Offering a Serendipitous Welcome

Golden sandy beaches with elegantly arching coconut trees stand between Villa Sieln Diva and the azure waters of the Indian ocean. On the same stretch of beach in Mihiripenna, the southern coast’s iconic stilt fisherman are perched atop their stilts under the rays of the equatorial sun creating a perfect picture postcard scene. This is the scene that greets guests to Villa Sielen Diva, the latest luxury boutique hotel to open its doors in Talpe. Built to a brief which pays homage to the genre of Tropical Cubist architecture, this vision is entirely its owner’s. Easy to get to, from Colombo, Villa Sielen Diva bears all the hallmarks of a labour of love by its owner VU Kumar and his family who each played a pivotal part in its design from the soft furnishings to the quirky décor dotted around the villa. Somewhat reminiscent of the commentary box at Lords Cricket Grounds, the rectangular shaped Villa Sielen Diva has seven bedrooms of which two are suites.

Each named after various Sri Lankan animals, the rooms are very spacious. Paying no compromise to space, the bathrooms are large and equipped with bathtubs, rain showers and luxury amenities. Beautifully furnished, the bedrooms have a subtle tropical vibe running through it. In each room the beds are positioned to get full vantage of the splendid ocean views. The bedrooms on the upper floor of the villa have unfettered views of the sea. Getting up in the morning to the sight of foamy waves lapping against the sandy beach reminds visitors to Villa Sielen Diva that they are indeed in a part of God’s own country. Built on three elevations, Villa Sielen Diva is not short of nooks and crannies for people to escape to for some rest and relaxation. The two suites, Eli Kunji and Aliya are positioned at the garden and beach level ensuring maximum privacy. With a king sized bed and separate seating area, the suites have direct access to the garden and the beach.

Monara, Mora, Mayil, Musikaya and Yanai are spacious bedrooms which are located on the first floor. The ground floor boasts a large open air living room with a 14 seater dining table in addition to multiple lounging areas. There are also several spots for those who like an alfresco dining experience. Also situated on the ground floor is the Baba’s Room, a well equipped games room with a pool and futsal table in addition to a variety of board games. The spacious gardens of the villa also lends itself to various games. Bordering the villa is a large infinity swimming pool which enjoys a 180 degree view of the Indian ocean. Steadfast in their belief that one of the hallmarks of a good holiday is delicious food, the chefs at Villa Sielen Diva take exceptional pride in presenting their unique creations which range from Sri Lankan to Western cuisine. They pride themselves in using fresh ingredients sourced locally wherever possible and use the freshest of fish, often buying it straight off the boats that come in close to the villa. The local cuisine on offer is exemplary and personal menu preferences can be catered for. With welcoming and friendly staff coupled with luxurious facilities, Villa Sielen Diva ensures its visitors a serendipitous sojourn.

Reservations +94 117 221 485 / +94912281000


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