For a holiday villa, not just in Sri Lanka but anywhere in the world, Pointe Sud Mirissa is exceptional; views to die for, gorgeous gardens, complete privacy, an abundance of space, a full staff team and a tropical beach. The villa itself is an architectural folly; although essentially a Palladian design and approximately 30 years old, it was built around the 100-year old teak floorboards, the antique window frames, aged painted temple doors, beautiful carved doorways and terracotta tiles that the original French owner found and incorporated into the design, and these unique features make it feel much older than it actually is. The result is a majestic and memorable villa that’s not Dutch, not British, not French and definitely not a traditional Sri Lankan walauwa (manor house) either, but looks and feels like a graceful amalgamation of everything in one. The villa’s colonial features, homely interiors and exquisite antiques exude character and its captivating charm is enhanced by a heart-warming love story as it was built by a devoted husband for his wife. On asking her to pick anywhere in the world to live, she chose this amazing clifftop spot near Mirissa for its exceptional Indian Ocean views and access onto a deserted beach where they used to spend much of their time. The house, now with a fabulous infinity cantilevered lap pool, five bedrooms, modern bathrooms, manicured terraced lawns, elegantly furnished living and dining spots and an extensive library, gazes uninterrupted towards Antarctica from its location on Sri Lanka’s southernmost tip or pointe sud. Huge ships drift mistily along the horizon and the stars at night are so unaffected that they shine as fiercely as new. This is a house for artists, for writers and for dreamers as the garden hides strategically placed lookouts, and sunset-view pavilions where the unique vistas framed by the comb-like leaves of the palms are beautiful, inspiring and exceptionally serene; all you hear in this five-acre garden that’s part jungle, part tame, are the crashing of the waves and the gentle swish of leaves, punctuated now and then by melodious birdcall. Scenic dining locations are aplenty and as satisfying as the delicious Sri Lankan curries and seafood dishes freshly prepared by the cook (provisions on guest account). A house for families, for friends and for lovers, Pointe Sud is a timeless escape where rest and relaxation are guaranteed.
Pointe Sud is perched dramatically on a clifftop with a spectacular 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean whose horizon is frequently dotted with passing ships that sail slowly by. Although this villa feels like an isolated hideaway – a private island even – it is located in the tiny village of Madiha West just six kilometres from Mirissa and sited next door to a 260-year-old Buddhist temple whose bright white dagoba can be sighted over the wall.
A flower-flanked brick walkway leads to the entrance of the house that opens into a magnificent fan-cooled drawing room with striking cathedral ceiling topped by a tiered pagoda-style roof. The crimson blush of the walls and brilliant white of the timber arches perfectly offset the 100-year old teak floorboards set beneath ivory cushioned sofas, floor lamps, antique bookcases and a formal dining table for ten. Above the entrance, and reached via a hidden staircase, a polished timber mezzanine – filled with boxes of toys and shelves of board games – overlooks the drawing room. There’s also a sofa up here, plus a satellite TV with DVD player. To the front of the drawing room through twin arched doors is a large veranda with white steps leading theatrically down into the garden. Relaxing chairs and a dining table for ten overlook the spectacular 180-degree sea, pool and garden views. Opening onto the drawing room are four comfortable bedrooms, each of which is air conditioned, fitted with four-poster beds and has a modern ensuite bathroom with shower. To the front of the villa are two double bedrooms, both of which have sea views through kithul-wood barred windows; the eastern bedroom is the larger of the two and features a private garden with dreamy bathtub pavilion. To the rear of the house is a twin bedroom, ideally furnished for the kids, and another small double room whose bathroom additionally has a tub. Below the house is an elongated fifth bedroom with two doorways at either end that lead directly onto the garden on either side of the majestic white front staircase. To one end of this tunnel-like room is a double bed whilst at the other is a relaxed seating area. In between is a fabulous galleried library with numerous books and DVDs. At the rear of the villa is a fully-equipped kitchen. With polished granite worktops and twin centre islands, it features all the essentials for cooking including a handy wine cooler plus lots of storage space. In the garden are two pavilions; one faces west on the top terrace (ideal for yoga, massages and sunset cocktails) whilst the other is reached via 70 steps down on the lower lawn right beside the beach. This lower pavilion is ideal for escaping the sun and enjoying daytime BBQs.
You have the option of dining outside, on the main terrace or in the drawing room. Guests can choose from a menu or make special requests and the chef will purchase food accordingly.