Designed for luxuriously elegant and romantic breaks, the Elysium Collection comprise three uniquely individual properties; Elysium and Satyn Doll which are five minutes apart on the southern end of the Talpe beach front stretch and the elegant No. 48, a regal 4 bedroomed Dutch period villa located on Peddlers Street in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. While Elysium takes on a dual personality; part mini resort and part private villa, its neighbour Satyn Doll is softer and chic-casual in character while Number 48 features all the familiar traits of a Dutch period house, renovated to be modern enough for comfort while showing off its heritage features through a grand stairway stylish pillars and courtyards.
This month, LT Escape experienced Elysium as an individual property, and it’s perfect for families or a group of friends travelling together, however it also rents by individual room as well as a whole villa. The five-bedroomed, tropical beach house, partly designed by Bruce-Fell Smith, is spread over an acre of land fronting turquoise seas and a mere 15 minutes from the Galle Fort.
Elysium features all the modern comforts you’d need in a private villa, and in addition has the modern comforts of a star class hotel like an air conditioned gym and a private room for spa treatments, which can be booked on request. The villa also has a home cinema room on the second story of the main house for rainy nights, along with a pool table and a small study on the first floor.
Of the five bedrooms, the largest is located to the far right of the property, with easy access to the pool and gardens through an attached terrace via the attached shower. Accommodation is incredibly spacious and designed to comfort and relax. The other four spacious rooms are divided into two double rooms each with its own attached shower and private terrace, a twin room and a family room which can sleep two adults and up to four kids. The family room, or children’s room, is designed to allow enough space for a family of six, or up to eight kids. The room features two special customized bunk beds and a queen sized double bed, along with two attached washrooms and showers. The property is incredibly family friendly and welcomes children of all ages, baby basins and high chairs or cots can be arranged on request.
What LT Loves
Each suite is interspersed with a semiprivate garden space, which allow just the right amount of privacy, if you’re booking just an individual room. These gardens connect to the swimming pool via your shower and bathroom, so no wet, sandy footprints in your room! The al-fresco dinning by the edge of the sea for two is magical on a clear full moon night, which is just the kind of night we were lucky enough to have experienced. Staff are really friendly but not intrusive in traditional villa fashion, but are always around when you need them – they know the area well and are helpful in booking experiences or arranging tuk rides into the town or neighbouring areas.
Food and Drink
A hearty breakfast of western eggs and bacon or a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast is included in your nightly rate at Elysium, along with the standard offerings of tea, coffee, fresh juices and toast. Breakfast could be arranged in your private terrace, but there’s no better location for it than the seaside pavilion on a bright morning. Elysium has an extensive Sri Lankan, western and fusion inspired menu, and your preferences are best discussed ahead of meal time. We can highly recommend the seared or grilled tuna steak, which is accompanied with a fresh garden salad and a silky smooth mashed potatoes. Also excellent is the chef’s creamy garlic prawns from the morning’s catch, which go perfectly with a side of steamed rice and a simple pasta. Seafood in these parts are guaranteed to be some of the freshest you can find in the country, especially at this time of year so always ask what the day’s catch is. Poolside and al-fresco dining are best, but if you’re feeling a little lazy or anti-social in-room service could be arranged too.
Elysium is a 10 minute drive south from the southern expressway exit of Galle and all of 15 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. It’s also just a few minutes away from Wijeya Beach, which is a fantastic spot for sunset swims, thin crust pizzas and sundown cocktails.
Things To Do
The sea just in front of Elysium is not swimmer friendly, but tides tend to settle down in the morning and evening if you want to jump down and dip your feet in the warm waters. Swimmable beaches are located just minutes away by tuk-tuk and are great for shallow water snorkeling, alternatively the surrounding area has beautiful beaches for easy surfing. The Galle Fort is 15 minutes away, and is Sri Lanka’s most charming and best preserved Fort, and one of the few living Forts in the region. Wander about independently and check out traditional mask galleries, Dutch and British period architecture, the ramparts which look out to sea and the iconic lighthouse. Alternatively, you could join a walking tour, speak to the staff for arrangements.