Best of the Best 2016: Journeys | Villas: Àni Villas Sri Lanka
This 15-bedroom estate on Sri Lanka’s central south coast leaves nothing to be desired. From ayurvedic spa treatments and yoga sessions to cooking classes and tennis lessons, Àni Villas has curated a true resort experience within the exclusive setting of a private home. Your per-sonal chef is fluent in Thai, Indian, and Italian cuisines; your infinity-edge swimming pool overlooks an isolated white-sand beach. If not for your concierge—who can arrange a trip to the Ceylon tea fields or a tour of the 400-year-old Galle Fort—you might never leave.
- The estate comprises the eight-bedroom Villa Monara, the seven-bedroom Villa Divia, and a central pavilion with a spa, a yoga studio, a fitness center, and tennis courts. Each villa features a library, a kitchen, a dining room, a media room, and a beachfront pool with a waterslide.
- Full-time staff includes a general manager, a private chef, butlers, spa therapists, a children’s activity coordinator, and a personal trainer.
- The estate accommodates as many as 30 guests. Smaller groups from eight to 16 can reserve Villa Divia or Villa Monara exclusively.
- Day trips include leopard safaris in nearby Yala National Park and whale watching and surfing in the Bay of Bengal.
Àni Villas Sri Lanka, anivillas.com ($3,500–$13,000 per night, with a three-night minimum)