Sri Lanka

Overview

Few places in the world offer such diversity – from dynamic towns full of fascinating temples and forts, to wildlife-rich jungles and golden beaches. Sri Lanka is perfect for a spot of romance, adventure or family bonding.

Luxury travel has blossomed in Sri Lanka in recent years, and we’ve spent a lot of time on the island digging out the best accommodation available – from boutique hotels and beachside resorts, to knockout private villas. The hospitality here is genuinely lovely – it’s simply impossible not to fall in love with the Sri Lankan people.

Let’s begin our Sri Lankan adventure in the capital city of Colombo, located on the southwest coast of the island. Colombo still has a great deal of old-world colonial charm, and we recommend spending a day exploring the city’s temples, old churches and markets. Paradise Road is an excellent little place to shop for locally made handicrafts such as incense burners, candle holders, and beautiful crockery. We also recommend sitting on the outdoor terrace at the aging, (but still charming!), Galle Face Hotel. Sip a cold gin and tonic and watch the sun set over the Laccadive Sea.

Heading east we hit our all-time favourite, Hill Country.  In our opinion, Hill Country is the most magical part of the entire country, and the train journey from Colombo up into the winding hills is one of the best in the world. Sitting in the observation deck of the old, colonial British train as it slowly snakes its way up into the hills is a truly wonderful experience. Tea plantations are scattered through the area and you can wave to women picking tea leaves as you pass by.

If you want to take a little side trip and get your fix of nature and wildlife, National Parks in Sri Lanka abound, and safaris are a great adventure for the whole family. Yala, Wilpattu, and Uda Walawe National Parks are full of wildlife and Lightfoot Travel can organise tented safaris throughout the region – with modern comforts of course!

Next we head south to the dozens of beautiful beaches that line Sri Lanka’s southern coast. Gorgeous luxury villas and hotels dot the coastline and the food is as fresh as it comes, caught straight from the ocean every day. Surfing is a popular activity along the beaches of Unawatuna, and whale watching is a fun day trip from sleepy Mirissa.

And last but not least is our favourite place to kick back and unwind – Galle Fort, located in the far south. It is now UNESCO Protected , and is one of the country’s most well-loved sites. Gem shopping is a ‘must’ in this little enclave, as is perching atop the fort walls and watching the beautiful sunsets.

The Lightfoot Team travels to Sri Lanka at least once a year and can recommend only the best properties, restaurants and other little hidden finds. Let us help you experience Sri Lanka’s unique charms with a tailor-made itinerary that suits you to a T.

Sri Lanka Regions

Galle Fort

Galle Fort, located a short 1.5-hour drive from the capital Colombo, is a favourite of ours for its colourful history, beautiful jewelery shops, and gorgeous sunsets over the Fort walls.

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Southern Beaches

Sri Lanka's south coast is as long as it is stunning. Drive along the narrow, single road that hugs the coast and pass by beach after beautiful beach.

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Hill Country

In our opinion, Hill Country is the most magical part of the entire country, and the train journey from Colombo up into the winding hills is one of the best in the world.

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Eastern Sri Lanka

For paradise beaches, Sri Lanka’s East Coast is the equal of the famous West Coast. Like the west, there are long pristine swaths of white sands, fringed by ranks of coconuts palms totteri…

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Cultural Triangle

Picture the Cultural Triangle: an upside down scalene triangle with its lower point aiming south at the medieval city of Kandy. Northeast lies ancient Polonnaruwa forming the triangle’s ri…

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Colombo

Colombo is Sri Lanka's capital city and still has a great deal of old world, colonial charm. Spend a day exploring the city's temples, old churches and markets before moving on to the Southe…

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Sri Lanka Itineraries

Sri Lanka’s Untouched North

Sri Lanka

This five-day itinerary takes you off the beaten track and into the unchartered territories of Jaffna, located in the North of Sri Lanka. This region, regularly invaded by South Indian ru…

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Sri Lanka Properties

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20 Middle Street

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Right in the centre of Galle, 20 Middle Street is an exquisite and luxurious private oasis amidst the town's gentle buzz. Adamant that the charm of the original Dutch house should prevail…

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41 Lighthouse Street

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Designed by a leading Sri Lankan architect and interior designer, this stunning villa is just a stone's throw from the Fort's cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cricket lovers will be delig…

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Amangalla

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Nestled within the ramparts of the 17th-century Galle Fort, Amangalla is an extraordinary sanctuary from which to explore the fascinating culture and tumultuous history of this intriguing Sr…

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Amanwella

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

As you approach the gravel road leading up to Amanwella’s pebbled courtyard, you sense that you have arrived at the definitive Sri Lankan seaside destination. Situated in a mature coco…

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Ambalama

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Meaning "resting place" in Sinhalese, Ambalama is one of the closest luxury beach villas to historic Galle Fort, a short 10 minute drive away. Designed by a renowned Australian architect,…

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Ambassador’s House

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Situated within the walls of Galle’s historic 17th century fort, the Ambassador’s House is a magnificently proportioned five-bedroom property ideal for families and groups of friends. …

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Ani Villas Sri Lanka

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

This 15-bedroom luxury beachfront estate sits atop a bluff within in five acres of enchanting tropical gardens on Sri Lanka’s central south coast. Ani Villas Sri Lanka comprises two expans…

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Auraliya

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Located in Thalpe, just south of Galle, Auraliya is an exceptional 6-bedroom villa tailored towards luxury family getaways. Set on the idyllic Palatugaha Beach which offers a stunning, unspo…

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Cape Weligama

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

This newly opened luxury boutique hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the dazzling Indian Ocean, 30 minutes east of the historic town of Galle, in southern Sri Lanka. Cape Weligama lies …

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Chena Huts

Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Safaris

Don’t be fooled by the name, Chena Huts, located in the deep south of Sri Lanka, is far more luxurious abode than standard hut. The resort takes its name from the small jungle clearings wh…

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Coco Tangalla

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

This six-bedroom, luxury villa hotel is situated close to Tangalle, a fishing village on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Recently refurbished, Coco Tangalla enjoys a superb beachside setting a…

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Elephant Stables

Sri Lanka

Built in an ancient colonial bungalow, The Elephant Stables is a breathtaking property overlooking the lush greenery of Sri Lanka. The former home of Sir Cudah Ratwatte, the patriarch of the…

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Elysium

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

This magnificent beach house is situated eight kilometres south of the historic Galle Fort in Sri Lanka. Set within enchanting gardens and featuring an impressive collection of Sri Lankan co…

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Frangipani Tree

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

The Frangipani Tree is a stylish and intimate boutique hotel set at the edge of the elegant and fashionable beach of Thalpe near Galle. It is a small and intimate bay of golden sands fringed…

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Galle Face Hotel

Colombo, Sri Lanka

This luxury boutique hotel lies on the seafront overlooking the Indian Ocean in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Galle Face Hotel is steeped in history, combining colonial splend…

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Galle Fort Hotel

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

One of the finest boutique hotels in Sri Lanka, with superb Asian-fusion cuisine and service as polished as it comes.  The perfect base for beaches, temples, tea plantations and turtles. …

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Habaraduwa House

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Situated on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, this luxurious and stylish 4-bedroom beach-front villa is the perfect getaway. This stunning beach-side villa has undergone extensive renovat…

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Indisch

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

An elegant colonial five-bedroom villa, Indisch is situated on the Galle to Matara coast road, just after Ahangama village which is famous for its stilt fishermen. Art aficionados will lo…

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Ivory House

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Set elevated over stunning rice paddy fields near Galle, Ivory House is a wonderful blend of Dutch colonialism and modern living. Designed to take maximum advantage of these spectacular v…

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Jetwing Vil Uyana

Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Situated in a spectacular, man-made nature reserve amid reed beds and paddy fields, in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle in the Hill Country, a few minutes from the rock fortress …

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Jungle Beach Resort

Eastern Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

The northeast coast of Sri Lanka is home to Jungle Beach, a luxury boutique retreat set on a gorgeous ten-acre spot set between the ocean and a lagoon. Here you can experience the raw beauty…

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Kadju House

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Set in a cashew grove on a hilltop, with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, this enchanting five-bedroom villa is considered one of the best in Sri Lanka. Kadju House is a two-minute st…

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Kahanda Kanda

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Kahanda Kanda is an intimate 9 room boutique hotel conveniently located near the southern coast of Sri Lanka, a tuk tuk ride away from Galle. KK, as the hotel is affectionally known, offers …

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Kalundewa Retreat

Sri Lanka

This award-winning luxury boutique hotel lies in 100 acres of farmland in Dambulla in Sri Lanka’s famed Cultural Triangle. Kalundewa Retreat is a small collection of ultra-modern chalets b…

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Kikili Beach Villa

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Just South of Unawatuna Bay close to the historic city of Galle, lies Kikili Beach, a charming stone cottage on a quiet stretch of beach. This Bohemian-chic hideaway in Sri Lanka is quirky a…

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Kulu Safaris

Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Safaris

Kulu Safaris is the first operator of mobile tented camping safaris in Sri Lanka. These tailor-made safaris combine professional guides, luxury camping facilities all deep within the Nationa…

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Kumara

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

A luxurious villa perched on a hillside in the lush tropical jungle of southern Sri Lanka in a peacefully exclusive location. Kumara is set in over 2 acres of landscape gardens and is an oa…

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Last House

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Aptly named, The Last House is the architectural swan song of Sri Lanka's most influential architect Geoffrey Bawa. A man known for blending Sri Lanka's rich cultural past with clean, modern…

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Lavender House

Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Built circa 1890, The Lavender House is a former tea planter's residence nestled amongst the historic tea fields of Pussellawa in Sri Lanka's Hill Country - perfectly situated for exploring …

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Leopard Safaris

Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Safaris

Specialising in ecotourism camping adventures, which take you into the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness, Leopard Safaris give travellers the chance to get up close to Sri Lankan wildlife. …

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Mandalay

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Yet another masterpiece from Sri Lanka's architecture guru, the late Geoffrey Bawa, Mandalay sits amongst tropical gardens on the edge of Koggala Lake. With Galle Fort just 15 minutes awa…

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Pointe Sud

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Pointe Sud in a word? VIEWS. There are few other properties in Sri Lanka blessed with such sensational oceanfront panoramas, such privacy and such exclusivity. The five bedroom villa is p…

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Reef Villa and Spa

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Located in the small, unspoiled seaside hamlet of Wadduwa along the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, Reef Villa and Spa is the ultimate tropical beach villa. It features seven luxurious sui…

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Residence by Uga Escapes

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Housed in a grand British colonial villa beside a lakeside Buddhist shrine, this newly-opened luxury boutique hotel combines old world splendour with contemporary chic. Residence by Uga Esca…

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Samudra House

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Samudra House is a fully staffed luxury villa set in lush tropical gardens in Habaraduwa, not far from Galle Fort. Designed by one of Sri Lanka’s premier architects, this stunning new beac…

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Satin Doll

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Set on an acre of land a few kilometres from the historic Galle Fort, this magnificent beachfront villa is the latest newcomer to make its mark on the luxury scene in Sri Lanka. Recently ren…

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Sisindu C

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

An idyllic, stunning and private villa, this is one of Sri Lanka's most luxurious destinations. Set on a magnificent sandy stretch of beach in Habaraduwa on the island’s palm-pocked sou…

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Skye House

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Skye House is a modern beachfront villa on Sri Lanka’s coast, close to the historic town of Galle Fort. Its interior décor borrows from some Mediterranean influence – clean white furnit…

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Sri Sharavi Beach Villas & Spa

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

This luxury boutique villa property lies on a spectacular 130-metre stretch of golden beach on the south coast Sri Lanka not far from the historic city of Galle, two and a half hours from…

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Sri Villa

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Sri Villas feature elegant beachfront living that offers undisturbed panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. As one of the very few privately owned properties on the southwest coast of Sri L…

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Stafford Bungalow

Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Stafford Bungalow is nestled on a 50-acre working tea plantation overlooking the mountains, near the hill station of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka’s hill country. Built by Scottish planters in…

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Stella Beach Villa

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Privacy is reinvented at this beach front villa. Get your own slice of peace and serenity at this spacious boutique property perfect for those looking for a fabulous family getaway. Stress n…

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Talaramba Reef

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

This supremely elegant property nestled within two and a half acres of lush tropical gardens not far from Galle on the southern shores of Sri Lanka. Talaramba Reef combines the best of conte…

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Taprobane Island

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

This extraordinary five-bedroom island retreat lies 200 yards off the coast of Weligama Bay, near Sri Lanka's southernmost tip. An impossibly romantic retreat, look north towards the mainlan…

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Taylors Hill

Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Deep in the mountains of Sri Lanka, Taylors Hill sits on the edge of a tranquil valley, surrounded by one of the country’s oldest tea plantations. With a nod to James Taylor, the Scotsman …

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Tea Trails

Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Smack bang in the middle of Sri Lanka's stunning Hill Country, these four plantation bungalows offer unparalleled comfort and exquisite service, nestled amongst the hills of Bogawantalawa. …

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The Beach Hut

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Located just 10 minutes from Galle Town, this private luxury villa is set near Unawatuna Bay overlooking the Indian Ocean and surrounded by beautiful green gardens. Comfortable and perfectly…

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The Dutch House

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

High on a hill, The Dutch House has magnificent views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort and has set the pace in redefining luxury accommodation for the individual traveller in …

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The Fort Bazaar

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

The Fort Bazaar is a fresh and contemporary 18-room hotel located in the heart of Galle Fort, a 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The boutique accommod…

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The Fortress

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Between the Indian Ocean and Koggala Lake lies a fortress of luxury and peace – one where you can expect yourself to be pampered like kings and queens. The Fortress at Sri Lanka is a parad…

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The Kandy House

Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

The Kandy House is a stylish, luxurious and highly sought-after colonial mansion 12 kilometres from Kandy's town centre. This carefully renovated 'Wallawwa', or colonial manor house, is s…

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The Sun House

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

A home-from-home luxury 7 bedroom boutique hotel in an enviable position in the hills above the town of Galle, with views over the harbour and fort. The Sun House epitomises the very best…

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The Wallawwa

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Nestled amongst acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this antique colonial manor house is now a simply wonderful boutique hotel. Located minutes away from the international airport, it ca…

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Thotalagala

Hill Country, Sri Lanka

High above the plains of southeast Sri Lanka, balanced on the edge of the Haputale Escarpment, sits a luxurious tea estate founded nearly 150 years ago. Thotalagala is a beacon of beauty and…

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Tri Lanka

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Launching towards the end of 2015, Tri Lanka will be Sri Lanka’s first contemporary, sustainable luxury design hotel. Tri Lanka is set in lush vegetation on a hillside on the shores of Kog…

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Twenty Three Palm

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Experience unparalleled beachfront luxury minutes from the historic city of Galle on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Twenty Three Palm is a charming Dutch Colonial Villa that lies on a delight…

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Uda Kanda

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

Uda Kanda is only a short tuk-tuk ride away from the historic World Heritage village of Galle where shops, restaurants, spas, and an international cricket ground await exploration. In the …

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Uga Bay Resort

Eastern Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

The centerpiece in a beautiful bay, Uga Bay, is a luxury resort situated close to the centre of Passekudah on the East Coast of Sri Lanka, and is an ideal spot from which to explore the city…

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Ulagalla Resort

Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Ulagalla Resort, located near Anuradhapura and 175 kilometres from Colombo Airport, is perfectly positioned to explore the many wonders of the Cultural Triangle. This Sri Lankan eco-boutique…

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Villa Five

Sri Lanka

Last minute offer: save USD200 per night on stays from 8th - 12th September. Call us for more details. Villa Five is an intimate and charming luxury beachfront villa located in southwest …

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Villa IF

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

A private five-bedroom villa perfect for families, set on one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. Villa If is a beautiful private Dutch villa in a wonderful, secluded location just outs…

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Why House

Southern Beaches, Sri Lanka

A short walk from the beautiful Wijaya beach, Why House is nestled within 3 acres of stunningly landscaped gardens of tropical plants, fruit and spice trees. Why House is a fabulous boutiqu…

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