Review: Cove Houses On A Picture Perfect Cove In Sri Lanka

Reviews : Accommodation

Cove Houses

Location: Sri Lanka

The Cove House and Little Cove House beach retreat offer stunning luxury vacation rentals on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Each house is perched above a spectacular white sandy cove where you can spend your days gazing across the coconut palms, surfing and snorkelling in the glistening azure waters, or simply relaxing in the infinity pool.


Located on Hiriketiya Bay, the property benefits from direct beach access and the gardens and pool offer views across the ocean.

Chauffeur driven car or vans can be arranged to collect you and drive you the three hours from the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo to your villa in paradise. Alternatively, there is a convenient sea plane service which lands 5 miles from the Cove Houses.

Style & Character

The elegant and open interiors bring nature and the outside in. The New York owner has hand-picked every fixture to create a vacation experience that is both lavish and comfortable. Inspired by the suites of the JK Place Capri Hotel (a favourite at Luxury Travel Diary), the Cove Houses combine tropical beach side living with hotel quality amenities.

Cove House, in particular, offers amazing ocean views. Little Cove House benefits from the same amenities but with garden views. This year, a brand new third villa will launch named Cove Sanctuary. With 5 bedrooms and offering the same level of luxury, this gives guests yet another opportunity to stay on this beautiful coastline.

Service & Facilities

The pool at Cove houses is beautiful. Surrounded by lawns and overlooking the bay, this is the perfect place to cool down in the water or under a palm as the warm breeze blows in.

There is a staircase that takes you directly down to the waters in the bay so you are literally steps from the ocean. You, therefore, have direct access to one of Sri Lanka’s best surfing areas. It’s a favourite location for many of the local surf schools, who can provide lessons and equipment on request.

Inside, the lounge area is ultra stylish and offers TV, DVD, CD, speakers and an extensive library of music and movies. There is a separate library furnished with a wooden desk, antique bookcase and a vast selection of classic reading material and endless coffee table books.


The house has three fully air conditioned bedrooms, two with fantastic outdoor bathrooms that are decorated with natural stone walls along with one with an indoor bathroom.

Food & Drink

Bookings made at Cove Houses includes full use of the chef and staff. The chef will prepare 3 meals a day at your request, with cuisine varying from western influence to South Asian as well. (Ingredients for meals and food supplies must be made prior to your stay and come at an additional cost).

It is worth noting that the villas, while completely separate, can be rented together to give your guests access to the entire compound.

Cove Houses

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