The Little Acacia was planted seven years ago when Villa Acacia was built by its genial and unassuming owner, Ernest Ratnayake. Today, the Little Acacia is sturdy and robust, and promises to grow from strength to strength as does Villa Acacia, judging by the sincerity and dedication with which a small band of industrious staff handle the running of this five-bedroom property perched high over Lake Gregory in Nuwara Eliya.
Located at No. 10, Lady Horton Walk Road, Bonavista, Nuwara Eliya, with its neat Kumbuk wood floors, the wood doors of Villa Acacia invitingly open to guests who are treated with warm and caring hospitality by the six-member staff. A 180-degree view pans over beautifully manicured lawns and neat flower beds, resplendent with Glactioli and Astormania, and lilies of which the writer is fond of.
Lover’s Leap, Pidurutalagala and the Namunukula Range stretches its way towards Hakgala, Welimada and Namunukula, while Lake Gregory ripples in the morning sunlight as the chef spoils us over breakfast; string hoppers and an array of well-prepared curries with fruit and coffee afterwards.
Downstairs, my friend and I enjoy the up-country freshness as we feast our eyes on the flowers and the clean, airy feel of our bedroom with the spaciousness one could only dream of elsewhere. The master bedroom has a lovely and comfortable double bed, and a single bed tucked away; so warm and inviting. I must share the fact that the hot water supply was plentiful and very soothing to travelers up and about, or on vacation.
Apart from the master bedroom, the ground floor also has a double bedroom with attached toilet. Two bedrooms downstairs and a charming attic bedroom with bed-height windows complete the accommodations. All bedrooms are tastefully furnished and very comfortable.
After a trip to Hakgala and a late lunch, I watch the towering afternoon rain clouds but they soon drift away and twilight descends over the hills.
With Agoda ratings for Excellence in the year 2017, there is little doubt that Villa Acacia will forge ahead in the years to come. After a tasty grilled dinner, we were delighted to sleep well with hot water bottles for maximum comfort. This we learned was just one of the many no-charge services offered by Villa Acacia to all their guests.
One last peep through curtained windows and sleep comes not with the aid of a heater, although we had the choice, but with a simple, old-fashioned hot water bottle. Thank you, Villa Acacia. My Sri Lanka has it all. Come experience the variety and caring goodness.