About Us

Your Home From Home

Olcote is a luxury private villa for hire in Sri Lanka, a short drive from Columbo airport. It is available for private groups, honeymoons and family events. With a team of staff including private drivers and chefs on site, you can relax and enjoy your own little slice of heaven!


Tess de Kretser

Tess de Kretser opened Olcote for private guests in 2014, and Olcote is named after her home in Dublin. It stands for ‘Our little corner of the earth.’ Tess has adopted Ireland as her home, and many parts of the house reflect her Irish connections.

Private Events and Group bookings

Olcote is the perfect venue for private events and group bookings. With 8 private suites, the house can accomodate up to 16 guests comfortably. With a full bar, fleet of private vehicles and drivers, stunning pool and lush tropical gardens, everything you need for the perfect group stay is here. 


We are delighted to partner with yoga teachers interested in bringing their groups to Olcote. With a large, indoor outdoor space, vegan and vegetarian dining, and five star room accommodation, we can offer 7 or 10 day package options for your group.

Guest Capacity



Every guest to Sri Lanka is an adventurer at heart! We have sourced a range of adventures for guests, tailored to their interests, group size and time with us. Temples, museums, ethical safari, fine dining or beach visits can all be arranged. We have summarised some of the most popular excursions for groups on our excursions pages.

Eight Private Suites

Each of our suites are air conditioned, with five star en suite facilities. Each luxury suite has its own style and personality, and is named after Dublin locations!

Stunning Pool

The Pool at Olcote is tranquility at its best, and outrageously blue. Relax and let the team at Olcote treat you with hospitality and kindness.

Private Chef – Group Dining

Meals at Olcote depend entirely on you and your desires. A feast for the senses, we tailor each meal to European palettes, and offer a few favourites from home too đŸ™‚

Its Time for you

Live a life of abundant luxury