A villa is a big house standing alone, mostly in a garden, either consisting of one or two storeys. It is usually rented out for a family or friend’s party, as well as for holidays (also known as holiday home), but sometimes they are also available for open individual bookings. In that case they may also be mentioned under boutique hotels or villas. In Sri Lanka there are also villas in a colonial architecture and in different categories and price levels. Villas are most of the time situated outside urban areas or on the outskirts of towns and cities, in coastal areas, as well as in the hill country. Villas occur in all price categories, but mainly in the upper level.