Accommodation, Wet Zone

The Wallawwa

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Just 15 minutes from Colombo airport, and 30 minutes from downtown Colombo, this beautifully renovated country house hotel is the perfect place to begin or end your Sri Lankan adventure.  The house itself has a rich history, being home to the district’s chieftains since the 18th century, and the owners have striven to preserve the historical prominence whilst updating the amenities to a luxuriously modern standard.

The hotel’s Verandah restaurant is an open air dining area serving all three meals and afternoon tea. Focusing on Asian fusion cuisine, the menu offers many Sri Lankan flavours alongside popular international dishes, catering to all tastes. Many of the fruits, vegetables and herbs are served fresh from the hotel’s impressive kitchen garden. A good selection of wines, beers, cocktails and spirits is on offer to complement the menus. The Z spa offers a bubble of peace and tranquillity for guests to unwind, predominantly featuring a blend of traditional Asian treatments with Ayurveda. There are no set opening times, allowing you to indulge in a treatment whenever you would like.

There are four room classes available: The Wallawwa bedroom; Garden suites which are slightly more spacious, Family suites (two interconnecting garden suites) and finally the Mountbatten suite – named after the Commander-in-Chief of the South-East-Asian command of the RAF, who resided here during the Second World War – boasting two bedrooms, a private plunge pool and spacious lounge area. All of the rooms are tastefully designed to give a light and airy feel, whilst displaying beautiful local furnishings.

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The Wallawwa 7.132000, 79.927917 The WallawwaView

Facilities

All rooms have king sized beds, air conditioning and fans, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, safety deposit box, widescreen TV and minibar. Verandah Restaurant and Z Spa.

Optional Activities

Take a trip to the local town of Negombo, where the busy fish market, colonial churches and beautiful golden beach can be explored on foot with a local guide. The towns lagoon also stretched into the Muthurajawela Wetlands which are rich in wildlife and can be experienced via a boat tour.

A short drive will take you to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s extraordinary capital, where there is a plethora of sites to explore. visiting the city’s colonial fort area or Pettah market district are fascinating, as are artistic tours of the galleries and religious buildings. Further afield, trips can be arranged to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, the Buddhist Pilikuttuwa Rajamaha Temple, or to visit a small tea factory.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Sri Lanka tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

The best Sri Lankan curry we had on our holiday! Shame we had a short stay, would have loved to spend more time here!

Mrs J S – Oxon