Forget a traditional New Year’s, in 2015 we’re going to Sri Lanka to Casa Colombo, the cool and collected mansion in the Bambalapitiya quarter. This designer den is tidily tucked away from the capital’s main artery, offering refined luxury in the form of one-of-a-kind retro-chic suites, a bubblegum-pink pool and delicious dining.
Style Historical hipster
Setting Southern burb of Bambalapitiya
Why this week? Christmas has come and (just) gone, and it’s time for an escape. Where better than Casa Colombo, the hip, hedonistic and highly-styled Moorish mansion in the Sri Lankan capital’s southern Bambalapitiya quarter? Design-driven interiors, created by owner Lalin Jinasena (a protégé of legendary Geoffrey Bawa), the famously pink swimming pool and personal domos (butlers/concierges) that tend to your every whim complete this pretty-as-a-picture hotel.
Our favourite bits Suites feature banana-shaped copper-inlaid tubs, supersized ‘floating’ beds, gushing sinks and minibars in pettagamas (wooden boxes); we love Schofield Place and Ebenezer, both Corporate Suites, for their intimate lay-out and charm. Flop by the pool on a curved glass sunlounger or canopied double day-bed while your domo retrieves a drink, your forgotten floppy hat or sunscreen. Sample a fusion of western and Sri Lankan cuisine at HVN, the hotel restaurant that occupies the mansion’s former grand hall. Expect dishes such as coconut-crusted tiger prawns and lemongrass and ginger chicken. Retreat to ZaZa Bar for toe-tapping lounge music and cocktails, or try T-Republic for light snacks such as sandwiches and tasty smoothies.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘We flop into the lobby’s wide seats and eagerly throw back a welcome drink before the charming Kumara, our appointed domo for the stay, takes us up to our fabulous Corporate Suite with its huge living room, incredible natural light, stunning vaulted ceiling, giant bed, and free-standing copper bath tub of the kind which has Mrs Smith running the taps before I’ve even shut the door…’ Read the full Casa Colombo review.