Among three acres of peaceful tropical gardens, just outside of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is where you’ll find The Wallawwa. This 200-year-old colonial manor sparkles from a careful restoration, but hasn’t lost any of its original airs and graces.
Style Lavish colonial pile
Setting Nestled in Negombo
Why this week? You don’t need an excuse to visit a tropical private hideaway where you can sample delicious Asian-fusion food, spend a day at the spa and not have to answer to anyone. Start your day with a spot of badminton on the lawn, then head to the Z Spa for a sandalwood and coconut scrub, or browse the hotel’s extensive library, where each tome has been hand-picked by the hotel’s owner. With our special offer (25 per cent off two-night stays), you won’t be able to resist a trip to this verdant oasis.
Our favourite bits The stone-lined lagoon pool is surrounded by jade-green fronds and lush tropical trees, which means you’re tucked away from the hotel’s main areas. Make sure to dine on the frangipani-covered terrace, where you’ll be delighted by the fragrant surroundings and flavoursome Sri Lankan delicacies, such as seer fish with coconut and mustard, or cashew and pea curry.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘‘Wallawwa’, we discover as we’re led along a colonnaded walkway, means ‘colonial house’, and this 18th-century, single-storey manor once belonged to the head chieftain of Galle. Today, the hotel boasts 14 rooms that sit on opposite sides of a central pond filled with lotus flowers and dozens of frogs. Our Garden Suite is elegantly furnished with a king-size four-poster bed framed by white curtains that double as mosquito nets. A window seat with views onto the private outdoor terrace later transforms into an extra bed. The bright, terrazzo-lined bathroom is enormous, with soaring ceilings, twin basins and a rain shower.’ Read the full anonymous Wallawwa hotel review by Katja Gaskell…
You say… ‘The interior design was amazing. I love the colonial feel. Almost everyone was couples – no kids!’ Lachlan, BlackSmith, stayed 20 November 2013
Compiled by Katherine Williams