The Wallawwa

The Wallawwa

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The short jaunt to the airport may be handy, but The Wallawwa boutique hotel near Colombo is so much more than a pre- or post-flight crash pad. Basking in its pindrop-peaceful rural setting and lovingly tended tropical gardens, the Wallawwa is a super-sensitive restoration of a 200-year-old manor house, where graceful original features have been spiced up with luxuriant interiors and a lush-as-you-like spa.

Highlights:

  • For easy access to the airport and for Colombo.

  • To soak in the history of these glorious surroundings.

  • To relax and replenish in the sensational Z Spa.

  • Thirty minutes from Negombo's beaches and markets.

Smith extra

A 10-minute head massage for two

In the know

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Book yourself in to the hotel’s Z Spa for a jetlag reviver. The coconut or sandalwood scrubs and sigh-inducing wraps work wonders for travel-weary bodies.Bibliophiles will find plenty of joy in the cabinets of prized old books in the library, carefully chosen by the property’s owner. The hotel shop sells one-of-a-kind souvenirs, which you can feel good about buying as all profits go to local charities.

Packing tips:

Glam garb for after-dark Colombo soirées; casual cotton threads for lounging poolside.

Dress code:

Laid-back loungewear – anything from Mela Purdie should do the trick.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Buttery beaches, turquoise seas and coconut-fuelled food... By the time we set course for the Wallawwa, we’ve already spent a week exploring Sri Lanka's west coast and have fallen in love with the country. We’ve also stayed in some sublime hotels so this boutique abode, our final stop before heading home to Delhi, has a lot to live up to.

‘When are we going to get there?’ screams Master Smith, the batteries in his portable DVD player having long ago given up. A few hours into the car journey, a tropical storm – the kind usually reserved for Hollywood movies – erupts. The stop-start traffic b

Accommodation details

Address:

Minuwangoda Road, Kotugoda, Katunayake, near Ja-Ela and Bandaranaike Airport, Colombo
Negombo
Sri Lanka

Location:

14.6 mi / 23.6 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Make a beeline for the Veranda for breakfast, all-day dishes and à la carte supper menus. This striped-walled space is filled with smart rattan furniture that spills onto a frangipani-shaded terrace. Cuisine is international with an Asian twist, and vegetarians won’t have any quibbles with the range on offer. Sri Lankan curries are a must – try the coconut and mustard seer fish or the cashew and green pea curry.

Top table:

Lawnside tables on the sienna-stoned terrace are open to the skies, but for a real rush of romance, have your table prepped in the garden.

Last orders:

Around 10.30pm for food, but fairly flexible (with advance notice) to accommodate late flight arrivals. Guests snooze early here, and the bar shuts at around 10.30pm.

Room service:

The all-day menu is available 24/7, but for overnight orders when the kitchen’s closed, requests must be made the evening before.

Hotel bar:

A roving bar serves tipples on the veranda, in the rooms or in the gardens until 10.30pm or when the last guest shuffles off to sleep.

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