by Courtney Elko
Situated in a 200-year-old tropical gardens, this 18-bedroom country house features a jungle pool, spa and gourmet food onsite. The Colombo International Airport is also only situated about 15 minutes away from the hotel, making it convenient for families. The Family Suite features a king bed and additional twin beds, there cable television and complimentary Wi-Fi so everyone can stay connected and well as pretty garden views from the terrace.
Our Editor Loves
- Jungle Pool
- Garden jungle location
- Airport nearby
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Reading all the reviews in advance, most of them did say that they wished they had been able to stay longer... I think Sri Lanka is just that king of place though - maybe on a 2nd or 3rd visit, but a first time visitor usually has a fairly fast paced itinerary to follow...
We arranged the airport pick up and our driver was waiting for us - with lovely cool bottles of water (in their own reusable bottles as they have a no-single-use-plastic policy) and a nice air-con 4x4 to take us on the short drive to the hotel. Our first sights of Sri Lanka and it made us all smile - cows in the road, colourful tuk-tuks and friendly people. It was great to drive through the smaller back roads instead of heading straight onto the busier main roads.
And then the hotel - wow! The bathrooms are amazing... the family suite we had was amazing... the grounds, gardens, pool and restaurant were amazing. Unfortunately after a long connecting overnight flight, we had a lovely lunch and a swim, and then crashed out for the whole afternoon which felt like a waste...
After a lovely shower we headed for a drink on the terrace and the stunning sunset - accompanied by fruit bats. The waiters showed us how to play the traditional board game of carrom before a really enjoyable dinner. We then had a look round the hotel and off to bed, such a comfortable bed ensured that we all slept well, despite the good sleep in the afternoon too.
My first taste of a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast the following day was a highlight! And before we knew it, it was time to leave.
The weather - I was a bit worried about the forecast, but we had lovely hot sunshine during the morning - it clouded over in the afternoon and then heavy rain and thunder at night. It was perfect to be honest.
If you've just landed in Sri Lanka or have a day to spare before leaving, I'd highly recommend booking a stay at The Walawwa - it's located just 15-20 mins away from the airport. It's secluded, peaceful and absolutely beautiful in terms of space and surrounding. The food was an absolute delight - super yummy and wholesome! One thing - the cheesecake was a bit off and the house-made ice-cream hadn't been churned in a long time so I wouldn't recommend those two items. I would however, suggest you give the crab curry a try - YUM!!! Service is pretty good too and the rooms are large, spacious and comfortable. Can't wait to go back :)