Roman Lake Ayurveda Resort is a small ayurveda boutique hotel in lush tropical gardens at the edge of the tranquil Maadhu Ganga in Balapitiya on Sri Lanka's west coast. It has a prized location at the edge of the winding Maadhu Ganga. More like a villa than a hotel, Roman Lake Ayurveda Resort was designed by Sri Lankan architect Channa Daswatte who has provided spectacular river views from the living and dining areas and each bedroom. Interiors are modern with polished cement floors and hardwood furniture. Spacious living room opens out to the swimming pool and the river beyond: hours can be spent taking in the views and watching the wildlife in the gardens. Go on a boat ride along the river which is scattered with many small islands, or just relax by the pool. Roman Lake Ayurveda Resort can be booked per room or in its entirety. It is the sister property of Roman Beach, another small boutique hotel located in Hikkaduwa.
There are eight well-appointed suites, of which three are on the ground floor and five are on the upper floor. Suites are divided into two categories – Caesar and Emperor. All bedrooms have a private terrace or balcony with river views. Standard in-room facilities include a/c, overhead fans, tea/coffee facilities, mini-bar, flat-screen TV and music system. Ensuite bathrooms have h/w showers, some open to the stars. Bedroom interiors are tastefully furnished with king-sized beds, work desks and lounge chairs. Emperor Rooms are slightly more spacious and have Jacuzzis.
Sri Lankan or western cuisine is served in the open-sided pavilion overlooking the garden or in the privacy of your own balcony or terrace. They also serve vegetarian food in accordance to Ayurveda dietary restrictions for those who re following treatments. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages. The spacious living room opens on to the garden and swimming pool. Boat rides on the river are arranged by the hotel with prior notice. The hotel has a Ayurveda pharmacy as well.
Why We Like It
A privileged position on the edge of Maduganga lake, and close to the west coast beaches, really benefits this successful mid-range hotel
Roman Lake is 15 minutes inland from the turquoise beaches of Balapitiya and an hour north of Galle. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take about two hours.