The Wallawwa is a stylish boutique hotel nestled amidst lush tropical gardens just 20 minutes from the International Airport. A 'wallawwa' is typically an old manor house with architectural features of columns, courtyards and verandahs. The Wallawwa is just that and much more with an interesting history that dates back to the mid-17th century when it was owned by a head chieftain of Galle. This colonial bungalow has been lovingly restored maintaining its old world charm with a blend of luxurious comforts and stylish design. The bedrooms are situated around the central courtyard and pond. The restaurant serves sumptuous Asian fusion cuisine. Relax and unwind at the Z spa or laze by the swimming pool set amidst one of the finest private gardens in Sri Lanka.
There are 18 luxurious bedrooms and suites with stylish interiors furnished with king-sized, four-poster Balinese beds dressed in fine white linen. In-room facilities include flat screen TV with satellite channels, Wi-Fi, coffee/tea facilities and an electronic safe. The terrazzo lined en-suite bathrooms have twin vanities and rain showers.
Wallawwa Bedrooms (35 sq. metres): The three Wallawwa Bedrooms are well-suited for guests looking for a short pre or post flight stopover.
Garden Suites (55 sq. metres): The 12 Garden Suites are more spacious and have a sitting area opening out to a private verandah and garden.
Family Suites (90 sq. metres): There are two Family Suites with each consisting of a Garden Suite and an interconnecting twin Wallawwa Bedroom, which has its own separate entrance and ensuite bathroom.
Mountbatten Suite (150 sq. metres): Over double the size of the Garden Suites, this luxurious Suite has a large sitting room and a private garden with plunge pool. The expansive ensuite bathroom has a rain shower and terrazzo bath. This suite is perfect for honeymooners, but equally good for families as there is an additional ensuite twin bedroom for children that come complete with Xbox and satellite TV.
Guests are greeted at the front verandah which leads to an elegantly-decorated lounge and the central courtyard beyond. The Verandah restaurant is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and serves Asian-fusion cuisine prepared with locally purchased fresh vegetables, seafood and meats. The Wallawwa’s signature dishes include Coconut Crumbed Tiger Prawns, Malay Chilli Crab and Ceylonese Red Chicken Curry, served with a selection of vegetable curries, sambols and pickles. There are several vegetarian options as well as a special children’s menu. Meals can also served in the gardens or in the privacy of your own bedroom and a range of alcoholic beverages are on offer at the Verandah bar. Relax and rejuvenate after a tiring flight at the Z Spa which offers a range of signature massages, scrubs and wraps and a unique array of health and beauty alternatives. There is also a `Kidz' massage on offer to help calm and relax children between the ages of 2-17 years. Other facilities include a library, a study equipped with and iMac (free-of-charge) and Wi-Fi throughout. The swimming pool is tucked away in a quiet corner of the extensive gardens, which are scattered with giant ferns and tall tropical trees. There is also an in-house gift shop selling a unique collection of gift items made by local craftsmen and entrepreneurs. All profits from this shop are donated to the hotel’s chosen charity.
Why We Like It
The Wallawwa's boutique flourishes, excellent food and impeccable service reinvents the term "airport hotel" for a refined clientele
The Wallawwa's position only 20 minutes from the International Airport makes this peaceful and luxurious setting one of the most prized first or last stops on a holiday to Sri Lanka.