The Wallawwa, Negombo

Sri Lanka

Rich history meets contemporary chic in a tropical paradise

Enter a charming country house that’s been reimagined to provide an intimate haven, secluded from the outside world by acres of lush tropical gardens. This grand mansion was once part of the RAF’s headquarters and is now an oasis of tranquillity and relaxation.

Step into one of 18 rooms and suites and discover a contemporary décor with nods to the house’s rich past. Vibrant fabrics complement dark woods and fresh flowers for a tropical and colonial style. Draped four-poster beds entice and private pools and gardens provide the ideal places to unwind in privacy.

Wander through the house to fully soak up the heritage. Exploring the library is a must for history buffs, and there are plenty of books and board games to while away the hours with.

Make full use of the vast stone-lined pool and relax on a lounger in the dappled shade. After a long flight or a busy day sightseeing, nothing could be better than a signature massage in the Z Spa. Drop in and let the team work their magic.

As evening falls, find yourself a spot in the small but quaint Veranda restaurant, we recommend trying one of the coconutty fish curries with sambols and pickles.

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The Wallawwa is just 15 minutes from Colombo Airport, making it ideal for relaxing after a long flight or before heading home. The city is just half an hour away, so easy to reach and explore, as are the idyllic beaches of Negombo.

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