At a Glance
- Luxury boutique hotel located just 15 minutes from the international airport and 45 minutes from central Colombo
- Set in a tropical garden oasis
- 17 bedrooms and suites, with interconnecting and family options
- Relaxing Z Spa for post flight rejuvenation
- A selection of hand picked experiences showcasing the local area
An original Wallawwa (ancestral estate), the property is set in stunning gardens and has been renovated into an award winning luxury boutique hotel. Once the Head Chieftain of Galle’s country residence and part of the RAF’s headquarters during WW2, the Wallawwa’s history shines through the sensitive renovations and you really do feel like you have stepped back in time. Although just 15 minutes from the airport, this tropical oasis transports you right into the heart of Sri Lanka with delicious food, wonderful and friendly staff and laid back atmosphere.
There are 18 rooms including interconnecting options for families and the indulgent and vast two bedroom Mountbatten Suite, complete with private pool. The Z Spa has a selection of wonderful treatments and is the ideal place to relax and de-compress but if you are feeling more adventurous there is also an array of local experiences to enjoy. The food here really is exceptional and a traditional Sri Lankan is highly recommended but if you are looking for something lighter then perhaps try some fresh fish, direct from the nearby market at Negombo. Much of the produce served is home grown and comes direct from the carefully cultivated fruit and vegetable garden and a tour with one of the gardeners is a real insight.
Millis Potter Insight
Due to its close proximity to the airport, the Wallawwa is highly recommended as the start and/or end to your trip. It is far too nice to call it an airport hotel but the convenience is definitely a bonus. Many of the staff have been at the property since it opened and there is a real family feel here, perhaps why there is such a high amount of repeat guests! It is tempting to arrive in Sri Lanka and just get on with your trip as there is so much to see and do on the island, but a day or 2 of relaxation here first is the ideal way to get over jet lag and find your feet before setting off on your adventures. The delicious food is worth a visit on its own so do make sure you have time to sample a few of their dishes.