Lunuganga


Lunuganga Lunuganga is located 5km inland from Bentota on Lake Dedduwa on Sri Lanka's west coast. Set on a peninsula overlooking the lake, Lunuganga is a 2 1/4 hour drive from Colombo's International Airport or, for those guests coming from the centre of the city of Colombo or from the southern seaside town of Galle, it is a 1 1/2 hour drive. Lunuganga is just 10 minutes from the nearest beach and local village.

The house and gardens at Lunuganga, Bentota, were lovingly created over several decades by the world renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa, as his vision of a tropical garden idyll. The Italian inspired garden with spectacular views over lakes and tropical jungle together with a simply designed plantation house are one of the lasting legacies of Asia's most famous architect. Guests can now share in Bawa's vision and can stay in one of 6 en-suite bedrooms available in the house, the studio or on Cinnamon Hill, or rent the whole property in its entirety. It is perhaps the most magical garden retreat in the world & Lunuganga opens each year from 15th November to 30th April. The rest of the year it operates as a private residence.

Within the tropical garden paradise sits Bawa's simply designed 4-bedroom plantation house - a collection of courtyards, verandahs and loggias create a haven of peace and inspiration. All 4 suites are individual and beautifully decorated to provide a relaxing and memorable environment for guests. In addition to the plantation house, there is a wonderful 2 bedroom studio, set at the edge of a cinnamon plantation which was originally planted in the eighteenth century, and high on the hill overlooking the lake to the south thus giving guests the ultimate in privacy. For those wanting an exclusive holiday, Lunuganga can also be rented in its entirety providing complete solitude for guests.

Distance From Colombo : 67 km
Spectacular tropical garden, Fine cuisine, Staff to look after your every need, Supreme privacy, Heritage property.

At Lunuganga our chefs offer contemporary gourmet cuisine with a focus on the highest quality ingredients fresh from the local markets each day. The 3-course dinner menu changes daily. The cuisine is predominantly seafood with strong Asian & Mediterranean influences. Our chefs are equally at home making some of the most delicious & innovative Sri Lankan curries, string hoppers and sambals. For those wanting a hearty start to the day, there is choice of an English or Sri Lankan breakfast. 2 course delicious lunches & the finest cream teas with freshly baked scones are also served throughout the day. Meals can be taken in one of many magical locations on the estate. Outsides guests are welcome to dine, however bookings must be made in advance.

Lunuganga
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"A place of continued varied sensations"
The 25 acres of garden at Lunuganga is the creation of one man's vision which, over 40 years, was nurtured into a reality. After purchasing an abandoned rubber estate in 1948, Geoffrey Bawa created this tropical garden idyll. The Italian inspired gardens, with spectacular views over the lake and tropical jungle, has been transformed into a series of outdoor rooms creating a huge feeling of space with vistas that have been carefully chosen to emphasize their beauty with points of architecture and art; from entrances, pavilions, broad walks to a multitude of courtyards and pools. Guests at Lunuganga have the privilege of wandering the gardens aimlessly, picnicking in one of many romantic and private pockets or sitting reading, writing or painting in such an inspiring environment.

"One of the most exciting moments was the opening up of vistas... Not based on prearranged formality... The garden planned itself" - Geoffrey Bawa.

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During the months of November to April, the gardens are not open to the public.
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