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The Mount Lavinia Hotel

The Mount Lavinia Hotel

The Mount Lavinia Hotel is a legacy of Sri Lanka's Colonial Heritage. It stands as a monument to the forbidden love of a Governor General and a local mestizo dancer who cast a spell on his heart.

Time stands still in the corridors of this grand old building that whisper legends of love and adventure.

Step back in time to experience old Ceylon and enjoy grandeur and mystery, her intoxicating beaches and most of all the enchantment of her people at this premier heritage hotel 20minutes drive south of Colombo city...

With restaurants and bars with varying atmospheres and cuisines, The Mount Lavinia Hotel offers one of the widest choices in dining in Sri Lanka. Fine dining at The Mount Lavinia Hotel reflects the hotel's exclusive luxurious feel and includes traits of Sri Lanka's powerful dining traditions. Dining at The Mount Lavinia Hotel is truly an experience to be cherished.

A bit about the history of Mount Lavinia Hotel...

Mount Lavinia - the Governor's Palace, a lavishly illustrated coffee table edition, a definitive of Mount Lavinia Hotel's 200 year history and heritage is now available for sale at the Barefoot Gallery, Odel and the Mount Lavinia Hotel Front Office...

The year was 1806, Old Ceylon was under the rule of the British crown. Sir Thomas Maitland was leaving the shores of a country he had called home for over six years. He was also leaving behind the woman he loved. Social convention and duty to his King was taking him away from her. But what he did not know, was that he was leaving behind a legacy to their love that would be immortalized. The Mount Lavinia Hotel is built up around the original residence of Sir Thomas Maitland who was the Governor General of Ceylon from 1805-1811. It was at a welcoming party held in his honour on his arrival in the island that he set his eyes upon Lovina whose father was the Headman of the troupe. Sir Thomas was smitten by her smile and charms and soon found himself obsessed by her and taking any measures possible to see more of her. And thus was built, what is now, the Mount Lavinia Hotel. As it was highly unconventional for an unmarried British Officer to be seen associating with a local dancing girl Sir Thomas and his lover met in secret. She was smuggled into his mansion through a secret tunnel that led from her fathers well into a wine cellar in the house. Thomas Maitland ultimately left the country (in 1811) for Malta where he lived and died as a bachelor. The tunnel was eventually sealed up in 1920 and the Gypsy village that surrounded the Governor's mansion developed into a modern bustling city that took it name from the beautiful Lovina. But the Governor's home which he named Mount Lavinia House and his monument to his only love has been preserved within the walls and high ceilings of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, where its staff and management alike take pride and glory in its rich history.

Distance From Colombo : 12 km

Majority of rooms with Sea View and private balcony, Ten minutes to Ratmalana Domestic Airport, Air Conditioning, Direct IDD, Wireless Internet, 24 hour room service, 24 hour safety locker service, Laundry valet service, Double beds, Satellite Television, Hair dryer, Mini bar, Extensive secluded beach frontage, 24 Hour coffee shop, Indoor and outdoor bars and dining facilities, Sea food restaurant on the beach, Other specialty restaurants, Spacious terrace overlooking the bay and Colombo skyline with dining facilities, Swimming pool, Banquet and conference facilities, Shopping Arcade, Business Centre, Sports facilities - tennis, beach volley, pool table, other indoor games and animation, Gymnasium, International Hotel School, Coconut Spa, Ayurveda Treatment available on request.

* THE GOVERNOR'S SUITE - Experience luxury, comfort and class in the Governor's Suite. Relive the past surrounded with Antique furniture such as four poster beds, timber floors, authentic almirahs, high ceilings and tall windows. Large sitting and dining areas, a mini bar, cable TV, VCD and CD players are some of the facilities of the modern world which will make your holiday a magical and yet practical experience.

* THE GOVERNOR'S WING ROOM - is a room with a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean, wooden floors, antique furniture, satellite television in the bedroom, and a fully equipped bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.

The Governor's Wing Room is an amalgamation of tradition, and, necessities of present times.

* THE GOVERNOR'S WING SUITE - There are only three Governor's Wing suites in the entire hotel, so do not miss the opportunity of staying in one of them. In addition to having all the features already offered in the Governor's Wing Room, the Suite has a sitting area, an extra television and a dining table with chairs. The spacious bathroom equipped with a large bathtub is an extension of the chic aspect of the Suite.

* THE SEA & GARDEN WING - Painted in soft pastel shades, with tiled floors, the sea and Garden Room offers all the convenient amenities of the modern world: satellite television in the bedroom, a mini bar and a magnificent balcony facing the sea. The room has a specious bathroom fitted with a powerful shower.

* THE SEA & GARDEN SUITE - As user friendly as the Sea and Garden Room, The Suite also has a comfortable sitting room area with beautiful parquet floors and a large bathroom fitted in with a bathtub.

Food is also celebrated in style at this heritage hotel, and one can enjoy scrumptious meals at any of the following within the property itself...

SEAFOOD COVE... Dine on the most exquisite food freshly caught, straight from the Indian Ocean on to your plate. The Sea Food Cove is a restaurant located on the Beach which has a Sea Food market concept. You are able to choose the Sea Food of your choice prepared to suit your individual needs on the spot, be it grilled, cooked, sauteed, fried or baked.....

Step back in time, at the Governor's restaurant open 24 hours and enjoy the luxury, and the quintessential traditional meal in an old style Ceylonese restaurant. Western and Eastern menus to conjure up the magic of a bygone era.

THE TERRACE... Dine under the stars and be seduced by the soft tropical breezes that will make your evenings even more enchanting when you choose the Terrace. Lounge by the pool in this cool and airy setting or enjoy a snack while taking in the view of the Colombo city skyline in the background. Named by Newsweek as one of the "World's best gathering places" this is a location sort after by tourists and locals alike. The Governor's High Tea is served on the terrace while you watch a spectacular sunset. Sip fresh Ceylon tea served with traditional English fruit cake, butter cake, scones with strawberry jam and fresh cream, sandwiches, asparagus rolls fresh tropical fruit, and in the evening, enjoy movies by moonlight.

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