The Wallawwa

The Wallawwa Just minutes from Sri Lanka's airport, the beaches of Negombo and the city of Colombo is the Wallawwa. An airport hotel with a difference. Nestled amongst acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this antique colonial manor house, or Wallawwa, is now the home of Sri Lanka's most exciting boutique hotel. This old and new concept provides guests with unrivalled setting and style just 20 minutes from the airport and the hustle and bustle of Colombo. Strategically located close to the Dambulla, Kandy & Galle highways, the Wallawwa remains entirely secluded. The Wallawwa is the perfect start, middle or end to any visit to this enchanting island; a luxury private hideaway.

The food at the Wallawwa is fantastic; created to blend the best of Sri Lanka and South Asia along with good old home cooked recipes. Sample real Sri Lankan cooking, traditional curries or more adventurous local cuisine as well as the best of the West, recipes developed from our favourite home made dishes from around the world.

Alex Stanich, our Executive Chef, has lived and worked in Asia for the past 6 years, developing a taste for Asian Fusion cuisine and experimental cooking methods. His most recent success has been the introduction of the cinnamon wood BBQ pit at the Wallawwa - irresistible!

Seasonal a la carte | daily creations | in room dining | tea from the hills | W cocktails | private garden dining & BBQ

History and Garden
In Sinhala the term "Walauwa" or "Wallawwa" is used to express both the Sinhala concept of aristocracy and the physical location of the primary seat of a particular Sinhala family who enjoy high connections to the local kings or colonial masters. The Wallawwa is by far the most ancient pile of its kind in the entire province, evidence of which dates back to the 18th Century. The property was originally enjoyed by Nicholas Dias-Abeyesinghe and family, 'Maha Mudaliyar' (Head Chieftain), of Galle. In more recent times the property has been occupied by the Royal Air Force, during the period 1939-1945, whilst Lord Mountbatten was Commander-in-Chief of the South-East Asian command - headquarters of which were in Ceylon. It is this history and the Wallawwa's tranquil surroundings that transport anyone arriving through the gates back in time and away from the speed and stress of the outside world and its roads...
Distance From Colombo : 40 km
14 exquisite bedrooms | Asian fusion cuisine | Z spa & relaxation |A.R Tampoe library & collection | wifi & mini office | the Wallawwa's signature swimming pool... All set amongst the finest private gardens in Sri Lanka...!

Z Spa & Relaxation is an unpretentious addition to the Wallawwa's already peaceful surround. Treatments have been specifically designed with real people in mind to relax, unwind and help you enjoy the tranquil setting. Z offers signature massages, traditional ayurvedic treatments and an unique array of health and beauty alternatives.

  • Post Flight Relaxation
  • Ayurveda
  • Yoga Pavillions
  • Health & Beauty
For those of you who need to stay in touch with work, family and friends the Wallawwa office offers state of the art connectivity, printing, scanning and surfing facilities. Wifi is also available throughout the property.

The A.R. Tampoe Collection is the work of Mr Arun Tampoe, and his father before him, who have both been dedicated scholars in the field of literature.

"My ancestors converted to Christianity in the 19th Century and inclined thereafter to western education, religion and culture. My family have predominantly been Lawyers and Litterateurs." To find out more about the A.R. Tampoe Collection come and visit the library at The Wallawwa...

The Wallawwa
Positive :
Close to the Intl Apt and the ideal spot after a long flight!
Negative :
None we can possibly think of!
Activities :
  • Z Spa & Relaxation
  • A.R. Tampoe library & collection
  • Wifi & mini office
  • Swimming in the Wallawwa's signature swimming pool
  • Simply relaxing!
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