The great thing about the Wallawwa, is it's not too long a drive from Colombo airport but just that far enough to give you a) a taste of what's to come by driving through all the fabulous scenery b) that much needed tranquility on arrival after a seriously long flight and c) food that will make you want to clap out loud!
We arrived in the afternoon to a small, cosy property hidden off the main road up a drive way and was refreshed immediately with a fresh Papaya fruit juice and cold flannel to cool our skin down - the heat can be a shock if you've just flown from thick snowy weather! We were shown to our wonderful room through a gorgeously zen courtyard. We just both grinned as we walked around it. You'll find a sumptious 4 poster bed with mosquito nets, beautiful little window seat to recline on, lovely dark mahogony furnishings, an amazing welcome fruit platter to replace the grim taste of plane food and a HUGE bathroom where you can wash off the long haul and have a mini disco at the same time it's so spacious. The rooms are beautifully and simply decorated, (reminded me of Thai architecture and furnishings) and the bed was seriously comfortable which is always important for your first much needed night's sleep. The rooms are not over the top, but enough of a luxury to get you in the romantic honeymoon frame of mind.
The pool is hidden in an enclosure of trees and quite small but given the size of the property, it really doesn't matter. For example, we were the only people when we went to rest on the sun lounger for an hour. Surrounded by wonderful huge trees, home to some fascinating local wildlife, it's a great place to relax, unwind and have a dip if too hot during the afternoon. You also have the option for some complimentary tea and cakes near the main house, which they put out each afternoon and then my advice is you gear your stomach up for the highlight of the stay - the evening meal - or should i say feast!
THE FOOD IS SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS HERE!!!!!!! GO FOR IT. We shared starters, the most light, flavoursome crab cakes with sweet chilli home made dip (not like the packet or bottle stuff you get in the UK) and a soup that was so smoothe and coconutty each spoonful melted in your mouth. For the main course we had curry given we'd just arrived to Sri Lanka and actually, it was definitely up there with some of the best curry's we had on our trip. There are many different influences to the curry flavours in Sri Lanka. Some are definitely more Thai flavoured, others more towards a traditional Indian type curry and then there are those that just stand out alone. Like this one. The vegetable curries (all new flavours to us) were actually out of this world and our favourite - there was also succulent prawn, chicken, beef curry and tons more vegetable dishes including an out of this world cashnew nut & garden pea curry, accompanyments include coconut sambal or something like that, popadoms and of course the soft melt in the mouth jasmine rice. You'd think that would have filled us up but given our excitement and enthusiasm at the food we decided to also try a dessert. Thank God we made that decision. If you stay here, I can't recommend enough if it's still on the menu, the rum bannana fritter and icecream. O.M.G. I have never ever, in my life, had a pudding so utterly delicious and mouth wateringly good. We actually contemplated ordering a 2nd (i now regret we didn't) and i when i think back to it, I can almost still taste what was so good about it. It was PERFECT in every way. I'd actually travel back to Sri Lanka just for this dessert. SERIOUSLY scrumptious and I'm not even a huge dessert fan but this was magical.
With full stomachs, we had a great nights sleep and woke early for our departure not forgetting to have the included breakfast which was fantastic again: a Sri Lankan curry feast for my partner (including scrummmy egg hoppers - sort of like an egg baked in a round bowl shaped pancake and then stringy egg hoppers to dip in the like coconut curry sauce) while I opted American and had amazing scrambled eggs, and toast and bannana bread and fruit platter - which basically set us up for the whole day which was to involve alot of travelling.
The Wallawwa is a really great first night stop gap for those arriving in that day and for that reason, amongst the others listed here - I'd really highly recommend it to kick-off your grand tour or honeymoon if you're travelling around a bit. The food is incredible and the rooms are really cosy and romantic. I'm glad we kept it to one night as there are also so many other wonderful hotels to experience in and around Sri Lanka but I'm glad we didn't miss it altogether.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wallawwa was once the country estate of the head chieftan of Galle. It is now home to The Wallawwa, Sri Lanka's first and only boutique airport hotel. Perfectly situated and designed to welcome weary travelers in style and seclusion. Just 15 minutes from Colombo airport and within touching distance of Colombo, there is now no reason to take on long car journeys after arriving at the airport. Join us, sit back and relax at the Z spa or at the Verandah restaurant and start or finish your holiday in heavenly luxury. A 17 room private boutique hotel, restaurant, spa and gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Wallawwa Hotel Kotugoda
- Wallawwa Hotel Colombo
- Wallawwa Boutique Hotel Colombo
- The Wallawwa Sri Lanka/Kotugoda