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106A St. Mary's Road, Negombo 11540 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#1 of 165 hotels in Negombo
Travelers' Choice
Uniquely situated between a river, a canal, and a coconut plantation, Waterland is a tropical oasis of towering coconut trees, flowering birds of paradise, and fragrant frangipani. Custom design, extensive use of teak and mahogany, and regional artwork give each villa a warm, unique character. With only 5 villas, Waterland is exclusive and intimate. Each villa has extensive indoor and outdoor living space and a private infinity-edge plunge pool that provides a refreshing sanctuary to cool off in the tropical climate. Our floating spa gently rocks with the flow of the river Our dining barge allows guests not simply to dine by the water, but on the water. Guest activities include cooking classes, garden tours, bicycling around the neighborhood, boat safaris, boules, billiards, yoga, and spa treatments. Come experience why Trip Advisor has named Waterland 1 of the 25 best Small Hotels in Sri Lanka.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Game room
Board games / puzzles
Taxi service
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Seating area
Separate dining area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
River View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala
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nuwangi l wrote a review May 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
want to say Thank you to Waterland Villa crew. You did an amazing job. The way you welcome us ,room arrangements, food and beverage was wonderful. you guys did a wonderful job. You made our special day more special one. once again I want to say Thank you and highly appreciate your service.wanna come again
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Mark N, Owner at Waterland
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you very much for staying at Waterland and for writing about your stay. It gives us great pleasure to read the nice comments abut the welcome, villa, romantic welcome, food, and drinks. We're glad you had a great honeymoon at Waterland. We wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness together. We look forward to your return.
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Laura wrote a review Feb 2020
Guildford, United Kingdom12 contributions11 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
Probably the best place to stay in Negombo, we chose it for the last night of our honeymoon and it was just AMAZING, from the staff so attentive, polite and looking after you, friendly and calm at all times, to the lovely food during the barbecue dinner and breakfast, the fantastic massages at Waterland Spa and the private infinite pool. Cannot thank them enough for making us feel so welcome and happy during our stay. Totally recommended, we would have loved to stay a few more days!! Laura and Phillip, we stayed at the beautiful Peacock Villa.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: All the villas are charming and beautiful, extremely clean, but probably the best would be the...
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Response from Mark N, Owner at Waterland
Responded Feb 19, 2020
Honeymoons are seminal events. We are honored that more and more travelers are choosing to spend part of their honeymoons at Waterland. We understand that with this privileges comes an added responsibility to ensure that our guests have a magical experience. We are delighted that you had an amazing stay and enjoyed the beauty, the villa, the pool, the massages, the meals, and the service. Thank you for taking the time to write about these many aspects of your stay. Thanks too for acknowledging the outstanding staff. I am fortunate to work with such a dedicated team. We wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness together!
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ZinamonKveen wrote a review Apr 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka735 contributions1363 helpful votes
The room was spacious and clean. The canal runs alongside the pool but there is plenty of foliage to give you privacy. There is a spa (currently not open) and restaurant/seating area near the lagoon, which is a nice space to sit and relax by the water. Staff were friendly and service was quick. Food is not bad but not remarkable.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Mark N, Owner at Waterland
Responded Apr 27, 2021
Thanks for staying and for taking the time to write about various aspects of your stay. We're glad you enjoyed your stay including the cleanliness, spaciousness, setting, landscaping, and privacy, and the various places to sit, relax, and enjoy the views. Thanks too for your nice comments about the staff and the speed of service. We have just made the switch from a rather exclusively Sri Lankan menu to our more international menu. We're sorry that you found the meals agreeable, but not to your palate. I have spoken to the head chef about this. Our aim is to excel in all areas including our cuisine.
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Himani & Manjula wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution
We stayed at the waterland for three days and enjoyed every minute of it. The peacock villa was a home away from home, with a lovely private pool and so much space! situated at the edge of the lagoon its a perfect spot to relax with your family. The beach is a few minutes drive away and though crowed it was wonderful the watch the fishing boats come in. Food was delicious eventhough less variety and the staff were polite and helpful and amazing. Prepared special food for my children! Well maintained and clean environment. beautiful garden and interesting decor.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: peacock villa is ideal for a family. comes with two rooms a sitting area and a balcony
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Response from Mark Newmark, Owner at Waterland
Responded Apr 17, 2021
Thanks very much for staying at Waterland and for your thoughtful review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your 3 days at Waterland and enjoyed every minute of it. We're glad that you especially liked the spaciousness, the garden, the decor, the private plunge pool, the food, and the relaxing vibe. Thank you for noting the outstanding service provided by the staff. In the 5 years since we opened Waterland, I have to come to increasingly appreciate how the staff make each guest feel special. We look forward to your return.
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Jet782811 wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution
Nice place recommended to couples & family. Enjoyed very well. Well maintained. Good hospitality. Near to Colombo just 30 min ride. Enjoyed a lot. Charming place Food is okay not as expected Worth for money
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Mark Newmark, Owner at Waterland
Responded Apr 9, 2021
Thank you for choosing to stay and for taking the time to review your stay. Thanks too for commenting on different aspects of your stay including the villa, the maintenance, the convenience, the charm, the food, the service, and the value for money. We're pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much. As you know, Sri Lanka was closed to foreign tourists for about a year. Our focus became serving Sri Lankans and we adjusted the menu accordingly, offering much simpler traditional dishes at lower prices. We understand that for some this is not what they expected. The number of foreign tourists coming to Sri Lanka is still very small. When that number increases significantly, we will transition back to offering our full international menu. We apologize for the limited menu and any disappointment caused. To ensure that we are serving out guests well, on 11 April we will begin serving a limited international menu as well as the menu more tailored to Sri Lankans. We look forward to welcoming you again and to offering you a fuller, more cosmopolitan dining experience that will better match and hopefully exceed your expectations.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterland
Which popular attractions are close to Waterland?
Nearby attractions include St. Mary's Church (4.1 miles), Main Fish Market (4.4 miles), and Angurukaramulla Temple (4.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterland?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Waterland?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Waterland?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterland?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterland?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Enviro, The Container beach restaurant, and Queen's Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Waterland?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Waterland have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Waterland offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Waterland?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Sinhala.
Does Waterland have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.