- Centrally located in Colombo
- Rich heritage and history
- Elegant decor and design
This charming and elegant boutique hotel is located in the heart of Colombo. It’s a grand Victorian townhouse dating back to the 19th century. Throughout its colourful history, it’s hosted many renowned people from all over the world, including British governors and members of European royal families. In keeping with its rich history and heritage, the hotel is suitably stylish and well maintained throughout. It makes for a great base for exploring the vibrant city thanks to its central location, though it still manages to retain a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Residence by Uga Escapes offers a total of 11 suites set out across a single floor. All offer plenty of space and are decorated in a sophisticated and opulent style. There are plenty of modern conveniences such as free Wi-Fi, a 42” LED TV and air conditioning. Suites are made up of a bedroom with queen size bed, an en-suite bathroom with rain shower, a living area and an outdoor private courtyard that’s a good place to relax and enjoy some in-room dining. Room service is available round-the-clock and guests can make use of the mini bar and the tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel’s most luxurious suite, the Residence Suite, is a step up from the ten Park Suites and offers more room, better amenities and a private courtyard with a generous 900 square feet of space.
Though the hotel is very well placed for exploring all that Colombo has to offer, there are plenty of on-site facilities worth checking out. There's a garden and a 16-metre outdoor swimming pool with a poolside bar, as well as a fully equipped fitness centre and a library. The hotel’s restaurant, Rare, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not to mention high tea. Guests can tuck into an appetising selection of international dishes that are freshly prepared using Sri Lankan ingredients.
Although the hotel doesn’t offer much in the way of child-friendly amenities and there's no available babysitting service, children are indeed welcome. Parents will find that the low beds, private terraces and central Colombo location make for a comfortable and convenient family stay.
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019