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The Wallawwa

Our rating

9/10

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Highlights

- Characterful, historic manor house
- Day trips to Colombo
- Close to Negombo beach
- Elephant sanctuary visits

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Overview

The Wallawwa is an elegant, historic manor house located in Kotoguda within easy reach of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Combining old world charm with contemporary touches, the property boasts tropical gardens, open verandas and terraces, a library, a sociable bar, a swimming pool, and a lovely Ayurvedic spa. The ‘Verandah’ restaurant serves Sri Lankan and Asian fusion cuisine made with home grown or locally sourced ingredients to guests and locals alike. Croquet, indoor games and Sri Lankan cookery classes are available on site, and there are plenty of cultural and beach activities nearby.

The accommodation comprises 17 elegant rooms and suites, each boasting king-size or twin beds, en-suite wet-rooms with rainwater showers, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi to name but a few of the many amenities. The Garden Suites are particularly secluded and feature a private garden-view veranda or garden with comfortable furniture. In addition there are designated two-bedroom, two-bathroom Family Suites and the enormous Mountbatten Suite takes the biscuit, boasting two spacious interconnecting bedrooms, a free-standing bathtub in the main bathroom and private swimming and plunge pools.

Activities might include a day trip to bustling Colombo with its historical and religious buildings, street food sellers, and bazaars in the Pettah market district, or visits to Negombo beach which is about half an hour away. The fish market in Negombo is worth a visit, and days can be whiled away snorkelling, scuba diving, sunbathing on the long stretch of golden sand, or enjoying a boat trip out into the lagoon. Visits to the Millennium Elephant Sanctuary can also be arranged.

Children of all ages are welcome and extra beds for toddlers under two, and cots for infants, can be brought in to the standard hotel rooms if requested in advance. Families with older children can stay in the designated Family Suite which comprises a Garden Suite and a smaller, twin-bedded Wallawwa bedroom. Another, larger option for families is the Mountbatten Suite which houses a master bedroom with a king-sized bed, a lounge and a private garden complete with plunge pool. The second bedroom is furnished with queen-sized twin beds and has its own shower room – in fact, the Mountbatten can sleep up to 6 people if the queen-sized beds are shared. Parents are advised that The Wallawwa has a pool and several unfenced ponds in the garden, so children should be supervised at all times.

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Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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