Kotugoda, Sri Lanka
We are extremely saddened by the events that took place in Sri Lanka on Sunday 21st April. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are advising against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka. We are contacting all of our guests who are currently in Sri Lanka or who have future bookings with us as soon as we can to make alternative arrangements.
At a Glance
Only 20 minutes from the airport yet a million miles away from an airport hotel
While the average stay is one night, most guests wished they had more time here
Fabulous spa onsite - ideal for getting over a long flight
Beautiful gardens housing sofas, ideal for sipping a pre-dinner G&T
Top notch service - the staff have been trained in some the best hotels in the country and come together to merge the best bits
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.
To start planning your vacation to 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. This boutique gem is a destination in itself with stylish rooms, mouth watering food and an exquisite atmosphere.
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.
Rooms and suites comprise terrazzo lined walk in wet rooms boasting rain showers and double basins, bedrooms furnished with Balinese four poster beds, exceptionally comfortable bedding and all the mod cons you'd expect from a world class, yet boutique hotel.
Just because you are ‘overnighting’ after or before your flight does not mean you need to compromise on standards, especially when it comes to food. Here, the chefs 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 favorite homemade dishes from around the world.
Not forgetting your tired body, The Wallawwa also boasts its very own Spa with treatments, specifically designed with real people in mind to relax, unwind and help you enjoy the tranquil setting.
With the facilities of an office and library to keep in touch and entertained, as your first or last stop in Sri Lanka, The Wallawwa leaves you wanting for nothing - except perhaps one more night...
The Wallawwa offers 17 rooms and suites including ten Garden Suites, two Wallawwa Bedrooms and two Family Suites; each compromises of a garden suite and a wallawwa bedroom that can be sold as separate rooms. There is also one two-bedroom Mountbatten suite. Suites are air-conditioned and feature king size Balinese four poster beds, a Terrazzo lined en-suite wet room with rainshower, basin & WC and private verandah with comfortable seating area. Amenities include WiFi internet access, a widescreen satellite TV, safety deposit box and tea and coffee making facilities.
Children are welcome to come and stay at The Wallawwa. There is a children's menu available at the restaurant and the family suite is an ideal choice of accommodation if you are traveling with young ones.
Facilities at the hotel include a spa offering signature massages, scrubs and wraps using traditional Ayurvedic techniques, and a selection of other health and beauty alternatives, office, library, pool, gardens, WiFi and a restaurant serving sumptuous Asian fusion cuisine. There are vegetarian and kid's menus available should they be required.
The hotel offers complimentary use of the swimming pool. The hotel will be happy to arrange excursions to the beaches and fish markets of Negombo, just 30 minutes away, or into Colombo city center for shopping, dining and visiting cultural sites and museums. The Wallawwa is also just 2 hrs 45 mins from Kandy & Dambulla for a chance to visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the sights of Kandy or Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples in a day.
Charlie Loughlin (Staff)
The Wallawwa is bringing new style to the concept of airport hotels. Heading down a small side street from a busy main town you will be stunned by this little tropical oasis hidden away. Only 30 minutes from the airport this hotel not only offers convenience but is a great addition to any itinerary to give that much needed down time before you hop on a plane or start on your journey through Sri Lanka. With a large pool and great outdoor space this is a great place for kids to run around and explore.
Jack Mace (Staff)
The Wallawwa is a beautiful, boutique property that happens to also be 15 minutes from the airport! When you arrive you get a true sense of calm, no outside noise, just the sound of the birds and the trees. The grounds are fantastic, the swimming pool area is beautiful and the rooms are all luxurious and spacious. There's also a lovely spa, herb garden, library, study and this all come with service with a huge smile! It's a really lovely place to start or end your trip and don't be afraid to book in more than one night, there's plenty to keep you busy at the hotel or in the surrounding area!
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
After a short, but uncomfortable flight from Singapore, I landed in Colombo Airport, and got whisked off to The Wallawwa as I wanted to keep my transfer time down to a minimum. With its ideal location, The Wallawwa is the perfect haven to retreat to at the beginning or the end of one's trip. I had only just started my love affair with Sri Lanka, and in all honesty I was more excited about other parts of my adventure, as I'd seen this as just a stop off as a result of my flight time. Oh how I was wrong! From the moment you arrive down the charming little lane, that leads you to The Wallawwa, you get a total sense of utter charm, understated style and total serenity. The rooms are spacious and stylish, the gardens are beautiful and the swimming pool is idyllic to relax by after a busy afternoon tuk-tuking around Colombo! I could have stayed for many more nights, and am already looking forward to returning to make the most out of this hidden gem!
Alice Woodford (Staff)
After arriving in Colombo from my long flight I was pleasantly surprised by the swift journey from the airport to the oasis of calm that is The Wallawwa. With well-appointed and spacious rooms and a good selection of places to escape to in the gardens it is the perfect retreat to escape to before or after a flight. There is an emphasis on sustainability here and the gorgeous garden fuels a kitchen that offers superb cuisine. Even though The Wallawwa was the first hotel I saw on my visit to Sri Lanka, it remains a firm favorite of mine!
Rikki Poynton (Staff)
Although mainly used as a stop off point on arrival or on the way to the airport due to its close proximity, this was one of my favorite boutique hotels and if you have the time its certainly worth the visit. The spa is really good value and the food is amazing.
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
The Wallawwa is a lovingly resorted manor house filled with character and charm. After escaping the hustle and bustle of Colombo it was the ideal escape where I was welcomed with calm and tranquillity. The gardens were beautifully manicured and extensive and the pool was a great place to relax of an afternoon. I particularly loved the food which offered an array of Sri Lankan curries which were accompanied by several vegetable dishes to ensure you taste the best of Sri Lanka. It was the perfect introduction to the country.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
The Wallawwa is a lovely boutique hotel only 15 minutes from the airport. As such most people spend their first night here, and it is the best place to unwind. Make sure you check out their amazing vegetable garden, which Nimal has been carefully cultivating for the last 16 months. All the fresh fruit and veg ground here, finds itself onto your plate at their only restaurant - it is delicious.
Clare Monro (Staff)
The Wallawwa is the most beautiful 'airport' hotel, but with so much more to offer than just an overnight destination. Located just 20 minutes from the airport and set in beautiful gardens, it feels intimate. The service is superb and the rooms spacious with fabulous bathrooms. Don't make the mistake of just spending one night here - almost everyone regrets it! You can spend time relaxing on the lawn with a book or playing croquet, swimming in the pool or doing cultural tours nearby to places like the local cigar factory.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
They’ve got it absolutely right here, rather than spend the beginning or end of your vacation in a grotty airport hotel, The Wallawwa allows you to do so in the style to which you will have or will become accustomed to during your trip through Sri Lanka. The rooms are stylish with huge impressive shower rooms, the food is excellent with a range of seasonal daily specials as well as an excellent international menu. The gardens are stunning and the pool very pretty, ideal for refreshing yourself after a long flight. They also have an impressive three room spa which could rival many here in Sri Lanka. It almost seems a shame to waste this as a stopover for one night, many longer stay hotels could learn a thing or two from The Wallawwa and it’s team of excellent staff.
Anuradhapura Ancient City
Anuradhapura dates from the sixth century BC and is one of Buddhism's holiest sites, containing the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment.
Colombo - Cookery Demonstration
Visit a local market to choose ingredients before heading to Mrs Dole's house where she will explain and demonstrate the art of Sri Lankan cuisine. Visitors can participate in the cooking and then enjoy the fruits of their labour with a delicious lunch.
Colombo - Mark Forbes Walk
Enjoy a guided tour of Colombo's hidden corners. Mark Forbes or one of his team will take you on a tour of the city's historic buildings before visiting the Pettah Market. This tour lasts around two to three hours.
Colombo - Tuk Tuk Safari
Enjoy this four hour tour of Colombo by tuk tuk. A fun way to get around, this tour is an interactive immersion into local life, culture and a chance to sample Sri Lankan food and of course tea. Heading to famous landmarks including the Dutch Hospital.
Colombo Night by Bike
Cycle through the charming city of Colombo at dusk, as you visit some of its most iconic landmarks.
Colonial Colombo by Vintage Car
Colonial Colombo by Vintage Car is a fabulous way to explore this evolving city as the sun sets. Cruise around in your chauffeur driven vintage car and retrace Colombo's colonial past.
Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species
and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
The Wallawwa - Cookery Demonstration
A 1.5-hour cookery demonstration with one of the Wallawwa's chefs, beginning at 11am. Learn about the spices used and the different methods of preparation for different types of Sri Lankan curry. Following the demo, enjoy a 2-course lunch.
Location & directions
Kotugoda, Sri Lanka
The Wallawwa is near the town of Kotugoda, 10km east of Colombo airport, and about 60 minutes' drive northeast of Colombo city center. The beaches of Negombo are 30 minutes away.
How to get there
10-hour 45-minute direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. It takes 20-minutes to drive from the airport to The Wallawwa.