Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has updated their travel advice for Sri Lanka and are advising that travel can now resume. We've been following the situation closely and with the recent changes in security, we're pleased to say that we can support the people of Sri Lanka and once again offer trips to this beautiful country. To encourage visitors to return, the Sri Lankan government are now offering free visas on arrival to key countries (including the UK) beginning August 2019.
At a Glance
Fabulously spacious rooms at 75sqm each with the Residence Suite offering 176 sqm
Perfect location in the city center, and only 30km from the airport
Beautiful outside pool area, and dining option
Very popular restaurant with delicious twists on traditional Sri Lankan food
Excellent service which you come to expect from Uga Escapes
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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.
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Uga Residence is a modern boutique hotel in the heart of Colombo. It is an eleven suite city hotel managed by Uga Escapes, and as such is both a sophisticated and luxurious option.
Uga Residence is a contemporary hotel with a glamorous and exclusive feel. Built around a central courtyard it gives a feeling of space and the outdoors with a great area for the pool and beautiful little outside dining area. The ideal location for couples looking to relax in the capital.
Uga Residence has just 11 suites each one measuring 75sqm consisting of a living room, bedroom, en-suite bathroom and outdoor private area. The Residence was originally a family home belonging to Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, who designed it in the 18th century as a place to host large parties and grand scale receptions. As such the hotel retains much of its heritage feel and glamorous past.
Uga Residence is well-located within the city, only 30km from the airport, with easy access to the Colombo's business and shopping hotspots. The restaurant has been a huge success since the hotel opened with locals and guests alike, enjoying the haute cuisine with a contemporary twist, and giving the hotel a great atmosphere in the evenings. There is also a great cocktail bar with inventive new mixes including local and more exotic ingredients.
Uga Residence has 11 suites, consisting of a living room, bedroom, en-suite bathroom and private outdoor dining area. The suites are equipped with mini-bar, Nespresso machines and tea facilities, as well as large flat-screen TVs.
10 of the suites measure 75sqm, with one Grand Suite measuring 176sqm.
Uga Residence has a large garden, swimming pool, gym, bar and 'Great Room'. The suites consist of a living room, bedroom, en-suite bathroom and private outdoor dining area.
The staff are very helpful and will organize any sightseeing you are interested in. They will also book taxi's and drivers were necessary. There are so many wonderful things to do and see in Colombo, including museums, galleries, and restaurants, you certainly won't be bored!
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
The Uga Residences is an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Colombo. Hidden down a leafy road it offers a peaceful escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The main house was originally built over 200 years ago and today retains its colonial charm with wooden floors, high ceilings and columns. With only 11 rooms Uga Residence feels very private offering a good place to relax at the start or end of any Sri Lanka vacation. Each room is very spacious and comes with a separate living area and small courtyard. The food at the restaurant gets rave reviews and is well known for its traditional local dishes and daily high tea.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
Uga Residence is a fantastic choice in Colombo. It has one of the best pool areas I've seen in a city hotel and a great restaurant. If you are keen to get out and about, you will find yourself right in the action.
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.
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.
Best of Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Hatton, Yala National Park, Tangalle & Galle
from $4000 pp 12 nights
- This itinerary covers it all, the culture of the ancient cities, the wildlife in Yala National Park and the southern coast, providing a hugely rewarding itineary
- Many rural and hidden settings which are great for getting you off the beaten track
- You will have your own private driver/guide to show you around the country - seeing the sights are your own pace
Location & directions
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Uga Residence is located in a leafy residential area of Colombo, between Park Street and the lakeside temple of Gangarama.