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The Wallawwa

Negombo, near Colombo

It’s possible to describe this antique manor house as an airport hotel due to its convenient location (just 15 minutes from the runway), but you can quickly dispel any negative notions of what that might mean. The luscious foliage, clipped lawns and pristine elegance visible on arrival give you the best indication of what to expect. 

It has some history, too, most famously the presence of Lord Mountbatten and his troops during WW2. The property exudes a rather colonial, old school atmosphere and the common areas could easily be the setting for a period drama. The rooms - a mix of old and new - are both beautiful and huge. The ambience is one of relaxation, reading, swimming and snoozing, very much in keeping with being the first or last stop on an itinerary. A beautiful way to bookend a trip.


Located close to the airport and not far from the city, and sheltered by the enveloping trees, this is the perfect place to relax before or after a long flight.

A little more detail

  • Sheltered pool & terrace

  • Spa

  • Tropical garden

  • Family friendly

From a client…

Gosh, what a lovely hotel. A complete haven of tranquility. We could have happily stayed another night or three.

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Courtyard at dusk at The Wallawwa
Courtyard at The Wallawwa
Greenery on the walkway at The Wallawwa
Walkway at The Wallawwa
Canopy bed at The Wallawwa
Bedroom at The Wallawwa
Gardens at The Wallawwa
Gardens at The Wallawwa
Terrace at The Wallawwa
Terrace at The Wallawwa
Bathroom at The Wallawwa
Bathroom at The Wallawwa
Plunge pool at The Wallawwa
Plunge pool at The Wallawwa

Why we love it

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Fresh starts

First impressions count and none more so than after a long flight. To arrive here is just bliss, and if the stars align and your flight arrives on time, you could even be in the restaurant for a late lunch of gorgeous Sri Lankan cuisine. However, the shimmering emerald pool may take precedence...

Pool with loungers at The Wallawwa

What can you do there?

A stay at the Wallawwa is likely to be either at the start or end of your itinerary, so chances are you’ll be looking for some relaxation. This hotel offers some gorgeously laid-back activities in addition to the pool and tranquil ambience. A croquet lawn, well-stocked library and games room await, and there’s also the opportunity to partake in a cookery demonstration in the high-quality restaurant.

Restaurant at night at The Wallawwa

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