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Villa Taprobane

Villa Taprobane located in a quiet seaside resort of Negombo. It is the perfect place to plan your visit to Sri Lanka after the arrival, or even take a break before leaving the country. This is a good place to relax yourself with tranquil sounds of nature and relaxing atmosphere in the lively village in the bustling city of Negombo.

At Villa Taprobane you will find free WIFI,an airport shuttle, a 24-hour front desk and barbecue facilities. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a tour desk and luggage storage. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling and horse riding. The property offers free parking.

Talaramba Reef

Set on the Southern shore of Sri Lanka, just a few minutes along the coast from spectacular Mirissa Beach, and within easy reach of Galle Fort, Talaramba Reef offers an idyllic holiday experience.

Two and a half acres of lush tropical gardens, the steady sea breeze, and the hypnotic sound of the Indian Ocean rolling onto the reef, make this a very special place to unwind and reconnect with the simpler things in life.

Combining the best of contemporary Sri Lankan design, with traditional materials and craftsmanship, Villa Sulanga and Villa Vatura each has four large en-suite double bedrooms, its own swimming pool, and house staff who will happily attend to your every need.

You can rent each villa individually, or the entire property.

Heritance Tea Factory

Where else in the world can you stay in a converted tea factory, pluck your own tea and take it home with you as a souvenir? At 2km above sea level, the views over our lush green organic plantations as the sun mingles with the mist are truly unforgettable. Enjoy them as you tuck into high tea on the terrace or a delicious tea-themed menu in the restaurant. Welcome to Heritance Tea Factory, where the kettle is always on.

Heritance Tea Factory, a luxuriously appointed hotel at Nuwara Eliya, located in Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country, will prove to be a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. At approximately 14 km from Nuwara Eliya and 163 km from Colombo. It takes 6-7 hours to drive from Colombo and the international airport.

THE ORIGINS OF HETHERSETT
In 1867 a Scotsman, James Taylor, first introduced tea to Ceylon (as the island was then known). Within a decade, the plant had become a popular crop among colonial planters, covering over 5,000 acres.

As the number of requests to open tea plantations grew, the government sold land to pioneer planters in the 1870s. Among the bidders was William Flowerdew, who named his plantation after his native village, Hethersett, in England, and built a tea factory to process his crop.

In Tamil, the plantation is known as Pupanie, which means “flowers of frost” – a quaint way of describing the cold mist that occasionally descends on Hethersett. Mr Flowerdew had sold the plantation by 1881, and it then passed through the hands of different owners. In the Goatfell Bar you can see a list of all the planters, from William Flowerdew in 1879 to JME Waring until 1972, after which the factory closed down.

Before motorised transport, the tea was transported by bullock cart to Kandapola, from where a narrow-gauge railway ran to Udapussellawa via Nuwara Eliya. For a taste of yesteryear you can have dinner in one of the former railway carriages, now our TCK 6685 Restaurant.

The Hethersett tea plantation played an important role in the development of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. In 1891 its silver tip tea was auctioned at Mincing Lane in London for £1 10s 6d a pound – 30 times the prevailing average price at the time. This exciting achievement ensured that the Hethersett mark would become synonymous with quality pure Ceylon tea.

REBUILDING THE TEA FACTORY
The original wooden factory was damaged by fire during the First World War, so in the mid-1930s a hill was scalped to create a plateau for the new factory, which is the hotel today.

When it was first built it was regarded as a remarkable work of engineering. The factory was ingeniously powered by an oil fired engine with flywheels and pulleys to operate the large fans for withering the tea, and also to power the rollers and sifters.
But by 1968, the Hethersett factory had passed its heyday, and it was finally closed in 1973. It stood unused, among the surrounding tea bushes, a silent monument to the days of pure Ceylon tea.

In 1992, Mr G C Wickremasinghe, a Director of Aitken Spence and Company Limited, happened to observe the tea factory through the mist-covered hills. He had a vision of transforming the shell into a unique, luxury hotel.

The idea was brought to fruition through the talent of architect Nihal Bodhinayake. No alterations or additions have been made to the exterior – the windows and woodwork are entirely original as designed by British engineers. Heritance Tea Factory opened as a hotel in 1996.

Zylan Luxury Villa

Tsui Yan Ting Jennifer: is a Hongkong Chinese world renowned artist, a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and famous for her beguiling and luxurious flower paintings on traditional calligraphy paper. She is the only female Chinese artist to be given her own exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters, New York in September & October 2007.

A long held dream of Jennifer’s was to visit Sri Lanka to perform some charitable works. In 1996 she came to this ‘pearl’ of an island for the first time. She focused mainly on the Cultural Triangle and in four weeks was totally besotted with this magical isle. While working on her art back in China, she never forgot Sri Lanka & promised to return one day, which she eventually managed in May 2010, bringing her daughter Helen with her. Her idea was to find a suitable location to be able to paint and display her art while encouraging young local artists by conducting ‘Master classes’ and developing their techniques.

This concept soon changed to an even more challenging proposition when Helen suggested that they incorporate the original idea with running a small luxury hotel in Colombo, where she would oversee the running of it. After several months and visits, an exclusive property in Colombo 7 was decided upon and hence, 19 months after the seeds of an idea were sown, the Zylan Luxury Villa has come into fruition.

The cool, elegant property is decorated in charmingly understated soft hues of coffee and cream which accentuates the vibrancy and colours of Jennifer’s art which adorns the walls of the public rooms as well as the eight Deluxe bedrooms and the two luxuriously appointed Executive rooms.

For guests who visit or are fortunate enough to stay at this new ‘flower’ which opened its doors to the first guests on December 28nd 2011, you will find an establishment which reflects its name, Zylan means ‘blossoming’ or ‘blooming’ and this genteel hotel certainly does that. The creativity of the décor, the delicious ‘a la carte’ international menus, the dedicated friendly service and above all else, the comfort of the beautiful bedrooms make this the obvious choice of discerning travellers, both local and foreign, for business or leisure.

An open-air roof garden can be found on the 2nd floor where you can eat or just relax while those feeling a bit more energetic can take advantage of the well equipped gymnasium, maybe indulge in a dip in the swimming pool on the top floor. If you are really lucky you may even hear Helen playing soft classical music, at which she excels, on her grand piano in the main sitting room.

Cocoon Resort & Villas

65 km away from the capital city of Colombo and far removed from the metropolitan pressures, with a delightful laid back atmosphere surrounding eye soothing greenery yet basked in the touch of modern technology lies the Luxury Boutique Villas of Cocoon. While traces of Cinnamon and chanting of Buddhist monks enrich the floating breeze, you will find the perfect place to mellow out. Relax in our custom designed Grand Villas enjoying a Rose Petal bath or candlelit dinner. Explore the destination in more depth with a tour of the area’s ancient temples and pagodas or a fascinating tour of the whereabouts of the local inhabitants of the area.

 

Discover the pleasure of serenity in exquisite surroundings between tropical forest and lush greenery. Over a hundred years ago, the hill in the midst of the former Cinnamon Plantation was given a name by the local inhabitants. They christened it, “Sumanagiri”– the Silent Mount.

 

Today, this land of Sumanagiri, stretched amongst 8 ½ acres has metamorphosed into Cocoon Resort and Villas, while interweaving the centuries old architecture with modern sophistication embedded in 3 exclusive Grand Villas, 7 Luxury Villas and 16 ‘Silk’ Rooms, adding glory to a place where heaven appears to embrace the earth.

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana

Habarana is the centre of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle that is made up of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy; therefore the perfect epicentre to explore the glorious past of Sri Lanka.

 

Sprawled over 27 acres of lush forested land, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, is an exclusive hideaway for the entire family. Rooting over 1700 trees, time stands still enabling guests to experience serenity and tranquillity while walking along the paths that lead up to the chalet-type rooms. The architect of the property derived inspiration from the glorious remains of Ritigala – A monastery that dates back to the 6th Century.

 

It is also of interest to note that the land used to build this lavish resort was once an abandoned Chena cultivation (slash and burn cultivation), and it had been transformed with the tedious task which was undertaken for period of years through re-forestation creating a man made forest, which is an uncommon sight in the dry locale of the country.

 

All 137 chalets are carefully prepared to provide absolute intimacy and comfort, making Cinnamon Lodge an all suite resort with large rooms giving guests the luxury of space and indulgences. Guests can spoil themselves to the country’s finest foods at the three restaurants that are renowned for delectable dishes ranging from local delicacies to international favourites. Being a truly eco friendly resort, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana also offers the option enjoying organic fine dining prepared from the produce of its very own organic farm. One could also choose from a range of unique and creative dining options, from tree top dining, dine by the lake to dining with the chef just to name a few.

 

Being located in tranquil surroundings, Cinnamon Lodge is also the ideal location for corporate meetings, brainstorming sessions, CEO/CFO forums at the ‘Tree Top’ conference hall that is able to house a 100 on theatre style. Unwind, relax and enjoy the bliss inducing body therapy and signature treatments at the Azmaara spa.

Chaaya Village Habarana

Like a well-disguised tree with thirsty widespread roots reaching far and wide to drink from the closest brook, Chaaya Village Habarana lies sprawled across 27 acres of luxuriant land bordering a stunning lake. Habarana is situated 176 km from Colombo in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and is part of the Anuradhapura District.

 

The hotel’s cozy cottages, inspired by the typical thatched roof huts found locally, lie in clusters with low roofs and brownish yellow exteriors. The paint used is specially mixed with mud, in true native fashion, to ensure the facade is in harmony with nature.

 

A PATA Gold Award Winner and a Kuoni Green Planet Award Winner for the year 2007-2008, Chaaya Village Habarana boasts of 94 Superior Rooms, 12 Deluxe Rooms and 2 Suites set in the middle of thousands of high-rise trees that provide fruit, medicinal properties and plenty of shade.

 

Since the entire property offers one breathtaking vista, it’s hard to promise a guest just one view. There are many. Each one more captivating and serene than the other. The spacious living spaces are tastefully appointed complete with four-star luxuries for comfortable living. Nature’s little finishing touches gently remind guests that the slightest interactions with nature can be quite a luxury.

 

For instance, the locally produced bamboo and cloth mixed window screens and shades are charming, the cool understated cement floors that gently massage guests’ feet when they walk around the room are soothing while the private open-air bath areas that come with the perpetual singing of birds, lulls away all anxiety. This nature friendly property features some impressive dining options designed to make guests feel the wealth of the outdoors while seated indoors.

 

The forever-sunny weather often beckons guests outside on to the terrace by the unique Infinity Swimming pool where they enjoy romantic dinners or sip cocktails seated ankle deep in water. Upon special request Chaaya Village graciously permits guests to have meals by the lake, up in a romantic tree-hut, in the privacy of the veranda, in the shade of a tree or even in the barbeque hut in the garden. Hidden away in one secluded corner of the property are the badminton, tennis and volleyball courts. Closer to the lake with a view of the pool is the cricket pitch. Any one of these games can leave a guest wanting to visit the Aryuveda Health Centre, located on the left side of the property, for a touch from nature to rejuvenate body and spirit.

 

Guests can explore this vast area of lush vegetation by following the quaint footpath that winds its way hither and thither or by simply making their own path. In this natural habitat it’s only natural to spot permanent residents. Encounters with butterflies, birds, lizards, squirrels, monkeys and all other precious life forms found within the Habarana Village, can be quite delight to visitors. A chat with the resident Naturalist can be enlightening. The very location of Chaaya Village makes it a biodiversity hotspot that attracts nature and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.

 

The hotel is committed to nature conservancy and protecting the local communities. By enhancing ecotourism through programs like the ‘Experience Packages’ designed to provide nature enthusiasts a chance to explore natural environments, Chaaya Village is also adding value to the cultural integrity of the local people. For travelers with a passion for nature, Chaaya Village is a must visit. Five ‘Experience Packages’ have been carefully planned to accommodate and entertain travelers in a way that reignites their bond with the natural world while sustaining and supporting local communities at the same time.

 

A visit to Chaaya Village is a journey made for the love of nature, a journey that will lead visitors to experience many exotic paths.

Auraliya Villa

Auraliya is situated in an acre of tropical garden adorned by frangipani trees and coconut palms with breathtaking views over the property.  The villa is located in the middle of the idyllic Palatugaha beach enhanced by a stunning, unspoilt coral lagoon – one of only two villas with direct access to the beach on this exceptional reef-protected stretch of coastline.

 

Since it offers some of the safest year-round swimming and snorkeling on the South coast, Auraliya is also an especially good choice for families with children.

 

The house is designed in a courtyard shape featuring a central deep turquoise swimming pool. The floors and walls are light with polished white terrazzo and high ceilings are used extensively. The result is an airy, cool and fresh feel.

 

Living and accommodation areas are arranged around three large pavilions. The first provides a formal dining area with stunning views over the azure swimming pool in the garden to the glittering Indian Ocean beyond. Seating is flexible – either one large table for everyone or two separate configurations for adults and children. The choice is yours and the staff are more than happy to accommodate your changing requirements.

 

The middle pavilion provides a central chill-out area which is an ideal location for both socialising and serenity. Invisible by day, at night the fibre optics embedded in the pool mean that the stars twinkle both above and below you

41 Lighthouse Street

‘Sri Lanka’s sexiest villa’ – Tatler. Staying at ‘Forty One’ will change the way you see Sri Lanka. Whilst you may never want to leave the oasis within, ‘Forty One’ is the perfect place from which to explore southern Sri Lanka, its golden beaches, safari parks and International cricket ground – not to mention Galle Fort itself. The three bedroom boutique villa is a newly renovated Dutch villa within the walls of Galle Fort that is available to rent in its entirety. Featured in Harpers, Tatler, Conde Nast, Sri Lanka Style, to name a few, and complete with all the luxuries you might expect, ‘Forty One’ also retains its heritage with huge open arches, exposed beams and black and white chequered floors. Entertain, hideaway, explore, relax…the choice is yours.

 

41′s elegance will whisk you off your feet. In the heart of a 300 year old Dutch/Portuguese/British Fort lies this hidden gem that has been beautifully renovated in to Galle’s finest villa. “Forty One” lies at the heart of Galle Fort seconds walk from the fort’s award winning boutique hotels, restaurants, shops and bars. Perfectly situated just minutes by tuk tuk to Sri Lanka’s golden and palm fringed beaches and for cricket lovers, a test match ground just 200 yards away – “Forty One” simply persuades you to “stay in”.

 

Three gorgeous double bedrooms complete with air conditioning, soft Egyptian cotton sheets, en suite terrazzo bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the courtyard. The Master Suite is furnished with ‘cuddle up’ sofas, private sun lounging balcony, flat screen TV and iPod compatible surround sound. The Master Suite’s bathroom boasts an enormous copper bath tub. “Forty One” is all about living space, and there is plenty to choose from – a private bar complete with drinks fridge and cocktail bibles for hosting a party; a reading ambalama in the garden looking back over the vast pool that keeps you cool during the heat of the day; the library, fitted with wireless broadband if you need to stay in touch; a sitting room complete with DVD collection and Satellite TV and, of course, the only Pool table in the Fort. “Forty One” kitchen has been designed with food lovers in mind, either get your hands dirty or let our staff do all the work for you. Trust me, even after a week, you won’t be sure where your favourite spot is?

Arika Boutique Villas

Deviating on a scenic route of 75 meters away from the A9 road that connects Matale to Dambulla, comes a path surrounded by a wild lush forest leading to one of the most unique and secluded getaway spots in the serenity of Sri Lanka. The Arika Boutique Villa; suitably named after the intricate water lily; is located on a heavily landscaped area marking the confluence of a local river and stream. With a portion of the hotel openly facing the stream and merging with the tranquility of its natural surroundings, its harness of this remarkable location undoubtedly highlight its environmentally friendly foundation and deem it as the perfect private hideaway.

The alluring aura subtly brings you to an inviting stairway that ends up at an age old door brought down from the culturally rich city of Jaffna; embedded on the seemingly raw but environmentally fitting brick wall that encompasses the luxurious stay within. Following the concept of the water lily; after which the hotel is named after; Arika is a complex two floored architectural marvel that is built around an indoor swimming pool overlooking the passing stream beyond the open deck.

The hotel boasts facilities such as a glass walled multi-cuisine restaurant to enhance a welcoming feel, a steam room for relaxation and TV karaoke lounge for entertainment. Having avoided damage to the surrounding environment as much as possible, the hotel also has a local Karandhatree indoors emerging from the courtyard. Most of the furniture is purely cement based and inbuilt to give it a natural perspective. Going along the lines of a green concept; using solar panels for water heating and recyclable materials for other aspects, to be eco-friendly; Arika prides its self to be the perfect secret escape for those who seek out pure tranquility.

Amaloh Boutique Hotel

At Amaloh Boutique Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like Wi-Fi in public areas, smoking area, coffee shop, car park, airport transfer.

 

The three upper bedrooms with high wooden ceilings are the epitome of comfort with glass fronts and private balconies giving a splendid panoramic seascape of the azure water of the cove.

 

The four ground floor rooms each have a private garden and chalet rooms facing ocean.

 

Every bedroom is distinctive in décor with all rooms having modern amenities including free wifi services / satellite T.V. / D.V.D. / safety lockers / mini-bar / twin-tub /  hair dryer and herbal toiletries in the spacious bathrooms.

 

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the games room, outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorized), garden. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Amaloh Boutique Hotel hits the spot in many ways.

Jungle Beach Resort

WELCOME TO JUNGLE BEACH

 

Offering the best of land and sea, this luxury Sri Lanka beach resort simply known as Jungle Beach has artfully incorporated existing trees and natural plant life into the hotel’s design, making you feel like you’re in a luxurious tree house.

Three choices of rooms are available at our truly unique Trincomalee hotel, facing the beach, the lagoon or fully immersed in the jungle, where you can still hear the lapping of the waves mixed with the songs of birds.

Follow teak walkways and stepping stones to find your way to the rustic dining area open to the sea breezes. Cross the bridge over the lotus pond to the bar, and then onto the floating platform for lounge chairs by the pool, where the waterfall heightens the sense that you have escaped into a tropical jungle oasis.