Luxury hotel holiday Casa Heliconia near Colombo

In the lush, green interior of western Sri Lanka, Casa Heliconia is a charming and romantic boutique hotel in the thick of the jungle. Only a short distance from Colombo Airport and in reachable proximity to the cultural highlights of central Sri Lanka, this is a lovely stop off point for a romantic getaway amid paddy fields and jungle scenery. With only two guestrooms, a swimming pool and a massage area, the experience is low key and intimate.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Casa Heliconia, near Colombo

Casa Heliconia is an exclusive, small luxury boutique hotel nestled in the jungle. The gourmet cuisine and charming accommodation afford guests a truly secluded, tranquil retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Small luxury boutique

Location In the countryside, approximately 20-miles from Negombo

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo Airport

Distance from airport Colombo Airport, 18 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Swimming pool, Massage area, TV room.

Out and about nearby

Uruwala Temple, Waruna Temple, Cadjugama, 'Village of Cashew Nuts', Villages of Wewaldeniya and Ambepussa with their local crafts, Dedigama with its museum, Fruit and vegetable market of Meerigama, Clay pot making in Webadamulla.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Pagoda gold room for 7 nights

From about

£1,590

Holiday Code EXH1595

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Casa Heliconia, near Colombo

In the lush, green interior of western Sri Lanka, Casa Heliconia is a charming boutique hotel in the thick of the jungle. Only a short distance from Colombo Airport and in reachable proximity to the cultural highlights of central Sri Lanka, this is a lovely stop off point for a romantic getaway amid paddy fields and jungle scenery. Casa Heliconia offers an out-of-the-ordinary stay, with its cute and quaint pavilions are perfect for experiencing the simple rural lifestyle on the borders of the farming village of Kaleliya. Nestled in amongst an exotic overgrowth, the pavilions hold just two bedrooms: Temple Angkor and Pagoda Gold. As their names suggest, they are a treasure trove of vibrant colours, antiques and eclectic art collections, all of which take inspiration from both western and Asian influences. The two pavilions are set apart from one another in the grounds, each featuring a private veranda and plenty of living and dining areas. Temple Angkor also comes with a private kitchen and barbeque area in which guests can have meals cooked for them and receive lessons on the preparation of Sri Lankan curries. The dining experience at Casa Heliconia includes fresh fruit platters for breakfast, lunches of salads and sharing dishes, while evening meals consist of Sri Lankan-inspired cuisine prepared using only fresh, local ingredients. Half board is included at this hotel. Elsewhere in the grounds are two communal areas: The Doll's House is a sitting room with deep sofas and a TV, while Pavilion Neapolitan houses a small infinity pool encircled by shady sun loungers that take in views across the paddy fields. A charming hideaway from which to discover small-town Sri Lanka and beyond.

Room descriptions

Casa Heliconia offers two rooms with air conditioning, fans and mosquito net.

Padgoda Gold
Temple Angkor with private kitchen and barbecue facilities

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Pagoda gold room for 7 nights

From about

£1,590

Holiday Code EXH1595

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Casa Heliconia, near Colombo

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Casa Heliconia in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 1 hours’ drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is the first or last stop on a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide.

Additional information

Children: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to stay at Casa Heliconia.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Pagoda gold room for 7 nights

From about

£1,590

Holiday Code EXH1595

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Casa Heliconia, near Colombo

About Negombo and west coast

An Expressions holiday to Sri Lanka's Negombo offers travellers the chance to experience Sri Lankan heritage and culture. Negombo is an important fishing town with Portuguese and Dutch colonial heritage. It is also a popular holiday destination because of its proximity to the international airport and its beachfront location. Due to the Portuguese influx back in the 16th century, the inhabitants are predominantly Catholic. The country’s Dutch legacy is seen in the remains of the grand Dutch Fort and the Dutch canal (now called Hamilton Canal) which runs from Colombo to Chilaw via Negombo. Although large parts of the canal are in disrepair, it is being revived and you can see gaily-painted boats using it as a waterway. The beaches at Negombo are wide and good for beach walking, although it is a struggle to keep them clean as urban debris washes ashore daily. The currents can be strong here, so it is better to swim in the hotel pool. It is fascinating to see how the fishing industry dominates life in coastal Negombo - the fish market, the auctions, the stalls along the beach. The tourist resort area of Negombo, known as the Golden Mile, caters to a wide spectrum of holidaymakers on a range of budgets, mostly the mid to the lower end. It’s lively at night and has bars, restaurants, tourist shops and fashion outlets, selling everything from flip-flops to colourful batiks and handlooms.

Highlights of Negombo

For nature lovers and birdwatchers there are the Muthurajawela wetlands where four varieties of kingfisher are frequently seen, as well as Negombo Lagoon. Offshore wrecks and a reef provide spots for diving (November to April, when the seas are calmer). PADI instructors, some other water sports and fishing trips are also available. Whale-watching and dolphin-watching boat trips are possible further north off Kalpitya, though this is a 3-4 hours drive away.

Cultural highlights of Negombo

In and around Negombo there are plenty of things to see and do: Dutch Fort remains; St Mary’s Church; Angurukaramulla Buddhist temple (murals); Fish markets, fishing boats and port; Select fresh seafood for your lunch or dinner; The Dutch canal (called Hamilton canal) and Maha Oya river – boat trip; Muthurajawela wetlands and Negombo Lagoon for birdwatching and nature; Some water sports and diving; November to April; Fishing; Tourist shops and restaurants (mostly mid-lower end), fashion shops; Inland to the archaeological site of Dambadeniya; Sri Lanka’s commercial capital of Colombo is 40 km away, offering a range of shops, restaurants and sightseeing.

Climate in Negombo

With daytime temperatures of between 26° C and 33° C, Negombo is hot and humid, though sea breezes cool and refresh the air. The evenings are slightly cooler. The main monsoon brings unsettled weather between May and August.

Travel around Negombo and Sri Lanka

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Negombo to Colombo International Airport: 20 minutes, Negombo to Sigiriya: 3 – 3.5 hours, Negombo to Kandy: 3.5 hours, Negombo to Colombo: 1-1.5 hours.

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