Luxury hotel holiday Lunuganga Bentota

Lunuganga is a good choice for those seeking an insight into the life and work of the architect Geoffrey Bawa. The residence can be viewed as piece of artwork, although guests can stay there as well as simply visit the wonderful gardens. Guests will enjoy the unique and quirky design on the rooms as well as exploring the extensive estate. Expressions Holidays recommends Lunuganga as a short stay for those interested in art and architecture as part of one of our touring holidays of Sri Lanka.
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 if part of tour or private car transfers only
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Lunuganga Estate, near Bentota

Lunuganga is an exclusive, small luxury boutique hotel in a beautiful natural location. The country house of the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa, it offers a fascinating insight into his architect and offers a serene getaway from the bustle of Bentota.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Small luxury boutique

Location In the countryside, approximately 40-miles from Galle

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 3 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Sri Lankan home cooking and international menu available, Landscaped gardens and tropical forest, Lakefront views, Outdoor Terraces, Main house - sitting and dining areas, A small team of staff, Geoffrey Bawa books, information, and memorabilia.

Out and about nearby

Dedduwa lake and the islands of Appaladuwa and Honduwa, Brief Garden, Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, Aluthgama market, three ancient temples.

Sports nearby

Watersports and Scuba diving can be arranged at Bentota.

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

From about

£1,690

Holiday Code EXH975

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 Lunuganga Estate, near Bentota

Room descriptions

Lunuganga has 6 rooms, all with Air-conditioning, Double bed, Individual design, En-suite bathroom - some bathrooms only have a shower, no bath.

Glass Room It has one bedroom and a shower room, that opens onto trees
Gate House One-bedroom suite, bath and shower
Cinnamon Hill House Bungalow with sitting area and two bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms. Small kitchen where staff can prepare meals to serve on the covered veranda.
Guest Room in the Main House Has a small private sitting area overlooking a walled courtyard. The bedroom has no view.
Studio Gallery The largest room on the estate. A double bed is in the middle of the upper level gallery. Narrow steps - which do not have a handrail - go down to a stunning sitting room.

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

From about

£1,690

Holiday Code EXH975

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 Lunuganga Estate, near Bentota

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Lunuganga 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 2 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 stayed at as a coast extension at the end of a tailor-made touring holiday, in which case you will approach the hotel from a different location.

Additional information

Children: The only accommodation that is suitable for families with children is at Cinnamon Hill bungalow which has two double bedrooms at ground level and where extra beds can be arranged. Children under 12 are not encouraged.

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

From about

£1,690

Holiday Code EXH975

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 Lunuganga Estate, near Bentota

Highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In addition to relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of other things to see and do in this region. In and around Wadduwa: Fishing life along the coast; Long beach walks; Kalutara – famous for its historic Bo tree, grown from a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, and Gangatilaka Vihara Temple - the only Buddhist shrine in the world which is hollow; Kalu Ganga (river) and Bolgoda lake; Richmond Castle – a 19th century spice plantation mansion, built for a regional Governor resembling an Indian Maharaja’s palace design, now open to the public. In and around Bentota/Beruwela: Watersports at Bentota/Beruwela on the Bentota river (there is a well-equipped centre offering a range of motorised and non-motorised water sports, including diving); Bentota mangrove river boat trip; Long beach walks; Brief Garden – home and landscaped gardens created by Bevis Bawa, the artist brother of Geoffrey Bawa. Behind a bamboo hedge lie walled gardens, bowers, lawns, sculptures and a Japanese garden; Lunuganga Estate – the home of celebrated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; Aluthgama – shops and market; Galapita Vihara Buddhist Temple - 12th century, 5 km upriver. Inland: Singharaja Rainforest; Plantations, farming and craft villages. Between Bentota and Galle: Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; Buddhist Temples – e.g. Kumarakanda Vihara; Balapitiya –boat trips on Madu Ganga river and lagoon – birdlife, water monitors, islands; Mask carving and painting in Ambalangoda; Moonstone quarry in Meetyagoda; Beach walks; Hikkaduwa - tourist shops and restaurants, lower budget; Fishing trips, Snorkelling and scuba diving, waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing – at Hikkaduwa (12 km from Galle). Wherever you stay on the south-west coast, day excursions can be made to historic Galle, Buddhist temples, Sinharaja Rainforest, Ambalangoda mask factory, the Kosgoda turtle hatchery. The water sports facilities at Bentota/Beruwela (or Hikkaduwa) are within an hour’s drive from any of the hotels.

Cultural highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In the small towns and villages that straddle the main trunk road and railway line, Buddhist temples sit alongside churches and mosques whilst livelihoods are gained through a mix of tourism, trading and fishing, farming and skilled crafts. It is fascinating to stroll along the beach and watch the fishermen preparing to launch their brightly-painted boats, later seeing them return with their catch. A venture into the hinterland reveals a world of lush plantations, tropical forests and lagoons. The rural villages are often known for a particular skill such as furniture or mask-making and weaving using dyed reed. Wadduwa, Bentota, Beruwela and the stretch of coast between Bentota and Galle all offer golden sand beaches, small fishing communities and watersports. Further inland, the Sinharaja rainforest is the only large undisturbed rainforest left in Sri Lanka where over 800 of the island’s endemic species of flora and fauna can be found.

Climate of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

The south-western part of Sri Lanka is the wet tropical zone. It is warm and humid all year round. Sea breezes make the coast a little cooler. The sunny, dry season is between November and March with average temperatures at around 26C. The south-west monsoon brings intermittent torrential rain, winds and rough seas, normally in May, June and July, with temperatures of up to 32C.There is also changeable weather during September and October. Humidity fluctuates between 70% in the day and 90% at night, which can be oppressive in built up areas.

Travel around the region

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Colombo International Airport to Wadduwa – 1.5 to 2 hours (56 km), Colombo International Airport to Bentota – 2 ½ to 3 hours (90 km), Colombo International Airport to Galle – 3 hours (150 km), Wadduwa to Kandy – 4 hours, Bentota to Kandy – 4.5 hours (180 km), Colombo to Wadduwa – 45 mins to 1 hour (30 km).

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