Luxury hotel holiday The Wallawwa Kotugoda

A tranquil hotel nestling amongst manicured gardens just twenty minutes' drive south-west of Colombo airport. Comfortable accommodation, an indulgent spa and an outdoor swimming pool allows for relaxation at the start or end of a touring holiday.
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 The Wallawwa, Kotugoda

The Wallawwa is an exclusive luxury boutique hotel, set in lush, 200-year old tropical gardens. Luxury accommodation, delicious cuisine, a lush jungle pool and heavenly spa afford guests a secluded, relaxing and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Luxury boutique

Location In the country, approximately ten-miles from Negombo

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 15-20 minutes by car

Hotel facilities and services

Dining terrace, Swimming pool, Loungers, Sundeck and shaded area, Complimentary WiFi, Library, Z Spa with 4 treatment rooms - an unpretentious addition to the Wallawwa's already peaceful surroundings, Tropical Garden.

Out and about nearby

Pineapple plantations, Negombo - a coastal fishing town with Dutch heritage, shops and beaches, Colombo - Sri Lanka's commercial capital.

Sports nearby

Watersports at Negombo, Golf at Royal Colombo Golf Club. 

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

From about

£1,870

Holiday Code EXH951

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 The Wallawwa, Kotugoda

Just minutes from Sri Lanka's airport, the beaches of Negombo and the city of Colombo is The Wallawwa, an airport hotel with a difference. Nestled amongst acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this antique colonial manor house, or Wallawwa, is now a charming boutique hotel. This old and new concept provides guests with a tranquil setting and stylish living just 20 minutes from the airport and the outskirts of Colombo. Strategically located close to the Dambulla, Kandy & Galle highways, the Wallawwa remains entirely secluded. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment, take a dip in the swimming pool and sample delicious Sri Lankan traditional curries and recipes developed from home-made dishes from around the world. The beautifully restored Wallawwa building, over 200 years old, is fronted by a long veranda filled with cane chairs & sofas, leading to a spacious library endowed with comfy chairs and bookshelves. To the left of the front veranda is the wonderful new restaurant & bar which overlooks the tranquil gardens. The back of the Wallawwa opens out onto a courtyard and three new single storey wings where the 17 bedrooms & suites are situated. Whilst the Wallawwa rooms are perfectly proportioned for short stays, the Garden suite rooms are nearly twice the size of the Wallawwa rooms including an indoor sitting area and a small patio garden. For the ultimate in luxury, the Mountbatten Suite has it all, including its own private plunge pool.

Room descriptions

The Wallawwa has 18 bedrooms.

Wallawwa rooms WiFi access, Air conditioning and fan, TV, Solar-heated hot water
Garden Suite Rooms Large suites with WiFi access, Air conditioning and fan, TV, Solar-heated hot water, private verandah.
Family Suite which comprises a twin Wallawwa bedroom with an interconnecting double
Garden Suite can be booked upon request

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

From about

£1,870

Holiday Code EXH951

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 The Wallawwa, Kotugoda

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to The Walawwa 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 20 minutes’ 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 of all ages are accepted.

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

From about

£1,870

Holiday Code EXH951

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 The Wallawwa, Kotugoda

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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