Luxury hotel holiday Uga Residence Colombo

The Uga Residence is an intimate, stylish boutique hotel located in central Colombo. This is a delightful alternative to large traditional city hotels - the Uga Residence is a calm oasis with welcoming staff. This property has a genuine heritage and is a characterful, attractive city hotel which is well placed for all of Colombo's attractions.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Private car transfer airport to hotel and back
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Uga Residence, Colombo

The Uga Residence is an exclusive boutique hotel in an excellent central location, that oozes character, opulence and a sense of history. Delicious cuisine and luxurious accommodation make this an excellent haven from the bustle of Colombo.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Luxury boutique

Location In the city of Colombo, approximately 10-minutes' walk from Gangaramaya Park

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 1 hour by car

Hotel facilities and services

24-hour Dining, Gourmet restaurant, Open-air terrace and lounge areas, Courtyards, Gardens, Swimming pool and loungers, and an In-room massage service.

Land sports

Fitness centre and Gym.

Out and about nearby

Dutch Period Museum, National Museum, Gangaramaya Temple, Vihara Maha Devi Park, The Fort, Pettah Market, Shopping centres, Arts & crafts and designer shops.

Sports nearby

Golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club.

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

From about

£1,810

Holiday Code EXH968

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 Uga Residence, Colombo

The Uga Residence is a former prominent Muslim family's residence on a leafy street in the heart of Colombo, boasting a colourful history dating back over 250 years. Restored and opened as a luxury boutique hotel in 2007, The Uga Residence now offers a combination of old-world charm and modern, stylish design. The restaurant, terrace and bedrooms are arranged around a pleasant courtyard garden where an inviting swimming pool takes pride of place. The eleven suites are airy and spacious with striking modern art adorning the white walls. The two plush suites are resplendent with original teak floors and antique furniture, each having their own sitting room and patio garden. The restaurant is popular with Colombo residents for its al fresco dining and its delicious modern continental and Asian cuisine. A stay at the Uga Residence offers a taste of Colombo's vibrant culture and lifestyle, both past and present. The atmosphere here is intimate and personal and a charming alternative to Colombo's larger hotels.

Room descriptions

The Uga Residence has 12 rooms.

Deluxe Room Bathroom with walk-in rain shower and jacuzzi, (bathrooms are semi-open to the bedroom), TV and DVD player, Internet access
Suite with garden Original teak floors, antique furniture, Bathroom with walk-in rain shower and jacuzzi, TV and DVD player, Internet access
The Begum Suite bedroom has a four-poster bed and enough room for an extra child bed

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

From about

£1,810

Holiday Code EXH968

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 Uga Residence, Colombo

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Uga Residence in Colombo, 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). At Colombo you are met by car and driver and transferred to your hotel. A stay at this hotel is usually included as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide, in which case the services of the driver-guide will start when you leave Colombo to commence the touring itinerary.

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

From about

£1,810

Holiday Code EXH968

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 Uga Residence, Colombo

About Colombo

Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, has gradually grown from humble beginnings as a tiny 5th century trading post for gems to become Sri Lanka’s largest city and its most important port. The island’s commercial capital is a hectic mix of old and new, colonial architecture sitting next to modern glass and tree-lined residential suburbs bordered by shacks. Nifty 3-wheelers and the occasional bullock cart vie with noisy buses and 4-wheel drives for supremacy on the streets. There is a lot to see and explore during your stay in Colombo. To the north of the city is Fort, a business area with shops and offices and touches of residual colonial charm. The fort which gave the district its name has long since gone, though the Lighthouse Clock Tower in North Chatham Street and the 18th century ‘Queen’s House’, now the president’s official residence, still exist. To the south is Galle Face Green, a sea-front expanse of green lawn beside an esplanade which is used to host race meetings and sports events and is a popular gathering place, especially for kite-flying or a sunset stroll. At its south end stands the colonial Galle Face Hotel, the oldest hotel in Colombo which was built in 1864. Further south is Cinnamon Gardens, the city’s most fashionable neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and colonial mansions. A small national art gallery borders the pleasant Viharamahadevi Park. The National Museum, on Albert Crescent, has a collection ranging from religious bronzes to possessions of the last Kandyan kings. All around the city, Buddhist temples, Hindu Kovils, mosques and churches give a glimpse into the spiritual vibrancy of Sri Lankan life, especially during religious festivals. Gangaramaya Buddhist temple, in particular, is fascinating for any visitor, as well as the Hindu Temple at Sea Street which is lined with goldsmith's shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendal, dating back to 1749 and the historic Davatagaha Mosque. Colombo also offers some excellent shopping opportunities: the lively Pettah Bazaar competes with shopping malls and fashion stores and you can buy anything from gems to cricket bats. Stores such as Barefoot, Paradise Road, Gandhara and Odel have a designer-chic range of home ware, fabrics, arts & crafts and clothes.

Highlights of Colombo

Fashion, jewellery, art, trendy homeware and Sri Lankan arts and crafts; Golf at Royal Colombo golf course; National Museum; Variety of restaurants; Afternoon tea or cocktails on the Ocean terrace of the Galle Face Hotel; Walking along the seafront at Galle Face Green; Pettah Bazaar; Buddhist temples (Gangaramaya, Bellanwilla); Colourful Hindu Kovils (Sri Subramaniam and Kailawasanthan Swamidevasthanam, the oldest); Dutch period museum. Near Colombo – Kelaniya Raja Maha Temple; Nightclubs and musical entertainment e.g. jazz, Asian pop bands, calypso, (mainly in the hotels).

Festivals in Colombo

Navam Perahera held in February is a 3-day pageant ending on Poya day (full moon), with dance troupes and decorated elephants, at Gangaramaya temple and along neighbouring streets.

Climate in Colombo

Colombo has an average temperature of 27° C, often reaching above 30° C during the day, slightly cooler in the evenings and during the monsoon season (May to August). It is hot and sticky, less so on the seafront with the sea breezes.

Travel around Colombo 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: Colombo to Colombo International airport: 1 hour Colombo to Bentota: 2 hours, Colombo to Galle: 2 hours, Colombo to Kandy: 3.5 hours, Colombo to Dambulla: 4 hours.

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