Located in the quiet, leafy cul-de-sac of residential Havelock town - Colombo 5. Pretty and compact gardens surrounding a 1930's villa.
Modern landscaping has cleverly divided this secret garden with foliage and bridges, into a courtyard brasserie, tropical fish pond, lap pool and Jacuzzi yet there is still a private sunbathing area and courtyard to each suite. The cooling splash of the waterfall can be heard from every corner.
The light and airy colonial lounge has comfy sofas and a library to relax in after the busy city. Or slope off for an open-air shower and aperitif in the private courtyard gardens that adjoin 4 of the 6 luxury suites.
Havelock is the home of owner Sharmala who is often found inspiring the chef with her many mouth-watering suggestions.
The personal service and attention to detail from the immaculately turned out staff in their signature "˜Barefoot' sarongs make a welcome change from the large impersonal city hotels.
Whilst Sharmala provides ultimate boutique comfort for her guests, there is a welcoming, homely atmosphere for those who need to rest city-worn feet.
Three suites and three double rooms make up the bungalow, each with antique furniture, air-conditioning and fascinating writing bureaux. The floors are natural wood with modern natural sea grass mats. The modern prints and contemporary fittings blend beautifully with the ornamental four-poster and bamboo beds.
The bathrooms are very art deco with marble effect polished cement on split levels, baths (in just 3 rooms) and power showers. If you're passionate about having a soak, let us know. Modern fittings and a basket of toiletries for those who have just run out or not had chance to unpack.
All of the rooms open out to private gardens/courtyards or onto the pool. Step out to soak up the sun or take a dip. The courtyards are private but a little bare and the paintwork is looking tired.
The suites can accommodate a cot in the main bedroom and an extra bed can replace one of the sofas in the adjoining living room. Two neighbouring double rooms can also be accessed through a lockable door to make-up a family suite.
Telephones and Broadband Internet connection in all the rooms allow guests to keep in touch with the outside world. Not that you'll want to, as it is very tranquil here and a "lost away city".
The restaurant is a courtyard bistro with a blackboard announcing the daily menu and is open to outside guests. You may opt for the cooler, neat, white linen covered tables inside the bungalow.
Sharmala loves to get involved with both the cooking and menu planning but there is a team of chefs.
They describe the à la carte menu as fusion/Italian or Asian using Sri Lankan ingredients and Western style cooking. Whatever it`s called, we think it's just scrumptious. Seafood risotto, Caesar salad, or lemon tart and homemade ice-cream (a rare find in Sri Lanka) are just a sample. Main courses average at about Rs700/head. Open from breakfast to late dinner.
Breakfast can be Western, Sri Lankan or continental for about Rs200-350. All of the produce is bought fresh daily by chef himself.
They have a good range of imported wines from $12 to $20.
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