Caroline Clements

The Wallawwa

Ja Ela, Sri Lanka

by: Caroline Clements

  • Why

    Respite at the end of a two-month trip around Sri Lanka.

  • When

    May 2017

  • Who

    Me and @helloscruffalo (and my brother came to visit).

Highs + Lows

  • Close proximity to the airport (it’s about 15 minutes away), as opposed to staying in Colombo which is about an hour from the airport. Great place for respite the night before you leave Sri Lanka.

  • There are so many games to play at a hotel to while away the hours - scrabble, chess, cricket, Uno, croquet and the traditional Sri Lanka flicking board game of carrom.

  • The food at the hotel restaurant is delicious. The chefs use fruit and vegetables grown in the huge garden on the property. There are seven full time gardeners here and they grown everything from pineapples and papayas to cucumbers, beetroots, cinnamon and curry leaves.

  • You’re in the middle of nowhere here, so there isn’t all that much to do. Probably wouldn’t stay more than a day or two.

: 39/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Small, boutique luxury hotel in a restored 200-year-old manor house.

  • Vibe

    Classic colonial luxury.

  • Location

    In a small town called Ja Ela, 30 minutes from the nearest city of Negombo and an hour from Colombo, but very close to the Colombo airport. The purpose is to stay at the start or end of your trip in Sri Lanka.

  • Rooms

    18

  • Music

    Bonobo

  • Year Opened

    2004

  • Designed By

    N/A

  • Pool/Gym

    A pool, no gym.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, a great in-house restaurant serving both Western and Sri Lankan dishes using fresh fruit and vegetables, mostly grown in their huge garden on the property.

  • Bar

    No but you can order drinks from the restaurant and sit in one of many lounge areas / rooms / gardens around the property.

  • Minibar

    Very basic, some soft drinks and some milk, but it’s all free.

  • Wifi

    Yes, it’s free and it actually works!

  • Children

    Yes, bring them. They can provide cots and baby seats at the restaurant. One room has a separate bedroom for children.

  • Price

    Standard five star prices for luxury boutique hotel.

In the Area

They have a pineapple plantation and grow papayas, passionfruit, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, beetroot, pepper, cinnamon, chilli and some more unusual edible varieties on site.

Take a tour of the huge onsite fruit and vegetable garden

Negombo Fish Market, Negombo, Sri Lanka

They have a pineapple plantation and grow papayas, passionfruit, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, beetroot, pepper, cinnamon, chilli and some more unusual edible varieties on site.

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