“An intimate and artistic oasis of green and calm in a mad, bustling city…”
Although the rooms seem very understated compared to some of the ornate suites we saw in Sri Lanka, there is something calming and very clean about their design. The décor is elegant and simple and much of the furniture is antique.
There are 3 Doubles, a Twin and 3 Suites, each with large beds (but watch out for the very firm mattresses), a writing desk, air conditioning and security grills on the windows. The Suites also have sitting areas with comfortable sofas, and all rooms have direct access to the garden and/or a private (but slightly bare) patio.
The marble bathrooms have showers, bidets and 24-hour hot water, but only some have baths - if you like to soak in the tub make sure you enquire when booking.
Guests can dine in the garden or in the bistro-style restaurant, which is open for breakfast (either continental or Sri Lankan), lunch and dinner.
The à la carte menu is written on blackboards and changes daily, based on the fresh produce available to the chef each day at the market. It combines Sri Lankan ingredients with Western cooking to create fusion Asian and Italian cuisine. Typical dishes might include seared calamari with avocado salad, chilled beetroot soup with sour cream, crab and coconut risotto, Moroccan beef with penne and slow-baked lemon tart. We dined on a deliciously light chicken teriyaki, which any Tokyo chef would have been proud to serve, followed by a fabulous selection of homemade ice creams.
As the restaurant is open to outside guests, it's worth booking your table in advance.
Children of all ages are welcome and those under 7 sleep free if sharing with parents. Extra beds are available for an additional cost and cots are also available and are free for under 2's but there are no babysitting services.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Double and Twin rooms can accommodate an extra bed. The Suites can accommodate 2 extra beds and a cot can replace the sofas in their living areas. Two interconnecting rooms are also available.