“A quiet and friendly retreat close to the beach at Mount Lavinia, 45 mins from Colombo city centre”
The house is split over 3 floors and rooms are simple but elegantly furnished. Expect wooden beds, bamboo blinds, white linen and ceiling fans and air-conditioning.
On the first floor you’ll find the Standard and Deluxe guest rooms, which can be taken separately but are also good for families or friends travelling together. There’s also a communal living room on this floor which opens onto a garden facing balcony. The Standard room is a double with a private, but not ensuite, bathroom; the Deluxe is a twin with private balcony and ensuite.
The second floor Mount Lodge Suite is open to the rafters, with an antique four-poster bed. Here, you have a private sitting room with access to a small, lush roof garden, with ocean views.
Mealtimes are a definite highlight here. The food can come from east or west, and can be taken at the communal table or upstairs, outside your room. After very formal Sri Lankan service in other hotels, the jovial attitude of the staff is refreshing. And their cooking skills aren’t bad either.
For breakfast, stay local and try egg hoppers (pancakes with a whole egg cooked in the middle), kiri bath-milk rice or Sri Lankan omelettes. For those who can’t resist, there are also eggs, bacon, toast, cereal, pancakes and loads of fresh fruit to dig into.
Lunch and dinner can be arranged each day, and if you like you can even help with the preparation (we did, and we learned a lot). The Lodge's repetoire of Sri Lankan dishes is widely renowned, and staff have worked for many dignitaries in previous jobs. Aubergine curry, fried banana leaves and spicy chicken are all available, but if you fancy apple pie and custard, this can also be arranged. There's no menu - simply discuss what you'd like in the morning.
Children of all ages are welcome. Those under 5 stay free if sharing their parents' bed; baby cots and extra beds are available on request.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Standard and Deluxe rooms on the first floor are perfect for families as they share access to the sitting room.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There's no set children's menu, but staff can tailor meals on request.