“An exclusive riverside hotel set in 7 acres of tropical gardens, with just 5 suites and access to a near-private beach”
All 5 suites are very spacious, with kingsize double beds, and are rather fittingly named after the great rivers of Sri Lanka. The sleek white décor is brightened by splashes of bold colour on the walls or sofas and a few interesting pieces of Sri Lankan and Indian art are placed throughout.
One of the Jacuzzi Suites (Gin), on the ground floor next to the lounge and dining area, has an outdoor shower and Jacuzzi, a semi-private garden with tropical flowers and beautiful river views. For those of you wanting even more seclusion, the second Jacuzzi Suite (Walawe) is set about 60ft from the rest of the hotel, closer to the river. Again it has a Jacuzzi, terrace and great views.
The Plunge Pool Suite Menik, arguably the best room, lies above Gin, with a large balcony and plunge pool giving sublime views over the gardens and the Madhu Ganga.
The 2 slightly cheaper Garden Suites are the interconnecting Kirinda and Kala. They have a private garden and entrance, but no plunge pool or river view. However they are beautifully decorated and have large bathrooms, and would work well for a family.
Besides their beautiful decoration, all suites have air conditioning, ceiling fans, a stereo, DVD player and TV, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge, a lounge area and a large bathroom with shower (no tubs).
The delightful staff make sure you eat exactly when and where you fancy. From the cup of tea delivered to your room as a wake-up call to the choice of venue for meals (open-plan dining area, lounge, poolside or your own room), it's a wonderfully friendly and indulgent service.
There's a good choice of breakfast options, amusingly labelled as "Not so healthy" (eggs, bacon, mushrooms, beans), "Healthy" (homemade muesli, yoghurt, syrup, fresh fruit) and "Healthiest" (fruit platter). All include tea or coffee, a choice of fresh juice, toast and jams. You can also have a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast – requested, as is usual, the night before – of curry and 'hoppers' (pancakes or noodles).
Lunch is a very reasonably priced selection of fantastic salads, sandwiches and pasta (great if you've been eating Sri Lankan fare for a while), which taste even better by the pool.
At night, the dining area is transformed by low lighting and chilled music. Pure white by day, the sofas turn black, as if by magic, at night, as do the smart outfits of the staff. Dinner here is an experience to savour: a collection of Thai, Indian and Sri Lankan dishes such as prawn and lychee curry, crab noodles or ginger chicken. You can also try the traditional Sri Lankan curry dinner, which consists of about nine dishes – it was the best we'd had in Sri Lanka and provided plenty for two people.
This isn't the ideal place for children to really let go, as the emphasis is on exclusive luxury. However, children of all ages are welcome and cots and extra beds area available on request.
There is no official babysitting service but the friendly staff will look after children.
The two interconnecting suites (Kala and Kirinda) would work well for families with older children. The Gin Suite has a daybed which is perfect for children to sleep on. The Gin, Menik and Walawe Suites can also accommodate extra beds or cots.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pool is large but has no shallow end.