The Wallawwa in Colombo

A far cry from neighbouring hotels offering solely functional overnight stays in between flights to and from Bandaranaike airport, The Wallawwa is no average ‘airport’ hotel.

From a gigantic family suite (complete with a private plunge pool) to classic doubles and singles, each of the 17 rooms boast plush mattresses and Egyptian cotton linen. It’s stylish, contemporary and international whilst whole heartedly embracing the tropical Sri Lankan exterior.

There are plenty of spaces to chillout both socially or solo throughout the property as well as entertainment in many forms. From board/card games, a traditional Sri Lankan caram board, croquet set and library room of interesting books, each lends to it’s exotic away from home ambience.

For dinner my guest and I devoured the duck rolls and prawns with homemade bread, swiftly followed by the cashew & pea and chicken curry for our main course. The Wallawwa’s interpretation of Sri Lankan rice and curry with a unique infusion of piquant Thai flavours was delicious.

Sri Lankan hoppers with spicy seeni sambol were cooked to perfection and presented beautifully at breakfast. They grow a variety of fruit and vegetables on site too including pineapple, banana and papaya where guests are welcome to visit as well as savouring on a colourful fruit platter.

The Wallawwa is a winning combination of the luxurious, chic and unpretentious. Whether travelling to/from the airport or simply seeking a charming boutique hotel to unwind, I recommend this little haven to everyone.

Price: $$$

Address: The Wallawwa, Minuwangoda Road, Kotugoda, Colombo

Number: +94 112 281 050

Nearby sights: Bandaranaike Airport, Negombo, Colombo

The Wallawwa

The Mountbatten Suite 


The inside/outside corridor


Croquet on the lawn


Tropical oasis swimming pool


Sri Lankan hoppers for breakfast


NB. All photography is copyright of ©Alice Luker. To purchase prints or commission a shoot please email


1 Comment

  1. That pool looks very inviting!


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