Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $81.75, excluding tax at 21.1 per cent.
Rates usually include international and Sri Lankan breakfast.
The WiFi’s technically available everywhere, but you’ll need to be patient with it at times (or better yet, put down your phone and step away from your email).
At the hotel
Library (with books and DVDs), concierge, free WiFi. In rooms: free WiFi, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV and DVD player.
Our favourite rooms
We love Gin (it’s the name of the room, not the drink, although we do love that too) for its private courtyard overlooking the river, high ceilings and open-plan spaciousness. You’ll find traditional furniture inside and out, and it exemplifies the hotel’s origins as a private home. Walawe is another favourite, tucked away from the other rooms right on the river bank.
Splash lazily about admiring the garden scenery (it’s all tropical plants and manicured lawns), or relax on one of the extra-comfy surrounding loungers with a book. The pool’s cosily ensconced within the jungle greenery and feels perfectly private… except for the odd monkey swinging from tree to tree.
There’s no spa as such on-site, but you can certainly book a Balinese massage or mani-pedi in the privacy of your suite.
This is your intimate home-from-home, so you can wear what you like, but if you’re susceptible to bug bites, perhaps err a little more towards covered up.
The hotel isn’t wheelchair accessible.
Welcome, but not particularly catered to.