Mount Lavinia: Colonial Charm and Romance
Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
12Trip End Aug 22, 2013
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Where I stayed
Originally built as a mansion residence for Sir Thomas Maitland, the hotel is named after Lavinia- his Sinhalese lover with whom he conducted a passionate love affair in secret given their different statuses- he a General in the military and she a dancer. Secret tunnels used by them to sneak in and out of the mansion are referenced everywhere, with art telling their story adorning corridors along with black and white photos of the last 100 years at the hotel charting its architectural changes.
We saved this stop for the end, choosing it as a final opportunity for luxury and indulgence after the Unawatuna 'holiday' after sight seeing
From our raised ground floor room, it was a 1 minute walk down to the gate with the private beach manned by a security guard. There was also a rooftop pool with spectacular views of Colombo in the distance, the Indian Ocean and the beaches heading south.
Food was fantastic, with hoppers, fresh fruit, coconut water, string hoppers all on offer along with ALL breakfast items you could think of and endless mango yoghurt. Room service was indulgent and tasty and enjoyed on our private balcony soaking in the roar of the waves. It truly is a beautiful spot: atmospheric; charming; and tranquil. We could easily have enjoyed another night or two there, given the incredible seafood restaurants there were to sample and the pristine beach it's impossible to tire of.
Coco Spa is the on site spa, with a range of massages, skin and hair treatments offered
A great place, truly beautiful and luxurious.