Uga Riva

The hotel data

For those who want luxury stays from start to finish, Uga Riva is an ideal first or last stop for a Sri Lanka trip. This 180-year-old manor house is located on the outskirts of Negombo, a beach town that enjoys a privileged position less than 30 minutes by road from Bandaranaike International Airport.

This historic walauwa has been expertly restored to its former glory by the esteemed Uga group. Behind the charming white walls, terracotta-tiled roof and wrap-around veranda you will find a traditional layout of open-air central courtyard with the rooms laid out in a horseshoe. The seven rooms themselves are light and airy, decorated with warm floors, dark wood furniture, and rich-colored textiles. Bright artwork keeps things modern, and the ensuite bathrooms have all the contemporary conveniences you will need.

You can relax by the small swimming pool or within the five-acre coconut grove that surrounds the property. Mahatma Gandhi planted a tree in these beautiful gardens during his visit to the property in 1927. Negombo is just ten minutes away if you want to visit: highlights include the fish market and seeing sensational seaside sunsets in the evening.

The Hotel location