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The Wallawwa, Ja-ela
Why we like it
- The Garden Suites are more spacious and have their own private verandah
- A team of butlers ensure service is of the highest standard
- The Z Spa team are flexible to cater to your specific arrival and departure times
- Convenient to the airport
- All rooms have four-posted beds and large rainshowers
- Complimentary Internet access
We had an outstanding guide, Mr Upali Guneratne. His expert knowledge about the temples and ancient sites we visited, Sri Lankan history and customs, and the Island’s flora and wildlife made it a memorable experience for us both.
- AM, Hampshire
Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Colombo airport, the Wallawwa at Ja Ela is the ideal property to start or finish your Sri Lankan journey. This former colonial house has been lovingly restored with 14 bedrooms.
Established over 200 years, The Wallawwa has one of the finest private gardens in Sri Lanka. The garden is a tranquil oasis and has a lovely swimming pool. Sample a rice body polish or a Balinese deep tissue massage in the Z Spa. Enjoy Asian Fusion cuisine on the restaurant verandah, overlooking the beautiful gardens.
Best time to be there
During our winter months, when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable for sightseeing and exploration. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the whole of Sri Lanka is bursting into lush greenery due to the rainfall showing you a side of this island not everyone sees.
Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)
10 hours non-stop
GMT +6 hours
Required for British Nationals from 1st January 2012.
Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area
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