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Mount Lavinia Hotel

Sit back in a lounge at the Governor’s Terrace and drink in the spectacular view of the endless aquamarine ocean that meets the azure skies.

As much as it is a haven of indulgence to all who are lured by its loving embrace, Mount Lavinia Hotel boasts a rich heritage that spans over 200 years.  Legend states that when the Sir Thomas Maitland set foot on the island of Ceylon, a beautiful woman in his welcoming dance troupe caught his eye.  Governor Maitland chose ‘Galkissa’ (which later came to be known as Mount Lavinia after Lovina Aponsu, the dancing girl that the Governor fell in love with), to build his personal residence.  During construction, Sir Maitland built a secret passageway from its wine cellar to the Aponsu residence for their clandestine escapades.

Following Governor Maitland, the mansion that was described as rustic on the outside yet handsomely laid out and beautifully furnished within, underwent significant extensions and renovation.  After being the residence of three successive Governors, in 1877 the mansion was transformed into an opulent luxury stay that opened its doors to the public as Mount Lavinia Grand Hotel. 

Preserving its Victorian charm, all suites of this mansion are elegantly designed with lavish embellishments, splendid lighting and terraces that open up to panoramic views.  From the decadent spreads laid out at meal times (which even gives one the option of dining by the beach under star-spangled skies), to room service and spa treatments, the hotel prioritises the needs of its guests to ensure a stay here is nothing short of superlative.

When visiting do not forget to take a glance at the sculpture of the renowned Lady Lovina built by her lover by the fountain at the entrance that stands as a testament to the Governor’s love. 

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