Mount Lavinia Hotel

Standing up against the scintillating beaches, the ‘Mount Lavinia Hotel’ is steeped in colonial Ceylonese charm. Once the setting for the hole-and-corner love affair of a dashing British governor and a charming local mestizo dancer, today the hotel unravels a spendthrift of old-world charm on the sparkling coastal city of Mount Lavinia, located 13-KM from Colombo.

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The colonial heritage hotel opens its impressive ornate doors to reveal a two century old world. Harking back to the days when it was the residence of a British governor, the ‘Mount Lavinia Hotel’ creates a vivid colonial ambiance, decorating the interiors with myriads of colonial furnishings and architecture.

The Experience

The colonial rooms are furnished with wooden furniture and overlook the exquisite gardens. The ocean view rooms are kitted out with a balcony and clad in calming soft pastel tones. The ocean view rooms come with the temptation of a bathtub and a canopy bed. The airy private balcony affords panoramic views of the city of Colombo and the Indian Ocean. The colonial suites gorgeously recreate the mood of a quaint colonial space with frequent bursts of furnishings of yore. The ocean suites revel in an orchestra of soothing leisurely tones, crafting the ideal ambiance to soak in the scene of the Indian Ocean that unravels before your eyes. All suites entice with the promise of a luxury bathtub.

Regional and continental dishes make ripples of delight at the elegant, old-fashioned world of the ‘Governor’s Restaurant’. Each day of the week is dedicated to celebrate a culinary art: Monday for colonial Ceylonese cuisine, Tuesday for Middle Eastern desserts, Wednesday for Silk Route cuisine, Thursday for Indian nosh-ups and Friday for BBQ. Travel the Mediterranean coast and partake of Italian tuck-ins on Saturday and fill your platter with traditional Sri Lankan village dishes on Sunday. Please your ocean breeze-inspired appetites at ‘The Terrace’ which rolls out dinners under the starlight. Drink a sunset cocktail to celebrate the colours of the twilight as you loll by the pool. Feast on the Sunday brunch as swirls of Jazz wander the air. The ‘Seafood Cove’, a fascinating cadjan-crowned gazebo stirs to life amidst the golden glow of quaint hurricane lamps. Cozy up to one of its wooden tables laid out on the beach and thrill to the silky tickle of the soft sands, as you take in the endless scene of the ocean interflowing into the landscape. Merrily dig into an array of seafood as waiters clad in ethnic island style attire cater to your wishes. At the ‘Lobby Lounge and Bar’ eye-pleasing and flavoursome cocktails go slosh and splash in transparent glasses. The ‘Baywatch Tower’ wallows in a lofty, concealed location, amidst cascading streams of romance. It is built with your most cherished and intimate moments and encounters in mind. ‘The Hut’ is the scene of vibrant music, many wines, beer, cocktails and spirits from 6.00 pm to 2.00 am, Thursday through to Saturday. As catchy beats float in the air, snacks and sweets appear and champagnes go pop.

The shopping arcade at the ‘Mount Lavinia Hotel’ indulges in a select array of boutiques selling the crème de crème of garments, souvenirs and jewellery. The ‘Lavinia Kiosk’ presents an interesting assortment of curios including traditional batiks, knickknacks, exotic magazines and stylish shawls.

The gym is appointed with the best of modern treadmills and other workout essentials. The swimming pool is placed on an exclusive setting which bathes in views of the quivering ocean.

The ‘Coco Spa’ is placed on the lush beach amidst its palms and mangroves. Exotic oils, flower extracts, aromatic herbs and natural fragrances are blended together to concoct tranquilizing and soothing mash-ups. From pedicures and manicures to massages and body treatments, the menu is truly intriguing.

Around and About

In the out-of-the-world coastal city of Mount Lavinia, fragranced by the star-crossed love story of yore, quaint colonial residences and chic urban restaurants seamlessly tune in to create a hotchpotch of sensations. A maze of lanes that meanders towards the sea side of this suburban beach nicknamed ‘The Golden Mile’, lead to a crowd of captivating old-fashioned houses most of which have been transformed into elegant cafes and tourist dwellings.

A snorkelers’s cloud nine, the Indian Ocean of Mount Lavinia dons great necklace of shiny corals, knotted by the artistic hands of Mother Nature. Exotic fish bask in the allurement of coral gardens.

Glide down the mesmerizing Bolgoda Lake on a rowing boat or a peddle boat. Kick start your day with a morning jog along a picturesque track that falls by the side of a lake. Get on a train that roars down to the cosmopolitan city of Colombo and take in the spectacles of the Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green and the Colombo National Museum.

As you wander the quint stairs of the ‘Mount Lavinia Hotel’, your mind tumbles to the story of the surreptitious romance of Thomas Maitland and Lovina Aponsuwa. In the hush hush of the night, you can almost hear the footsteps of the exotic dancer furtively stealing in through the underground passage. As you stargaze into the midnight sky, in this heritage hotel haloed by the trysts of the past, time ceases to exist.

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