Horathapola Estate

Location: Colombo & Western Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Horathapola Estate is a luxury hotel in rural Sri Lanka, in the countryside near Colombo. The hotel is housed in a colonial mansion dating from the 1920s and surrounded by lush vegetation. The bountiful estate surrounding the hotel helps support the local community, with its rich crop of coconut, rice, fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices.
Perfect forExperiencing the laid-back life of rural Sri Lanka.
In the know
  • Luxury accommodation in 1920s colonial mansion
  • Traditional regional cuisine served to personal requirements by expert chef
  • Working plantation produces rice, jackfruit and nutmeg among others

Recommended for...

  • Cultural Immersion
  • Family-friendly
  • Food & Wine
  • Peace & Quiet

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Set in a hundred-year-old mansion and surrounded by lush plantation gardens, a stay here is a step back in time to the days of 19th-century colonialism.

Rooms at Horathapola Estate

Horathapola is home to 5 spacious bedrooms with large, en suite bathrooms. Interiors combine touches of modern luxury with the traditional elegance of colonial design, with antique furniture, hand-carved four-poster beds and polished wooden floors. All rooms look out over the garden and feature either a private patio, veranda or balcony. The standalone Family Lodge offers ultimate seclusion and features a roof terrace from which you can gaze out over the estate.

Food and drink

Dining at Horathapola is a personalised affair, with each guest welcome to sit down with the chef face-to-face to discuss their personal requirements and preferences. Vegetarian and Western dishes are happily offered, but the speciality is in traditional, rural Sri Lankan dishes, authentic curries cooked in clay pots or thalis served on banana leaves. In keeping with the colonial feel of the hotel, afternoon tea is religiously observed here, with fresh delights like homemade cheesecake served alongside organic local teas.

Facilities

The main building backs on to a lovely outdoor salt water swimming pool, secluded and surrounded by trees, as well as a Jacuzzi – perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the serene temples and bustling markets of the Sri Lankan countryside. Horathapola is a family-friendly hotel, and kids of all ages are welcome – those below the age of 10 stay for free when sharing a room with parents.

Activities at Horathapola Estate

The main building backs on to a lovely outdoor salt water swimming pool, secluded and surrounded by trees, as well as a Jacuzzi – perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the serene temples and bustling markets of the Sri Lankan countryside. Horathapola is a family-friendly hotel, and kids of all ages are welcome – those below the age of 10 stay for free when sharing a room with parents.

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Hotel location

Despite its rural location, Horathapola is easy to reach, and lies around an hour’s drive north of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport.

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