The River House by Asia Leisure

Squirreled away in the seclusion of the Madu Ganga River in Balapitiya, roughly a 2 hours’ drive from charmingly-cosmopolitan Colombo, is ‘The River House’, an exclusive boutique hotel that draws leafy trees around her.

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Unfolded in a sleepy, 13 acre tropical garden on the birdsong-splashed bank of the Madu Ganga River, ‘The River House’ brims with a slate-plunge-pools-meet-private-luxury character. From woodsy walkways dovetailed with lotus ponds, to antique furniture with old Southern flavour - this romantic getaway in Sri Lanka oozes a picturebook-ish feel.

The Experience

Strewn across the jungly gardens are 5 suites - each offering some watery luxury, such as a Jacuzzi or plunge pool. Named after the great Sri Lankan Gem, the Menik Suite features a river-view balcony, plunge pool for two and Ceylonese antiques which transform it into a living gallery. Getting their monikers from two picture-perfect rivers - both, the sequestered, riverward Walawe Suite and the private-garden-encircled Gin Suite, offer open-air Jacuzzis with gentle waterfalls. The 2 Garden Suites with gorgeous bathrooms that open onto riotous greenery outside, are tucked in charming private gardens where ponds break into spring-like blossom, every morning.

From breezy veranda-breakfasts to candle-lit dinners by the poolside, meals at this luxury boutique hotel are gorgeously-curated. Bask in a balmy in-suite spa treatment whilst listening to the whispering Kumbuk trees.

Around and About

A sleepy hamlet alongside the picturesque Madu Ganga River, Balapitiya is planted deep in the backwaters of Southern Sri Lanka. From strolling, bird watching and boating, to surfing and snorkeling in the nearby oceans, this drowsy bolthole offers activities for the outdoorsy weekender as well as the weary townie seeking tranquility. The Madu Ganga River with its mangrove forests and tiny islands with cinnamon plantations and ancient temple gardens, is a nature lover’s haven. Nearby attractions include the artisan village of Ambalangoda, quiet beaches of Ahungalla and the turtle nesting site of Kosgoda.

After getting woozy under the tropical sun, take a dip in the bluey private plunge pool. Later, tuck away into fragrant rice with exotic curries. How dreamy is this vacay?

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