The River House consists of a main villa with four beautiful suites, a lounge and dining terrace as well as a further villa lower down the hillside beside the river which houses a fifth very private suite. Since the land is so generously sized, Anilana made each of the suites unusually large and added grand design features such as high vaulted ceilings, highly polished cement floors and wrap-around verandahs while making innovative use of endemic Sri Lankan wood, aged stone and antique furniture to seamlessly blend contemporary comfort with the elegance of a bygone era. Beautiful Indian bedspreads, tapestries, carpets and drapes in vivid colours enhance the clean white walls.
A beautiful infinity swimming pool in the garden edged by a little sun pagoda is the ideal place to relax and unwind whilst taking in the beautiful river and woodland views over breakfast or lunch. The tropical garden is teeming with wildlife enabling you to walk around and explore while an early morning boat ride up the magical Madhu Ganga is highly recommended. Indulge in fine cuisine, relax in tranquil surroundings and allow yourself to be expertly pampered in paradise.
This Master Suite occupies the whole upper floor of the main villa and features a rare kumuk wood floor. It has the best views over the tropical garden and river from its huge terrace which gloriously includes a large plunge pool with Jacuzzi jets. It has a king sized bed and day bed which enables a family to share.
Located 60ft below the main house, close to the river this suite is very secluded and private. Surrounded by coconut trees, open verandahs allow you to enjoy the views. The decor is predominantly black and white enhanced by stone figurines and wall hangings. A large en-suite shower room to the rear of the suite features an open-air plunge pool that overlooks the river.
This spacious suite is located on the ground floor of the main villa next to the lounge and dining area. It has a semi-private garden filled with colourful plants and benefits from beautiful river views. It has a king size bed draped in rich red and purple linen and houses an interesting collection of miniature brass antiques. The large en-suite shower room has a private plunge pool with shuttered windows overlooking the garden.
Kirinda & Kala Garden Suites
These suites in the main villa have a private garden with rock pool and benefit from interconnecting doors which make it ideal for a family. Both are beautifully decorated, have king size beds and a large bathroom with hot water shower.
– Visit Lunuganga, the magical home and gardens of the famous Sri Lankan architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa
– Enjoy a range of water sports from jet skiing, to windsurfing, wakeboarding and canoeing
– Spend the day relaxing on Bentota beach
– Take a day trip to Galle Fort
Days usually start with a pot of tea delivered to your door while breakfast (which is included) is offered on a scale from the ‘Healthiest’ (fruit platter) to the ‘Not so Healthy’ (full English) leaving you the option to choose. All come with hot toast and homemade preserves, the fruit or vegetable juice of your choice and tea or coffee. If ordered the night before, a typical Sri Lankan breakfast of curries, sambols and hoppers (vermicelli-like rice noodles) may also be tried.
Lunches are typically light – fantastic Oriental and Western salads, sandwiches and pastas are offered on a snack menu while dinner is a much more celebrated occasion with low lighting and relaxing music – notice how the tablecloths and smart uniforms of the staff transform from white to black by evening. The dinner menu consists of vibrant starters and beautifully-presented mains that feature a lot of fresh seafood. The traditional nine-dish Sri Lankan rice and curry is a very popular (and filling) choice. Desserts are typically fresh, fruity and indulgent!
A wide selection of wines is available as are spirits, soft drinks and juices. Order yourself an iced cocktail by nightfall from your beautiful room verandah and listen to the sounds of birdcall and watch as the blush of colour vanishes from the sky.