The creators of the Kandy House, the Last House and Coco Tangalle have chosen a relatively manicured strip of jungle in close reach to the Bandaranaike International Airport for their latest idiosyncratic property, made up of four pavilions.
The first two pavilions are where the villa’s two rooms are located; The Temple Angkor, inspired by Cambodian temple ruin architecture and design, has an outdoor washroom, a firewood cooking stove and a small dine-in veranda while the Pagoda Gold is more contemporary chic – its vibrant colors likely to appeal to a younger holiday maker. This room also has an outdoor shower and terrace area which is close to the villa’s third pavilion where the swimming pool is housed.
Each room is adorned by antique artifacts and scavenger architecture in copper basin sinks or shower heads and is equipped with amenities of modern comfort; king size beds, free Wifi, ipod docks, air conditioning and hot water.
Casa Heliconia is the perfect indulgence for two couples on a long romantic weekend away.
It could also be used for a family and is suitable for children aged 12 and over.
The in-house staff is friendly and unobtrusive, and the kitchen prepares a mix of Sri Lankan Rice and Curry as well as modern Sri Lankan – ‘Beyond Curry’ dishes. While breakfast is a three course affair, western and local breakfast options are offered daily.
meals that are mostly Sri Lankan inspired (an amazing rice and curry, using only the freshest local produce sourced from nearby farm lands) and they occasionally mix things up with western breakfasts.
The final pavilion is the lounge – a chill out zone with more facilities like home theater system, laptop and even a drum kit, should a guest want to jam during their holiday.
The surrounding area is remote, with only the occasional farmer and livestock for company in neighboring farm lands. The property is overlooked by a stunning nearby stupa and activities that could be arranged are bike rides, village walks and temple visits.