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What We Love

  • Huge suites start at 797 square feet
  • Choose to dine anywhere on the grounds
  • Suites are decorated with artworks
  • Kayaks, motorboats and tuk-tuks are all available to hire at reception

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • The library is stocked with books and DVDs
  • In-room massages are available (on request)
  • Children are welcome, but this is more of a couples hideaway

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

Intimate riverside retreat in southwestern Sri Lanka with huge suites, a secluded pool and an eat-where-you-like dining concept

The Lowdown

Set on seven acres of tropical garden on the edge of the Madu River on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, the River House is an intimate five-suite hideaway. The suites are huge, starting at 797 square feet, and they feature vaulted ceilings, Sri Lankan artworks and kingsize beds topped with delicate Indian fabrics. The cavernous bathrooms have concrete floors and sizable showers. Cool off in your private pool in the Plunge Pool Suite (Menik Suite), which also features stunning views of the Madu River from a private balcony. The open-plan restaurant serves Sri Lankan specialties, but the beauty of this property’s laid-back vibe is that you can choose where you want to dine within the grounds; pick a nook below a palm tree or a spot by the river, and a candle- or lantern-lit table will be waiting for you. There’s no spa on-site, but in-room treatments are available, and the hotel can provide kayaks, motorboats or tuk-tuks to explore the area.

In the Area

The 400-year-old Fort Galle, built by the Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch, is about an hour’s drive away. Take a daytrip to Udawalawe National Park to spot elephants, wild buffalo, deer and leopards; the variety of wildlife rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. A little farther afield, Yala National Park is home to the world’s highest concentration of leopards. A visit to the Handunugoda Tea Factory, a traditional low country facility that produces some of the best silver tips, is not to be missed. The Madu River is a designated wetlands area and a top spot for birdwatching. Take an early morning boat trip for the best viewing opportunities.

How to Get There

The River House
No. 70 Uththamagnana Mawatha
Balapitiya, 80550 Sri Lanka

Reviews

Tranquil Getaway
kishys

I'm absolutely thrilled I chose River House to surprise my better half with a getaway but only regret is that we couldn't stay longer... Upon arrival you feel the tranquility this place has in offer seeing the lush greenery to the sounds of birds chirping with no other disturbances.

We were fortunate enough to be upgraded to their best suite, which is the Menik suite and boy oh boy this has got the best view of the river and the beautiful garden space in the compound. The Menik suite has a plunge pool for two and it was truly relaxing to have so much of space in the suite. If you are fan of antique furniture the suites and the hotel has plenty which they have used to decorate which might interest you.

We truly appreciate the service provided by the staff because they were kind enough to offer the meals in the suite itself and also surprise with an absolutely delicious cake for the birthday boy. The food served is on a la carte and you may feel like the options are limited.. We did order from the in-house menu and also the chef was willing to alter some dishes according to our preference which is admirable. Although the options are limited, all the dishes were full of flavour and we being the major foodies we are thoroughly enjoyed it.

They have a great selection of books in the library as well as a massive collection of DVDs in a range of genres and we also saw some interesting board games, so your entertainment is sorted!

We cannot wait to return for a longer stay and we are so glad that all the hotels we have visited so far from the Asia Leisure Group have never disappointed us!

Secluded luxurious and hospitable
sukhmanis2017

Such a pretty lush property in Colombo.
Loved every bit about this lush green villa resort complete with infinite natural beauty, diverse varieties of cottages and rooms that reflected a healthy mix of modern and traditional.

The rooms are all made differently but the most striking feature is the bathrooms attached to all.
A private open jacuzzi area opening up from the bathroom to the green pastures is breathtaking.
The views from this property are a plus point too.
There’s a good area to walk around, explore and enjoy. The only problem I faced with plentiful mosquitoes which could be due to heavy rainfall at the time.
The food was surprisingly delicious and very well done.
I thoroughly relished the flavours.
Tandoori Chicken with Veg Biryani
Grilled Fish Lemon Butter Sauce with Beetroot mash
were two dishes that stood out to me and very executed perfectly.

The staff is super warm, hospitable and efficient. Full marks there.
Overall it’s the perfect getaway spot, it’s in the lap of nature still yet it’s aces in deliverance of absolute luxury

Excellent Place
prab0dhad

Super secluded place with private Jacuzzi. So calm and refreshing. The food was good too and lots to eat. The room was so big and spacious and we had a great time during our stay there. Since there are a handful of rooms, the whole place was peaceful and relaxing. The staff were polite and helpful.