Set in a 200-year old Moorish mansion, Casa Colombo's hip, hedonistic and high style interiors were created by the owner, a protégé of the legendary Geoffrey Bawa. Located in the southern Bambalapitiya quarter it offers a pink swimming pool, small spa and exciting restaurants and bars.
Stylish and spacious, the air-conditioned suites at Casa Colombo come with tall ceilings and an iPod filled with movies. Each is equipped with a Nakamitchi flat-screen TV, DVD player, minibar and local toiletries. Corporate and Royal Suites offer business desks with MacBook, scanner and printer. Personal domos (butler/concierges) tend to your every whim.
Shady mango tree towers over the famously pink swimming pool in the rear courtyard. Curved glass sunloungers, canopied double day-beds and chrome elephant ornaments look on. There is a small spa with beauty treatments and relaxing massages.
Once the mansion’s grand hall, HVN is now Casa’s main restaurant, serving up a fusion menu of western and Sri Lankan cuisine. The outdoor Zaza Bar doubles as a sleek tea salon by day and offers light snacks including sandwiches and toasties, as well as tasty smoothies and iced coffees. ZaZa Bar transforms into a luxe lounge by night, with an international wine list, liqueurs, crafty cocktails and chill-out music. Alternatively, al fresco dining and international dishes are available at T Republic Restaurant.
• 12 rooms
• Interiors: Lalin Jinasena
• Unique: Built by one of the wealthiest Indian trading families at the time, the mansion is adorned with acres of Italian and Indian mosaic floors, carved arches, moulded ceilings and Moorish styled balconies, and are one of the few remaining treasures of its era.