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Lunuganga

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  • About this holiday

    Lunuganga is a good choice for those seeking an insight into the life and work of the architect Geoffrey Bawa. The residence can be viewed as piece of artwork, although guests can stay there as well as simply visit the wonderful gardens. Guests will enjoy the unique and quirky design on the rooms as well as exploring the extensive estate. Expressions Holidays recommends Lunuganga as a short stay for those interested in art and architecture as part of one of our touring holidays of Sri Lanka.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room 
    £1,490 for 7 nights 
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH975

    Our opinion

    A stay at Lunuganga offers a rare insight into a famous architect’s psyche. It is fascinating, unique and tranquil in serenely beautiful landscape, a world away from Bentota’s large resort hotels.

    Hotel description

    Lunuganga is a beautiful country estate set in picturesque landscaped gardens, a short distance inland from Bentota and the south-west coast. Created in 1947 from a rubber and cinnamon plantation by Geoffrey Bawa, Lunuganga proved to be the catalyst that launched Bawa’s long and distinguished architectural career. This country retreat became Bawa’s lifetime architectural experiment and he continued to muse with its spaces and structures until shortly before his death in 2003. Now administered by The Geoffrey Bawa Trust, Lunuganga is open for the public to enjoy, either by staying in one of the bedrooms on the estate, or by visiting the magnificent gardens during the daytime (so if you stay, be prepared to have people wandering around the grounds).

    Offering a rare opportunity to stay in a living museum, you may wallow in the artistic surroundings of the Guest Room of the main house where Bawa lived, in the romantic Glass Room, the split-level Studio, The Gate House or Cinnamon Hill House - each one quirky and totally unique. Sri Lankan and western-style meals are enjoyed at the terrace or dining room of the main house (or at Cinnamon Hill House if you are staying there). Days can be spent wandering around the gardens and discovering the beauties of Dedduwa lake and the tranquil ponds, natural habitats for colourful birds and damselflies, lizards and frogs. Wonderful views will appear at every turn as you meander past rice paddies, rubber, areca, ficus and frangipani trees along the intricate paths.

    Due to the unusual architecture and layout of the buildings, the profusion of artefacts and antique furniture and the natural environment that surrounds, visitors need to take personal care when staying at Lunuganga Estate. The Trust makes every effort to preserve Lunuganga exactly as Geoffrey Bawa left it, so potentially hazardous designs, such as the open ledge with a 6 ft drop in the Studio and the slippery, mossy paths, have been left as they are. Lunuganga should be seen as a living art gallery and a study in architecture and landscape design, certainly not as a hotel.

    There is no liquor licence but clients can bring alcoholic beverages with them to be served at table at no corkage charge.

    Location

    Bentota

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year.

    Distance from airport

    About 3 hours by car

    Closest airport

    Colombo

    Room types

    All 6 rooms have Air-conditioning, Double bed, Individual design, En-suite bathroom (some with shower only, no bath).

    Glass Room. It has one bedroom and a shower room, that opens onto trees.
    Gate House. One-bedroom suite, bath and shower. 
    Cinnamon Hill House. Bungalow with sitting area and two bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms. Small kitchen where staff can prepare meals to serve on the covered veranda.
    Guest Room in Main house. Has a small private sitting area overlooking a walled courtyard. The bedroom has no view.
    Studio Gallery. Largest room on the estate. A double bed is in the middle of the upper level gallery. Narrow (rail-less) steps go down to a stunning sitting room.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Sri Lankan home cooking and international menu available, Landscaped gardens and tropical forest, Lakefront views, Outdoor Terraces, Main house – sitting and dining areas, A small team of staff, Geoffrey Bawa books/information/memorabilia

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to Lunuganga are: Dedduwa lake and the islands of Appaladuwa and Honduwa; Brief Garden; Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; Aluthgama market; three ancient temples.

    Sports nearby

    Watersports and Scuba diving, can be arranged at Bentota.

    Children

    The only accommodation that is suitable for families with children is at Cinnamon Hill bungalow which has two double bedrooms at ground level and where extra beds can be arranged. Children under 12 are not encouraged.

    Minimum stays

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