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Mount Lavinia


About Mount Lavinia

Mount Lavinia is a leafy beach resort that is part of a newly created city, immediately south of Colombo. It is famed for its “Golden Mile” of beaches and is a popular hot spot for tourism and laid back nightlife. The tourist area is focused on a rocky promontory between two sandy beaches at edge of smart residential area.

The name of the resort comes from a story regarding the Governor General of Ceylon during the 19th century. At a welcome party held in his honour, Sir Thomas Maitland fell for a local mestizo dancer named Lovina. Conventions at the time meant that the unmarried officer could not be seen with a local dancing girl. The couple met in secret via an underground tunnel that ran from her father’s well into Sir Maitland’s residence. In 1811, Sir Maitland was forced to leave Sri Lanka for Malta where he lived and died as a bachelor. In named the governor’s home “Mount Lavinia House” as a testament to his only love. The governor’s home is now a hotel, converted in 1895, and is one of the most venerable colonial trademarks in Sri Lanka.

Mount Lavinia Hotels

If you are planning a Mount Lavinia holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

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Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

What was once a home for a military general is now a heritage beach front hotel. The Mount Lavinia boasts colonial rooms, fantastic gym facilities and a stunning outdoor pool.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Mount Lavinia Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Mount Lavinia.


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