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Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

The River House Balapitiya: Savour Tranquility and Space

Balaptiya. A coastal town renowned for the idyllic shores of the Madhu Estuary was my first escapade to a secluded villa with hints of authentic South Asian style surrounded by serene lush greenery and the glistening river

The River House, provides a sense of poetry when you lounge at the cozy living room and five splendid and spacious suites named after the five rivers Kala, Kirindha, Walawe, Menik and Ghin.

My room (Ghin) was spacious and airy with tasteful furnishing complemented by a ‘Handun’ fragrance just like the rest of the rooms, featuring warm and bright tones, wooden floors and butch yet stylish furniture. The spacious bathroom with an opening to an outdoor Jacuzzi was my favourite feature.The hotel boasts of 7 acres of lush gardens and an isolated swimming pool and endless views of the river and gave us the peaceful seclusion we craved for. We indulged in a fusion dinner, and my favourite was the creamy Crab Curry complemented by Yellow Rice and Homemade Mango Chutney. Definitely a The hotel offers both Sri Lankan and Continental breakfast. If you are up for a traditional breakfast you could indulge in the generous servings of Pol Rotti, String Hoppers, Kiribath and accompaniments including a red spicy Chicken Curry, Dhal and Pol Sambol. Splendid Flavour! If you’re up for some water adventure, the hotel buzzes with activities including a two hour both ride and free canoeing.