The River House has some of the most spacious, antique-filled suites on the island.
The River House is certainly one of most stylish properties on the west coast, and offers some of the most spacious, antique-filled suites on the island. We felt particularly that the privacy afforded by the villa’s secluded location makes it an ideal choice for anyone seeking exclusivity away from (but close to) the beach. Whilst the architectural character and traditional craftsmanship of this restored property gives it a colonial feel, features such as recessed alcoves, clever use of paintwork and vibrant artwork indulge it with a more contemporary interior design. Luxuries such as TVs, DVD players, plunge pools, thick mattresses and gorgeous cotton sheets further complement and modernise the design.
We felt that the villa’s breathtaking location beside the river – one that can be fully explored – greatly enhances the property’s appeal. From our bedroom balcony and during walks along the many garden paths, we counted numerous colourful birds swooping between the trees, which makes this property a real treat not only for decadent couples and groups, but also for nature lovers and families. Children will adore having the run of the seven-acre garden and enjoy the scenic boat trips upriver, although parents might need to supervise them in some areas. It’s also useful for families to know that two extra beds can be added to any suite (at an additional cost). The Walawe suite is ideal for honeymooners or individuals within a group searching for a little extra privacy.
Whilst the staff are personable and warm, we found service at The River House to be as efficient as a top class hotel; we were called politely by our first names and discreetly attended to when we needed anything. Guests can dine whenever and wherever they like – the menu is filled with a delicious range of dishes that are beautifully presented and generously served.
The villa’s stunningly designed suites are a delight and are perfectly complemented by an excellent staff team. Its exclusive location overlooks the serene Madhu Ganga river, which you can explore in the villa’s own private boat, and the lush garden – full of wildlife - is a treat to explore.
The balcony of Menik suite might be visited by the odd off-course bat attracted by fruiting mango trees, but they avoid people and disappear as quickly as they arrive. Be prepared for mosquitoes, especially after heavy rain – staff will provide coils if you are sitting on the veranda or terrace.