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 Post Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:28 am 
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"Havelock Place Bungalow"
Colombo’s first boutique hotel

by Brian Tissera

Step into "The Bungalow" on Havelock Place and you take a step back in time. In fact, you would never imagine it to be anything other than an old colonial style home. Only a discreet plaque with the name "Havelock Place Bungalow" engraved on it, indicates that this is indeed an old world residence open to guests. The Havelock Place Bungalow which was opened six years ago is Colombo’s first boutique hotel.

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Located in the heart of Colombo yet secluded and very private, The Bungalow offers dining options which include an indoor restaurant and garden dining where you can sit under the shade of the many leafy green trees providing soothing shade and enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch with only a variety of birds and butterflies for company. As dusk approaches you could relax on a garden bench and absorb the beauty of the night sky with the surrounding foliage lending a quiet charm to the surroundings.

Seven tastefully decorated bedrooms are most time sold out sought after by guests who are either repeating visitors or here on recommendation. Three suites and four double rooms — all of them air conditioned — offer comforts of a bygone era. Furnished with genuine antiques, the rooms contain very large double beds, some of which are antique four posters, to provide ultimate comfort.

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The suites consist of a large bedroom, sitting or lounge room and bath/toilet. Every room has its own private garden or "courtyard" where guests could sit out and relax, read or simply enjoy the serenity of their surroundings. If you need to use the internet, Broadband net connection is available to you.

A swimming pool is conveniently located with easy access from every room which opens out to the pool area, while a Jacuzzi provides added opportunities for rejuvenation.

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A large lounge room is comfortably furnished complete with a selection of reading material, where guests can choose to relax if they feel the need to unwind indoors. Flowers of choice are pink lotus buds, artistically arranged in clear glass containers and set on table top and counters to add a touch of delicate colour to the pristine surroundings.

The restaurant is open to the public from 8 a.m. when breakfast is served to 10 p.m. when the last orders for dinner are taken. Asian and Italian fusion cuisine is their speciality with printed menus giving you the options available and a large board: displaying the "Specialities of The Day." Some of the specialities are Coconut and Crab Risotto, Fillet of solve with nut stuffing. There is always a choice available and vegetarians are catered for without fail. The favourites being mushroom crepes and leeks, gorgonzola tart. Soup is always included on the menu and most time it is a vegetarian in content, with innovative combinations to ensure it is totally delicious. The home-made ice creams and sorbets are not to be missed.

Prices are very acceptable, for example the "Bungalow breakfast", which consists of fresh fruit juice, eggs made according to your preference, toast, butter, marmalade, fresh fruit and tea/coffee costs Rs. 350/-. You could also order waffles served with wild bees honey or delicious Bombay toast, for just Rs. 150/- per serving.

Owned and operated by Thanula and Shamala Wijewardane, The Havelock Place Bungalow was in fact Shamala’s home, which explains why she continues to treat visitors as her guests in every sense of the world. Shamala is always the perfect hostess, using her culinary skills to create the type of cuisine that one might only imagine being served in gracious homes of long ago.

"My husband and I are accountants and had no concept of what the hospitality industry was about but we went into the business head on" says Shamala. With the help of her sister Sunela Jayawardene, a skilled architect, her home was turned into what it is today — a gracious Bungalow offering a taste of the past to discerning visitors.


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