Uga Residence opens in Sri Lankan capital Colombo

The 11-suite hotel is in an 18th-century colonial villa with a large garden

A suite at Uga Residence, Colombo
A suite at Uga Residence, Colombo

In Sri Lanka there has been a raft of launches in recent months. Now the capital of Colombo has a pit stop to match the upturn in the country’s profile: Uga Residence (www.ugaescapes.com; from £145), the fourth opening from the Uga Escapes group. Close to the lakeside Buddhist temple of Gangaramaya, the hotel was built as a colonial bungalow in the 18th century by entrepreneur Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee and his second wife Begum Zarina, a flamboyant artist and social icon. It now comprises 11 suites, a large garden, a swimming pool, gym and bar, and a “great room” with period-specific furniture.

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