CASA COLOMBO- Sri Lanka
Thirsty for an immersion into an entirely quixotic locale? Sri Lanka may just need to be added to your “to-travel-to” list. Take a bit of British, a dab of Dutch, a morsel of Malay, a pinch of Portuguese, an inkling of Indian and you’ve got a brilliant blend of culture and charm. Colombo is the island’s largest city and commercial capital, and a great place to start your Sri Lankan stay before trekking outward to the island’s beautiful beaches.

Casa Colombo ranks high on our list of most surprising hidden gems. It’s one of the most remarkable contemporary hotels, entirely reinterpreted by a talented Sri Lankan designer named Lalin Jinasena, who has often been credited with renewing the traditional Singhalese design and architecture and whose name ranks among the greatest in the international design scene. And it shows… just 12 Retro-chic suites carved out of a 200 year-old Moorish mansion built by one of the wealthiest Indian trading families way back when. No expense was spared, from the intricate mosaic floors, handcarved arches, stylish gold ceilings, handpainted frescoes, and unique custom-designed uber-mod furniture (which by the way can all be purchased and carefully shipped home for you).

These aren’t your ordinary suites at all. Touches like intelligent lightning, intuitive technology, super duper king size bed (yes, 7 x 7’!) and even a secret twist in the shower. You’ll have to find that one out yourself.

Need something? No problem- that’s what your Casa Domo is there for, designed to look after you personally and even more carefully than the regular old Butler, who’s there to come to you rather than wait to be asked to take care of something. They’ll meet you at the airport to transport you in style via grand vintage car to the hotel, glass of bubbly in your hand all the way along. A hot lounge, trendy restaurant, signature spa treatments, and even a pink pool with 8 glass sun beds complete with music and phone just complete this full circle of underlying sensuality that surrounds Casa Colombo. http://www.casacolombo.com/

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*Valid for travel through 30 Nov 2010, must be booked at least 10 days prior to arrival

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