Day Trips, Tours and Excursions from Residence by Uga Escapes, Colombo

Nestled between leafy Park Street and the lakeside Buddhist shrine of Gangarama, the Residence is a unique boutique hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital city. Built in the nineteenth century by a wealthy barrister, Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, its halls and ballrooms of this grand Victorian townhouse once welcomed British governors, Indian maharajas, European nobility and the cream of colonial Ceylon society.Its great halls, expansive gardens and stables were designed to host receptions and entertainments on a grand scale.

Today, the Residence is a unique eleven-suite luxury hotel in Colombo, owned and managed by Uga Escapes. Despite its central location, its atmosphere of secluded peace and quiet is pure balm for the weary, the city-drained and travel-stained. Its appointments are elegant, contemporary and comfortable, yet pay tribute to its rich history and that of the neighborhood.

With its spacious, leafy gardens and private courtyards, its gourmet restaurant, swimming pool, gym, bar and 'great room' for private functions, the Residence is a more refined choice for long or short stays in Colombo, as well as the ideal place to meet, relax or celebrate.

Location

Residence is located right in the heart of Colombo and is about 30kms from the airport, with easy access to the capital's business, entertainment and shopping hot spots. It makes and ideal base to indulge in a few days shopping or to absorb some of Sri Lanka's exciting urban culture either at the beginning or the end of your visit to the country.

What really makes RESIDENCE special is that despite its central location, the hotel breathes an atmosphere of secluded peace and quiet-balm for the weary, the city drained and travel - stained.

Excursions

Culturally and architecturally enriched by a potpourri of influences - domestic, Indian, Arab, Chinese, Malay, Portuguese, Dutch and British - Colombo is a place where peoples and histories mix and mingle 'serendipitously' - in fact, this is exactly where the word comes from. There are plenty of things to do in Colombo: this typically cosmopolitan Asian port city offers ever-more stylish contemporary eateries, galleries and museums. Surprises abound in its old quarters, many of them recently renovated, where you can find great local food, discover a characterful shop or rest your well-walked feet in a tiny, convivial cafe.