Mr. Ishantha Dassanayake
Your Host and The Team
Relax in Sustainable Hospitality at the Gileemale Walawwa and Estate
The majestic Gileemale Walawwa and Estate is just a 30-minute tuk-tuk drive from Ratnapura City. Here guests are invited to travel back in time to the Sri Lanka of yesteryear. The current owner, Mr. Ishantha Avinda, has carefully preserved the mansion’s 300-year history and the legacy of six generations of his ancestry by offering a delicate balance of culture and heritage in an eco-responsible boutique hotel and nature retreat. Behind the Gileemale Walawwa Ratnapura hotel’s Victorian colonial facade is a two-storey mansion (Walawwa is the Sinhalese word for mansion) featuring authentic Sri Lankan architecture, with the hotel it houses offering modern comfort, and traditional hospitality. Visitors are offered a choice of six spacious beautifully decorated bedrooms – four double, and two singles. As well as being used in the construction of the mansion, ebony and jackwood also feature in much of the colonial-style furniture and other aesthetic elements. Because the property has remained faithful to its original and classic architectural design, there are no private bathrooms. The three shared bathrooms feature several showers and washrooms with complimentary toiletries and freshly laundered towels. Gileemale Walawwa Boutique Hotel also features a gorgeous on-site restaurant. Café 1911 boasts an impressive menu of Sri Lankan specialties and Western cuisine and is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. All dishes are prepared from fresh locally sourced ingredients and complemented by teas and organic fruit juices grown on the Gileemale Walawwa Estate. With the capacity to seat 12 diners, Gileemale is happy to entice guests and locals into the restaurant or onto the terrace with signature gastronomic treats such as Musanda and Pennywort porridge, Ala Kola, and Fiddlehead Fern. Other facilities include a Yoga Shala which can accommodate up to eight, and an Ayurvedic Spa where guests can enjoy a relaxing traditional massage. A business center is also available and was created to accommodate gem buyers visiting Ratnapura to trade precious stones.
Gileemale Walawwa Offers an Immersive Sri Lankan Experience
A stay at Gileemale Walawwa is a chance to experience the incredible Sabaragamuwa culture while participating in sustainable practices and carefully curated community involvement. The Gileemale Walawwa Ratnapura hotel staff are on hand to recommend a range of immersive activities such as cycling, hiking, trekking, bird watching, and river rafting around the sacred Adam’s Peak. Guests booking a room between December and May can enjoy the Adam’s Peak Experience which includes a two-night stay at Gileemale Walawwa and Estate and a trek along the Rathnapura route on Adam’s Peak. A relaxing post-hike deep tissue Ayurvedic massage follows at this wonderful Sri Lanka heritage hotel, along with a local Sabaragamuwa cooking lesson. Guests are also invited to take a historic tour of the Gileemale Walawwa and visit the property’s cinnamon and tea estates. December and January are the ideal months for birdwatching, and the Gileemale Walawwa team have created a three-day package for twitchers that includes accommodation and two days exploring the surrounding plantations, waterfalls, and countryside with an experienced naturalist. Birders are also invited to indulge in a relaxing massage and learn the architectural history of Gileemale Walawwa Ratnapura Hotel amongst other activites. From December to August, the Gileemale Walawwa hosts its Gem Mining Experience which includes accommodation and a tour of the local gem mine with a gem specialist. A gem awareness session is followed by the chance to peruse and purchase locally sourced cut and polished gemstones as well as enjoy a lunch with local miners and dealers. The program also includes a trip to the gem buyer’s paradise, Rathnapura, for a tour of the world-renowned Sapphire Market. Although the vision behind the Gileemale Walawwa and estate is to provide a diverse and distinct Sabaragamuwa experience, the hotel’s owners are just as keen to create a tranquil haven where guests feel free to relax and escape the pressures of the modern world in surroundings that evoke a bygone era that chimes perfectly with slow, responsible and eco-conscious travel.
Single Rooms (2 units)At approximately 9 sqm in size, the two single rooms at Gileemale Walawwa, are perfect for solo travellers. Named the Alexandrite Room and the Ruby Room, they are both set with a single bed fitted with mosquito nets, hardwood antique furniture including a dressing table, and a pedestal fan.
Double Rooms (4 units)At approximately 17 sqm, the 4 double rooms at Gileemale Walawwa are perfect for couples or friends travelling together. The Star Sapphire room is set with twin single beds, this room can also be set to sleep 3 people (additional charges apply). The Padmaracha room and Yellow Sapphire room are set with a king bed, and the Blue Sapphire room is set with a queen bed. All the beds are dressed with mosquito nets, and hardwood antique furniture adorns the room, including a dressing table, and a pedestal fan.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 6
Time zone: (GMT+05:30) New Delhi
Currency accepted: USD, LKR, EUR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Electricity voltage: 230V
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CONTACTGileemale Walawwa & Estate, Gileemale, Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa, 70002 , Sri Lanka
ACCESS96km from Colombo center, and just 15km from Ratnapura.
Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - 133 km
Train Station: Avissawella - 55 km
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Sustainability has been important to the owners of Gileemale Walawwa since its founding more than 300 years ago. As a core belief, sustainability sits behind everything the owners and the hotel team do. The focus of their actions is on making a positive impact on the social, economic, and environmental conditions of their Adams Peak Valley home and the beautiful neighbouring village of Gileemale.
Gileemale Walawwa is a plastic free property, and they have eliminated the use of single-use plastics at the hotel and estate. Guests are provided with refillable water bottles in their rooms, plastic straws aren’t used in the beverage service, and all packaging is plastic-free. The hotel also practices waste segregation and recycling.
Restoration and preservation of Gileemale Walawwa has been a great passion of the owners, who are the 6th generation of the owning family of this beautiful Sri Lankan heritage home. They have taken great care to ensure the integrity of the property and its architectural heritage will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
We are sure that a highlight of your stay will be the delicious and wholesome homegrown Sri Lankan Sabaragamuwa cuisine. Most of the produce used in the restaurant’s kitchen is grown and sourced locally.
Supporting the Local Community
Family owned and family run, the team at Gileemale are all recruited from the local village. Like one big family, the hotel and estate team are trained and mentored in-house. The owners strive to support and nurture their staff in every way possible to help them really progress in life as well as in the hospitality industry.
The team at Gileemale Walawwa also share their experience and provide awareness on environmental sustainability to the village school and the local villagers. Additionally, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to participate in sustainable actions with tree planting ceremonies and riverbed cleaning projects.
Gileemale Walawwa continues to strive as a family for sustainable excellence, to preserve the Gileemale village both environmentally and culturally for future generations to come.
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