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Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka

February 13, 2017

Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Eco-friendly and luxury are not usually two words that I use together to describe anything let alone a hotel, but this is Waterland in Negombo, Sri LankaNestled between the Maha Oya River and the Negombo Dutch Canal sits Waterland. Recently, I was a guest of Waterland; however, all opinions are my own.

Waterland is a four villa hotel located about 40 minutes from the Colombo Airport. However, Waterland is much more than a place to stay on the way to and from the airport. It is a destination. 

Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka

Birds and Plunge Pools

Another two words not often associated with each other. However, you will find both at Waterland in Negombo. Due to its location on the river, birds of all kinds flock to the river to fish and eat the mosquitos. While I was there, I saw a Kingfisher, White Herons, a Purple Heron and at least one Brahminy Kite. Waterland had provided a picture guide to the local wildlife, which helped me identify what I was seeing.

Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka

All this was spotted from my villa pool deck! Each villa has its own private plunge pool. The Deluxe Villa has a larger pool and is more like a small plunge pool! There are lounge chairs as well. This way you can sit in the pool and watch the birds. The first night I sat there for an hour watching the sunset and the birds.

Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka


There is one Deluxe Villa, which offers two bedrooms and three Studio Villas, which is one room. The Deluxe Villa is great for two couples or a family with older children. There are two bedrooms of equal size over two floors. The downstairs contains a living area with television, one bedroom and bath plus the pantry. The upstairs has a large deck with the bedroom off of that. The bathroom is huge; there is just no other way to describe it!

Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka

Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka

The Studio Villa is not small by any means, and if you are lucky enough to get Villa #3, then you have the best view of the river. The bathroom is smaller, but by no means small. All the bathrooms are open plan and feature rainfall showers. There is not a bathtub, so you will have to do your relaxing in the pool. The bathrooms are well equipped with hairdryers, lotion, soaps and hair care products. What I really like is they were all in dispensers and not in small travel containers. The staff refills them as needed, which reduces waste. 

Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka

The villas themselves are decorated in a modern fashion with slate floors and concrete walls in the bathrooms. The beds are set on a concrete platform. There are two international plugs next to the bed! Usually one of my chief complaints is a lack of plugs, but not at Waterland. Due to the floor to ceiling windows, there is plenty of light during the day. The lights at night are a bit harsh, though, and the only soft lighting is the reading lamps by the bed. Since I am not a morning person, I could have done with more shades to draw to block out the morning light. Bring some earplugs if you want to sleep late as the local rooster is up very early! 

Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka

All the villas are equipped with solar panels and energy-saving features, such as power is only on when you key is inserted in the slot. Outside the lights are controlled by motion sensors. 


Breakfast was included during my stay and you are offered fruit, curd, juice, coffee or tea, a choice of eggs and toast. I opted to have Sri Lankan scrambled eggs most of the mornings. The eggs were great and had the added spice of curry leaves. One morning I was brought a more tradition Sri Lankan breakfast of coconut noodles, curry, and a coconut mixture. It was quite good, but not a breakfast for me. Lunch is light fare, and I indulged with vegetable spring rolls two days in a row! The dinner selection is not large, but the food was excellent. All meals were served outside. There is an indoor area in case of rain. 

Waterland in Negombo, Sri Lanka

Overall, I would highly recommend Waterland on a visit to Negombo, Sri Lanka, check rates here. It is a great place to unwind and enjoy nature. All this within a short drive to Negombo if you want to see more or visit the beach. 


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  • Reply Karla at GlobalETA February 13, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    It is so great that eco-friendly places are becoming so much more comfortable now! This place looks amazing, so lush and pretty. I love the concrete; so modern! Will definitely save this post for later when I get to go to Sri Lanka!

    • Reply Tiffany February 13, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      I loved that it was modern and eco-friendly!

  • Reply Tami February 13, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Wow! I would love sitting in one of those plunge pools and watching the river, the birds, and then the stars at night. How wonderful that you be in a resort and yet so close to nature.

    • Reply Tiffany February 13, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      It was very special!!

  • Reply Annick - ourworldheritage February 13, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    We haven’t been to Sri Lanka yet, but it’s on our bucket list. This looks like a great place to stay if we ever get there. We love birdwatching, so this is certainly an added bonus for us. And I’m pretty sure our girl would love her private plunge pool 🙂

    • Reply Tiffany February 13, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      If you are bird person, you are going to live Sri Lanka! And Waterland is where I saw a tons of birds!!

  • Reply Abhinav Singh February 14, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I have heard a lot about the eco friendly and aesthetically appealing properties of Sri Lanka. This one looks like a place which is close to nature and still full of creature comforts. What’s not to love?

    • Reply Tiffany February 14, 2017 at 10:16 am

      They seem to be very popular in Sri Lanka. It was great!

  • Reply you.theworld.wandering February 14, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Wow this place looks incredible! I also love Sri Lanka and have been an expat, living in Maldives. UAE would be such a great central place to travel from. I meet lots of UAE expats in the Maldives, maybe you will come this year?! This property looks oh so dreamy and I love that it’s only 40 minutes from the airport! Villa #3 sounds divine!

    • Reply Tiffany February 14, 2017 at 10:24 am

      It really was! I would love to visit the Maldives. I will keep my fingers crossed.

  • Reply Annika February 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

    It looks amazing – I love the mix of eco and luxury! I was in Sri Lanka last year and cannot wait to go back this year. Will definitely check out Waterland, I think it is right up my alley. Did you try hoppers with curries for breakfast? That was my favorite and I am still dreaming of them…

    • Reply Tiffany February 14, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      I think you will love Waterland. I did! I liked it but not for breakfast.

  • Reply Agness of eTramping February 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Waterland seems like a peaceful place, Tiffany. It also has a beautiful name and a rooster.

    • Reply Tiffany February 17, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      It is peaceful. Well except when the rooster wakes up! Haha

  • Reply Manjulika Pramod February 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    This looks like a place where you would just to sit down and relax.
    Eco-friendly places are doing for the environment as well as saving it for the future travelers.

    • Reply Tiffany February 17, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      It was! I didn’t do much and I loved it. Such a good point!

  • Reply Allison February 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Wow that plunge pool is the stuff of dreams! Will bookmark for a future trip to Sri Lanka

    • Reply Tiffany February 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Especially with the view it offers!!

  • Reply Hayley February 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    *Books holiday to Waterland immediately* Stunning!

    • Reply Tiffany February 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      So glad you liked it! Hope you do get to go!

  • Reply Emma February 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Looks amazing! I love the look of the peacock room!

    • Reply Tiffany February 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      That room is on the second floor and the view is even better!

  • Reply Lisa Orchard February 19, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    This looks like an awesome place! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Tiffany February 19, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!!

  • Reply Traci York February 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Amazing pictures! I especially enjoyed this post, given how much snow is on the ground here in New Hampshire! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Tiffany February 19, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you! Hope this warmed you up.

  • Reply vinneve February 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    That was beautiful seems like peace and quiet.

    • Reply Tiffany February 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      It was so relaxing!

  • Reply ELTEC March 16, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Looks great! Must cost a great deal of money.

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