Paradise Road Tintagel – Not your typical Colombo!

When you visit Colombo for the fourth time, you know to skip the commercial tours to explore more of the city’s hidden gems. So on my recent trip, I drove through Paradise Road, one of Colombo’s hippest neighborhoods, to visit Udayshanth Fernando’s contemporary Gallery Cafe and Tintagel, a signature 10-suite boutique hotel.

While the Paradise Road Gallery Cafe has revealed some of the unusual souvenirs and household items that can be purchased in Colombo; at Tintagel, I walked into a majestic arrangement of monochromatic color themes, with elaborate floral arrangements and striking Sri Lankan modern art by renowned local artists.

After driving through roundabouts and winding streets, the driver arrived at Tintagel Colombo, my tea spot for the evening. This historic colonial-era mansion has been converted into a hotel. Dilruk Salgado, the resident manager, took it upon himself to acquaint me with the building’s colorful heritage.

The Tintagel was initially a private home when it was built in 1930. The house was taken over by the British Army during the freedom struggle of the 1940s and then sold to one of Sri Lanka’s most illustrious families after the ‘independence. The world’s first female prime minister and the country’s first female president both came from this family. The family only rented the house from Shanth Fernando in 2005, when he transformed it into one of the city’s most distinctive boutique hotels.

Today I was here to enjoy the signature afternoon tea, and I must admit the property instantly takes you back to when it was home to many political leaders and even hosted royalty Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in 2013 Maybe it’s the property of the general serenity, or maybe it’s the political secrets that lurk beyond the walls. Beyond the walls, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the black lacquer Vietnamese tables, the Flemish chandeliers, the life-size sculptures overlooking the vast swimming pool and a French chateau mirror in the red bar with the same whimsical design as Udayshanth Fernando’s neighboring paradise. Road gallery.

This stunning hideaway, with just 10 exposed suites, is hidden behind towering walls of lavender vines. Fernando’s wanderlust-inspired memorabilia adorns the high-ceilinged suites which are tastefully appointed with high ceilings, wooden floors and a distinctive combination of color and ambiance. Most suites are covered in black, off-white tusk, dark lime, red with a slight orange tint, and tan-colored Paradise Road stripes. The beds are covered with mosquito nets and the bathrooms are equipped with bathtubs and bathrobes. My favorite is the enormous Royal Suite which is elegantly embellished, with a separate living room, mosaic tiled bathroom and front balcony. Or take the Northwest Suite on the ground floor, next to the pool which features a private courtyard with a plunge pool.

All suites have a private sitting area separate from the rest of the bedroom and a balcony, making them ideal for any traveler looking for luxury and seclusion. In the restaurants, the trompe-l’oeil ceiling attracts almost as many visitors as the menu, which ranges from spicy Sri Lankan mud crab soup and grilled sirloin steak to Lankan rice and walnut curry. cashew.

You can’t go wrong with any of the desserts, but my favorites are the Pineapple Carrot Cake with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting and the Paradise Road Chocolate Cake. Breakfast is served in a beautiful Courtyard restaurant by hospitable waiters, who are also the most stylish in Sri Lanka. They also have a modest gym, a courtyard lap pool, and a wonderfully baroscopic library with shelves stacked with leather-bound classics. I got to experience Sri Lankan culture through my trip to Tintagel, and also learned about the nation’s history and how its people bring it to the present.

In low season, double rooms start at US$311 (£245); in high season they start at US$341 (£268). Breakfast is included. Free WIFI. Galle Face Green, the National Museum and House Number 11 (residence of architect Geoffrey Bawa) can all be reached from here within 10 minutes. Take a Tuk-Tuk or Uber to get around.


Veidehi Gite reports on her recent visit to Sri Lanka, where she visited Udayshanth Fernando’s unique Gallery store and 10-suite boutique hotel in Colombo’s trendiest neighborhoods. Its contemporary interiors in the monochromatic color palette, lavish floral arrangements and striking Sri Lankan modern art from notable local artists will wow you.
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