Uninterrupted bird songs. Breathtaking views. Soft breezes blowing through the evergreen gardens. Your own peaceful hideaway in the middle of the jungle. Sounds amazing doesn’t it?
Situated on the banks of Koggala Lake in southern Sri Lanka, this luxurious, nature-friendly oasis just might be the best eco hotel in the island.
Just 40 minutes from Galle Fort, situated in the middle of a jungle bordering Sri Lanka’s largest natural lake, eleven luxury suites spiral a six-acre hill of breathtaking natural beauty, Tri is designed to be Sri Lanka’s first truly contemporary sustainable luxury hotel.
Tri’s unique architecture is very minimalist and modern, and simultaneously incorporates the natural surroundings into every design. Think living walls, recycled wood and solar-powered hot water.
Tri offers several different kinds of accommodation. We stayed at the Water Tower on our first night there, and moved to a pool villa bordering the lake for the next.
The water tower is the most unique place we’ve ever stayed at any hotel in Sri Lanka. This grand tower stands on top of the small hill that the hotel is built on. It’s covered in recycled cinnamon wood and luscious green creepers. The rooms are small, but come with king-size beds and spectacular views from every window, and from the bathroom too!
The pool villa is a very spacious, beautiful standalone villa with a private plunge pool. It comes with a king-size bed, a day bed, a modern bathroom with a bathtub. The villas are surrounded by nature and offer incredible views of the Koggala Lake.
Disclaimer: I used the photographs of the interiors of the Lake Villa from Tri’s official website because we couldn’t take any on our stay.
Tri’s entire concept is about celebrating and cultivating the Sri Lankan locality. To truly complement this philosophy, all their ingredients and resources are locally sourced. And the dining experience comes with delicious six-course dinner menus which change daily and feature delicious fusion dishes with a Sri Lankan twist.
Breakfast and lunch include continental and Sri Lankan delicacies, and can be arranged either on the balcony of your suite, by the lounging area, or at the restaurant. We opted for a continental breakfast at the restaurant and Kottu Roti – a Sri Lankan street food for lunch, by the pool.
Facilities and Activities
Tri is one of those places where you can do as much, or as little, as your body wants you to. The entire atmosphere makes you feel like you’re constantly walking in a zen garden. Ayurvedic spa treatments, Quantum Yoga sessions, and the coziest library are just a few of Tri’s many, many perks. The glass-walled library is equipped with green views, comfy chairs and a vast collection of books.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take a boat ride to the nearby Cinnamon Island where you can experience the cinnamon making process, try their world-famous cinnamon tea and buy fresh produce from the producers themselves. Not to forget that you can visit the famous Madol Doova island too! Or you can cycle through the village and paddy fields in the evenings.
- Galle Fort
- Koggala Beach
- Koggala Turtle Conservation Center
- Martin Wickramasinghe House & Folk Museum
- Madol Doova
- Handanugoda Tea Plantation
- Whale Watching
For reservations and more information visit their official website.