Nature-based design hotel Tri Lanka celebrates opening

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Sri Lanka’s much anticipated new boutique hotel, Tri Lanka, celebrated its official opening this weekend ushering in a new era for sustainable design hotels and raising the bar for luxury travel across the island.

Perched on an island hill overlooking Sri Lanka’s largest natural lake, Koggala, Tri’s site was discovered by British photographer, Rob Drummond, over 10 years ago. Determined to bring something wholly different to Sri Lanka, Drummond worked closely with Raefer Wallis, of Shanghai’s A00 Architects, to design a hotel that honours nature, enriches its surroundings, and prioritises sustainable practice.

Each of Tri’s 11 spacious suites is unique, ranging in size from 60sqm to 140sqm, meaning that the property is a haven of serenity for couples, families and larger groups alike. Three elevated suites are housed within the water tower, while the remaining 8 villas terrace down a spiral path, offering either sunrise or sunset views, private gardens and terraces or plunge pools.

Interiors combine the warmth of local Jak wood with cooling natural granite, while furnishings fuse natural materials with softly coloured, locally made textiles. The open-plan Main House offers a communal space for dining and relaxation, with wide sunbathing terraces, a 21m swimming pool over the lake, and indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Tri’s philosophy of balance and symmetry also resonates in its spa and treetop yoga shala, designed to “float” above the bamboo grove and provide a space for practicing the Quantum Yoga approach, developed by Tri’s co-founder, Lara Baumann. A rotating calendar of leading natural health practitioners, therapists, Ayurvedic specialists and personal trainers runs throughout the year, so guests can develop a personalised wellness programme to follow during their stay.

The gastronomic offering has also been created with an emphasis on self-sufficiency with much of the produce coming from Tri’s own edible gardens and nearby local farmers and producers. Guests are treated to a daily changing menu of fresh, light ingredients and twists on Sri Lankan classics.

The hotel’s strategic location means that it can be both a tranquil hideaway and a base for exploration. Guests can reach the culture and history of Galle Fort in just 25 minutes, while Sri Lanka’s best beaches are only 15 minutes away. The inhouse guest experience team can tailor trips to temples and stupas, museums and workshops, tea plantations and cinnamon producers, as well as introducing guests to fascinating local artists, craftspeople and curators.

Tri’s founder, Robert Drummond, commented, “Seeing our vision for Tri rise out of the foliage and into reality has been the most rewarding project of my life. Sri Lanka has been our home for 12 years and we have poured our hearts and souls into creating something truly unique and original for the island. We hope that our sustainability practices – which have influenced every element of design – will ensure that Tri enriches the land on which it stands, and that the simplicity of the hotel will allow it to act as a window from which to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. We have a fantastic team in place, ready to welcome our first guests and ensure that impeccable service, creative food, tailored activities and a distinctive wellness offering in our little slice of paradise makes their stay truly memorable.”

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