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106A St. Mary's Road, Negombo 11540 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 01/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 01/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 168 hotels in Negombo
Travellers' Choice
Uniquely situated between a river, a canal, and a coconut plantation, Waterland is a tropical oasis of towering coconut trees, flowering birds of paradise, and fragrant frangipani. Custom design, extensive use of teak and mahogany, and regional artwork give each villa a warm, unique character. With only 5 villas, Waterland is exclusive and intimate. Each villa has extensive indoor and outdoor living space and a private infinity-edge plunge pool that provides a refreshing sanctuary to cool off in the tropical climate. Our floating spa gently rocks with the flow of the river Our dining barge allows guests not simply to dine by the water, but on the water. Guest activities include cooking classes, garden tours, bicycling around the neighborhood, boat safaris, boules, billiards, yoga, and spa treatments. Come experience why Trip Advisor has named Waterland 1 of the 25 best Small Hotels in Sri Lanka.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Game room
Board games / puzzles
Taxi service
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Seating area
Separate dining area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
River View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala
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Dilinika PH wrote a review Aug 2021
Dehiwala, Sri Lanka19 contributions4 helpful votes
Waterland is my favourite place to relax and recharge. This is most probably my third weekend stay and it just keeps getting better and cosier everytime. I'm so grateful to the Team Waterland for making our family visit a memorable one. They just went out of their way to make us feel at home while paying extra attention to pandemic safety guidelines. Creative presentation of food with a special Sri Lankan touch was amazing! A special thanks to Jude and team for their patience and attention to detail to make guests feel truly and genuinely at home.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Mark N, Owner at Waterland
Responded 10 Aug 2021
We're so glad that you had another excellent stay with your family. We appreciate your loyalty and your kind words. Welcoming returning guests back to Waterland is always a treat for us. When we opened Waterland 5 years ago, it was quite austere. While minimalism has its merits, the now mature landscaping, the artwork and furnishings acquired, and the creation of more intimate spaces have given the place a cozier feeling. The juxtaposition with the modern minimalism and antiques gives the place a special vibe. Thanks for noting the excellence of the meals, the presentation, and the covid precautions. Thanks too for recognizing the outstanding service, attention to detail, and warmth of Mr. Jude and the other members of the staff. Their skill and dedication are extraordinary. We look forward to welcoming you and your family again.
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Laura wrote a review Feb 2020
Guildford, United Kingdom12 contributions11 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Probably the best place to stay in Negombo, we chose it for the last night of our honeymoon and it was just AMAZING, from the staff so attentive, polite and looking after you, friendly and calm at all times, to the lovely food during the barbecue dinner and breakfast, the fantastic massages at Waterland Spa and the private infinite pool. Cannot thank them enough for making us feel so welcome and happy during our stay. Totally recommended, we would have loved to stay a few more days!! Laura and Phillip, we stayed at the beautiful Peacock Villa.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: All the villas are charming and beautiful, extremely clean, but probably the best would be the...
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Response from Mark N, Owner at Waterland
Responded 19 Feb 2020
Honeymoons are seminal events. We are honored that more and more travelers are choosing to spend part of their honeymoons at Waterland. We understand that with this privileges comes an added responsibility to ensure that our guests have a magical experience. We are delighted that you had an amazing stay and enjoyed the beauty, the villa, the pool, the massages, the meals, and the service. Thank you for taking the time to write about these many aspects of your stay. Thanks too for acknowledging the outstanding staff. I am fortunate to work with such a dedicated team. We wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness together!
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permah0liday wrote a review Aug 2021
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions10 helpful votes
The good: impeccable design and fit out, the rooms were a great size, and every little detail has been well thought out (check out the faucet in the bathrooms!). We stayed in the Peacock Villa and there was plenty of space for a family of 4 to enjoy themselves, with a lovely living area. It’s incredible that each villa has its own private pool! (Great for a midnight swim!) The service was incredible, the team were so attentive and could not do enough to look after us. They all seemed genuinely happy to have us there. Kudos to Jude and his team! The bad: we had to go home eventually.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Mark N, Owner at Waterland
Responded 3 Aug 2021
When we created Waterland, we endeavored to create a unique place and a unique guest experience. We're so pleased that you found Waterland to be amazing and that you had such an enjoyable stay. There are many choices of places to stay in Negombo. Thank you for choosing Waterland. Thanks too for writing so extensively and effusively about various aspects of your stay. We're happy that you liked the design, the spaciousness, the plunge pool, and the attention to detail. Thank you for noting the attentiveness of the staff and the excellent leadership of Jude, the manager. The team is truly dedicated and genuinely delight in their work. When we created Waterland, I believed that the architecture, the bucolic setting between a river and canal, and the plunge pools were what would set Waterland apart. Over the last 5 years, I've come to understand that what really creates a special guest experience is the warmth, skill, and dedication of those who work there and the connections made with guests. You and your family made an excellent impression on the staff. We hope you had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka and that we will be able to welcome you back. In the meantime, warm regards from all of us at Waterland.
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PrinkoHolsinger wrote a review Jul 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka3 contributions1 helpful vote
Nice, relaxing place that gives the impression its surrounded by water. Good, friendly service by obliging staff. Comfortable rooms with lovely views and private plunge pools. Spacious, luxurious bathrooms with artistic touches for the sink and shower. Food is nice but breakfast could be more generous.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Ask for lagoon view rooms with private plunge pool. Peacock and Lotus are best
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Response from Mark N, Owner at Waterland
Responded 3 Aug 2021
We are delighted that you had a great stay. Thank you for coming to stay and experiencing the beauty of the site, the architecture, and the surroundings. A fundamental element of the experience is the connection with nature and the feeling of being surrounded by water. We're glad you found the villas comfortable, spacious, and luxurious. Thanks for noting some of the artistic touches including the waterfall faucets and the rain showers. The design team (architect, contractor, project manager, and I) tried to make all facets of the buildings special. Thanks for your feedback about breakfast. My understanding is that your group was considerably larger than had been initially expected and therefore the serving sizes were smaller. Apologies for any disappointment caused. Breakfasts are usually generously sized and guests usually speak about the breakfasts as being a highlight of their stay. Thanks for reviewing your stay and writing about your experiences. We look forward to your return.
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nuwangi l wrote a review May 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
want to say Thank you to Waterland Villa crew. You did an amazing job. The way you welcome us ,room arrangements, food and beverage was wonderful. you guys did a wonderful job. You made our special day more special one. once again I want to say Thank you and highly appreciate your service.wanna come again
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Mark N, Owner at Waterland
Responded 15 May 2021
Thank you very much for staying at Waterland and for writing about your stay. It gives us great pleasure to read the nice comments abut the welcome, villa, romantic welcome, food, and drinks. We're glad you had a great honeymoon at Waterland. We wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness together. We look forward to your return.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterland
Which popular attractions are close to Waterland?
Nearby attractions include St. Mary's Church (6.6 km), Main Fish Market (7.0 km), and Angurukaramulla Temple (6.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterland?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Waterland?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Waterland?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterland?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterland?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Enviro, Queen's Restaurant, and Salt Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Waterland?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Waterland have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Waterland offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Waterland?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Sinhala.
Does Waterland have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.