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Late Architect Geoffrey Bawa's Former Estate Joins Teardrop Hotels

The beautiful property is known as a pinnacle of Sri Lanka's design heritage


With bungalows and hotels dotted in historic regions across Sri Lanka, Teardrop Hotels' latest addition is Lunuganga.


The land formerly belonged to the late influential Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, who acquired the estate in 1948 deeming it one of his very first projects and a perpetual source of inspiration for his future works.

Initially the land was a derelict rubber estate, which resided on a promontory in the Dedduwa Lake on the island’s South Coast in the town Bentota. Bawa worked over a period of five decades to transform it into what today is regarded a national treasure. Translating to 'Salt River', Lunuganga's design borrows elements from the Italian Renaissance.


Known for modernising centuries-old heritage buildings while preserving their rich past, Teardrop Hotels has joined hands with The Bawa Trust to revamp the six-bedroom property, giving guests an insight into the country's history while staying true to modern times and authentic Sri Lankan hospitality.



"The spectacular location and stunning gardens are a masterpiece in landscape design," says Henry Fitch, Managing Director of Teardrop Hotels.


"Lunuganga is one of the most treasured properties in Sri Lanka and Teardrop Hotels is thrilled to have been entrusted with its management."


The estate comprises a former 1930s plantation bungalow as well as six private suites which feature antique and modern furniture along with traditional and contemporary artworks. There is also a Garden Room, an area built predominantly using recycled materials.


The late Batik artist Ena de Silva’s relocated home has also been reimagined as a boutique villa on the estate.

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