Subliminal First Impressions
Not far from Galle Fort and set along the banks of Sri Lanka’s largest lake, Koggala lake, sits Tri Lanka. Surrounded by lush vegetation and perched on a hillside flaunting the natural beauty of the 1000 hectares fresh water lake embellished with rocky formations and home to 8 small islands, this six acres of grounds sustainably designed boutique hotel is the epitome of a hidden gem. From the moment I’d set foot on Tri’s wildlife-filled grounds, I felt an instant connection to my surroundings and was awash with a sense of belonging with the environment.
Cutting Edge Design & Aesthetics
Conceptualized and designed by award-winning architect Raefer Wallis and photographer, Rob Drummond, the resort’s spiral layout was developed organically from the Golden Ratio. In design, the Golden Ratio boils down to aesthetics – creating and appreciating a sense of beauty through harmony and proportion. This mathematical ratio when applied to design, provides a sense of artistry; an X-factor; a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s no wonder wherever I looked, every angle looked picture perfect and an absolute dream for photographers. Built from recycled wood, cinnamon sticks and local materials, features living walls, green roofs, and a Water Tower with 360-degree viewing deck. Its immersive architecture emphasises on the natural surroundings and works in harmony with nature not against it, allowing guests to feel like nature is pouring into the rooms and all around the resort. In the main house, an open concept area designed with multi-tiered spaces includes an upper level lounge beneath a cantilevered roof, wide sunbathing terraces, and 21-metre pool overlooking spectacular views of Koggala lake; on the lower level, indoor and outdoor dining areas – all with lake views.
The resort has a total of 11 suites and villas spaciously designed to form a spiral around the hillside. All are decorated identically, the difference lies in in the size and setting. Some perch higher on the bank than others, some have two balconies or private pools. The cheaper guest rooms are located in 3 floors of the cinnamon-clad Water Tower that are considerably smaller in size than the suites and villas. We stayed in the Tri Villa, the largest (at 140sqm) and most spectacular of villas apart from the Family Villa. Featuring lots of natural light, there are a total of 2 terraces; one from the bedroom and the other that leads out from the living room to the private pool. The views from the villa and pool are extraordinary, guests can enjoy the peace and tranquility while looking for birdlife out by the rocky formations on the lake. Looking at my surroundings, it was hard not to be spellbound by Tri’s beauty.
Holistic Wellness for the Mind, Body & Soul
Apart from aesthetics that are pleasing to the eye, Tri provides an exclusive place of well being for the mind, body and soul where guests can indulge in Quantum yoga classes and luxurious spa treatments. Room rates include excellent half board of breakfast and dinner, served generously over a 6 course meal. A combination of immaculate service, great attention to detail to guest’s palate and inventive Sri Lankan fusion cuisine, every meal was a delightful surprise with an ever changing menu of seasonal produce. Speciality dining can be readily arranged for guests under the shade of the resort’s ancient banyan tree, at the top of the water tower with panoramic lake views, or by the edge of the lake. I had the pleasure of enjoying a romantic breakfast for two with views of the lake, which was nothing short of magic and the perfect way to start the day.
Tri will appeal to artistic couples looking for an inspirational setting with photogenic spots at every turn, nature lovers will be drawn to the hotel’s wildlife-filled location, and couples looking for a wellness retreat for the body, mind and soul in a peaceful and enchanting scenery, will all leave Tri with an unforgettable experience to reflect upon. For me, Tri has set a new benchmark for outstanding hotel service and nature-oriented design and makes it one of my most memorable hotel thus far.