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An Indulgent Sanctuary at Uga Riva, Sri Lanka

Nestled in a coconut plantation near Negombo’s pristine shores, Uga Riva is a 180-year-old manor house re-launched for travellers seeking an indulgent sanctuary. Situated just 10 minutes from central Negombo and a mere 30-minute drive from Colombo International Airport, Uga Riva serves as the perfect spot for commencing or concluding a Sri Lankan journey. Conveniently positioned for travellers recovering from island explorations or adjusting to jetlag, guests can immediately relax into the serene tranquillity of the five-acre grounds, enjoying a leisurely break by the pool before retiring to the luxurious comfort of Uga Riva’s well-appointed rooms.

The heritage house features a traditional courtyard wrapped around a pond, with large open verandahs providing guests with both space and privacy. The cosy spaces and antique surfaces within the manor house add to its rustic charm, offering world-class amenities and an enchanting ambiance that seamlessly reflects Uga’s established portfolio.  Travellers can choose between seven beautifully appointed rooms, all adorned with meticulously restored furniture, contemporary Sri Lankan artwork, and sumptuous linens.

From leisurely breakfasts to romantic dinners, dining at Riva guarantees a truly distinctive and sensory culinary journey. As one of the few upscale dining establishments in Negombo, Uga Riva offers delectable cuisine infused with the rich flavours of the island. 

Uga Riva has been thoughtfully reimagined with Uga’s signature style, sophisticated design, and personalised service, ensuring a memorable stay for every guest. Travellers can anticipate a harmonious blend of serenity and adventure, where idyllic sunsets meet vibrant local culture. The historic property has played host to many prominent figures including Mahatma Gandhi, who visited the property during his visit to Ceylon in 1927 and planted a tree opposite the house.


Nightly rates at Uga Riva start from $237 (approx. £186), based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room on a bed and breakfast basis. 

For more information or to book, visit www.ugaescapes.com/riva.