A partnership between Teardrop Hotels and The Geoffrey Bawa Trust has seen Bawa’s Lunuganga country estate located on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka revitalised and relaunched as a nine-bedroom property.
Grounds of the estate feature the famed architect’s original home, which comprises a former 1930s plantation bungalow, with six private guest suites located around the estate. Lunuganga now also includes the reconstructed three-bedroom house of Bawa’s batik artist friend, Ena de Silva.
de Silva and her husband Osmund commissioned Bawa to design their home in 1962. In 2009, Ena sold the house to The Bawa Trust, which then moved the property brick by brick from its location in Colombo to Lunuganga. The house took three months to disassemble and six years to rebuild. Changes to the property have been kept to a minimum to preserve as much originality as possible.
A night at Lunuganga – in either the main house or the Ena de Silva villa – starts at US$265++ for two people sharing, inclusive of breakfast. To celebrate the relaunch, Teardrop Hotels is offering guests a 20 per cent discount on all rooms booked before November 30, 2020, which can then be used anytime until April 30, 2022.
An important part of Sri Lanka’s cultural and design heritage, Lunuganga was acquired by Bawa in 1947 as one of his first projects, where he transformed the property from a derelict rubber estate into one of the most beautiful gardens of the 20th century.