Owners Reita Gadkari and Shane Thantirimudalige, both leading property developers, have created a hotel that offers sophistication with a lively seaside atmosphere and access to an unparalleled authentic Sri Lankan experience.
Painted in deep pastels and vibrant bohemian hues, the property is designed by New York architect Uday Dhar and reflects the colourful townhouses of the nearby UNESCO town Galle Fort. The hotel’s furniture, colourful textiles and artwork are hand-made by twenty artists from all over the world, including local craftsmen.
The property boasts generously sized rooms and suites with views of the Indian Ocean, a restaurant with a Head Chef and Pastry chef offering traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with Mediterranean accents, a bar and café, relaxed beach shack and a beautiful swimming pool. Outside guests are welcome to use the facilities, ensuring a sociable and relaxed local atmosphere. Together with its jazz band and selection of musicians playing at the weekend, and its local learning programme and philanthropic heart, this new hotspot is inspired by local influences, whilst still promising sophistication and style.
Owl and the Pussycat has sixteen individually designed rooms and suites, eight with open-plan kitchens, en-suite bathrooms and some with private terraces and balconies.
Facilities and Amenities
• Restaurant serving the finest local ingredients and dishes
• Bar and café
• Beach shack
• Swimming pool with sunbeds
• Massage and yoga available on request
• Personal grocery deliveries can be organised on request
• Activities on offer include swimming with turtles, learning to fish with local stilt fishermen, shopping in local Galle boutiques, sailing, cycling, hiking, diving, surfing
• Wifi throughout
Lead-in rates at Owl and the Pussycat are from £199 (US$300) per room/night including continental breakfast, tax and service.
The nearest airport is Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) which is 2 hours 15 minutes by car and is served with direct flights from London.