A tropical vacation paradise awaits you at the Ayurveda Guesthouse. Located in a fishing village on the west coast of Sri Lanka the resort has a spaciously laid out garden with a small lagoon in the centre and direct access to 3 kilometres of sandy beach. The guest rooms are spread over the main building – the Bogenvillya – and several bungalows. Two of these buildings were designed by the Austrian architect Carl Pruscha. Situated right on the lagoon is the “Lagoon Bungalow”, a house on stilts that includes three residential units with private terraces and views of the lagoon or the sea. The way to the “Palm Grove Bungalow” leads via a bridge over the lagoon. The building consists of two loft-like, transparent housing units with partially roofed terraces. From here you have a view of the palm grove and the sea. In January 2015 the “Araliya” bungalow, designed by the Sri Lankan architect Varuna de Silva, was opened. The simple elegant building includes four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and large verandas.
The Ayurveda Guesthouse is part of the One World Foundation Sri Lanka. The revenue from the guesthouse is used to finance a school for more than 1,000 children, adolescents and adults. The school founded by the Austrians Kathrin Messner and Josef Ortner in 1995 had been completely destroyed by the tsunami in 2004 and was rebuilt in a different location. The Lagoon Bungalow is one of the few buildings on the coast that survived the tsunami.
Pictures by Eva Schlegel
What to do
A stay at Bogenvillya may be combined with an individually designed Ayurveda treatment.
Details of the property
Region/Town: LK – Sri Lanka, Ahungalla
Name: Ayurveda Guesthouse
Scenery: Between palm trees and a lagoon right on the ocean
Accommodation: House, Hotel
Completed: Lagoon Bungalow 2001, Palm Grove Bungalow 2012
Design: Carl Pruscha/ Wien, Varuna de Silva/Sri Lanka