Despite its historical privilege, the hundred-year-old estate that is Horathapola is friendly, unpretentious, and warm. Being here reminds you that a hotel can be both good to you and good for you. At Horathapola, sustainable, and organic are not just buzzwords, but codes for living. Tourists who already understand that the good life comes from the earth are the prime beneficiaries of Horathapola. For those who think agrotourism entails wading in manure, worry not. The Horathapola experience also entails plenty of pampering: lounging by the pool drinking wine or enjoying generous dollops of the homemade, organic passion fruit jam are all perfectly acceptable. And for the more adventurous, manure wading can probably be arranged.
Home to a spectacular frangipani tree (the second oldest) in Sri Lanka, Horathapola is located on a lush, fifty acre organic plantation where coconut, pineapple, pepper, cinnamon, tamarind, and passion fruit trees thrive. The estate also supplies organic milk, free-range, organic eggs, and plenty of vegetables to the buzzing and creative kitchen where everything is cooked in clay pots on open fires. A knowledgeable, warm, kind, and funny group of caretakers serve you and satisfy every desire, but will also happily accompany you through the estate, demonstrating their deep knowledge and investment in the property. Here, sustainability is a concept that extends not just to ecology, but also to the hotel’s long-term economic vision, enriching the experiences and lives of both clients and staff.