• Rooms
    The River House is a unique boutique hotel in Sri Lanka with just 5 spacious suites. Each of the suites has their own design features including private plunge pools, double Jacuzzis or private gardens. All of them have large en-suite bathrooms. One extra child's per room can be included (children over 12 are considered adults) at an additional charge.
    Garden Suite - Kirinda and Kala

    Garden Suite - Kirinda and Kala

    Max 2 guests
    1 King bed
    74 m2

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    Jacuzzi Suite - Walawe

    Jacuzzi Suite - Walawe

    Max 2 guests
    1 King bed
    148 m2

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    Plunge Pool Suite - Menik

    Plunge Pool Suite - Menik

    Max 2 guests
    1 King bed
    132 m2

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    Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
    Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)
  • Overview

    Why so chic?

    Why travel experts chose this hotel
    • Just 5 suites

    • Any time, anywhere dining

    • Yoga sessions on the river bank

    Chic Treats

    Only when you book with Chic

    Room upgrade (subject to availability)

    Early check in/ late check out (subject to availability)

    Welcome drink


    The River House sits on the banks of the Madhu Ganga in Galle, south Sri Lanka. With just 5 suites this romantic retreat in Balapitiya is surrounded by 13 acres of tropical gardens. Honeymooners, sun-seekers, bird-watchers, and flip-floppers can chill-out, rest, explore and be pampered.

    Sri Lanka's tropical landscape and climate have created an environment some 492 species of birds call home. Enthusiastic bird watchers will be thrilled with the daily sightings of some favourites and rarer species. Animal-lovers will revel in coming face to face with purple-faced monkeys hanging around in the trees and tropical surroundings. Float down the Madhu River on a kayak and admire the passing fauna and flora or enjoy a boat safari that includes two island stopovers at the Cinnamon plantation & ancient Buddhist temple too. Soak up the sun by the gorgeous pool for a day, the stillness is magical.

    Trained therapists work their magic with raw oils and sea salts, getting to work on the inner you and balancing your mind, body and spirit. Yoga sessions take place on the river bank or in the gardens complementing the holistic approach of the therapists.

    Foodies should sign up the cooking course which includes a trip to the local market with the chefs before preparing some traditional regional dishes back at The River House.

    Some of southern Sri Lanka's most stunning beaches are just a few miles away - ask the hotel to prepare a picnic and head to one for the day.

    Freedom of choice is yours when it comes to dining at The River House. You can either choose from the selection of mouth-watering dishes on the menu or give in to your cravings and let the chef cook you your heart's desire and serve it wherever you like on the estate. Dinner can be set up under the Kumbuk tree, breakfast served at midday and Afternoon Tea late in the evening.

  • Facilities
    • air conditioning

    • car parking

    • gardens

    • restaurant

    • spa treatment room

    • swimming pool

    • weddings

    • WiFi/Internet

    • Yoga

    • cooking course

  • Location

    Balapitiya, No 70, Uthamanyana Mawatha, Welagedara 80550, Sri Lanka

  • Conditions
    Check-in/check-out policy

    Check-in time: 13:00

    Check-out time: 12:00

    Early check-in: yes, subject to availability

    Late check-out: yes, subject to availability

    Pets policy

    No pets allowed. Fee is $0



Each hotel specially selected for its unique charm


Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.


If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.


Please ask for details about our airport transfer service

Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)