I was at the launch of Mount Lavinia’s new web site on Thursday evening. Mount Lavinia is a 5 star hotel in Colombo and visually it is amazing. It is the oldest building in Colombo and was initially built as a residence for the Governor in the early 1800’s. According to stories the governor fell in love with an exotic dancer called Lavinia. Their love was forbidden so the Governor had a tunnel built from the cellars of his residence to the top of a nearby hill through which they could meet for their secret trysts. The building is named after her.
A serious of Governors lived in the mansion before it was turned into a hotel in the mid 90s. As I have already said it is an extremely beautiful building, right at the sea, with a private beach, pool and a serious of very impressive and grand rooms. After the press conference one of the hotels managers offered to show me around the hotel, so I got an extensive guided tour, even seeing two ocean view bedrooms. People here are very eager to please and it is not uncommon at all for them to take time to show you around somewhere.
It was, I hope, the first of many visits to the hotel.