This spacious, elegant, suite on the first floor of an inspirational 55-year-old villa sitting at the furthest corner of the Lunuganga garden is the room that batik artist Ena de Silva’s husband occupied years ago. The room is furnished with a king-sized bed and is attached to a convivial living area with sofa (formerly their daughter’s bedroom). Deeply recessed windows with delicate louvered panels bathe the room in sunlight. The open plan bathroom has separate doors to a bathing area with a freestanding shower.
Bawa became good friends with Ena de Silva after designing her house in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Unconventional for its time thanks to its central ‘urban’ courtyard, it was one of Bawa’s most transformative residential projects, and of such high importance that it was rescued from the threat of destruction, dismantled and moved, brick by brick, from Colombo to its final resting place in Lunuganga – a painstaking process that took six years.
When all three rooms are booked together, this separate villa works well for families or groups, and comes with its own living and dining areas.