Mirissa Hills is located a few minutes from beautiful Weligama Bay, commanding extensive views of the Ruhunu landscape – Sri Lanka’s “deep south”. The property is a working cinnamon estate. Which has been restored in recent years by its current owner to produce cinnamon of the highest grade. Within the estate there are three sets of accommodation to let, each of which provides a relaxing and pampered stay. At the base of the hill is an immaculately restored old estate house, or walauwa, The Bungalow at Mirissa Hills. Set amidst a well-kept lawn and indigenous trees, The Bungalow is a true retreat in the countryside. Half-way up the hill is the Cinnamon Museum and Visitors’ Centre, which has four charming rooms allowing guests literally to live within the world’s only museum dedicated to the history and uses of cinnamon. And, at the top, with extensive 360 o views, is Mount Cinnamon, a luxurious contemporary house dramatically set above the landscape, representing the very best of Sri Lankan art and design. Each property is lettable separately, or, for large groups, can be rented together or in combination.
We pride ourselves on the excellence of our food. Most of the ingredients are sourced locally. The freshest fish from Weligama Bay is, of course, a joy; and we also have a wide variety of fruit and vegetables growing on the plantation. Nothing can beat the taste of just-picked papaya at breakfast time. We offer a choice of Sri Lankan or Western breakfast. But whether you choose eggs and bacon or a prawn curry with roti, you will enjoy a platter of fruit and freshly squeezed juice first. Lunch tends to be traditional Sri Lankan curry and rice (it is rarely “hot” but the spiciness is always adjustable!). We pride ourselves in serving the best for miles around, and in creating a repast which reflects the balance traditional to the meal. All our chutneys are homemade. Afternoon tea is served on request – using Handunugoda Tea, from our neighbouring Lowland Tea Estate. At drinks time, it’s nice to try a “short eat” – fish cutlets, perhaps. Dinner can be Western or Sri Lankan, or a mixture of both. It is normally served, in style, in the dining room. Start with a Mount Cinnamon Sour! For special occasions, crab can be ordered the night before. They come from the lagoon or Koggala Lake – and are quite simply the best in the world. Lobster is also available. Naturally, vegetarians are catered for, and there is a microwave for preparing baby food. For wines, we find South African wines drink well in the Sri Lankan climate, and the house red (Cabernet Sauvignon) and white (Chardonnay) are both bottled by KWV. Fine wines are also available.