Prepare his coming
Sri Lanka is located in the northern hemisphere, 350 kms north of the Equator in the Indian Ocean. The island has a surface area of 65,525 square kilometres (430 kms north/south and 225 kms east to west) and there is a 1,600 kilometre stretch of coastline.
La Maison Nil Manel is situated south of Colombo on a coastline fringed with sandy beaches and coconut groves. This is a very special place to come home to and recharge your batteries before or after a trip into the interior of Ceylon.
Another option is to spend your whole holiday here and take time out to explore the gems of these coastal surroundings located between the lagoon and the sea.
We are open all year round. For the best sunshine aim to come between November and April.
If festivals are your thing (Perahera in Kandy, Kataragama) aim to come in July or August (inter-monsoon period so be prepared for the odd shower).
Down on the south-west coast, the climate is tropical, hot and humid with rainy seasons in May and June (main monsoon) and September/October (lesser monsoon period).
Temperatures remain the same throughout the year except in April/May, the hottest months of the year (35°).
+ 4 hrs 30 mins in winter and + 3 hrs 30 in summer.
The island is 70% Buddhist,15% Hindu, 8% Muslim and 7% Christian. There is an element of unity between these religions because all share the same pilgrimage sites.
It is recommended that you remove your shoes and hat when visiting temples as a sign of respect.
2 official languages: Sinhalese and Tamil.
English is spoken widely.
Fluent French, English and German is spoken at La Maison Nil Manel.
Personal welcome, permanent english-speaking assistance
Children are very welcome. Kids under 12 sharing their parent’s room get a discounted rate. Contact us to find out more.
We can provide a single bed in our suites to accommodate a child under 12. May Mara and Malbutara guestrooms have communicating doors. Minimanel is one large guestroom that can accommodate up to 2 children/teenagers sharing with 2 adults.
We kindly request that guests refrain from smoking inside the guestrooms. Smoking is permitted on private terraces.
There is a 3 night minimum stay all year round except during the period between Christmas and New Year when a 5 night minimum stay applies.
La Maison Nil Manel can provide airport transfers to and from Colombo airport upon request. Transfers are in an air-conditioned minibus with a minibus driver. Part of the journey will be on the motorway. We do not provide accommodation for drivers.
Here at La Maison Nil Manel we have devised a selection of house activities so guests can explore the coastline and surrounding area. We offer assistance with booking a chauffeur-driven vehicle if required.
Free WiFi connection is available throughout the guesthouse.
Please note there are no TVs at La Maison Nil Manel.
Voltage is 220v. Multi-socket adapters are available or bring your own.
The local currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR).
We accept payment in Euros, US dollars and LKR rupees as well as by credit card (Mastercard and Visa).
There are cashpoint machines throughout the island.
Banks open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1pm/3pm except for Saturday, Sunday and full moon day (Poya).
During the winter months (December to February) pack warm clothing for trips to the highlands. For the hot summer months bring light cotton clothing.
Comfy shoes, hat and suncream.