MATCHESFASHION.COM APRIL 2016

THE VACATION REPORT – SRI LANKA UNCOVERED

…The Villa Bentota (paradiseroadhotels.com/villabentota), Sri Lanka’s first boutique hotel, was converted by Bawa from a private residence in the 1970s, and now attracts guests including designers Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant. The villa is set in extensive grounds overlooking the vast golden beach. Bawa’s touch seems to be everywhere in Sri Lanka, both in the buildings he envisioned – hotels, the Sri Lankan Parliament building, private homes – and in the lasting influence of his aesthetic: a fusion of the modernist love of open space and polished concrete with the championing of local materials, such as exotic woods, batik and wicker. At The Villa, Bawa’s original vision has been given a refresh by designer Udayshanth Fernando, with starkly contrasted black-and-white furnishings, idyllic views of the extensive grounds, and the use of local, natural materials…

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