Tri is Sri Lanka’s first truly contemporary sustainable luxury design hotel. Not far from Galle Fort, on the shores of Koggala Lake (Sri Lanka’s largest natural lake) and within easy reach of the best beaches in the south, 11 suites spiral a six-acre hill of outstanding natural beauty. Ecotourism has never been so inspiring.
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Tri’s visionary British owner, Robert Drummond, discovered the site over a decade ago and enlisted award-winning architect, Raefer Wallis of A00 Architects, to create a hotel guided by its surroundings and fortified by an all-encompassing sustainable philosophy. The result is a masterpiece of forward-thinking flair where mathematical marries artistic, and intelligence embraces emotion.
Living walls, green roofs, solar arrays, edible gardens and entirely local materials unify accommodations and landscape. Sequential spaces emanate from a central water tower that captures spectacular 360° views. Creative experiences stimulate body, mind and soul, proudly showcasing Sri Lanka’s finest ingredients, materials, services and facilities.
A deep-seated interest in design and sustainability, photography, architectural form and nature inspired this Oxford-educated linguist to work with architect Raefer Wallis to bring Tri to life. Having previously worked in Brazil and France, Rob took a trip to visit a relative in Sri Lanka in 2000 and fell in love with the country’s natural beauty. In his first few years living in Sri Lanka, he spearheaded a major renovation project within the historic Galle Fort – transforming a degraded 300-year-old house into what became one of the Fort’s most photographed private homes. Rob’s lifelong dream to promote proximity to nature through intelligent architecture was realised when, in 2003, Tri’s jewel-shaped site presented itself.
Lara’s spiritual yearning and love of Eastern philosophies and aesthetics were piqued in childhood. Born to a diplomat father into a far-from-ordinary upbringing in India and Japan, the founder of Quantum Yoga enjoyed yoga from a young age. Lara initially followed an academic path via an MA in Religious Studies, and additional courses in Japanology, History of Art and Asian Art at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), in addition to roles at Sotheby’s and Christie’s Japanese Department. But the art of practice soon prevailed – as did her meditative Buddhist studies – leading her to a Thai monastery and, through the practice of Vipassana, the rediscovery of yoga. Together since 2010, Lara and Rob have been living together in Sri Lanka since 2012 and have a daughter, Juna, and son, Jaego.