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Please let us know when you would like to travel, which areas or hotels you want to experience and our dedicated Teardrop reservations team will help curate a bespoke journey for you and your family or friends whether it be for one night or twelve.

Our Story

 

From the beginning

Michael Davies & Charlie Austin met on the cricket pitch at Bryanston School, England, in 1995. Once school days were over, they stayed in regular contact, although Michael followed his father’s footsteps and moved to Hong Kong whereas Charlie migrated to Sri Lanka and set up Red Dot Tours.

 

Fate brought them back together in 2001 after an unscheduled stopover for Michael in Colombo. Deciding to stay a few days, he explored the south coast and fell in love with the charm of Galle Fort and its collection of historic, beautiful, yet often dilapidated houses. On impulse he bought 41 Lighthouse Street, which after being lovingly restored has become one of the most sought after villa rentals in the Fort. It was during this renovation that Michael and Charlie identified the need for small, yet luxurious and stylish places to stay and thus set about starting Teardrop Hotels in 2005.

"The Teardrop brand stands for inspiring hotels, atmospheric destinations and engaging experiences."

Another Bryanstonian cricketer and close friend of Michael’s, Henry Fitch, was working in the hotel industry in London and it wasn’t hard to persuade him to join them out on the teardrop isle in 2007. Together, Michael, Charlie, Henry and their fourth partner, Viraj Premasinghe, were firm in their belief that the small hotel model offered the best guest experience for tourists visiting Sri Lanka. Thanks to the island’s history, architecture, natural beauty and charming people, the group were excited by the opportunity to convert wonderful properties into interesting small hotels across the country, offering guests from across the world a chance to experience the various sights, tastes and sounds of this diverse teardrop island.

Around this time, renowned cricketer Kumar Sangakkara introduced the group to a stunning heritage home with bags of potential, just 15 minutes from the airport. Not only was the property unique but the location was ideal, and the highly acclaimed and award-winning Wallawwa became the first Teardrop Hotel, opening its doors at the end of 2008.

This original family remains united today, supported by an ever growing team in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong that have built Teardrop Hotels in to an enviable portfolio of stylish properties. In addition to the Wallawwa, there is the magical Fort Bazaar in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, Kumu Beach, a fabulous 10 bedroom beach hotel 20km North of Galle and a collection of ‘Tea Planters’ bungalows near Dickoya, Nuwara Eliya, Ella and Kandy. These are strategically located along the ‘tea country route’ offering guests a contemporary vintage experience and the ability to now holiday throughout Sri Lanka seamlessly with Teardrop Hotels.

 

The Teardrop brand stands for inspiring hotels, atmospheric destinations and engaging experiences. We constantly invest in our properties and our people and are continually looking for new and wonderful opportunities to bring to life so that our guests get the very best out of their Sri Lankan experience.

 

In 2017, Teardrop also renovated an old tea storage warehouse at the end of Park Street Mews in the heart of Colombo and launched Monsoon, Colombo’s most exciting South East Asian dining venue.

We are a family run, personal, small hotel and restaurant company. If you are dreaming about visiting Sri Lanka please get in touch with us through the website and one of our dedicated ‘Journey’ team would be delighted to work with you on a bespoke itinerary for you or your family.

Featured Properties

Fort Bazaar

Galle

Kumu Beach

Balapitiya

Wallawwa

Colombo
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