Vistas (Mövenpick Hotel Colombo).

Perched on the 24th floor of Colpetty's Mövenpick, Vistas serves up vistas (surprise!), a whole selection of imported drinks, and some sparse nibbles. They tout this as an "elevated open-air lounge with sea views" because saying rooftop bar is passé now.


Their drinks menu is (finally) in circulation, and comes off as a glossy fashion catalogue of sorts. With deliciously depicted cocktails, random pithy quotes, and a whole lot of variety, you're spoilt for choice. 

There's a whole selection of whiskeys on offer, from the usual uncle-party-Black Label (Rs. 790 for 25ml, Rs. 21,000 for a bottle) to bourbons and smoky single malts. Likewise, the whole spirit family is represented from gin to fancy fashion vodka. Most spirits go for about Rs. 690-990 for 25ml. I really liked that if you buy any bottle of rum, whiskey, or vodka, they throw in a great cocktail mixer pack (for mojitos, cosmopolitans, Bloody Marys etc) so your table can make its own drinks.

If you're looking for a slower poison, they've got one of Colombo's best selections of imported beers, featuring everything from our homegrown Lion to firangi-grown San Miguel, Erdinger, Savannah, Peroni, Somersby, and more. A small bottle of Lion goes for a steep Rs. 490, and the imported beers are all around the Rs. 1000 mark. 

Their wine and bubbly selection was unfathomably expensive, with a glass of Moët at Rs. 5600++ and a glass of Valdivieso Merlot at Rs. 990++. Keep in mind that at liquor shops, a bottle of Moët is Rs. 11,600 and the same merlot is Rs. 1700, so there's mark ups and then there's this madness.

We chose a couple of their signature cocktails, Achcharu and Winking Pinky (both Rs. 990++). The Achcharu interestingly (and sadly) doesn't  feature any local alcohol, instead showcasing a concoction of tequila, raw mango, ambarella, pineapple, and chilli flakes.  It was yum enough, but definitely tasted like an iced, alcoholic curry. The saucily named Winking Pinky was more of a classic cocktail with vodka, pink guava, strawberry liqueur, and lime juice. The proportions were all perfect, but we do wish they'd strained the drink before pouring it in as it was very grainy and had lots of little seeds (perfect for getting stuck in your teeth and making you look hella sexy). 

Just a heads up – drinking water here comes in the form of fancy alkaline bottles at Rs. 300 a pop. As if my drinking habits couldn't get any more basic.


The tapas choices were interesting, but far more limited than the drinks menu. We opted for a platter of chicken enchiladas and pork satays. They came out smartly presented within 10 minutes, but the portion sizes were paltry.

It was only when we picked up each unit that we realised how miserable the quantities truly were. At Rs. 990++, the Chicken Enchiladas were flat, with a sprinkling of meat only on the outer corner. These didn't look like normal enchiladas at all, and were almost empty inside , as we found out when we held them up to the light. Despite this, the actual flavour of the few bits of chicken and the accompanying sour cream and guacamole were superb. The satays were perfectly spiced and marinated, but the pork was stringy and tough, and again came in bare flat slivers on the sticks. We would have found this well worth the Rs. 950++ if the meat portions weren't so stingy.


The service was superb. From the second we walked in, to the second we left, someone was hovering about to help. We found the staff enthusiastic and friendly, generally well-trained and able to recommend dishes and drinks. 


The view is obviously the main draw of Vistas, with its 360° perspective of Colombo's skyline, the budding skyscrapers, the colonial houses, and the endless horizon.

Apart from the view itself, the ambience is a little sterile, thanks to its safe colours, oversize lamps, and plastic wickerwork tables. They do have lots of group seating available though, which is great. Another saving grace is their music, which is a lot of fun sultry lounge and jazz (as opposed to many other Colombo bars' loud pop/techno).

The rooftop pool and jacuzzi add a luxe touch but are understandably only for in-house guests. Beware the lusty rooftop winds though, I was wearing a flared skirt and it made walking around an unwitting Marilyn Monroe-esque experience.


This is a standard 5* hotel rooftop bar with painful prices, excellent service, and beautiful Colombo views. The food is good but extremely lacking in portion size. At Rs. 5497 for 2 plates of tapas and two cocktails, we wouldn't particularly recommend it if you're on a budget or hungry, but it's a good spot for a group catch up or a sunset date. Give them some time to get into full swing, because they plan to have all sorts of fun themed nights featuring shisha, belly (or ballet, we're not 100% sure what our waiter said over the funky music)dancing, and more.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Marine Spice: Colombo’s Global Fusion Gem

Indulge in a culinary journey at Marine Spice, Colombo's latest Indian-inspired restaurant. Open daily from

Kamu Trending

Oktoberfest 2023 at Hilton Colombo

The oldest and by far, the most authentic of the Oktoberfest is back with a

Highlights Kamu Trending

“Delightful Vegan Feast: Savor the Flavors of Compassion and Health”

Indulge in an expertly crafted meal featuring an amazing array of fresh healthy and delicious

Highlights Kamu

Sri Lankan flavors with a Mexican Twist at Taco Shack

See here Tacos but make it Lankan? A legacy that began in the humble confines

Kamu Test

Keells : Your one-stop destination for quick meals and more

By Shamrina C In the fast-paced world we live in today, convenience is key, especially

Highlights Kamu

Exploring rich Italian Pasta and Pizza at Penne

By Sahasni Gamage Ambiance Penne Colombo offers a captivating aesthetic ambiance with soft, ambient lighting

Highlights Kamu


Courtyard by Marriott Colombo partners with Magzter to become Sri Lanka’s first Smart Reading Hotel

With sustainability increasingly taking centre stage in the hospitality industry, hotel chains worldwide are implementing


Mount Lavinia Hotel hosted the grand Christmas tree lighting ceremony

Mount Lavinia Hotel hosted the grand Christmas tree lighting ceremony on 26th November 2023. Dignitaries,


Gary Mehigan: Celebrity Chef and Former MasterChef Australia Judge is finally here in Sri Lanka

Internationally acclaimed Celebrity Chef and former MasterChef Australia judge, Gary Mehigan, has officially arrived in


Quick Chat with Celebrity Chef Gary Mehigan

Former MasterChef Australia Judge talks about the Culinary Extravaganza awaiting in Sri Lanka! Colombo, 21st


Unveil the Enchantment of the Tropics: Festive Luxury with Minor Hotels Sri Lanka

An unparalleled host of festive celebrations and getaways await you with Minor Hotels Sri Lanka,


The most inspired Christmas Tea Gifts from t-Lounge by Dilmah.

Embracing the festive season, and just in time for your Christmas shopping, t-Lounge by Dilmah's

Highlights Trending

Yamu Guide.

“Deck the Halls: Christmas Decor Roundup”

“Top 5 Destinations for Your Christmas Shopping Spree.” Unwrap the Magic is

Yamu Guide

11 Reasons not to miss Daraz’s 11.11 Mega Sale!

By Shamrina Carim Are you ready for a shopping extravaganza like no other? Daraz's 11.11

Highlights Yamu Guide

Yaal Virindu – Jaffna Food Festival: A Culinary Journey of Joy

In collaboration with My Sister’s Kitchen by Thushara & Danu Innasithamby By Shamrina C Sri

Highlights Yamu Guide

Where to buy the iPhone 15 in Colombo

By Shamrina Carim If you're on the hunt for the latest iPhone 15 in Colombo,

Highlights Yamu Guide

Spotting Blue Whales in Mirissa with Chaminda Whale Watching

The whale watching tour in Mirissa Start time: 6:30am Duration: 3-5 hours depending on sightings

Highlights Yamu Guide

The Rise of Plant-Based Diets: Benefits and Challenges

By Shamrina Carim In recent years, plant-based diets have surged in popularity, drawing attention for

Highlights Yamu Guide