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We met during the last heady high season on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The sparkling seas and verdant jungle were the perfect backdrop to fall in love and decide to continue our loves here together.

Opening a new and exciting business with a baby on the way, we couldn’t be happier. When you meet us you’ll find our happiness and excitement’s infectious and you’ll want to be a part of our extended Sri Lankan family.


Simone: I’ve been a pizza chef since 2004, mainly working in Italy, but also the UK and most recently Sri Lanka. I’m obsessed with ’bread-science’ and the natural rising process. A great food lover (like all Italians), I’ve created and curated menus for 5 new pizza restaurants over the last few years. I’m an experienced souschef, having worked under expert chefs serving traditional Italian food in Italy and the UK. I love to surf; so the combination of my passions naturally leads me to opening an Italian restaurant here in Sri Lanka.


Kate: I’ve had a chameleon of careers to date, from podiatrist, to corporate marketing director, to yoga teacher and most recently general manager of a surf and yoga camp. I’ve been in Sri Lanka on and off for 3 years and decided in month 1 make this beautiful country my home. A vegetarian and animal lover, protecting the environment is embedded in my soul. All of these have given me the passion to open a green and sustainable business in Sri Lanka.

Kate and Simone


Rise is an Italian restaurant and guest house offering authentic, quality Italian food with a chic B+B. We open for dinner 6 days a week and serve a sumptuous breakfast to our in-house guests. The guest rooms are well appointed, all with hot showers and some with A/C and balconies.

Located in Weligama, Rise is situated 100m from the best beginners surfing beach in Sri Lanka.

We try to bet as sustainable ad possible by recycling as much waste as possible, offering free water refills and sourcing our food locally. We also take part in the weekly beach clean at Freedom surf school every Friday on Weligama beach.


Get in touch if you have any questions, we’d love to meet you!

Big Love,

Mimi and Kate

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