Mt.Lavinia Sri Lanka
Mount Lavinia is an upscale Colombo city residential suburb that boasts a golden beach, liberal attitudes—and a history of forbidden love that scandalized colonial British society.
The area is actually named after the beautiful raven-haired mestizo dancer who captured the heart of bachelor Sir Thomas Maitland, who was the Governor of Ceylon from 1805–1811.
Forced to tryst in secret, legend has it that the couple were able to meet thanks to a secret tunnel that led from her father's well into a wine cellar in the governor’s house.
So smitten was Sir Thomas that he named his residence Mount Lavinia House. Now the luxury Mount Lavinia Hotel, it includes a statue of 'Lady' Lavinia, as the strumpet was later known, in the middle of an ornamental fountain in the hotel’s entrance.