Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Owner and Englishman Nick Buckingham did what many of us dream about but rarely do. Such was his love of Sri Lanka, in 2002 he moved there for good, adopting it as his country and he hasn't looked back since. Both his passion for his new homeland and delivering excellent hospitality are palpable throughout the wonderful 16-room Buckingham Place, set on a sleepy stretch of Sri Lanka’s stunning south coast. Nick has created a veritable oasis, inviting guests to kick back and forget that a real world exists outside.
The ocean-facing restaurant is an absolute treat, with breakfast served all day (perfect for those holiday lie-ins), a light lunch menu and daily-changing 3-course set menu come evening.
The 16 rooms and suites offer simple and minimalist design along with plenty of space in a number of chalet-style buildings dotted about the verdant gardens. Some bathrooms come with deep, circular tubs and most are open to the elements giving you that truly tropical feel.
There is not one but two pools at this Chic Retreat, with an infinity lap pool boasting sea views and swim-up bar along with a smaller, shallow option in the gardens - perfect for more peaceful wallowing. It’s worth noting that whilst the beach directly in front of the hotel is spectacular, swimming is not recommended due to unpredictable currents but, not to worry, there are safer options nearby.
If you’re looking to further relax - there is an on-site spa offers a range of massages and beauty treatments.
Nick and his lovely staff will happily assist with organising all manner of activities - from visits to Heritage sites to exploring tea estates. The area offers plenty in the way of nature with nearby Rekawa beach a key nesting ground for turtles and there are also a number of National Parks that can be visited on a day trip from the hotel, namely Bundala, Uda Walawe and Yala all of which are under a 2-hour drive away. There are also bikes and kayaks available to explore the area and surrounding mangroves.