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Buckingham Place

From $199 Night Sri Lanka, Southern Province, Tangalle

Why so chic? Why our travel experts chose this hotel

  • a beautiful chic retreat off the beaten track

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Owner Nick Buckingham has done what many of us dream of, but are too afraid to do.  Change direction.  Such was his love of Sri Lanka he adopted it as his country in 2002 and hasn't looked back since.   Located in southern Sri Lanka his boutique hotel Buckingham Place puts the local village of Rekawa firmly on the ‘must visit’ list for those who may not be staying at Buckingham Place but just passing through or visiting the area.  Off the beaten track in a sleepy, unknown place, Nick has created an oasis where guests can kick off their shoes and forget the rest of the world.


All activities at Buckingham Place can be arranged within a day or two so don't worry about pre-booking.  There are many on offer including visits to Heritage sites, whale watching, visiting an elephant sanctuary, exploring tea estates and day safaris at the National Parks.   Alternatively you can explore the surrounding area by canoe and bicycle or take a stroll or an early morning jog along the beach. There is currently a plunge pool for guests to use whilst the larger pool is being built, but being so close to such a beautiful beach you will find yourself spending a lot of time by the sea, enjoying the sea breeze.


The open-air restaurant at this gem is an absolute treat.  Serving Sri Lankan and international/fusion dishes, foodies, including vegetarians, will delight at the flavours and freshness of the mouth-watering menu. A new, sea-facing restaurant is due to open in 2011.


air conditioning
child friendly
private beach
swimming pool
wheelchair access


Address: Buckingham Place, Rekawa Netolpitiya, , Sri Lanka

Nearest airport:

Nearest airport: Bandaranayake International Airport Distance from nearest airport: 5.5 hours


The 11 rooms and suites at Buckingham Place each have air-conditioning and a pretty view across Rekawa's Lagoon from the balcony, just moments from the long stretch of deserted Indian Ocean beach.  

Kandekoratuwa & Mallithangahawatta

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These two spacious, elevated and detached - ground floor double-entrance bedrooms enjoy lagoon views both from the bedroom and the pergola-shaded balcony. The bright, spacious full bathrooms include bathtub and separate rain-shower above which are large skylights. Satellite TV is installed in both bedrooms but is removable upon request.

Kassipu Junction, Hinchi Mama House & Three More Days

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Three, extra large, ground level detached bedrooms enjoy lagoon views both from the bedroom and a pergola-shaded veranda. Each has a bright and spacious full bathroom which includes rain-shower and bathtub with large skylights over head. A unique central skylight in the bedrooms produces a subtle shaft of natural light and a gentle wake up - tempting occupants to laze in bed and gaze at the spectacle! All three bedrooms are large enough to accommodate up to two extra single beds for accompanying guests (subject to prior arrangement). We have not installed TV in these bedrooms.

The Presidential & Kandy Kumaraya

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Two; extra large 1st floor suites, sharing superior lagoon views from a long balcony which is partly shaded by pergolas either side. Each suite enjoys an additional view from its private side balcony, and both suites come with a large, airy, rain-shower bathroom (without bathtub). Satellite TV is installed in both suites but is removable upon request.

Thambapani Sunset & Kandy Kumari

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Beneath The Presidential & Kandy Kumaraya are two huge ground floor suites. Both share superb lagoon views from a long veranda to the front and each suite is blessed with a vast and full bathroom with bathtub and open pergola rain-shower. These suites feature a small, air-conditioned annex/side room into which we can install an extra single bed for an accompanying guest if so required (prior arrangement essential). Satellite TV is installed in both suites but is removable upon request.

The Tree House

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This highly sought after detached and elevated ground floor suite is in a very peaceful position. Features include a mature coconut tree growing in the centre of the open-air rain-shower/bathtub bathroom plus, a bright and very spacious bedroom with lagoon views both from the balcony and the bed! Satellite TV is installed in this suite but is removable upon request.

Rekawa East & Rekawa West

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Secluded and low level, these two superior view suites provide occupants with a separate luggage room, own shaded veranda to the front and an open pergola rain-shower with lagoon views from the large bathtub bathroom. These outstanding suites are the most obvious and popular choice of honeymooners, birdwatchers or those seeking secluded sanctuary. On occasion we have installed an extra single bed in the luggage room although do stress this small extra room is without A/C (freestanding fan available). Neither suite has a TV.


Payments policy

Full payment is required to confirm reservations made 30 days (or less) prior to arrival. Transaction methods at the hotel are, local currency (Sri Lankan rupees), MasterCard & Visa Credit Cards only. Please remember to advise your credit card issuer of your holiday destination. Rates include a la carte Breakfast, VAT/local taxes/levies and service. Items paid for at the hotel such as your accommodation balance payment, food and beverages are calculated and charged for in Sri Lankan rupees. Local currency can be obtained in the airport Arrivals Hall and throughout Sri Lanka (including Tangalle) from ATM’s and banks. During the festive season a per person supplement is charged for 25th December and then again for the 31st December irrespective of whether guests remain in the hotel on these days. The supplement includes all meals and snacks served throughout these days excluding alcoholic beverages. The supplement is non- refundable/redeemable and ensures you will not go hungry or miss out on our generosity and festivities!

Cancellation policy

Should you need to cancel your reservation or change it we obviously require fair and adequate notice. Cancellations take effect from the date Buckingham Place receives your cancellation notice by email or recorded surface mail. Buckingham Place will deduct an administration/bank fee of US$20 from your refund which would be; 100% of all monies received if cancellation is 90 days or more in advance of reservation commencement date. 80% of all monies received where cancellation is between 45 and 90 days in advance of commencement date. 60% of all monies received where cancellation is between 21 days and 45 days in advance of commencement date. 25% of all monies received where cancellation is between 7 days and 21 days in advance of commencement date. In the event that cancellation notice is received less than 7 days in advance of commencement date no monies will be deemed refundable and you will be liable to pay room charges for the number of nights originally reserved by you. No refund is due in respect of early departure from the hotel and guests are liable for payment in respect of the full number of nights originally or subsequently booked. We refund by the same method you use to pay, but please note that it may take a little while to arrive due to exchange control formalities and the local banking system. Buckingham Place will endeavour to rearrange a reservation at your request. Providing we can do so without risking or incurring loss, no additional charge will be made. Should this situation arise your original commencement date will be deemed as fixed in terms of further change or subsequent cancellation.

Check-in/check-out policy

Check-out is 10.30am on day of departure unless otherwise agreed. In the case of early arrivals/departures our policy is to be as flexible as possible and to not charge extra in either case. Naturally this is dependent upon occupancy levels and prior agreement.

Early check-in: no

Late check-out: no

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