Era Beach, Thalpe Sri Lanka, The South Coast
A beautiful combination of old and new, Era Beach combines contemporary chic with traditional Sri Lankan architecture. Located fifteen minutes from the historic Galle Fort, this lovingly restored and beautifully developed boutique hotel provides an exquisite setting in which to relax or explore the beaches and sites of the surrounding area.
The hotel consists of a new build main building which holds the majority of the 8 rooms. It is this, rather than the renovated buildings which house the bar and restaurant and straddle the pool, which appears to be the older structure. This is in no small part due to the four stunning Jaffna support pillars which provide the roof support.
The hotel has 8 large and stylish rooms, furnished with traditional south Asian wooden antiques mixed with contemporary fittings. All the rooms provide a king size four poster bed and a spacious chic marble and stone infused bathroom. The Sea view rooms offer a wooden balcony with a lovely view over the pool, the garden filled with palm trees and out to sea.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.