Most holidays in Sri Lanka will involve a stop in Colombo, Negombo or the surrounding region. It really pays off to relax into the holiday and the slower pace of life with a first night or two before any long journeys.
International flights arrive at a place called Katunayake, between 30 minutes and an hour north of Colombo in day time traffic. Therefore Colombo itself is not an obvious choice for a first night if you are heading north to the Cultural Triangle or inland towards Kandy. However
Negombo, a busy town and beach resort, or surrounding smaller towns are a much closer bet. Negombo has a first class hotel in the Jetwing Beach and a little inland is the beautiful converted manor house, The Wallawa. This 12 suite hotel offers real luxury in a beautiful garden setting about 30 minutes from the airport.
Perhaps a more interesting alternative is the unique and wonderful, Horathapola Coconut Estate, a three bed-roomed mansion and a peaceful oasis to bring you as far away from the cares of the city as you could wish to be. The stunning Hideaway is in a similar vein and wonderfully private. The outdoor bathrooms with jaccuzis are particularly sumptuous.
If you do wish to stay in Colombo itself, we recommend the Galle Face Regency, for a slice of history and an atmospheric place to base oneself while exploring the city. The Residence offers a more exclusive environment for those who prefer smaller properties.
There are a range of larger '5 star' style properties in Colombo that we can suggest depending on the nature of your booking.
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