Buckingham Place was named not after a certain royal palace but, quite accidently, after the owner Nick Buckingham who fell in love with this little-known corner of the world. The hotel was a few years in the making but always a determined dream, and Nick has painstakingly created a contemporary property that reflects the tropics, fuses with its stunning surroundings and of course, respects the expectations of its comfort-seeking, nature-loving guests. Spacious bedrooms come with big beds, air conditioning and ensuite tropical bathrooms whilst individual balconies generously allow you to drink in panoramic views of the sleepy Rekawa Lagoon. And, if you don’t feel like wandering to the restaurant to eat, the staff will bring a ‘picnic’ menu right to your room.
Buckingham Place’s open-sided restaurant and bar boasts an eclectic daily-changing menu with an emphasis on wholesome, beautifully presented gourmet cuisine that you can enjoy whenever you wish. The landscaped garden that surrounds it and weaves between the bedrooms secretes a plunge pool for cooling dips, and a little terrace for relaxing or dining. Despite these placid, relaxed surroundings, opportunities for cultural adventure abound; take off on two wheels to survey your surroundings; paddle out by kayak atop the Rekawa Lagoon; visit one of the local beaches; climb Mulkirigala Rock Temple; head off to one of the national parks for a wildlife-filled safari; or slip out by moonlight to watch turtles laying their eggs on a nearby beach.
Amply furnished and beautifully comfortable, each of Buckingham Place’s bedrooms comes with aking size bed, air conditioning, multiple windows and balconies boasting stunning views of the lagoon.
Having the same facilities as the bedrooms, suites are more spacious and as such come with a more generous arrangement of lounge seating forprivately enjoying the best views.
– Take a safari in Yala National Park where you can see leopards, elephants, sloth bears, wild boar, buffalos and pythons
– Visit the holy Kataragama temple
-Visit the Bundala Nature Reserve, famous for its abundant birdlife
Buckingham Place’s menu lists international fusion dishes plus local cuisine, much of which use as much locally grown produce as possible, and high demand has dictated the addition of an increasing number of Sri Lankan choices. Curries are indeed delicious here, and should make sure that you have the Sri Lankan breakfast at least once during your stay. Don’t forget to leave space for dessert though since the pudding selection is hard to resist.
Buckingham Place has a fully stocked bar with plenty of international labels on display. Fruit juices, soft drinks and a generous range of specially selected Sri Lankan tea can be enjoyed from morning until night. Since each room comes with its own mobile telephone and specially designed ‘picnic menu’, food can be brought to you. Tables and chairs on the balconies of each bedroom offer plenty of scope for private moments and a refreshing change of scene.