After 16 days of backpacking around the gorgeous island nation of Sri Lanka we hopped out on our very last train and headed to Colombo for a luxurious stay at the internationally-renowned Shangri-La.
With only the essentials in our packs it became very clear that the Shangri-La was a tropical sanctuary with all the comforts of home, and more. With six restaurants and bars to suit every craving, a salon and spa, huge gym, an incredible swimming pool and a brand new co-working space, it’s definitely the kind of place where you’ll find yourself wishing for just one more night.
We stayed in a Deluxe Ocean View room, which had a uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and Galle Face Green Promenade. We couldn’t have picked a better spot to sip Sri Lankan tea and watch the sun set over the water.
After checking in I made an appointment with JAAL Salon downstairs and treated myself to a hair wash and curl. The team there were lovely! It was so nice not to have to leave the hotel and navigate our way around the city before getting all settled.
If you’re after some pampering I’d definitely recommend paying them a visit during your stay.
Each morning we happily headed down to Table One for our buffet breakfast. The restaurant is huge and has food options from all around the world with a number of stations offering everything you could wake up wishing for.
From fruit and pastries, to traditional Sri Lankan fare and custom made pancakes, waffles and omelettes – you won’t be leaving here hungry.
Our favourite finds? The custom egg orders and huge range of fresh fruit!
During our stay we were lucky enough to dine at Kaema Sutra, a new-age Sri Lankan restaurant run by celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa and Sri Lankan actress Jacqueline Fernandez.
We were blown away by the impeccable service and we tried so many delicious contemporary dishes and cocktails that we had never heard of. We even had food partially prepared at our table so that we could be part of the cooking experience.
While we didn’t have time, we also noticed that they run Sri Lankan cooking classes in the restaurant! Definitely something we would love to do the next time we are in Colombo.
If you’re after a dynamic dining experience, that’s more than just a meal, make sure to reserve a table at Kaema Sutra.
Things to do in Colombo
The team at the Shangri-La were also incredibly helpful in assisting us explore Colombo. Through the hotel we organised a tuk tuk to help us zip around where we couldn’t explore by foot.
The tuk tuks in Colombo aren’t quite like the rest of Sri Lanka and run on a metered system, so if you’re tackling it on your own make sure they are running a meter before you jump on in!
Some of the places we explored were; the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Pettah Market and Viharamahadevi Park. They are all close by to the hotel so you don’t have to travel far to soak up a bit of the local spirit.
Our favourite activity was experiencing the calamity of Pettah Market and spending the afternoon walking along the Galle Face promenade.
Looking to experience Sri Lanka in style? Find out more about the Shangri-La in Colombo and book your next stay here.
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