Buckingham Place is an appealing boutique hotel on a five-acre estate between the deserted beaches of Rekawa, where marine turtles come ashore to nest, and the tranquil Rekawa Lagoon.. That makes Buckingham Place an utterly peaceful holiday choice, away from the hurly burly. This stylish eleven-room hotel is contemporary in design with tasteful interiors and serves sumptuous Sri Lankan and international fusion cuisine prepared with fresh seafood purchased from the local fisherman and vegetables from the village home gardens. Buckingham Place is ideal for those wishing to relax and unwind amidst tranquil surroundings. Children seven years and above are welcome here. Buckingham Place does much to benefit the Rekawa village and supports the valuable Turtle Conservation Project located nearby. Buckingham Place have also introduced an anti-plastic cammitment, phasing out the purchase and use of all plastic and polythene that cannot be used for at least 6 months.
Sixteen spacious double rooms and suites are scattered across the hilltop. Interiors have polished cement floors and large glass windows that open out to a private veranda or balcony with lagoon views, and colourful local art adorns the walls. Rooms are furnished with a king-sized bed, lounge chairs, wardrobe and work desk. In-room facilities include a/c, telephone, mini-fridge, safe and Wi-Fi. Ensuite bathrooms have bathtubs and h/w rain showers. Suites are more spacious than the rooms.
Deluxe Lagoon View Bedrooms (65 sq m): These three elevated rooms are spacious and fitted with a cable TV that can removed upon request. Satellite TV.
Lagoon View Family Bedrooms (75 sq m): These four ground level rooms are expansive with an additional separate sitting area. Satellite TV.
Linked Extra-large Superior View Suites (92 sq m): These four spacious first floor suites share a long balcony which affords a broader view of the lagoon. They also each have a private side balcony and a child room that can takew an extra bed on request. Satellite TV.
Secluded, Superior View Suites (92 sq m): In addition to the facilities listed above, these four secluded ground floor suites have a living space, bedroom, shaded veranda at the front and an open pergola rain-shower with lagoon views. These suites are ideal for couples and birdwatchers.
Lagoon View Honeymoon Suite (88 sq m): True to its name, this elevated ground floor suite is perfect for honeymooners as it offers a sense of privacy. Guests can enjoy views of the lagoon from the balcony as well as from the comfort of their bed. Also known as the Tree House because of a coconut tree growing in the open-air bathroom. Satellite TV.
The open-air restaurant serves Sri Lankan rice and curry and a mix of international fusion cuisine, which can also be served in the privacy of your balcony or veranda. The chef will be happy to turn out something special for children. A range of alcoholic beverages are on offer here. There is a swimming pool in the front gardens, several canoes for exploring the lagoon and bicycles for visiting the nearby village. The Indian Ocean beaches are short stroll away and safe swimming is possible in the rock pool nearby during the season (December to April). The stretch of beach fronting the property is not safe for swimming due to strong currents. Guests are welcome to participate in the village development projects conducted by Buckingham Place.
Why we like it
Nick Buckingham energetically oversees a boldly contemporary hotel with high standards
Rekawa is in a little-explored part of the south, east of the coastal town of Tangalle. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take about 3.5 hours, or avoid road travel and take a half hour sea plane from Colombo to Dickwella, which is just a 30 minute drive from the hotel.