I am going to start with a disclaimer – that despite the sheer number of superlatives I am about to use in this review, I promise I have no affliation and was not paid or given products to do this review. I genuinely feel this strongly about this hotel.
Buckingham Place on the South Coast of Sri Lanka, is literally the best place I have ever stayed at. So much so I am reticent to tell others about it. However unfortunately for us babies aren’t allowed so we won’t be going back for a while. Buckingham place is a couple of hours down the new highway, you reached a small village called Rekawa. As the main road ends, your taxi takes you down a dirt road, wide enough for only one car, that snakes around padi fielda before eventually arriving at the gates to Buckingham Place and entering paradise.
The name is full of whimsy as is the owner, Nick, who doesn’t want stuffy guests but guests that will see the beauty and fun of life in Sri Lanka. He can be often found in the dining room, talking happily to guests with stories from his life both before and after he moved to Sri Lanka.
As you enter you are greeted with flowers and refreshing drinks and the service continues at this personal level throughout the stay.
The staff are courteous and attentive but never feels overbearing or intrusive. Perhaps the best example of this was I sneezed once around the pool and the next thing I knew a box of tissues appeared at my side.
The hotel is ideally situated next to a beautiful and secluded beach. Though the waters are too choppy to swim in, there is a nearby rock pool to take a quick dip in the India Ocean.
And also next door is a turtle sanctuary. The hotel kindly let us knew as we were part way through dinner that a turtle had appeared on a beach and tailored our dinner around this so we could go and see the turtle laying her eggs.
The area is teaming with wildlife. We saw peacocks, monitor lizards and monkeys all in the hotel grounds.
And any hotel with a resident horse is good with us
You can also do some great trips from this hotel including a trip to Galle and a tea plantation, an elephant safari at Udewalawe National Park or a visit to rock temples.
Overall the service, luxury and location make Buckingham Place, in my opinion the best hotel in the world