Our first destination in Sri Lanka was Taj Samudra, Colombo. This Taj property is located on Galle Face Center Road in Colombo, in the vicinity of many other five-star properties like Galle Face Hotel, The Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand, Hilton, etc. – all facing the beach. The beach was not particularly great, and we came out of it as soon as we got closer to the ocean – it was a little stinky and shady, for the lack of better adjectives. Since we did not want to be overwhelmed by Colombo, we chose to visit just a couple of places in the city and then spend the evening in the hotel itself. We got a really good suggestion from one of our friends to visit Dutch Hospital, which was a great call. It is a place full of young, affluent crowd of Colombo, chatting around over a glass of wine or a beer and some finger-licking food. It is also on our list of ‘Must visit corners of earth’. After a couple of pegs and a light dinner there, we spent the rest of evening on the pool-side at Taj Samudra. The wine collection and food quality at Taj were to die for.
After spending our next morning shopping a little and having an amazing breakfast at Park Street Mews in Colombo, we reached Bentota and checked in at Sea Rock Villa on the outskirts of the main city. We were in love with this place, at first sight – beach in the backyard, infinity pool, beach-side restaurant, hammock by the pool – this was the dream place we always wanted to go to. Bentota is very well known for its Ayurvedic massage and its serene beaches complemented by the range of water-sports that it offers. You can also buy some traditional Sri Lankan specialties like Sri Lankan masks and its aromatic teas from Bentota. However much your friends tell you, Sri Lanka is not a cheap place, and Bentota is surely not on the list of cheapest places in the country but you can definitely test your bargaining skills, and they do work if you are good.
After 2-nights stay at Bentota, we headed back to Colombo where we went to Laksala Emporium to check out their collection of handicrafts and the teas. The last stop was at Odel, the most revered shopping destination in Colombo. After spending years in Dubai, Odel didn’t excite us much, but it’s a place worth visiting once if you are in Colombo. We bid adieu to this beautiful country with loads of memories, with a promise to return one day to explore those places that we missed on this first trip.
This trip was originally published on Coaster Collectors.