Buckingham Place, Rekawa
|Rekawa, Hambantota, Southern, SRI LANKA.|
Description: Buckingham PlaceBuckingham Place is a unique mid-high-end, eleven suite boutique resort located at the heart of Rekawa Sanctuary in Sri Lanka. Just 70 metres from the deserted and beautiful Indian Ocean beach, Buckingham Place features 11 spacious contemporary bedrooms and suites overlooking the 6km long Rekawa Lagoon. Nestled between a deserted Indian Ocean beach and Rekawa Lagoon, the location of Buckingham Place in this rugged village is spectacular. The nearest town, Tangalle, is a peaceful fishing and farming community. This sleepy, out of the ordinary, out of the way place is far from the maddening crowd and off the beaten track.
Expect something a bit different: contemporary but not sterile, stylish though not slave to it and interactive. Explore the environs by canoe and bicycle, take a stroll or an early morning jog along the beach, or laze with a good book by the Turtle Point rock-pool. The stunning beach, a treasured eco-gem, provides safe nesting for up to five species of sea turtle, magnificent birdlife is amply protected by lagoon mangroves. At times brimming with prawns and crab, the flourishing lagoon is vital for the surrounding villages and is a fascinating place.
Return at the end of your day for sundowners and the mouthwatering menu. Peaceful, informal and wonderfully relaxing, Buckingham Place hospitality is extraordinarily friendly and efficient.
Type of rooms: Buckingham PlaceAll bedrooms and suites have a 6 x 6.6 fixed double bed and are designed for 2 adults. One Extra bed can be installed into two of the suites to accommodate an accompanying child/aide/care person.
All bedrooms or suites have air-conditioning, mini-refrigerators and high comfort beds and linens, a lagoon view from its own veranda or balcony, shaver point, 230v electricity (3 pin sockets) and telephone for on/off resort use.
Room classification is based on room size or other special features such as superior view. Air-conditioned annex rooms (2 suites). Satellite TV installed in several bedrooms/suites (can be removed on request). Most rooms have a shower and bathtub (two rooms have a shower only).
5 Double Bedrooms with double bed. Double occupancy only.
5 Double Suites with double bed.
1 Suite for Special Needs.
Additional information: Buckingham Place
Dining: The open air pavilion style 30 seat restaurant has no set meal times. The all day snack menu is available anywhere anytime. The a la carte menu features Sri Lankan and international/fusion choices - including vegetarian and something for desert lovers! Veranda or balcony dining and room service can also be arranged.
Children: Buckingham Place welcomes accompanied kids although they do not provide special facilities, entertain or look after them for you! Chef will do his best to feed them even if they're fussy (please discuss) and up to two kids (under 14) can be accommodated in several of the larger rooms. Each extra bed is charged per night. If you need a second room to accommodate adult kids, the second room rate is discounted 10%.
Important note: plunge pool is one depth only - 1.2m.
Special needs: While there are not Disabled Facilities as such, there is an easier access suite with an air-conditioned single occupant Care Person/Aide room, level floors/veranda, spacious bathing facilities, lower sink and commode support rails plus, a double bed. The suite is not arranged like a hospital room and is more likely to suit guests with modest mobility restrictions. Limited but untrained assistance within the resort and daily breakfast for your Care Person/Aide can be provided. The suite is charged at the normal Standard Plus rate - ask prior to reservation and arrival to check availability and suitability.
Laundry service is outsourced so can take several days.
Airport Transfers plus all other transport needs can be arranged at competitive rates. Direct transfer from Colombo's airport takes approximately 4.5 hours, so there is time to see some of the islands breathtaking and fascinating scenery.
There is Wi-Fi, imported & local alcoholic beverages, sun loungers, and night security.
Free loan of canoes (for lagoon), bicycles to explore the village, local connection mobile telephone (on/off resort), board games, books, iron & ironing board.
Transport and tailored excursions are easily arranged. Ideas for days out include: heritage or religious sites, events, such as Galle Literary Festival, whale watching, elephant sanctuary, Day Safari at Yala/Kumana National Parks, tea estates, island tours (3 days plus), or the bird sanctuary at Bundala. Nearly all excursions are arranged within a day or so if necessary. Some are seasonal, all are tailored, but none are compulsory.
Swimming: the beach is a 70 metre walk and the pool is 1.2m deep.
Nature: Set within Rekawa Sanctuary, there is an abundance of bird and wildlife. Rekawa turtle watch project is nearby and Yala Safari Park, famous Kataragama Temple, Bundala bird sanctuary are en route.
20 mins fromTangalle (nearest town).
1hr 40 mins from Galle.
1hr 30 mins from Yala Safari Park.
45 mins from Hambantotota
Special celebrations: honeymoons can be catered to and there is accommodation for drivers nearby
New Construction: Completion of five extra rooms, larger swimming pool and sea-facing restaurant will continue out of season. To reflect that not all services and facilities are available and that this is the first season, soft-opening rates have been set accordingly.
Number of rooms: 11
Official category: Approved by Tourist Development Board as a Boutique Class Hotel.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 2010.
Period of closure: Open all year.
Languages spoken: English, Sinhala.Smoking policy: Smoking is permitted if it does not offend other guests.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard.
GPS Coordinates: 6° 2' 49.99'' N 80° 51' 15.67'' E
Nearest airport: Colombo's Airport - approximately 4.5 hours