Colombo is a perfect blend of colonial architecture & modern sky scrapers, a multitude of cultures & religions, world cuisine & Sri Lankan staples and the finishing touch a uniquely Sri Lankan hospitality.
So here are my tips for Colombo;
For five star luxury stay at the Hilton, Cinnamon Grand or Cinnamon Lakeside.
For a Boutique Hotel experience try out Tintagel (the former home of a Sri Lankan first family)
Sri Lankan Chinese is a MUST try - you've never had Chinese food like it - Chinese Dragon at the Taj Colombo or Flower Lounge are my favourite picks.
For a uniquely Colombo experience visit Cantaloupe Boutique at Galle Face Court (a landmark colonial building) this mini department store offers an ideal combination of Sri Lankan fare, from clothing to spa products, spices and gifts.
For an adrenalin rush take a trip in Colombo's colourful transport solution.
My final tip - New Years Eve. 31st Night parties in Colombo are legendary. Make sure you have a group to enjoy is with and be prepared to dress up.