We stayed here for a couple of nights in December. We have little to add to all the positive comments below - this really is a fabulous hotel (retreat?) specifically designed to factor out all of the usual hotel annoyances. And I'm relieved to say we had no trouble with the pesky cement floor. Food, drink, service, the rooms, communal areas - all of the highest standard. And the surroundings, particularly nearby Rekawa Beach and the lagoon (we'd recommend going for a paddle in one of the kayaks provided), are stunning.
So why do we say Buckingham Place might not be for all? The owner has gone to a lot of trouble to fashion the hotel just the way he wants it, and with great success. Our only criticism - and this is personal to us, as clearly from some of the other reviews some found this part of the charm - is that the owner can be a little overbearing. We want to enjoy a beautiful hotel in peace and quiet, and be left to our own devices, not asked several times a day how we are, how we are finding the place, and slightly creepily, to be told to sleep well at night. Even where the owner sits during the day and night - not so much front of house, but in the house, talking to all of the guests - was a bit much for us. We want our holidays as a couple to be just that - as a couple - and at Buckingham Place it felt a bit like we had a chaperone. Even when he wasn't there we had the (clearly irrational) feeling that Big Brother might be watching us from somewhere.
As I say, this is our personal view - and the hotel itself really is quite an achievement, for which the owner can be rightly proud. We would highly recommend the hotel, hence the excellent rating - as long as you know what to expect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Boutique Class Hotel. Contemporary luxury architect style - spacious bedrooms & suites. Exclusive, relaxed, imaginative, hidden away, un-pretentious, interactive. Buckingham Place is refreshingly different and generally suits; quiet discerning FIT’s in search of sanctuary, birdlife, turtles & wildlife and a natural environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Buckingham Place Hotel Tangalle