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Wellawathugoda Road, Rekawa, Tangalle 82200 Sri Lanka
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#1 of 3 hotels in Rekawa
2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
SEA & LAGOON (reservations only/children 5yrs+). Privately owned award winning Boutique Hotel - est. 2010. Bold/contemporary, unpretentious with joyful at-home vibe. 16 architect-style bedrooms & suites in 5 acres with commanding lagoon views & outdoor space. Spectacular beach, wild sea, nearby rock-pool, wow-factor restaurant, 33m Infinity Pool; separate garden pool, bar/lounge, pool/snooker. Happy relaxed atmosphere, film nights, poolside suppers, heartfelt hospitality with fabulous food! Wildlife parks, bird watching, temples & fish harbors. Suits imaginative nature loving travelers all ages, honeymooners, small families (kids 5yrs+). Lazy days & Romantic Evenings far from the madding crowd. Old-normal with pandemic protocols: “I’m acutely aware of our responsibility to keep everybody safe. If I thought for a moment we could not I would neither invite you nor be here myself - life is too precious!” Nick Buckingham (resident owner/host).
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Vindya Y wrote a review Sep 11
8 contributions1 helpful vote
Superb hotel. My husband and I have been always looking for that one hotel which is a home away from home, which we can reach easily and have a tranquil and relaxing stay of 2-3 nights. When we visited Buckingham place last weekend for a 2 night getaway, we realized we hit the jackpot :) it's such a wonderful hotel, located in between a lagoon and the sea, their suits are just so artfully decorated with comfortable bedding, seating and large living spaces. View of the lagoon from our suite was breathtaking. Open shower area and the large bathtub was just what we needed to rest and relax. Each room or chalet has great privacy and its own balcony or varenda with a breathtaking view. Hotel has a wonderful infinity pool which over looks the sea. Although the sea was quite rough, beach was so clean and unpolluted and we could enjoy a relaxing walk. Food was served as a set menu but the quality and taste was one of the best we have ever enjoyed in any of the hotels. Each meal was freshly prepared to tantalise the taste buds and presented very artfully. Hotel also has a lovely library area and a pool table and a variety of other board games, so you will have plenty to keep you even more entertained. Among all this, what really really made this place so appealing to us was the service of the staff. The GM Mr Kalpa and his staff just delivered an excellent service right from the start. Their continuous friendly and attentive service was excellent. Our special thank you to the owner of this property Mr Nick (for setting up such a wonderful property), the GM Mr Kalpa, Umesh, Aruna and each and every staff member at Buckingham place who served us someway or the other during our stay. We loved everything about our stay and are definitely going to visit again and again. Thank you to all at Buckingham place and all the best.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Buckingham Place, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded 3 days ago
Over the moon… Truly, I am over the moon reading your review this morning – thank you! I’m thrilled to know you found a long wished for ‘home away from home’ while enjoying the hospitality of my team. Not for a long while has a reviewer flattered us or reassured me quite so eloquently, that we remain on track even 10 years on. These uncertain times are not only worrisome but distracting too, that you make time to show your appreciation and commend my team so highly, says much about you also. Your recognition of individuals will light up their faces I’m sure, and provide some hope too, that the life we once enjoyed will return before long. As you know, I’m convalescing post surgery and it’ll be a while yet before I’m back on my feet properly. Today however, is my first day back at my laptop and I could not have wished for a nicer welcome back! Thank you for your beautiful and hugely motivating review. I shall look forward to welcoming you when you return, and wish you a safe, healthy and blissfully happy life in the meantime. Warmest regards, Nick & the Team
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Sallie wrote a review Jun 2020
Bargemon, France1 contribution
Have travelled all over the world and stayed in many 5 star hotels, but nothing compares to the wonderful personal service I received while staying in this special hotel. Nick the owner is on hand at all times to make sure all your needs are catered for so you can just lay back and relax in the sun by the pool and be waited on hand and foot. Nothing is too much trouble. The food is amazing, one night I had the seafood platter, it was the best I have eaten anywhere in the world and I can tell you I’ve had a few in my time!! Sallie Jaye Enjoy your stay !!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Buckingham P, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded Jun 28, 2020
Very special guests… Thank you so much, your fabulous review made us smile this morning! I’m delighted we got it right for you both, and that we still compare favorably, your flattering compliments for our service and seafood (and me too!) are as humbling as they are a real thrill to read. As we prepare to welcome guests back, and get all our safety protocols in place, your kind words are most welcome indeed. Better timing I cannot imagine, I hope before long we’ll be seeing you again. And don’t worry, whilst safety over forthcoming will prevail, distance-socializing will be as normal as ever, we’ve made it our business to avoid taking over guests’ space! Until we meet again stay safe. Enjoy your 'extra at home time' as we try to. Before we know it, we’ll be all be complaining again that life is too fast, and wondering how on earth to cram everything in! Thank you again for coming here, and for supporting us so generously on Trip Advisor… Warm Regards and… great big hugs! Nick & the Team
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Tanddeb wrote a review Apr 2020
Fareham, United Kingdom10 contributions6 helpful votes
Just returned from a blissful 2 week repeat visit to Buckingham Place - having first stumbled upon this paradise gem during a touring visit to Sri Lanka last year. What we found on our original stay was no fluke, Nick and his well trained team provide first class, honest service of the very highest standard in a classy, contemporary and completely authentic way. Absolutely nothing seemed beyond the team to make our stay completely perfect - an immediate “no questions asked” swap for my chosen dinner when I found it contained cheese (thanks for sacrificing your delicious fish and chips Nick!) to a local remedy for a nasty insect bite picked up on safari. It would be unfair to single out particular members of the team because in a modest size establishment the service standards rely on every single one of them playing their part - including the ever present & friendly grounds staff, security team including Bella the dog, waiting staff, accounts team (aka AC control manager in the games room!) driver, housekeeping and bar staff as well as “da management innit” Nick, Kalpa & Umesh (who was surprisingly well tempered on the phone at 5am in the morning when faced with a question about our early morning safari trip! ) Having weathered the storm of Sri Lanka in 2019 we are confident you will emerge from the viral storm of 2020 and come back ever stronger - we certainly can’t wait for another dose of pure relaxation and sublime peace as soon as there are planes to bring us back.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Buckingham P, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded Apr 4, 2020
Perfect antidote… Whether today with your eloquent review or in person, you two are the perfect antidote to these less than perfect times. Heaped thanks for making us all smile!! T While with us, the story of the year was unfolding, even your flight home was uncertain. Nevertheless, you remained stoic and optimistic, and determined to enjoy yourselves up to the end of your holiday. In doing so you lifted the spirits of all others around you including myself - thank you again. Today, as we wrack our brains and live by our wits you lift us again, and motivate each one of us to be here to greet you when planes fly again! As I did when you first came to stay, I wholeheartedly enjoyed your company, despite being somewhat distracted on this occasion. That you still believe in us, and view our position on Trip Advisor as justifiable means a great deal to me on behalf of the team. This forum is by no means the be-all and end-all of tourism, but it is barometer and a meanful one. We are all proud that we made it to No.1 (for nearly 9 years!) and aim to make it again should we slip in the interim. You are utterly delightful guests and great fun to host – it was indeed privilege to forgo my fish and chips for you. Thank you for coming to see us again and for your valuable good custom, but above all, thank you for uplifting our spirits. I wish you the patience of saints, perfect good health and an early return to Buckingham Place! Great Big Hugs Nick & the ‘Anti-Corona Team’ xx
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travel123456190353 wrote a review Mar 2020
Dudelange, Luxembourg119 contributions51 helpful votes
The reception was great, a fresh flower wreath was put around our neck. In our balcony villa were also fresh flowers. The living was very large as well as the bathroom, both comfortably arranged and very clean. From the balcony we had an excellent view. The restaurant with pool was only some steps away. Meal was excellent, a British/Sri Lanka kittchen. The staff was very nice and helpful. Nick, the boss, a wonderful personality, with a good heart, always had time for a small talk. We appreciated also the massage in the Spa. The resort is the best we ever saw. We will come back as soon as possible.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Buckingham P, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded Mar 27, 2020
You humble us... Firstly, I am much relieved to know you made it home safely in spite of all the confusion surrounding your flight - well done! Now you are home, I hope you’ll find plenty to occupy yourselves with over the next few weeks, and that fond memories of your holiday and time with us will help carry you through. You are a delightful couple and it was a pleasure and our privilege to host you. That you have written this perfect review immeditely upon arriving home is remarkable, it says much about you. Thank you for coming to stay and for supporting us with your valuable good custom, moreover, thank you for being kind, thoughtful and charming towards us all. When the world moves on, please do come back to see us and in the meantime, keep healthy, happy and safe. Thank you, you are dream guests!! Our Very Warmest regards, Nick & the Team
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Cat G wrote a review Mar 2020
9 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed at Buckingham Place for only one night on our way from Yala to further along the coast. The only regret we have about our trip is that we didn't stay at Buckingham Place longer (and skip the rest of the coast). This is the best hotel we have ever stayed in! From the minute we arrived the service was unbelievable. We were taken to our room by the general manager (wish I could remember his name as he deserves recognition!) - the room was incredible - huge, well styled, and the bathroom was stunning. It was better than we ever imagined and the pictures don't do it justice! When you walk through the hotel down the steps, see the pool and the ocean beyond, it's breathtaking! The staff are tentative the entire time, without being obvious or noticeable - to the point where we were offered a cold drink of water when we came in from walking along the beach. Also this was the only place we stayed which offered free water from jugs - so saving on plastic too - it didn't go unnoticed. We ate in the restaurant for lunch and dinner and the food was amazing. Last but not least, Nick the owner made such an effort to greet us by name, and to say goodbye when we were leaving, which was so lovely. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough. For the price, I honestly don't know how you could stay somewhere better than this, it is a 5 star+ hotel and more.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Buckingham P, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded Mar 21, 2020
Thank you for your amazing 5* review... We too wish you could have stayed longer. However, we appreciate your valuable good custom and kind support no less I can assure you. Hopefully, we’ll have an opportunity to host you again one day - and that you get the chance to kick off your shoes and relax next time. You humble all of us with your praise and my manager (we’re not allowed to mention names here) is delighted to be recognized! Thank you for coming and being lovely guests to host, when travelling becomes easy again just remember a warm welcome awaits you at Buckingham Place. I wish you, your family and friends, a safe passage through these challenging times. Warm regards and our thanks, Nick & the Team
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buckingham Place
Which popular attractions are close to Buckingham Place?
Nearby attractions include Tango Dream Tours (3.7 miles), Tangalle Lagoon (3.0 miles), and Indika Art Gallery (3.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Buckingham Place?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Buckingham Place?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Buckingham Place?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Buckingham Place?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Buckingham Place?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ceylon Excel, The Trees Restaurant, and Maheshee Home Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Buckingham Place?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Buckingham Place have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Buckingham Place offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Buckingham Place located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Rekawa.
Are any cleaning services offered at Buckingham Place?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Buckingham Place?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara (9.7 miles).