Earl’s Regency Hotel

The Budapest Times (BT) in Hungary reports that British film director Carol Reed said of Sri Lanka that “the whole island is like a technicolour film set”.

The English-language online portal for business people and diplomats was back in Paradise for the first time since 1973, this time in Kandy at the Earl’s Regency Hotel (pictured above).

It says: “The Earl’s Regency is a good base from which to explore the mountainous and thickly forested interior of the island once known as Serendip, giving birth to the word ‘serendipity’.

“The hotel is cleverly built into the rocks, some of which come through the walls for an inside-outside feeling. The building sits on a hillside and has a calm and serene atmosphere away from the bustle of Kandy.”

Read the full report here.


Turyaa Kalutara Resort, Waskaduwa

During a previous visit the BT favoured the Turyaa Kalutara resort on the west coast, where “a metal gate and a couple of security guards at the front entrance make sure that the tourists aren’t bothered inside by any entrepreneurial locals”.

“But round the back, where the beach is, with our tree climber, monkey-snake man and fishermen out in the ocean, we don’t feel that we are missing out too much on the local colour.

“Turyaa Kalutara is right next to the Indian Ocean, and the fence between the sand and the resort is draped with colourful clothing on offer by the local village women.”

Read the full report here.


The Ramada, Colombo

Finally, it reports on The Ramada in Colombo, just 50 metres or so walk from Galle Face. “The eight-storey building is set at 90 degrees to the ocean, and so the rooms at the front have a 45-degree view of the red ball of the sun disappearing beneath the horizon, on its way to Africa but leaving behind a sky of fabulous colour.

“Rooms at the back of the Ramada look down on the outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by thick tropical foliage. The pool is large enough but slightly smaller than the Indian Ocean.

“While a sign warns that there should be ‘No horseplay’ in the pool, a dip in the Indian Ocean is not recommended at all, as a sign at Galle Face warns of “Poisonous creatures”. The locals stick to their promenading.”

Read the full report here.

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