The very name Tintagel is steeped in British history—the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, chivalry, Merlin the magician and the mighty sword Excalibur.
Tintagel Castle in Cornwall is owned by Prince Charles, so it is fitting that he and the Duchess of Cornwall stayed at the Tintagel in Colombo when they visited Sri Lanka in 2013 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The hotel is also steeped in Sri Lankan history, being the former family home of Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who became the world’s first female Prime Minister, and who lived at Tintagel until her death in 2000.
In 2005, the house was leased to Udayshanth Fernando, when it became Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo, a unique private hotel that exudes class, style and a definite regal cachet.
The hotel describes it Royal Suites as “individually designed grand accommodation with separate living rooms and lavish in both size and decoration”, with a separate private lounge area and balcony access.
Superior Suites on the ground floor feature an outdoor lounge area and private plunge pool as well as the separate lounge area.
The Executive Suites, with their high ceilings and timber floors, are beautifully decorated, and have spacious bathrooms featuring rain showers, bath tubs and large vanities.
The hotel website notes that “offering 10 individually designed suites with all modern amenities and services, our hotel is housed in a stunning heritage residence that was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders”.
“With its close proximity to many embassies and places of business, Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo is a popular choice of accommodation for corporate travellers and with its intimate atmosphere also a preferred choice by holiday-makers.”
High-end hotels and fine dining go together, and the Tintagel does not disappoint. The alfresco Courtyard, situated off the grand main lobby, features à la carte international cuisine surrounded by high walls of thambergia creepers.
The main dining room offers a similar menu, but this time with smart black banquettes and leather-upholstered chairs at black lacquered tables, with specially commissioned works by Sri Lankan-based Belgian artist Saskia Pintelon.
The private dining room is something else, a private space for business and personal functions, with plush white sofas for pre-drinks and a collection of Paradise Road Private Collection Lionel Wendt black-and-white photographs.
Meanwhile, health goes with wealth, and the Tintagel’s gym and pool are ideal for keeping in shape after a good lunch, with weights, treadmill, cross-trainer, and yoga mat making the ideal place for a daily workout.
For the intellectually inclined, the library has a large collection of bound books, while shoppers will love the Paradise Road stores, which carry many of the products that are featured in the hotel.
Check out the Tintagel website here.