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Buckingham Place

Wellawathugoda Road, Rekawa, Tangalle 82200 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 26/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Buckingham Place
Updated 26/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 3 hotels in Rekawa
2020 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
SEA & LAGOON (reservations only/children 5yrs+). Privately owned award winning ‘LEVEL 1 SAFE & SECURE’ Boutique Hotel - est. 2010. Bold/contemporary, unpretentious with a 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; garden pool, bar/lounge, pool/snooker. Happy relaxed atmosphere, film nights, poolside suppers, heartfelt hospitality with fabulous food! Wildlife parks, 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 mandatory protocols: “I’m acutely aware of my responsibility to keep everybody safe – guests and team alike. If I thought for a moment we could not I wouldn’t invite you - life is too precious” Nick Buckingham.
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Danielmarcevans wrote a review Mar 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates58 contributions20 helpful votes
As I sit down after a fantastic 8 night stay at Buckingham Place, I find myself struggling to think where to start to describe this charming boutique hotel in the south of Sri Lanka. Starting with the team, they could not do enough for us - a cool drink was never far away and nothing was too much trouble. We arrived to the hotel around 4:30am and then had a PCR test at 5am, everything was taken on without so much as a blink. The hotel is in a beautiful spot. Nestled between the lagoon and the beach, the tasteful architecture blends perfectly with the natural environment to create a little spot of paradise that has all the creature comforts but never feels like you’re encroaching on the surroundings. Proof of this lies in the huge range of fauna you tend to see around the property - monkeys, beautiful peacocks, eagles, chipmunks, a mongoose - it felt like being on safari! And, of course, the property’s two lovely dogs Bella and Gracie. Spectacular food every single day. Enormous breakfasts that left us waddling back to the room and fantastic range of dinners, foodie heaven. Even had a whole roast chicken&trimmings on one night which was a surprise! Make sure to get the chili fried eggs with bacon curry for breakfast - have never seen this before but was absolutely fantastic. Pool is absolutely gorgeous looking down towards the sea with a brilliant little pool bar. The beach is stunning, as well, just the only note would be that the sea tends to be pretty rough but that is to be expected on this area of fairly exposed coastline. We’re so sad to be leaving Buckingham Place today. It goes without saying that hospitality, globally, is in a tough place right now and we would absolutely urge you to consider visiting Sri Lanka. Visitor numbers are definitely down across the island and this does mean that the local population has a bit of a struggle on their hands. Thanks to the steps taken by the SL government, though, we felt safe and secure at every step of the way - please don’t let the thought of coronavirus put you off visiting a wonderful country that very much needs your tourism spend at the moment. As a parting note, I work in the hospitality industry and so I do see a huge range of hotels. I also think it makes me more critical of hotels when I’m on vacation but I simply cannot find one bad thing to say about Buckingham Place. Thanks to Kalpa, Umesh and their wonderful team for giving us a brilliant week away.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Buckingham Place, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded 21 Mar 2021
Sublime & perfectly timed… Thank you for a sublime, really helpful review. Your feedback about the workable, travel safety initiatives that Sri Lanka (and the hotel) have implemented could not be more positive or better timed. As you may know, I'm currently away from the hotel for surgery, and therefore your review and fab photos are a welcome reminder of home, and the team that does all the hard work, whether I’m there or not! Receiving great praise from a hospitality colleague makes it all the more meaningful, naturally. I’m truly happy you could enjoy and appreciate everything I do about the place, especially our wildlife and the way in which everything just seems to happen as and when it should. I’m happy to tell you, after reading your words I felt compelled to call the team to pass on your compliments and, add my own congratulations. You’ve made ALL of us smile – thank you! On everyone’s behalf, thanks for reassuring us we’re on track - that it IS possible to keep guests both safe AND happy at the same time! I hope you’ll return one day and keep spreading the news that Sri Lanka is a great destination during these uncertain times, and afterwards of course. In the meantime, thank you for your valuable good custom, kind empathy and highly energizing feedback. I wish you much happiness and perfect health from us all. Warmest regards Nick & the Team
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Dhanushka M wrote a review Nov 2020
Ranna, Sri Lanka1 contribution1 helpful vote
We spend our Haney moon at bucking ham place. They let us to take our wedding photos with their locations and after wedding they provide us special room decorated with flowers. Room and bathroom very huge and view was amazing. No word to explain their excellent service. Thank you M’r kalpa and Dilanka. We will comeback soon..
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Buckingham Place, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded 7 Dec 2020
Thank you very much… and congratulations Thank you for your helpful review, it is very much appreciated by us all. I’m delighted to know, that yet another happy couple have chosen Buckingham Place to step into the world together, and will have beautiful memories and a memento to cherish for all the years to come. I hear the photos were fabulous and the team enjoyed hosting you, I only wish I’d been in residence myself! I send greetings from England and congratulations on behalf of us all. I wish you both, a wonderful and blissfully happy life together. Warmest regards, Nick & the Team
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Jayathu wrote a review Sep 2020
Kalutara, Sri Lanka142 contributions43 helpful votes
No words to describe how charming, cosy and wonderful this place is. The location, the empty but beautiful beach, the pool, the rooms, the service and everything else is just superb. Stumbled upon it by accident but already earmarked as a place to visit again and again. We have been to many hotels both in Sri Lanka and abroad ranging from boutique to luxury, and can easily say that this is right at the top. Great work Nick and team. Keep it up and it was a pleasure to meet you in person too.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Buckingham Place, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded 1 Oct 2020
A wonderful, gem of a review! I’ve always considered it a privilege to host Sri Lankans in their own country. Seeing them relax and feel at home with us, is a good barometer of how well we do our jobs and motivates me to keep on keeping on! Sri Lankans have many great hotels to choose from - all over the island. Your limitless opportunities to sample island hospitality, means that when I read here as I do today, such wonderful praise, I’m overwhelmed and tremendously thankful. The paramount joy of hotelier as I see it, is to meet and where appropriate, socialize with interesting folk from all over the world. I regret our meeting was too brief, however, when you return, please feel free to seek me out as rarely am I far away. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and our hotel stands above others in your view. I’m overjoyed with your fabulous review and thank you sincerely for taking time to support us. I look forward to meeting you again, in the meantime I wish you all a blissfully happy and healthy life. Warmest regards, Nick & the Team
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Vindya Y wrote a review Sep 2020
8 contributions2 helpful votes
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: Travelled as a couple
Response from Buckingham Place, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded 16 Sep 2020
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: Travelled as a couple
Response from Buckingham P, Owner at Buckingham Place
Responded 28 Jun 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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US$183 - US$291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buckingham Place
Which popular attractions are close to Buckingham Place?
Nearby attractions include Tangalle Lagoon (4.8 km), Indika Art Gallery (5.6 km), and Tango Dream Tours (5.9 km).
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.
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 travellers enjoy visiting Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara (15.5 km).