Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
Part of a rapidly developing commercial area, this luxury hotel sits just a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean and overlooks the urban park of Galle Face Green. The style of the hotel is typical of the Shangri-La character; think modern yet elegant décor that pays respect to the hotel’s setting. Water lilies, the national flower of Sri Lanka, are used throughout the interiors and the real stand-out pieces are the floral-shaped chandeliers that wouldn’t look out of place in a palace. No Shangri-La hotel would be complete without a tranquil CHI, The Spa, a staple of the brand. Again, the hotel has used influences from the island with a selection of traditional local treatments offered alongside Asian therapies.
The restaurants have already become some of the most respected in the city with one of the dining options already appearing in the top 20 Colombo eateries on tripadvisor. The Shang Palace is the hotel’s signature restaurant and it is gaining a reputation as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the capital. For all-day dining, head to the new restaurant, Central. Cusine ranges from local Sri Lanka specialities and tastes of India to Western options.
The contemporary and sophisticated style extends to the rooms and suites. It’s all about sleek lines, muted tones and light flooding in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. You can opt for a room that overlooks the lake and city skyline to the rear of the hotel or over the green towards the sea. If you would like a little outside space, opt for a Premier Balcony Room which have city and lake views. For extra benefits such as access to an exclusive lounge where a variety of drinks and refreshments are served throughout the day, choose one of the Horizon Club rooms or an Executive Suite.