Royal Palms Beach Hotel in Kalutara invites you to witness one of nature's grandest performances - a fiery sun ignites the horizon and the foamy sea is infused with gold - brilliant and brief, it is beauty inherent to paradise.
Theme nights are a signature highlight at this Beach Resort Sri Lanka,, combining great food, diversity and collaborative entertainment. You can 'go local' for Sri Lankan night with batik sarongs and garlands of frangipani, explore the customs and cuisine of ancient China or indulge in all things Italian. The hotel features the Lounge Bar - an open-air terrace overlooking palm-fringed shores, where dusk is punctuated by piano music or a live band - and the Oriental Seafood Restaurant that presents South-East Asian delicacies.
Parlaying perfection into every aspect of its luxurious offerings, the lavish resort - just 40 km south of Colombo - is a glittering accompaniment to Sri Lanka's vibrant south western coastline..
In terms of exploration, the curious traveller will be spoilt for choice. There is the Kalutara Temple which is the only Buddhist shrine in the world that is completely hollow inside, where a sequence of 74 murals adorn the interior. Richmond Castle is a rich dose of colonial architecture and finery.
Glimpse the giants of the ocean on a whale-watching trip in Mirissa or visit the nearby turtle hatchery, then take in the sprawling tranquility of Bawa Botanical Garden.
Royal Palms embodies the idea of a local's perspective - the most fulfilling way of discovering a new place.
The hotel boasts 124 deluxe rooms, 4 executive suites and 2 royal suites with plush decor and basics such as satellite TV, in-house video, IDD phone and internet access, and 24-hour room service; the executive suites have private patios or balconies, and the royal suites have jacuzzis.
The royal suites are flushed with neutrals and wooden textures, punctuated by cut flowers and crisp linen while the executive suites take on somber hues and dusky detailing with deep lime and burnished gold additions.
The standard guest rooms are unfussy - polished wooden floors and paisely accents round out the minimalist approach.
There is a unique 'walk in' swimming pool, swim-up bar, jacuzzi and children's area. Billiards and table tennis offer up alternatives to more athletic endeavours like tennis - two sand courts with floodlights - badminton, volleyball and squash, or the fully-equipped gym. Soothe the nerves by selecting the
health centre to enjoy a massage afterwards, or indulge in some souvenir shopping and beauty treatments at the arcade. Top off the day with a lively night of dancing and revelry at the in-house club.
The Main restaurant's offerings vary from international breakfast buffets to orient-inspired lunches and continental menus.
For bolder palates, the Palmetto Coffee Shop by the pool serves up light meals with interesting ingredient pairings by day and classic charcoal-grilled dishes by night.
Or, sweep yourself into the atmospheric fine dining and delicious East Asian choices at the Oriental Seafood restaurant. By sunset, you can nurse a soothing drink at the Lounge Bar, swayed by live music and lights from boats at sea adorning the view of the horizon.
The resort town of Kalutara is teeming with attractions ranging from temples, the most famous of which is the Kalutara Temple, and glimpses of coastal trade and local industry. Witness the intricate arts of woodcarving and weaving, or become knowledgeable of the inner workings of large scale operations
like rubber and tea plantations. For conservationists, the local turtle hatchery and Bawa Botanical Garden are a must-see.