Luxury hotel holiday Palagama Beach Kalpitiya

A rustic retreat on the coast of Kalpitiya, Palagama Beach is a cabana and villa resort that offers guests a secluded and idyllic getaway. Palagama Beach continually proves itself as a great, authentic destination for those looking to sample traditional cuisine, take part in dolphin-watching trips and water sports, and explore Western Sri Lanka's National Parks and coastline. Combine this charming hotel with chic, city hotels for a dynamic luxury tour of Sri Lanka.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide if part of tour or private car transfers only
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palagama Beach, Kalpitiya

Palagama Beach is an exclusive, small luxury boutique hotel in a beautiful coastal location. With a focus on offering a unique experience of Sri Lanka, it offers luxury service, unforgettable natural experiences and luxurious, serene experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Small luxury boutique

Location Right on the beachfront near Kalpitiya, approximately 75 miles from Negombo

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 77 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Infinity freshwater pool, Beach house club area, Coralia Restaurant, Boutique shops selling crafts made by women in Jaffna, and Spa.

Complimentary watersports

Fishing

Chargeable watersports

Kitesurfing, Boat rides, and Dolphin and whale-watching.

Out and about nearby

In such an enviable location, Palagama Beach guests are well-placed to explore famous regions such as the Cultural Triangle, or the larger cities of Negombo and Colombo. Wildlife trips into the nearby Wilpattu National Park are available with local businesses, and guests are encouraged to engage in some self-guided exploration. Scuba-diving is at its best at Bar Reef, and the local fishing villages are an excellent way of becoming better acquainted with traditional day-to-day Sri Lankan life. The peninsula that surrounds Puttalam Lagoon is dotted with small villages that are all strikingly different. Kandakuliya, lined with small fishing boats, and Kalpitiya in particular are worth visiting. Anuradhapura is the spiritual home of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, with its dagobas, ruins, and sacred fig tree mythically brought from India in the 3rd century.

Sports nearby

Scuba-diving (best between November and April).

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Beach cabana for 7 nights

From about

£1,430

Holiday Code EXH1877

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palagama Beach, Kalpitiya

On Kalpitiya Beach on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Palagama Beach is a collection of attractive beach cabanas, garden cabanas, and villas. This hotel was designed by Cecil Balmond and his son, whose works include the Orbit Tower in London, the CCTV in Shanghai, and the Casa da Musica in Portugal. In this project, however, the Balmonds have realised their vision of beautifully natural accommodation that reflects the heritage of its surroundings. With the sand just a few steps away from the rooms, this rustic accommodation is perfectly placed for seaside and forest relaxation. Subtle, unobtrusive modern touches, such as the sleek infinity-esque outdoor pool, complete the private spaces that offer a tranquil alternative to the beach. Villas and cabanas have traditionally thatched roofs, and wooden and plastered walls. The rooms, like the complex itself, are etched with simplistic Sri Lankan character, then cultivated by bold fabrics, canopied beds, and exposed wood. The Coralia Restaurant specialises in flavoursome Sri Lankan cuisine, including hoppers, rice and curry, and Watalapam. Cookery classes with the chef are also available to those guests who wish to take a long-lasting souvenir with them when they leave. Other once-in-a-lifetime activities include dolphin and whale watching excursions; alternatively, soak up the serene Sri Lankan atmosphere from under the open-sided spa cabana, while enjoying a luxurious massage. Palagama Beach envelopes guests in a true sense of rural Sri Lanka, surrounded by trees, sand, and sea, thus making an excellent stop-off point on a luxury tour of Sri Lanka. We would recommend combining Palagama Beach with stays in modern resorts and inland villas to ensure you witness every side of this diverse island.

Room descriptions

Palagama Beach has 13 rooms with queen-sized beds, large bathrooms, local furnishings, and a heightened sense of privacy.

Beach Cabanas
Garden Cabanas
Villas with garden and veranda

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Beach cabana for 7 nights

From about

£1,430

Holiday Code EXH1877

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palagama Beach, Kalpitiya

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Palagama Beach in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 3 hours’ drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is the first or last stop on a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide.

Additional information

Children: Villas are recommended for families looking for privacy and additional space.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Beach cabana for 7 nights

From about

£1,430

Holiday Code EXH1877

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palagama Beach, Kalpitiya

About Negombo and west coast

An Expressions holiday to Sri Lanka's Negombo offers travellers the chance to experience Sri Lankan heritage and culture. Negombo is an important fishing town with Portuguese and Dutch colonial heritage. It is also a popular holiday destination because of its proximity to the international airport and its beachfront location. Due to the Portuguese influx back in the 16th century, the inhabitants are predominantly Catholic. The country’s Dutch legacy is seen in the remains of the grand Dutch Fort and the Dutch canal (now called Hamilton Canal) which runs from Colombo to Chilaw via Negombo. Although large parts of the canal are in disrepair, it is being revived and you can see gaily-painted boats using it as a waterway. The beaches at Negombo are wide and good for beach walking, although it is a struggle to keep them clean as urban debris washes ashore daily. The currents can be strong here, so it is better to swim in the hotel pool. It is fascinating to see how the fishing industry dominates life in coastal Negombo - the fish market, the auctions, the stalls along the beach. The tourist resort area of Negombo, known as the Golden Mile, caters to a wide spectrum of holidaymakers on a range of budgets, mostly the mid to the lower end. It’s lively at night and has bars, restaurants, tourist shops and fashion outlets, selling everything from flip-flops to colourful batiks and handlooms.

Highlights of Negombo

For nature lovers and birdwatchers there are the Muthurajawela wetlands where four varieties of kingfisher are frequently seen, as well as Negombo Lagoon. Offshore wrecks and a reef provide spots for diving (November to April, when the seas are calmer). PADI instructors, some other water sports and fishing trips are also available. Whale-watching and dolphin-watching boat trips are possible further north off Kalpitya, though this is a 3-4 hours drive away.

Cultural highlights of Negombo

In and around Negombo there are plenty of things to see and do: Dutch Fort remains; St Mary’s Church; Angurukaramulla Buddhist temple (murals); Fish markets, fishing boats and port; Select fresh seafood for your lunch or dinner; The Dutch canal (called Hamilton canal) and Maha Oya river – boat trip; Muthurajawela wetlands and Negombo Lagoon for birdwatching and nature; Some water sports and diving; November to April; Fishing; Tourist shops and restaurants (mostly mid-lower end), fashion shops; Inland to the archaeological site of Dambadeniya; Sri Lanka’s commercial capital of Colombo is 40 km away, offering a range of shops, restaurants and sightseeing.

Climate in Negombo

With daytime temperatures of between 26° C and 33° C, Negombo is hot and humid, though sea breezes cool and refresh the air. The evenings are slightly cooler. The main monsoon brings unsettled weather between May and August.

Travel around Negombo and Sri Lanka

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Negombo to Colombo International Airport: 20 minutes, Negombo to Sigiriya: 3 – 3.5 hours, Negombo to Kandy: 3.5 hours, Negombo to Colombo: 1-1.5 hours.

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