Luxury hotel holiday Shinagawa Beach Balapitiya

A modern and idyllic coastal retreat, Shinagawa Beach is a luxury hotel in an enchanting seafront location. Spend a few nights here enjoying the rejuvenating treatments of the spa, the nearby water sports facilities, and exploring the ancient Buddhist temples that line the riverbank. Shinagawa Beach combines the high standards of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World name with abundant local cultural interest.
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 Shinagawa Beach, Balapitiya

Shinagawa Beach is an exclusive 4-star luxury hotel in a stunning tropical beachfront location. Excellent cuisine, spa facilities and luxurious accommodation afford guests a truly relaxing and indulgent retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location In a coastal village, a minutes' walk from the beach. Approximately 30-miles from Galle.

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 58 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Salt Restaurant, Crimson Bar, Tuna Boat dining, Spa, Gym, Swimming pool, Beach volleyball, and Games.

Complimentary

Wifi.

Out and about nearby

River Safaris on the Madu Ganga, Kothduwa Raja Maha Viharaya Temple, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Karandeniya Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya with the largest reclining statue of Buddha in southern Asia, and cinnamon plantations.

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

From about

£1,650

Holiday Code EXH1900

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 Shinagawa Beach, Balapitiya

Set between the Maduganga Lake and the Indian Ocean in Balapitiya, southwest Sri Lanka, Shinagawa Beach is a valued member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. The modern white-washed building sits on the barrier between lush green gardens and golden sand, and proudly looks out across the sea. The geometric, minimalist architecture opens up onto grounds brimming with paradisiac Sri Lankan character, with handcrafted boats lining the shore in which you can dine, and sun loungers below leaning palm trees. The swimming pool emerges from under the shelter of the hotel building into the gardens, with intricate rattan tables and chairs on either side, and sensational views. Many hours each day can be spent relaxing here. Inside, the hotel design is guided by bold, deep colours; Crimson Bar is dominated by brown and ochre, which achieves a more traditionalist appearance. Low wooden chairs and a panelled bar adds to the tropical paradise feel, as do the views through the floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. A similar style is continued into the Salt Restaurant, but with lighter colours, more windows, and less intensity. The food here is inspired by the origins of all of its guests, featuring fish caught on the same day as well as traditional Sri Lankan dishes, flavoured with authentic and locally-grown spices. A unique dining experience can be had in the beachfront tuna boats, lit by flickering candlelight, where the water is only a few metres away. The guestrooms retain the essence of the bold style of Shinagawa Beach's public rooms, but with a focus on the gold and blue visible out of the windows and from their private balconies. White bed linens are enlivened by soft gold or blue throws, and plush furnishings provide somewhere colourful to relax. All rooms benefit from uncompromised ocean views from their balconies, with tables and chairs from which to properly enjoy your environment. The Shinagawa Beach spa has a lengthy and varied menu that incorporates ancient healing rituals, aromatherapy, and products blended from local ingredients. You may choose to unwind here in the afternoon after a morning spent enjoying the water sports facilities nearby or exploring the religious temples. Hotel staff are always on-hand to help you plan the day ahead, introducing you to the little-known secrets of the Madu Ganga and the area about Balapitiya. Spend a few nights here as part of your luxury Sri Lankan tour, soaking up the beauty of the sea, sun, and sand of the island.

Room descriptions

Shinagawa Beach has 26 rooms with private balcony, air-conditioning, LED television, minibar, safe, Ayurveda bath amenities, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Deluxe Room
Suite with large lounge area and panoramic balcony

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

From about

£1,650

Holiday Code EXH1900

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 Shinagawa Beach, Balapitiya

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Shinagawa 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 2 hours and 15 minutes' 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 stayed at as a coast extension at the end of a tailor-made touring holiday, in which case you will approach the hotel from a different location.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome.

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

From about

£1,650

Holiday Code EXH1900

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 Shinagawa Beach, Balapitiya

About South west coast

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the south-west coast of Sri Lanka incorporates a popular holiday destination for tropical sun, sea and sand. It offers wonderful beaches and a variety of hotels and guests houses to choose from, with the added attraction of having local life and interesting places to see and things to do nearby. What’s more, facing directly west to the Indian Ocean, visitors are treated to the most magical sunset views. This 100-kilometre coastline between the cities of Colombo and Galle is blessed with miles of palm-fringed golden beaches interspersed with harbours, inlets, mangrove-lined rivers and lagoons. Bentota and Beruwela are the primary locations for restaurants and nightclubs which are mostly found in hotels, and also offer a range of watersports along with Hikkaduwa. Hotels of every size and quality vie with private villas, coconut plantations and fishing villages for a space on the beachfront and those priceless Indian Ocean views. We have selected a range of hotels on Sri Lanka's south-west coast which are ideally located to explore the highlights of the region, including luxurious boutique hotels and resorts such as Saman Villas and Serene Pavilions.

Highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In addition to relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of other things to see and do in this region. In and around Wadduwa: Fishing life along the coast; Long beach walks; Kalutara – famous for its historic Bo tree, grown from a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, and Gangatilaka Vihara Temple - the only Buddhist shrine in the world which is hollow; Kalu Ganga (river) and Bolgoda lake; Richmond Castle – a 19th century spice plantation mansion, built for a regional Governor resembling an Indian Maharaja’s palace design, now open to the public. In and around Bentota/Beruwela: Watersports at Bentota/Beruwela on the Bentota river (there is a well-equipped centre offering a range of motorised and non-motorised water sports, including diving); Bentota mangrove river boat trip; Long beach walks; Brief Garden – home and landscaped gardens created by Bevis Bawa, the artist brother of Geoffrey Bawa. Behind a bamboo hedge lie walled gardens, bowers, lawns, sculptures and a Japanese garden; Lunuganga Estate – the home of celebrated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; Aluthgama – shops and market; Galapita Vihara Buddhist Temple - 12th century, 5 km upriver. Inland: Singharaja Rainforest; Plantations, farming and craft villages. Between Bentota and Galle: Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; Buddhist Temples – e.g. Kumarakanda Vihara; Balapitiya –boat trips on Madu Ganga river and lagoon – birdlife, water monitors, islands; Mask carving and painting in Ambalangoda; Moonstone quarry in Meetyagoda; Beach walks; Hikkaduwa - tourist shops and restaurants, lower budget; Fishing trips, Snorkelling and scuba diving, waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing – at Hikkaduwa (12 km from Galle). Wherever you stay on the south-west coast, day excursions can be made to historic Galle, Buddhist temples, Sinharaja Rainforest, Ambalangoda mask factory, the Kosgoda turtle hatchery. The water sports facilities at Bentota/Beruwela (or Hikkaduwa) are within an hour’s drive from any of the hotels.

Cultural highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In the small towns and villages that straddle the main trunk road and railway line, Buddhist temples sit alongside churches and mosques whilst livelihoods are gained through a mix of tourism, trading and fishing, farming and skilled crafts. It is fascinating to stroll along the beach and watch the fishermen preparing to launch their brightly-painted boats, later seeing them return with their catch. A venture into the hinterland reveals a world of lush plantations, tropical forests and lagoons. The rural villages are often known for a particular skill such as furniture or mask-making and weaving using dyed reed. Wadduwa, Bentota, Beruwela and the stretch of coast between Bentota and Galle all offer golden sand beaches, small fishing communities and watersports. Further inland, the Sinharaja rainforest is the only large undisturbed rainforest left in Sri Lanka where over 800 of the island’s endemic species of flora and fauna can be found.

Climate of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

The south-western part of Sri Lanka is the wet tropical zone. It is warm and humid all year round. Sea breezes make the coast a little cooler. The sunny, dry season is between November and March with average temperatures at around 26C. The south-west monsoon brings intermittent torrential rain, winds and rough seas, normally in May, June and July, with temperatures of up to 32C.There is also changeable weather during September and October. Humidity fluctuates between 70% in the day and 90% at night, which can be oppressive in built up areas.

Travel around the region

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Colombo International Airport to Wadduwa – 1.5 to 2 hours (56 km), Colombo International Airport to Bentota – 2 ½ to 3 hours (90 km), Colombo International Airport to Galle – 3 hours (150 km), Wadduwa to Kandy – 4 hours, Bentota to Kandy – 4.5 hours (180 km), Colombo to Wadduwa – 45 mins to 1 hour (30 km).

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