Luxury hotel holiday The Regency at The Galle Face Hotel Colombo

Expressions holidays recommends The Regency at The Galle Face to those seeking to experience the spirit of Ceylon. This property is the Grand Dame of Colombo hotels and has played a pivotal part in the history and culture of Sri Lanka. The Galle Face hotel is ideal a part of touring itinerary or just to facilitate a Colombo stop-over; it sits in an airy, seafront location but still has good access to downtown Colombo. Revel in the character, heritage and grandeur of this splendid colonial hotel. 
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Private car transfer airport to hotel and back
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Regency at the Galle Face, Colombo

The Galle Face Hotel is a 5-star hotel offering the utmost in colonial-style luxury, in an excellent beachfront location. Opulent accommodation, excellent spa facilities, delicious cuisine and exemplary service maintain the property's position as an icon of Colomban luxury.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location On the beach front, approximately seven minutes' walk from the Galleface Observation Deck

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 1 hour by car

Hotel facilities and services

9 eating places including Veranda restaurant, Veranda Bar, Salt water swimming pool, Spa, Gym, Piazza Shopping arcade, Hotel museum, Valet parking and travel desk, Business centre.

Out and about nearby

National Museum, Pettah Market, Dutch Period Museum, Arts and crafts shops, Shopping centres, Fashion shops, Buddhist and Hindu temples, Mosques and Churches.

Sports nearby

Golf at Royal Colombo Golf Club.

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

From about

£1,560

Holiday Code EXH675

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 Regency at the Galle Face, Colombo

The Galle Face Hotel, Sri Lanka's first purpose-built hotel, dates back to 1864 and has been owned and run by the Gardiner family (father and now son) for over 60 years. A little museum by the tea room houses hotel memorabilia including a vintage car once owned by Prince Philip. Its position facing the Indian Ocean on one side and Galle Face Green park on another gives this magnificent colonial hotel an airy, resort feel although it is right in the centre of Colombo. The Galle Face hotel continues to feature prominently in Colombo life and is still one of the hotspots for socialising and eating. A high tea on the verandah or cocktails on the chess-board terrace at sunset are on the 'must-do' list for any first-timer to Colombo. There are nine places to eat, including a tea room, seafood restaurant and a pub. The seawater swimming pool and the Regency Spa are ideal for relaxing after sightseeing and shopping in the humid city air. The south wing of the Galle Face hotel was painstakingly restored between 2002 and 2004 and opened as The Regency at the Galle Face Hotel, adding 80 luxurious bedrooms and a Spa to this pillar of Sri Lankan hospitality. The bedrooms in The Regency are luxuriously fitted with elegant furniture, marble bathrooms, air-conditioning and modern amenities, whilst still retaining original features such as polished wooden floors, high ceilings and whitewashed walls. The Oceanic suites look directly onto the sea.

Room descriptions

The Regency at the Galle Face Hotel has 80 bedrooms, which all include en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, air-conditioning, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, IDD telephone, hairdryer, butler service, laundry service. There are also 'Classic' rooms at the Galle Face Hotel.

Deluxe Room (Regency) Ocean Deluxe rooms overlook the Galle Face Patio and offer a partial view of the ocean. Spa Deluxe rooms over a view of the Spa garden.
Oceanic Balcony Suite (Regency) Overlooks the Galle Face Patio and the Ocean with one Jacuzzi uniquely place in the centre of the room and two balconies
The Oceanic Suite (Regency) Has a sea view, an in-room Jacuzzi and a sitting area
Oceanic Spa Suite (Regency) Overlooks the Spa and the ocean with 2 jacuzzis, one of which is on the balcony
If you would like to experience the original old-fashioned character of the Galle Face Hotel, we suggest the following suites in the old wing:
Executive Suite (Classic – Galle Face Hotel)
Royal Suite (Classic – Galle Face Hotel)
Combination Suites of interconnecting suites or rooms are also available upon request.

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

From about

£1,560

Holiday Code EXH675

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 Regency at the Galle Face, Colombo

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to The Regency at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, 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). At Colombo you are met by car and driver and transferred to your hotel. A stay at this hotel is usually included as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide, in which case the services of the driver-guide will start when you leave Colombo to commence the touring itinerary.

Additional information

Children: Children under 5 years old are accommodated free of charge when sharing parents' room without an extra bed.

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

From about

£1,560

Holiday Code EXH675

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 Regency at the Galle Face, Colombo

About Colombo

Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, has gradually grown from humble beginnings as a tiny 5th century trading post for gems to become Sri Lanka’s largest city and its most important port. The island’s commercial capital is a hectic mix of old and new, colonial architecture sitting next to modern glass and tree-lined residential suburbs bordered by shacks. Nifty 3-wheelers and the occasional bullock cart vie with noisy buses and 4-wheel drives for supremacy on the streets. There is a lot to see and explore during your stay in Colombo. To the north of the city is Fort, a business area with shops and offices and touches of residual colonial charm. The fort which gave the district its name has long since gone, though the Lighthouse Clock Tower in North Chatham Street and the 18th century ‘Queen’s House’, now the president’s official residence, still exist. To the south is Galle Face Green, a sea-front expanse of green lawn beside an esplanade which is used to host race meetings and sports events and is a popular gathering place, especially for kite-flying or a sunset stroll. At its south end stands the colonial Galle Face Hotel, the oldest hotel in Colombo which was built in 1864. Further south is Cinnamon Gardens, the city’s most fashionable neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and colonial mansions. A small national art gallery borders the pleasant Viharamahadevi Park. The National Museum, on Albert Crescent, has a collection ranging from religious bronzes to possessions of the last Kandyan kings. All around the city, Buddhist temples, Hindu Kovils, mosques and churches give a glimpse into the spiritual vibrancy of Sri Lankan life, especially during religious festivals. Gangaramaya Buddhist temple, in particular, is fascinating for any visitor, as well as the Hindu Temple at Sea Street which is lined with goldsmith's shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendal, dating back to 1749 and the historic Davatagaha Mosque. Colombo also offers some excellent shopping opportunities: the lively Pettah Bazaar competes with shopping malls and fashion stores and you can buy anything from gems to cricket bats. Stores such as Barefoot, Paradise Road, Gandhara and Odel have a designer-chic range of home ware, fabrics, arts & crafts and clothes.

Highlights of Colombo

Fashion, jewellery, art, trendy homeware and Sri Lankan arts and crafts; Golf at Royal Colombo golf course; National Museum; Variety of restaurants; Afternoon tea or cocktails on the Ocean terrace of the Galle Face Hotel; Walking along the seafront at Galle Face Green; Pettah Bazaar; Buddhist temples (Gangaramaya, Bellanwilla); Colourful Hindu Kovils (Sri Subramaniam and Kailawasanthan Swamidevasthanam, the oldest); Dutch period museum. Near Colombo – Kelaniya Raja Maha Temple; Nightclubs and musical entertainment e.g. jazz, Asian pop bands, calypso, (mainly in the hotels).

Festivals in Colombo

Navam Perahera held in February is a 3-day pageant ending on Poya day (full moon), with dance troupes and decorated elephants, at Gangaramaya temple and along neighbouring streets.

Climate in Colombo

Colombo has an average temperature of 27° C, often reaching above 30° C during the day, slightly cooler in the evenings and during the monsoon season (May to August). It is hot and sticky, less so on the seafront with the sea breezes.

Travel around Colombo 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: Colombo to Colombo International airport: 1 hour Colombo to Bentota: 2 hours, Colombo to Galle: 2 hours, Colombo to Kandy: 3.5 hours, Colombo to Dambulla: 4 hours.

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