Tangalle is a national treasure with its emerald palm fringed glistening bays and picturesque coves. This is a slumberous town dotted with serene reminders of the Dutch days of the 18th century and beautiful villas looking out over the shimmering sands of Seenimodera. Located 195 kilometres from the beautiful capital of Colombo and 35km east of Matara, is a pleasant fishing port situated on one of the finest and largest bays in the island, which is protected from the ocean by an enclosing reef. You can arrive at this exquisite destination both by train and bus or hired transport within 4 to 5 hours. Exhibiting fine beaches which are good for swimming and more than reasonable for diving, Tangalle is a popular beach destination on the south coast. It is believed that the name is derived from ran-gala or golden rock, from a legend that tells of a time when a holy man once partook of a meal there, and the rock was turned to gold whilst further research also reveals that it means the “projecting rock”, because long ago the town was protected from the ocean by a long rocky slab that projected into the sea across the mouth of the bay.
Somewhere on the fringes of Tangalle and hidden in the heart of a nature sanctuary, discover Buckingham Place. This unique, intimate beachside property is more than just a boutique hotel it re-imagines the idea of tropical paradise. Built on a foundation of good old-fashioned hospitality, Buckingham Place comes complete with iconic architecture, stylishly comfortable interiors and spectacular views as far as the eye can see. Sixteen spacious suites are scattered across our lush grounds, where nature meets structure in perfect harmony. All the bedrooms and suites are an adaptation of contemporary architecture with brilliant splashes of colour through furniture and artwork to complement the clean, functional lines of white and grey concrete. Bathrooms are big, with skylights; and one has a coconut palm tree growing through the roof. An oceanfront restaurant and mezzanine lounges are complimented with two swimming pools and many other extras designed to spoil you from the inside out. The main pool extends into our cocktail bar with pool seats to immerse in cool waters while you throw back your favourite concoction! From wooden floorboards to grassy beds, our pool sun deck extends out from the Oceanfront restaurant and is the idyllic place for a table under the stars. Spilling over each end of the pool into grassed garden, from every conceivable spot the panorama is breathtaking. Read a book, enjoy a snack and work on that perfect tan while you’re at it. Our modest massage room is the perfect place to work out all those kinks. Sink into one of our vibrant couches to let the tropical breeze and vistas make your day. The hotel features both an open-air rec room with table tennis and carom, as well as an indoor air-conditioned snooker/pool room. Both spaces come with books and classic board games, from Scrabble to Monopoly to packs of playing cards there’s something for everyone. Buckingham Place’s open-sided restaurant and bar boasts an eclectic daily-changing menu with an emphasis on wholesome, beautifully presented gourmet cuisine that you can enjoy whenever you wish.
What we love about Buckingham Place
- Talk to our trained therapists and indulge in a professional, island-style massage
- Relax and recline in our extensive gardens, pick your perfect spot under the shade of a big old tree or right under the sun and we’ll create a beanbag and cane lounge in moments
- Enjoy a variety of the hotel’s delicious teas, its own brand of five different kinds of Buckingham tea, created to be enjoyed