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Since October 2010 our guest lists have boasted the loveliest, friendliest, most interesting and diverse travelers under the tropical sun! Whether adventurers, nature lovers or sun-worshippers, collectively they share an appreciation for a hardworking team, down to earth good service and natures’ own sanctuary. Many return year after year, often for several weeks at a time like 9 times guest (now good friend) David Boseck. Rarely nights pass without friends of Buckingham Place in residence, and on occasion, for the hotel to be filled with folks who’ve stayed before and are reluctant to leave.

If this is your first stay relax, just be prepared you can check-out any time you like but…!


A dear guest wrote...

“Relax, Relax, Relax”

I may never again meet Nick Buckingham, owner, entrepreneur, visionary of Buckingham Place, but it is unlikely that I shall ever forget him and the exceptional, exquisite, peace-filled haven that he has created at the end of Wellawathugoda Road on Rekewa Beach outside Tangalle, Sri Lanka.

Every word that everyone has written about this wonderful creation, every photo on the Buckingham Place website, every award given it by tripadvisor and every testament articulated for this gated inspiration is deserved and yet will only partially express the joy, peace and tranquility you will feel within Buckingham Place. It is not just a hotel, it is an experience of life as it ought to be lived or contemplated. It is the Discovery Channel without a high definition television; a life-refreshing, enchanting sanctuary of simple indulgence.

A review of Buckingham Place is almost pointless - you just have to experience it. If you find fault dear friend it will be within oneself not within Buckingham Place. Four nights in the luxury of Buckingham Place, at the start of the wet season before the rains arrived with almost ideal conditions, including cacophonous thunderstorms in the late afternoon, was as near to perfect and ideal as my partner and I could have wished for.

The invisible ubiquity of hospitality of the staff, the ambiance of top class facilities and the gentle pace of the natural environment within and beyond the gates - oh and the food... yes the food... and yes the wine... and the... well you just need to experience it for yourself. If I never get back to Buckingham Place I will be sad but I will also rejoice to know that there does exist a place, an hotel, where the form and substance of human endeavour to create beauty and peace for the soul has been achieved. Iron & Board (On Request).

Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awarded Hotel 2013 – 2023

Sri Lanka’s No.1 Traveler Ranked Hotel 2011-2021 & ongoing top achiever.

Best of the Best awards are Trip Advisor’s highest recognition of excellence in hospitality. They are based on a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions over a 12-month period, and are presented annually to less than 1% of Trip Advisor’s 8 million listings. Buckingham Place is one of a handful of Sri Lankan hotels to achieve Best of Best in Small Hotels – WORLD category (2020).

Rated 9.9 Exceptional by

Top 10 "The Daily Telegraph" Hotel
(Sri Lanka’s Best Coastal Retreats 2018)


The hotel has been a backdrop for so many marriage proposals we’ve lost count. Rarely does a week pass without congratulating couples about to tie the knot, and newlyweds or those simply celebrating love.

Blissful couples bring their own brand of magic to the hotel, enough to make everyone happy, but share your news then let us sprinkle a little more magic dust! Discreet or otherwise, we can conjure up all sorts of ideas to make your special moment even more so - usually without adding it to your bill!

Celebrating love and life, at the end of seven unforgettable weeks at Buckingham Place; digital nomads, regular long stayers and the sweetest guests ever, Alex and Gilly share a fabulous last night photo – it says it all.


Loved by Lovers!

Our much sought after honeymoon suite features a coconut tree in the centre of its open-air circular bathtub bathroom.

The vibrant, airy and spacious bedroom enjoys lagoon views from the balcony and bed!