Inspired by his love of the island and a vision to create a year round sanctuary for himself, Nick Buckingham passionately inspires others to enjoy some of the best that Sri Lanka has to offer. An empty rugged beach, a sleepy village atmosphere and Rekawa’s very own bird and wildlife sanctuary combine adventure with a taste of local culture.
12 highly acclaimed suites & bedrooms benefit from south westerly views down the vast 6km long Rekawa Lagoon – home to abundant birdlife that can be watched from the privacy of your balcony or veranda and, by venturing onto the lagoon in a hotel canoe. With unusually generous proportions and 6 different floor layouts, all suites and bedrooms have been designed with sensitive flair. All harmonise well with the breathtaking natural environment and contribute significantly to the uniqueness of the hotel.
Contrary to the ‘boutique’ hotel norm Buckingham Place is by no means elitist or ‘taking itself too seriously’. Instead, a mood of light heartedness and caring prevails, a mood likely to illicit that feeling of knowing you’ve arrived - at a genuinely friendly and homely place that when the time comes, you’ll be very sad to leave!
Rates and classification are not necessarily based on the size of your accommodation or whether it has a TV or not! Rate differentials generally reflect the extent of view over Rekawa Lagoon, a special feature such as an open-air bathroom, or a first floor or secluded location.
These two spacious, elevated and detached - ground floor double-entrance bedrooms enjoy lagoon views both from the bedroom and the pergola-shaded balcony. The bright, spacious full bathrooms include bathtub and separate rain-shower above which are large skylights. Satellite TV is installed in both bedrooms but is removable upon request.
Three, extra large, ground level detached bedrooms enjoy lagoon views both from the bedroom and a pergola-shaded veranda. Each has a bright and spacious full bathroom which includes rain-shower and bathtub with large skylights over head. A unique central skylight in the bedrooms produces a subtle shaft of natural light and a gentle wake up - tempting occupants to laze in bed and gaze at the spectacle! All three bedrooms are large enough to accommodate up to two extra single beds for accompanying guests (subject to prior arrangement). We have not installed TV in these bedrooms.
Two; extra large 1st floor suites, sharing superior lagoon views from a long balcony which is partly shaded by pergolas either side. Each suite enjoys an additional view from its private side balcony, and both suites come with a large, airy, rain-shower bathroom (without bathtub). Satellite TV is installed in both suites but is removable upon request.
Beneath The Presidential & Kandy Kumaraya are two huge ground floor suites. Both share superb lagoon views from a long veranda to the front and each suite is blessed with a vast and full bathroom with bathtub and open pergola rain-shower. These suites feature a small, air-conditioned annex/side room into which we can install an extra single bed for an accompanying guest if so required (prior arrangement essential). Satellite TV is installed in both suites but is removable upon request.
This highly sought after detached and elevated ground floor suite is in a very peaceful position. Features include a mature coconut tree growing in the centre of the open-air rain-shower/bathtub bathroom plus, a bright and very spacious bedroom with lagoon views both from the balcony and the bed! Satellite TV is installed in this suite but is removable upon request.
Secluded and low level, these two superior view suites provide occupants with a separate luggage room, own shaded veranda to the front and an open pergola rain-shower with lagoon views from the large bathtub bathroom. These outstanding suites are the most obvious and popular choice of honeymooners, birdwatchers or those seeking secluded sanctuary. On occasion we have installed an extra single bed in the luggage room although do stress this small extra room is without A/C (freestanding fan available). Neither suite has a TV.
Resident guests and visiting diners enjoy the same mouth-watering menu choices in the open-air Pavilion...
Our versatile Kitchen Crew combine fusion and traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with some good old fashioned favourites - all on one, delicious, day-long menu that changes each day over five days. Their ‘signature’ Big Village Breakfast is available to order all day as are snacks, picnics and pots of freshly ground ‘French Press’ Sri Lankan coffee. ‘Planters Five’ our selection of fine connoisseur teas will take you right through your day in the worlds No1 tea country!
During the festive season and on special occasions we join tables together and the hotel becomes more sociable than ever! Previously; Christmas Day and New Years Eve can best be described as a fully festive but peaceful, laid back ‘family’ get together - without the obligatory disco!
To ensure continuity and so that our team can devote its energy towards looking after those staying through the festive period there are certain days on which we are regrettably unable to facilitate arrivals and departures.
Airport transfers and excursions are excluded from our rates but are easily arranged on your behalf through sub-contractors with whom we have negotiated competitive pricing and certain service quality criteria, including air-conditioned vehicles.
Rekawa Beach is breathtakingly beautiful and virtually deserted. Sea bathing is not advised within the immediate vicinity of the hotel but a nearby rock pool (c15 minute walk) and much safer beaches are easily accessed by Tuk Tuk.
For cooling off under the sun our modest hotel pool is adequate for most and, not overly challenging!
Buckingham Place wholeheartedly welcomes quiet children *7 years upwards (maximum of 2) by prior arrangement. (*Recent policy change)
Specific child services, designated areas, waterslides and such like are not featured at the hotel, nonetheless the happiness and wellbeing of a guests’ child is just as important to us as that of its parents and other guests.
We can offer; a suite into which 1 extra bed can be installed in a small, air-conditioned annex room or, a large bedroom into which up to 2 extra single beds can be installed. Each extra bed is charged at US$55 per night including breakfast.
We respectfully ask all parents to consider the tranquil nature of the hotel and the quiet enjoyment of others.
Buckingham Place is predominantly the choice of nature lovers, bird watchers, quiet couples and those in need of complete relaxation - and a peaceful dining experience!! Parents are therefore naturally asked to ensure their child does not use noise emitting devices in common areas of the hotel including the restaurant and does not disrupt the overall calm ambience of the hotel and its garden. Thank you.
Although we would like to welcome children of all ages and have previously done so we have found the hotel, restaurant and garden to be unsuitable for the very young. Parents are reminded that wildlife, our feral pony ‘Ginger’ and some areas of the hotel can be hazardous even to a 7 year old, particularly in view of its tropical jungle setting and remote access location. On arrival we will discuss your child’s eating preferences rather than offer typical ‘kids menus’ then tailor choices and charge sensibly and fairly.
Transaction methods at the hotel are, local currency (Sri Lankan rupees), MasterCard & Visa Credit Cards only. Please remember to advise your credit card issuer of your holiday destination.
Our 'Free Nights' offer is Suite or Bedroom specific. If applicable to your reservation the benefit cannot be transferred to other guests/members of your party or subsequent reservations.
Location: Buckingham Place and its Pavilion Restaurant are located in a generally peaceful, remote access rural village approximately 25 minutes from the nearest towns of Ranna and Tangalle. All accommodation overlooks Rekawa Lagoon and the beach is accessed within 2 minutes of leaving the hotel gates, via a short unmade footpath.