Where: Shangri-La Hotel Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Lowdown: Located alongside Colombo’s Galle Face Green, the Shangri-La Colombo is the epitome of style and quality. Stroll the green and take in the fort’s historic heritage. The familiar sweeping corridors, and glass installations of the Shangri-La brand are complemented by local touches such as lotus flower emblems and cinnamon wood fixtures. The hotel’s dining scene make it a must-visit for hotel residents and city locals alike. Kaema Sutra is the home of elevated Sri Lankan fare, serving a tapas-style take on local cuisine. Whether passing through before exploring the rest this incredible island has to offer, or in town for business, you cannot fail to be impressed by an experience at the Shangri-La Colombo.
Stylish Eats: Capital Bar & Grill is unparalleled for flavor, service, and ambience. With live entertainment six nights a week, it is a buzzing social hub and absolutely the place to be seen. The blue leather booths make for a retro-classic experience, harking back to 1920s New York. However, you’ll never forget exactly where you are with walls bedecked in striking black and white imagery of Sri Lanka’s past and present. Any review would be amiss without mentioning breakfast at Sapphyr Lounge where the staff will brew exceptional Sri Lankan coffee creations to drink in or take away. The lounge also offers its signature Afternoon Tea daily with three curated menus including classic, high tea, and our personal choice – a Sri Lankan take on this popular tradition.
Suite Talk: With 500 rooms split across nine different categories, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to room selection. We love the Specialty Suites with their Indian Ocean and city views. The rooms have all of the luxury comforts you would expect of the Shangri-La brand, with elevated touches such as a pillow menu and 300 thread-count linen whilst décor is reflective of the hotel’s oceanside setting. However, for the ultimate stay in Colombo we recommend the exclusive Shangri-La Suite with its panoramic ocean views.
Insider’s Tip: CHI, The Spa is the home of traditional Sri Lankan treatments and Asian therapies. The spa menu caters to specific needs which can be determined through expert consultations. For the traveler in need of some serious self-love we recommend the Personalized Wellness Journey. The two-and-a-half-hour experience brings together a range of treatments tailored completely for you. Make sure to include a facial by Kerstin Florian which take technically advanced skin care and combines with naturally sourced spa products.
Vogue Verdict: Quite simply, the place to be seen in Colombo.
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