“Where the heck is Hambantota” I hear you ask?!


It is in the Southern Providence of Sri Lanka around 230km or a slow and somewhat terrifying 5-hour drive from Colombo. The area had been undergoing significant development until recently, following a change of government the proposed funding to the region was reduced. There is a brand new international airport and number of smooth new roads around Hambantota. It is very close to a number of famous landmarks making it an ideal base for travel around the region.


We stayed in Hambantota at the Shangri-La Hambantota Resort and Spa.

We were hosted by the Shangri-La for the first two nights. We stayed in their massive Ocean Front Suites. I can honestly say the bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. The price was unbelievable value and we loved the resort so much we ended up extending our stay for a further 3 nights. The kids did not want to leave. It is very much family friendly. It was divided into two main blocks. One was very much family orientated with a kids club for 3 different age groups. There was a games room for all ages and it was near the kid’s pools. The other side of the resort was quieter and was for solo travellers, couples or honeymooners.

Although Shangri-La part hosted our stay be rest assured all opinions are my own.