Negombo's 5 star hotel nestles among the palm trees on 9 acres of pristine sandy beach, conveniently just 20 mins. north of the main airport. This is a perfect location when holiday time is limited or for those last few days before leaving the island.
The Beach is on the outskirts of the small interesting coastal town of Negombo (2 km) and local life continues all around. It is fascinating to watch the local fishermen bring in their catch in the early morning and sit sociably on the beach mending their nets in the late afternoon and evening. This is an excellent resort for watersports of all kinds, but offers plenty for those not wanting to get their hair wet.
The Beach also offers a Mark warner child care and watersports franchise. The hotel is Sri lankan but the franchise is run by British staff trained by Mark Warner. Child care is avaialble at all age ranges with deicated rooms for each level. The West Coast was a strange choice for watersports as the sea is only really suitable for sailing and windsurfing at peak seaosn only - Dec- Feb/ March. However the equipment is first class.
A stroll through the town leaves you very aware of the peaceful co-existenceof many differing peoples - the Tamil Hindus, Sinhala Buddhists and many Christians (Anglicans and Roman Catholics). The canals of the twon are worth a day trip as you will see the frenzie of market trading. A lively atmosphere returns by night, buzzing rather than noisy, reminding you of an idyllic family seaside of yesteryear. Restaurants abound, from a group of excellent Itallian Pizzerias, to modest local fare. You will be amused to note a very good supermarket named Tesco.
Each of the generously proportioned rooms opens out onto a large private balcony or terrrace overlooking the Indian Ocean, ideal to relax with your sundowner whilst being dazzled by the magnificent tropical sunset, and general amenities are everything you would expect of 5* accommodation.
Dining caters for all tastes and styles, fine dining, vegetarian and casual. Local Sri Lankan dishes are tempting, and American buffets and health food vie with International cuisine. Suit your mood and curiosity.
Rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated and well furnished with king sized beds, generous wardrobes, desk and chair and good lighting. The very modern bathrooms are equipped with luxury bathtubs and separate rain shower. Each room has a west facing window 'wall' leading directly onto a private balcony or terrace overlooking the large swimming pool, wide lounging terrace and out to sea.
Room facillities included as standard are :- I.D.D. telephone, air conditioning with temp. controls, satellite t.v.,d.v.d. player, tea/coffee making equipment, hair dryer, room safe,mini bar, bath robes and shoes, umbrella ,torch, shopping bag and shoe horn.
De Luxe Suites are very spacious and include a large sitting area withcomfortable upholstered furniture, tables lamps mirrors etc., a long balcony with a day bed and an open courtyard equipped with a 'raindance' shower, jacuzzi and two sun beds. Butler service is automatically included here.
Dining may be as formal or casual as you like, choose your style from:-
The Sands Restaurant for buffet breakfast, Theme Dinners or an a la carte menu including 'healthy' and vegetarian options.
Black Coral Restaurant is for fine dining, the American Breakfast Buffet has a Health Food corner.
You may enjoy Terrace Dining under the stars or a Beach Barbeque or dining in your own suite for a special occasion. If enjoying Spa Treatment stay in the relaxing ambiance of the Spa's own restaurant.
The Terrace Bar is a favourite spot for cocktails, whether sundowners, pre lunch or whenever the mood takes you. Three other bars ensure service wherever you are, including the Checkers Bar for Karaoke entertainment.
Recreation and facillities
Mark Warner have a full franchise operation for Child care / Kids clubs at the hotel with English speaking staff, offering programmes of watersports, indoor games and creche facilities. Children are split into age ranges as per Mark Warner policy. Services and prices are in the table at the base of this page.
Spa with 2 single, 1 double, treatment rooms, a Thai and Shiatzu Room with jacuzzi and a steam room and Ayurveda.
Two swimming pools
Water Sports:- diving (from Dec. to Mar.), boat safari, traditional fishing, catamaran sailing
Land Sports:- well equipped gym, tennis, squash, table tennis, billiards, beach games, cycling and volley ball.
Nature Tours and excursions, many accompanied by a naturalist or guide
Multi religious places of worship, temples,mosques and churches
Dutch fort at Negombo and city tour.
Anawilundawa bird tour
Willpatthu National Park (safari)
Archaeological sites -Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa and Aran kele
Evening entertainment - live bands, magic shows, fire limbo, karaoke and disco with disc jockey.
Other useful services offered:- Fax, e-mail and internet, doctor on call, laundry,/dry cleaning, baby sitting/cots, Paradise Road gift shop and jewellery boutique, luggage storage to accommodate those difficult flight departure times.
Mark Warner Services
The child care Centre is open from:
09.00hrs- 12.30 hrs
14.30 hrs - 17.30 hrs
and caters for all children over 6mths, with great programmes of nature walks, face painting, and beach games. The creche is purpose built and air conditioned. Older children can learn new skills in the watersports centre including sailing, snorkelling, catamarans and windsurfing. The sea is suitable Dec- March and outside these months, there can be a strong tide.