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  • About this holiday

    Reef is a wonderful choice of hotel for those wishing for a luxurious yet comfortable boutique experience by the beach. Designed with grand colonial influences and period furniture the hotel is at once elegant and homely. Explore the verdant greenery of the grounds or perhaps relax in the spa. Guests are also just over a one-hour drive from the capital Colombo. Expressions Holidays recommends Reef for a luxurious beach holiday in Sri Lanka or perhaps as a relaxing stop on a touring itinerary.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Lily Pond Suite.
    From £2,450 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Reef - 'For a homely, yet elegant, intimate yet luxurious holiday by the beach, Reef is hard to beat.'

    Hotel description

    Reef, a nine-suite boutique hotel, offers intimate luxury amidst three acres of tropical gardens right by the Indian Ocean. Conveniently 30km south of Colombo and two hours drive from the international airport, Reef is the creation of a British architect and designer team, one of whom is always at the hotel to ensure that your stay is as amazing as they intend it to be. Emerging through the lush foliage at the entrance is like discovering treasure, as the homely yet elegant beauty of Reef is revealed. Blessed with harmonious spaces, an intimate ambience and effortless yet attentive service, this is a haven for romance and privacy. A magnificent spiral staircase forms the centrepiece of the lofty living room in the main house, open-sided to catch the sea breezes. The antique furniture, Indian swings and four-poster beds are based on furniture used by members of the East India Company, giving the Reef an air of relaxed, colonial grandeur. Reflective lily-ponds border palm-fringed pavilions whilst a swimming pool nestles in verdant gardens between the buildings and the beach. There is a delightful Reef Spa treatment room with its own courtyard and outdoor bath, where you are treated to the ultimate in body pampering. The chefs serve a variety of international and Sri Lankan dishes, enjoyed either on your private veranda or in the main house accompanied by the frog chorus from the ponds. The Reef’s nine elegant suites are spacious, air-conditioned and resplendent with teak, polished floors and luxurious bathrooms. Talcum-soft white sheets and fluffy pillows adorn highly decorated antique Calcutta four-poster beds that were used during the British Raj. The suites also have spacious shaded verandas for private dining, some with an Indian swing.



    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 2 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    9 suites
    All suites have: Air-conditioning and fan, Satellite television, DVD player/CD/radio, Broadband internet access, Direct-dial telephone, Mini-bar, Tea and coffee-making facilities, Safe, Hairdryer
    Lily Pond Suite. Accessible by stepping stones. There is a veranda overlooking the lily pond. An enclosed planted courtyard has its own private sunken spa bath and waterfall shower. There is no ocean view.
    Ocean Suite. This 150 sq metre suite includes two verandas on the first floor of the main house. No outdoor shower. One veranda runs along the north side of the bedroom, overlooking the pond and the other overlooks the Indian Ocean. Verandas are furnished with chairs and tables.
    Plantation House Suite

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Reef include: Living area, dining room and terrace in the main house, Flexible dining, including BBQ, Beach bar, Swimming pool and 2 children’s pools, All weather tennis court, Reefresh Spa treatments

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Bicycles for hire, Table tennis, Private yoga sessions available

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to Reef are: Fishing communities along the coast, local life, Bolgoda lake, Gangatilaka Vihara Temple (Kalutara), Richmond Castle, Brief Garden (nr Bentota)

    Sports nearby

    Watersports at Bentota (45 minutes drive away), Royal Colombo Golf Course (1 hour drive)


    Cots or children’s bed can be provided on request.Nannies can be arranged at additional cost.Due to extensive water features, children need to be supervised around the property. All suites except the Lily Pond Suite can accommodate up to three children.

    Minimum stays

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