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Royal Palms Beach

Royal Palms Beach

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A stylish beachfront retreat with lots to choose from

The elegant Royal Palms Beach Hotel lies on the palm-fringed sands of Kalutara beach – a beautiful stretch, dotted with many coves and bays. It has plenty of on-site activities and facilities to discover, plus you can access the lavish spa and tennis courts at sister property, Tangerine Beach Hotel. Food is everything from all-day buffets, to Japanese à la carte and The Cabana; a beachfront bar and grill. Spend you evenings in the lounge or for two nights a week, Below Zero, the underground bar and club. Rooms are decorated appealingly and come with all the right mod-cons like mini fridges and Wi-Fi (payable locally).

  • "Below Zero": underground bar & nightclub
  • Spa at sister property Tangerine Beach Hotel
  • Unforgettable beachfront location
  • Beachfront grill and Japanese restaurant

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

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  • 129 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes from Colombo Airport

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • H&J Recommended

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast
Location Highlights

Royal Palms Beach

  • approx. 2 hours 30 minutes from Colombo Airport
1333 Reviews 83% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 719
  • Very Good 416
  • Average 116
  • Poor 45
  • Terrible 37

What to Expect

  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 19, 2018

Good hotel with nice garden

Bratislava, Slovakia

we spent 8 nights in January in this hotel. I read tripadvisor reviews before booking, so I was not surprised. We had spacious, clean room with dated furniture. No smell , no mould at all - as some other rewievers encountered. Shower gel was so dense you could hardly get it out, so better bring yours. Few tiles were partially broken in bathroom, but everthing was working properly in bathroom. Most staff was smiling except waiters in pool bar. They were just doing their jobs. No emotions. Food was OK, although not excellent, but you could always find something for you. Curry in almost every meal. After 8 days I was happy to be back in Europe and to have "normal" Europian food without curry. Food variety and quality OK. We had All inclusive, choice of drinks was limited, but it was OK. Some drinks were too chemical ... Waiters were very slow even after tip. I have to ask proactively for next drink even if they were staring at our empty glasses for 20 minutes. All trips overprised. We took 2 days trip - Kandy & Sigiriya. First day - Kandy - waste of time for us, Sigiriya rock was interesting. Overall not worth of 250 EUR per person. On the route we visited few overprised shops/restaurants for tourists ( owned by friends of our driver) which had just 1 goal - to get your money. But this happens in almost every country we visited ... Small tips expected everywhere, although not required. Overall good vacation in good hotel. I would rate it 3 and half european stars. Nice country, friendly locals, land of slim and skinny dogs and cats, but to be frank we have never seen anybody hitting them or otherwise hurting them. Even security guys in hotel were trying to repulse them only with gestures and shouts. Good.
Jan 14, 2018

My daughter and her Australian Partner's wedding

It was a beautiful wedding and all our guests Sri Lankan and Australian had a fantastic time. It was a real Sri Lankan wedding with a portuwa ceremony, a Sri Lankan Cultural Show, and the reception later. Food was excellent and the service too was great. Many Thanks and hats off to the staff of the hotel who assisted and helped us immensely to make the wedding a success.
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Ayurveda Wellness & Spa at sister hotel Tangerine Beach

At the sister hotel Tangerine Beach; the spa has a menu of traditional and modern treatments including those derived from ancient ayurvedic practices. Additional costs apply.

Fitness Room

If keeping fit on holiday is on your agenda then there is a fully-equipped fitness room on site.

Swimming Pool

The large swimming pool is 1.98 metres at its deepest point and 100 metres long. A swim-up bar means that you can stay refreshed without leaving the water and a lifeguard is on duty all day long, between 07:00 and 18:00.

Daily Sports & Activities

There are loads of activities at the hotel (and sister hotel Tangerine Beach). You can enjoy volleyball, darts, crazy golf, and floor chess, water polo, and croquet. There is the traditional Sri Lankan game of carrom to try out too, and at Tangerine Beach you'll find badminton, tennis, squash and more.

Evening Entertainment

Evening entertainment includes live bands,local bands, snake show, fire limbo, cultural shows and piano/soft music.

Royal Palms Beach

Room Types

Standard Room

Comfortable and well-appointed inside, with bright fabrics and wooden furniture which evokes contemporary Sri Lankan design, the Standard Room has garden views and a choice of king-sized bed or twin configuration. There is a mini fridge with two bottlesof complimentary water per day, plus a shower and full toiletries.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Shower over bath
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Royal Palms Beach

Food & Drink


Ranthalu Main Restaurant

With a charming terrace, air-conditioned interior and a diverse menu of international cuisine with local specialities, the main restaurant serves appealing buffet-style meals throughout the day, with themed evenings to add to the mix. Dress code: Casual for breakfast and lunch; smart casual for dinner.

Hurricane Bar

Benefiting from ocean views, this lounge bar serves drinks complemented by relaxing live music occasionally. Dress code: Smart casual

The Cabana Bar & Grill

Open lunch through dinner, the menu of this bar and grill is a firm favourite with tasty locally-sourced fish, steak and fresh vegetables. Grab a cocktail at happy hour, find a comfortable perch for the glorious sunset, and look forward to evening complete with live entertainment.

Pool Bar

For drinks in the water, the pool bar has a swim-up section that you can conveniently drift over to.

Japanese Restaurant

Sri Lanka's bountiful coast affords this Japanese restaurant the freshest and best seafood freshly prepared into tasty sashimi, sushi, salads and rice dishes. Certainly a must-visit restaurant for a special evening meal.

Below Zero

Located underneath the main restaurant, Below Zero is open two nights a week for late night drinks, socialising and music and the walls are soundproof so as to not disturb the rest of the hotel. Dress code: Casual

Board Basis Options

All Inclusive

FOOD: Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant serving local, continental and Asian cuisine, with accompanying theme nights.Mid-morning and afternoon snacks. DRINK: Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks served by the glass between 10.00- Midnight. (wine is not included) ACTIVITIES: Land based sports include tennis (daytime), squash and badminton (all at sister hotel Tangerine Beach), plus table tennis.

Half Board

FOOD: Breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant.

Bed & Breakfast

FOOD: Breakfast in the main restaurant.