Shangri-La Hambantota Resort in Sri Lanka

Shangri-La Hambantota

SLH is a luxury resort on a massive 60 hectare property on the gorgeous Sri Lankan South East Coastline. With world famous national parks close by, the area is well known for its scenery and wildlife. It contains 300 rooms, 21 suites, an 18 hole Golf course and an artisan village within the property, Shangri-La Hambantota is a family orientated resort that provides action for everyone. We went there for two nights before heading back to Dubai!

Shangri-La Hambantota

Where is Shangri-La Hambantota Located?

Shangri-La Hambantota is located on the south east shore of Sri Lanka, approximately 30 minutes from Mattala International Airport. There are plenty of Sri Lankan villages close by and outlined by miles of beaches.

If you want to come from Colombo airport (which most people will), you will need to organize an airport transfer as it is 4.5 hours away. Or, there are many buses that take you all over the island. Super cheap and an incredible adventure.

Things around Shangri-La

Like most resorts on the island, they really provide you with as many local experiences as possible. There are temple visits, safaris, water safari tours (article coming up!). If you stay here, go and see the Resorts Centre and they will arrange for you. In the resort itself they make sure you can keep yourself busy at all times. While we stayed there, we played on their WaterPark, did a gym session, did a circus trapeze, Yoga with a Master, visited an Artisan Village and played 18 holes of Golf. Not to mention the kilometres of beach and countless lounge areas to relax.

Shangri-La Hambantota

Shangri-La Hambantota
Our first ever Water Boat Safari!

How to get around Shangri-La Hambantota

They are really good at providing a range of transport for your needs. You can hire a push bike, get a tuk tuk or have a driver for your stay. But the whole idea of staying here at Shangri-La is that they are able to provide youth everything you can imagine so if you don’t want to, you do not even have to leave resort.

Shangri-La Hambantota

Eat and Drink at Shangri-La Hambantota

We absolutely were in love with the options of food we had at Shangri-La. Bojunhala (the all you can eat local and international buffets), Sera (serving the best of South East Asian cuisine), Ultpaha (the golf clubhouse) has a great range of food, try the fish and chips!

Shangri-La Facilities

Check-in: 2pm, Check-out: 12noon, Airport transfer can be arranged, 24 Hour Gym, Kids Rooms, Teen Room, Air Hockey, Pool Tables, Tea Area, Mini Water Park, Yoga Pavillion, Experience Tours, 18 Hole Golf course designed by Rodney Wright, 3 pools, Relaxation area, SPA area. There are 12 adapted rooms and lifts to every floor for guests with disabilities.

Shangri-La Rates

The price of Shangri-La Hambantota floats around 250$US/night and could go a little lower during low season. Don’t forget packages often come with breakfast and if you pay more you get all meals covered. Activities like Trapeze and Water Park is free, which is great. Extra costs are for food at your leisure and of course the tours outside the property. You can compare prices on Booking or Agoda! If you are a member of The Entertainer, you can get a room free by using their voucher when you book one!

How was the stay?

Sri Lanka really seems to shine through with Beach Resorts. From the moment we looked out at the foyer to see the water park and infinity pool, we were hooked. Family orientated, but so much space that you never felt it was crowded at all. And if you want golf and beach next to each other, then this spot has your name on it! Note that Shangri-La Hambantota does not have private villas, but don’t you worry, it is divided into family and adults-only areas.

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  • Very luxurious and fun place too. There is enough to do and yet enough to relax around. I loved all your pics.. Definitely a place I will look up when I get to Sri Lanka

  • Suruchi Mittal

    The property really looks amazing and a complete package in itself. I have been to Sri Lanka in 2013 and since then have been absolutely in love with the country. We stayed around Galle at Apa Villa Illuketia. Surely will love to give it a try during my next visit.

  • Adventurous Travels

    Looks very relaxing, would be nice to spend a couple of nights and just forget about the hectic world around us. Looks amazing unless you don’t think about the price 🙂
    Tom

  • Rashmi & Chalukya

    Shangri La sounds like a destination in itself with those amenities and activities together with comfort and luxury. They have a great choice of food too. Srilanka is on cards and this resort looks like a perfect stay, definitely recommended.

  • I’m planning Srilanka for 2018. So thanks for this review! I was planning to stay a bit closer to central Srilanka which is close to the heritage sites that I’m interested in! Let’s see how it goes! I hope by then they restart the ferry between India & Srilanka!

    • The best thing about SriLanka is that Tuk Tuks can take you anywhere so it doesn’t matter where you stay! This place is gold!

  • Jodie

    Sri Lanka is high on my travel bucket list. I’m not a luxury traveller so would experience Sri Lanka differently but I really enjoyed reading about your beautiful accommodation and range of activities! The kids room could come in handy if I don’t make it to Sri Lanka before having kids!

  • Tarah Mason

    I have always wanted to go on a circus trapeze!! Seriously a bucket list item for me. And what better place to do it then Sri Lanka?! This hotel looks like it has everything you would need and I’ll have to remember it when I head to Sri Lanka

  • Gokul Raj

    That is a luxurious resort. Love the ambiance of the place. Planning a trip to SL soon, will consider this place.

  • Punita Malhotra

    That looks like a fabulous hotel. We have stayed with the ShangriLa earlier and their food is excellent. So I bet the Sri Lankan feasts were really a treat.

  • Jean Bean

    I love staying at the Shagri-la hotels. They have just got it so right in so many areas. I hadn’t considered Shangri-la for Sri Lanka but I certainly will now. Especially with all that delicious food on offer.

  • Outside The BubbleUK

    Wow the Shagri-La looks like a great place to stay and seems to have it all for every type of guest and you both looked really relaxed in your photos. I have tasted Sri Lankan food before and I must says its lovely and Sri Lanka has been on my radar to visit for a while. Thank you for a great post.

  • GingerPawsOutdoors

    Shangri-La is always a wonderful place to stay. Their facilities and rooms will definitely make you enjoy yoir stay. It’s also nice to know that they offer their guests a lot of activities to know more about the culture. And of course the free trapeze experience is very interesting!

  • Kevan Toombs

    When I hear Shangri-La, I think of a magical paradise, and this resort seems to fit that image perfectly. I love the variety of activities that are available. I have never seen a resort with a trapeze. I can’t think that I have ever had it before, but I would be interested to see what Sri Lankan food is like.

  • Shangri-La hotels are truly one of the best in the world. This hotel has world-class facilities and I love the aesthetic of the rooms. The food selection looks amazing too! I badly want to come here now after seeing your photos!

  • Marissa Abao

    Shangri-La is synonymous to luxury to me. I like that the Hambantota Resort offers a lot of outdoor activities. I would do them all! The food selections look awesome. I love the interior design, pots, and other utensils of the buffet area. It looks ethnic. I would love to stay here someday.

  • The Shangri-La Hambantota Resort looks like the perfect place to stay whilst in Sri Lanka. The offer from The Entertainer is something to check out. Being an Englishman the fish and chips at the Shangri-La Hambantota sound very tempting. The hotel looks perfect for couples, you guys look like you enjoyed your stay!

  • Jennifer Riley

    With a name like Shangri-La, how can you go wrong? This place is stunning. I love that they have trapeze on sight – I could do that all day!

  • Tasha Haley

    we are heading to sri lanka this time next year. We will be adding this hotel to our list of places to book! looks absolutely amazing