Shangri-La Colombo Hotel Has the Best Views Over the Indian Ocean

Shangri-La Colombo is located near the urban oasis of Galle Face Green seafront promenade in Sri Lanka.

Shangri-La Hotels are synonymous throughout the world as transparent glass towers whose tasteful interiors are illuminated by glimmering oversized chandeliers, with ivory signages in an exotic font announcing the brand. On the outside, things look no different at Shangri-La Colombo; the newest luxury hotel to open in the heritage neighborhood on the Galle Face Promenade, just a short walk away from the historical Dutch Hospital precinct.

Even on the inside, the Shangri-La Colombo’s design statement prevails—Chinese silk upholstery and ikebana form a flavourful fracas with the traditional Sinhalese elements: Sri Lankan fine art, tall cane baskets from Aravala, and artsy lotus flower chandeliers dangle off cinnamon wood-inlaid high ceilings. A life-size metal elephant sculpture by Chinese artist Man Fung-Yi lends to a sense of place.

Depending on the choice of suite, the views from Shangri-La Colombo vary from the Indian Ocean, Beira Lake, to the Colombo city skyline. The guestrooms are shaded in a color scheme of light timbers, teal, and pale-blue silks, the ornate bathrooms are clad in marble and there’s the Shangri-La signature bed: recognizable from the hospitality group’s properties across.

The Colombo Shangri-La features six themed restaurants, bars, and lounges, a terrace pool and bar. Shang Palace, the luxury brand’s signature restaurant serves authentic regional Chinese cuisine from Sichuan, Dongbei, and Canton. Its architecture, inspired by the traditional Siheyuan houses of China, includes original features such as old wooden beams that had been dismantled and shipped to Sri Lanka, to preserve thematic integrity.


Across the main lobby is the Sapphyr Lounge, a tea room with intricate Ceylonese latticework. Kaema Sutra, Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez’s maiden foray as a restaurateur, is decorated with vibrant Sinhalese folk masks, majestic carved elephants, and an al fresco dining space décor lit by gentle flickers from tiki torches. For some much-needed unwinding, Shangri-La’s branded Chi Spa features 10 treatment rooms in a secluded space with Ceylon tea-based body treatments. Check-in, indulge and give yourself up to classic Sinhalese hospitality with a personalized luxury touch.