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Palagama Beach Resort & Spa
12 Palmyra Ave, Ettalai, +94 777-352-200, email. A beautiful romantic hideaway, nested along the sandy beaches on Sri Lanka's west coast where beautiful design blends with nature. Be a part of nature and live in a unique, tranquil village experience. Charming villas and luxurious cabanas. Each has its own look and distinctive ambiance. They offer a variety of adventure experiences including kite surfing, dolphin watching and leopard safaris. Gay and lesbian-friendly.
A 16th Century hotel built by the Dutch. It has unbeatable atmosphere and serves wonderful food. The staff are charming. It is expensive.
Lady Hill Hotel
Upper Dixon Rd. Accommodation and food at reasonable prices. Beautiful rooftop bar overlooking the town. There is a swimming pool at the hotel. The staff and management are very friendly and will assist you getting around the area.
Templeberg Villa UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2014|
Kaduruduwa, +94 777-108-477, +61 48-116-0031, email. Gay-owned Templeberg Villa and Templeberg Bungalow are discreetly hidden on a working five acre coconut plantation, between emerald green paddy fields, water buffalo, pristine beaches and a Buddha statue in a charming traditional village on the south coast of historic Galle. Consider a villa stay in Galle near Unawantuna and Talpe beaches on your nest visit to southweat Sri Lanka. Private Cook. Sri Lankan style and Australian owned. Free Wi-fi. In room massage and private yoga sessions. Close to the UNESCO world heritage Fort, with it's colonial and art deco buildings, and the white sand beaches of southern Sri Lanka. Utopia Member Discount
The Three by tpv UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2012
Mahavihara Rd, +94 71-433-7184, email. The Three by TPV is what happens when Asian design, Scandinavian thinking and western standard come together in perfect harmony. This gay-owned boutique hotel offers their guests tranquility and luxury living. Six suites that are gracefully decorated in white and have outdoor bathrooms overlooking a small lush, private garden. From the 60' long infinity pool you have a spectacular view over the deep blue Indian Ocean. Experience the true Sri Lanka while living in style. Utopia Member Discount
Villas in Lanka UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2014
Galle, 077-453-0061, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly accommodation in select properties. Quality is their main consideration and they hand pick properties in each class. Whether it be a small, romantic beach hut or a luxurious, palatial villa, they will suggest accommodation to match your desires.
Your own personal villa host will prepare and supply the house with every special requirement you may need, arrange your transport there if neccessary, and generally be available to help with any particular request you may have during your stay. Utopia Member Discount
Negombo / Migamuwa -- area code (94-31)
Negombo, the only city in Sri Lanka with relaxed, everyday gay life, is a peaceful oceanside resort just 15 minutes drive north from Colombo's international airport. Budget airlines like Air Asia offer unbelievably low priced flights from hubs like Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, making this an easy-breezy beach get-away. With tropical island pace of life, seaside dining and bars, extraordinarily friendly locals and gay-only resorts, its become a favorite holiday destination for jet-setting regional gays looking for a weekend retreat or long-stay holiday.
Dickman Resort UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2014, UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2013
26/7 Poruthata Rd - Sea Ave, Utopia Map, 777-660-120, email. Truly one of Asia's great retreats. Private men's resort just 12 miles from the airport and two minutes walk from the beach. This secure compound is full of tropical color, cool sea breezes, verdant gardens and romantic nooks. From the moment you arrive you are attended to by warm, relaxed (and handsome) staff who immediately make you part of the extended family. Eight gorgeous rooms, plus suite accommodation with local fine art, open air tropical showers, aircon, large beds, safe, cable TV and DVD player. 24-hour Wi-fi connection at a small surcharge are also available. Their pool, with spa jacuzzi bench, is a sun-splashed canvas of vivid, sensual hues with showers, iPod pavilion, and lounge chairs with large beach towels. The garden area, where guests may enjoy a hearty, fresh breakfast until noon and snacks and drinks at the bar, is home to birds, chipmunks and lizards. Relax under the shade of an ancient mango tree or play in the snooker lounge. The resort is a short walk to many restaurants and pubs in the Ettukala district. Guide service and luxury limousines also available.
Comments from Utopians:
"We just came back from a wonderful week staying at Dickman Resort. Absolutely the most charming and welcoming guesthouse in the Far East. Come here and be pampered and spoiled by all the charming staff. We loved every second!" -- Arne and Thyge (Denmark), Mar 19, 2014
"Have just returned from my 3rd visit to Dickman Resort . It's a great place to relax and unwind. This time I hardly stirred from my balcony or the pool area and left after 9 nights feeling very relaxed. The hotel is about 15 minutes from the airport (a real advantage as traffic in Sri Lanka is bad). The pick-up service has always worked really well for me. The hotel is secluded, not overlooked and a couple of hundred meters away from the beach road. Don't miss the enormous fruit breakfast (plus bacon and eggs and cheese if you have room). Light snacks are served until early evening but you'll need to go elsewhere for dinner - there are lots of good and cheap eating options 5-10 mins walk away - especially fish and seafood. The staff are really friendly and keep the place very clean and tidy. They will look after you and run errands if you need anything. In-room massage can be arranged and is better and cheaper than going elsewhere. I'd recommend one of the two rooms with a balcony overlooking the pool. The rooms are tastefully decorated and have aircon, satellite TV, DVD and lovely toiletries. Wifi (free on certain packages) is very good in the rooms but a little patchy in some of the other areas - but it's easy and cheap (US$15) to get a local 3G SIM card at the airport - ideal if you are going to do some traveling). The pool is about 20m long and surrounded by loungers with fresh beach towels. There's plenty of shade if you need it or sun if you want a tan. There's a small bar - ideal for a sundowner with other guests or with the cheerful staff. For those who prefer a men-only hotel it's a great place and ideal if you are traveling alone as you will be made to feel very welcome by the owners Dick and Damith and their very attentive staff." -- Mike, Oct 2, 2013
Gomez Place UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2014, UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2013|
22/6B Poruthota Rd (kitty-corner to Dickman Resort), Ettukala, Negombo, 227-6827, 773-658-385, email. A gay-run guesthouse located 36km north of Colombo and 15 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake. An oasis for the weary traveler and a starting point for a longer tour of this beautiful island. Large rooms are well appointed, with hot water and aircon. Swimming pool. Excellent staff who look after you and attend to all your needs. Breakfast is healthy and plentiful and they can also arrange for dinner on the premises. Located about 100 yards from the beach and steps away from local shops and restaurants. They employ a driver who is available for trips around town or beyond. New in 2013: work is underway on their new garden jacuzzi and steam room.
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Mark Rd, Negombo, 004-412-6827-2445, email. Traditional style two-bed two-bath bungalow in a fishing village along the coast. An ideal location from which to visit and explore the wonders of the island. Rooms are all ensuite, with air-con, ceiling fans and self catering. Laundry, house keeping and cooking are available locally at reasonable rates. Utopia Member Discount
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