Set in palm-fringed gardens by the sea, the Oceanic Beach Hotel is the epitome of relaxed beachside accommodation. Generous private balconies and unspoiled ocean views await guests staying at this property, an easy 20-minute drive from Colombo Airport. Located on a stretch of beach with an array of restaurants and bars, the hotel allows guests to set the pace of their holiday – an intimate dinner on the beach is just as possible as a lively liquid dinner with friends and fellow travelers. The hotel’s buffet spread is also the stuff of legend, multiple dishes on display every night encouraging a healthy expansion of waistlines. Also on hotel grounds – a child care and Ayurvedic clinic, further enhancing the sublime levels of relaxation on offer here.