A train ride through the mountains from Kandy to Colombo, was one of the highlights of the trip with spectacular views over the valley – mountains, villages, farms and trees ruffling elegantly as the train goes past. I arrived in Colombo 3 hours later, a dramatic change of scenery was somewhat different, from the lush countryside to hustle and bustle of the big city. Colombo has so much to offer, and becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the world with heavy investments on infrastructure – power, transport, communication. One of the exciting infrastructure projects invested by the Chinese, is the soon-to-be Colombo Port City, making Colombo a global competitive city alongside Singapore, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Dubai and Mumbai.
Where to stay:
I stayed at the chic new modern hotel OZO Colombo, a 2 nights stay, courtesy of the OZO Colombo. The award-winning hotel is located within the suburban district of Marine Drive, a couple minutes from the famous Galle Road, Wellawatta Beach and the city-centre. Stunning views overlooking the Indian Ocean and railway tracks across the road. Opened since 2014, OZO Colombo boasts 158 cosy rooms, a gym, a rooftop pool and ON14 lounge. Like all OZO hotels, there’s technologically-advance modern service – iPad fast track check-in system at the reception, free wifi, a cool interactive web bar ”Lectern”, features city guides, weather forecast and other information on digital touch screens. Breakfast bar offers energising and healthy delights and Boost juice to you buzzing in the morning. Ready yourself for a day of sightseeing with a quick bite, like mini pack lunch, from EAT2GO Grab and Go station, the and for the evening with doze-off treats with herbal teas and other warm drinks help you to get a good night’s sleep. OZO focuses on sleep, energy and connectivity, and there’s one motto; ‘sleep tight and wake bright.’ Oh yes please.
View from my hotel room overlooking the Indian Ocean. In awe of the golden Sri Lankan sunset. What a pleasant treat.
OZO Colombo – 36-38 Clifford Place, Colombo.