Sipping Gin & Tonics
The Mount Lavinia hotel is an old British Govenor's residence built by Sir Thomas Maitland after he fell in love with a local dancer named Lavinia. It's stands majestically on a cliffside and has beaches on either side and a great view of the Colombo skyline in the distance. If you look closely you will see the paint is peeling and the rooms could do with an upgrade to the interior, but that doesn't detract from the old fashioned grandeur of the place. The hotel has a pool on the terrace where you can also enjoy drinking out of a King Coconut and have High Tea at 4 pm.
There are several restaurants but without a doubt the best one is the Seafood Cove. It's worth a trip just for the restaurant alone. Choose a table by sea and you will literally be on the beach. Select your fish from the cold counter and choose how you want it cooked and served. If you stick to local beer (Three Coins is recommended) and avoid foreign wines the dinner will be unbelievably cheap.