Mount Lavinia beach is the most famous beach that is closest to Colombo. It also has the most famous beach hotel near Colombo, The Mount Lavinia Hotel. This is a beach that attracts lots of locals so this isn't the place to spend a relaxing day at the beach.However it is safe for sea bathing and if you manage to make a reservation in one of the luxury hotels in the area, then you can sunbath at your leisure as well. However the Mount Lavinia beach is more renowned for its famous beach restaurants that serve delicious sea food. Having a spicy sea food dish by the sea side is a great experience for most tourists and if you visit one of the top restaurants in the are then you can be guaranteed of a first class service.Loon-Tao is the most renowned restaurant of the lot, with some tourists regularly visiting the place when they come on business trips to Colombo.
You want find many activities to do in Mount Lavinia beach and there are no good spots near the beach to go on snorkeling or surfing. However it is a great place to enjoy a drink while watching the beautiful sunset. If you are on a business trip and staying for a short while then Mount Lavinia hotel is the best place for you. It is a former governor's mansion converted into a hotel and it is renowned for its great food and first class service.If you have already booked your place elsewhere then you might want to visit the numerous sea food restaurants by the sea to enjoy a delicious meal.