Happy Holidays? That’s So Sri Lanka!
Celebrate this holiday season at OTP.


“White Christmas” in the tropics? Let us rephrase that. A white sand, barefoot luxury Christmas in the tropics would be more accurate, where the coconut palms take over from the Christmas trees.

Toss out the boots and slip on those flip-flops. Dump the parka and don that bikini. It’s Christmas in the sun, where the living is easy. Leave behind the dull grey skies of winter and escape into the embrace of the Sri Lankan sun.

What better way to spend the holiday season than to soak up some rays, bury your toes in the sand, and sip on a cool king coconut?

Here are our top ten reasons to visit Sri Lanka for the holidays and stay at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel…


A relaxing massage at the OTP Spa Pavilion:
Luxuriate in soothing oils, scrubs, wraps and feel the stress drain away as our expert therapists knead away the tension from your muscles. Just the panacea after the pre-holiday rush around, the long-haul flight, and the last days of school.


A sundowner as the sky turns shades of crimson and gold:
Arrack Sour or Rum and coconut water. Or a glass of crisp white wine? With a bowl of popcorn shrimp or devilled cashew nuts to munch on? Sit out on our deck, overlooking the Indian Ocean, and feel a happy warmth as you sip on a cocktail and watch the sun set.

A flute of bubbly and dinner by candle-light as the moon shines on the water:
No need to think about what to cook for dinner. Let our chefs take care of it for you. A beautifully curated meal, a little bubbly and our heady exuberance will sweep you away on a star-studded evening.


A cuppa and a great read:
Ensconce yourself on our sofa on a lazy afternoon in the Edward Lear Drawing Room with a delicious cup of Ceylon tea, a home-baked biscuit, and an absorbing title from our bookshelf.

Fifty winks on that gorgeous day bed swing on your private balcony:
Shut your eyes and swing softly in the ocean breeze as it ripples through your hair. The soft whisper of the coconut palms and the waves lapping the shore will lull you into a delightful sense of tranquility.

Drawing Room of Owl and the Pussycat hotel and restaurant in thalpe, Boutique Hotel in Galle 5

It’s your party:
Dance by the light of the moon as it shimmers on the water. Unleash that holiday spirit and live it up during our Christmas and New Year celebrations. Party the night away with terrific beats and a feast of food and drink on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a lazy garden party the next day as the new year kicks in.


Dip and dive in the Indian Ocean (or our gorgeous pool!):
The south coast of Sri Lanka’s best swimmable beaches at Unawatuna are just a short stroll from OTP – as is one of the best dive spots in the country.

Take a deep dive into the ocean (or our pool!) and let your worries wash away. Emerge from the water feeling refreshed, calm and peaceful.


Christmas shopping in Sri Lanka is so much more fun :
Who wants to battle the Christmas shopping deluge and manic rush, when you can take a leisurely stroll through the lanes of Galle Fort or Unawatuna and find some real treasures at a price-tag that make them even better! Or even better – just browse the shelves at the OTP boutique – and your Christmas gift will be a direct contribution back to the local community. (Now that’s what we call the spirit of giving).

Explore the coastline:
Whether it’s a historic tour of Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or a guided bike ride through the paddy fields and coconut groves, there’s a whole array of things to see and do within a half hour radius of OTP. (Check out our destination guide on our website: https://www.otphotel.com/a-destination-guide-to-the-south-coast.html)


Barefoot luxury:
What’s a vacation all about? Putting your feet up, kicking back and not having to worry about a thing. That’s what the OTP experience is all about. Just let yourself be and feel the stress melt away as you luxuriate in the comfort of your spacious suite. Bright, airy interiors, sweeping views from your balcony or terrace, friendly staff to assist you with every need, superb cuisine that’s nutritious and healthy, and thoughtful touches that make your stay complete… that’s what we call a perfect holiday.


“The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note…”

So pack your honey and a little money. Follow in the wake of that pea-green boat and make your way to OTP and the shores of our enchanted island, Sri Lanka. It’s the holiday of a lifetime.


Owl and the Pussycat Hotel isn’t just a hotel. It’s an entire experience that evokes a sense of exuberance, creativity, inspiration and above all, a zest for life, inspired by Edward Lear’s poetry. That’s why we call it the world’s most runcible hotel.


Colourful local markets, food traditions and exquisite cuisine. Iconic stilt fishermen perch atop their poles, silhouetted in the sunset.


The chefs from OTP’s restaurant, The Runcible Spoon, flew up to Mumbai and threw together a fabulous culinary pop up weekend at Mumbai.


When they coined the phrase “a romantic isle” they must have had the south coast of Sri Lanka in mind. Where the sea breeze whispers gently in your ear, and the sun’s warmth kisses your skin, this is a place where an endless romance begins…


Sri Lanka has a long history of holistic health and well-being. Yoga, Ayurveda and Hela Wedakama are intrinsic to Sri Lankan alternative medicine and healing culture. At Owl and the Pussycat Hotel, your wellbeing is our priority. That’s why we take wellness so seriously, and integrate it into a variety of aspects of your stay.


There are so many reasons to visit OTP and the south coast of Sri Lanka that if we started to list all of them, we would never finish, but we thought we would share our favourite twenty for 2020 with you!