Old-world charm of Galle

Old-world charm of Galle
Mr Simon Cameron enjoying the beach in Sri Lanka with his wife Emma and children Freddie and Honor.

Who: Simon Cameron, 40, founder and managing director of Lightfoot Travel. The Briton and Singapore permanent resident is married with two children.

Favourite destination: The fort town of Galle in south-west Sri Lanka

Why: I spent some time growing up in Sri Lanka. My family lived there for three years in the early 1990s when my father was working in the British High Commission.

I love the diversity of the island and the friendliness and humour of the people. I visit at least once a year with my family.

Favourite hotel

I love Kahanda Kanda (Angulugaha, Galle, 8000, Sri Lanka; tel: +94-91-494-3700; www.kahandakanda.com), a boutique hotel in a tea plantation just outside Galle.

It is a very peaceful place with views of the jungle, excellent food and wonderful staff. Rooms start from US$365 (S$495) a night.

Favourite restaurant

The veranda of the Amangalla Hotel (10 Church Street, Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka; tel: +94-91-223-3388; www.amanresorts.com/amangalla/home.aspx) for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.

It has great food and a passionate foodie manager.

It serves Sri Lankan and European food. When I am there, I usually order Amangalla's signature dish, a traditional Sri Lankan curry. A meal there costs about $60 a person, excluding alcohol.

Another nice spot is the Cafe Ceylon in Koggala (www.cafeceylon.lk/menu.html), about a 30-minute drive east of Galle. The restaurant, set in a lovely colonial building in a big garden, serves Western and Sri Lankan fusion food.

I recommend the prawn dumplings, steamed whole fish Cafe Ceylon-style and caramelised Hakuru bananas. This meal would cost about $40 a person, excluding alcohol.

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