Need to know
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Late check-out up to midnight (subject to availability) costs US$125. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $239.08, excluding tax at 30.8 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
More than 500 custom-bound books are stacked in the library, and there’s a computer for guests to use. For pampering sessions, make for the massage room.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, massage room, gym, steam room, library and private dining room. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, minibar and Spa Ceylon Ayurveda for Paradise Road toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
For their edible colour schemes, cushy comforts and individuality, quite frankly, we love them all. Pressed to pick, the secluded superior North West Suite is the most lavish lovers’ den; its private plunge pool, leafy terrace and cushion-festooned sofa rouse romance and make going out a chore. The executive West Suite may look the most petite, but it actually has the broadest balcony of the lot, decked out with sunloungers and a dining table for moonlit meals.
The adults-only, unheated lap pool languishes in a high-walled courtyard in the heart of the house. Life-size torso sculptures mingle on a ledge above the lounger-topped, dark-timber deck that flanks the pool.
There's a small spa on-site with a steam room, gym and salon. There's a massage room too, or you can book an in-room appointment.
There are iPod docks in Superior Suites (in others they are available on request), so don’t forget to bring some tunes. Paradise Road is famed for its prized desserts, so sweet-tooths should pack loose-fitting garb.
Smoking is permitted in the Red Bar and outside areas only.
No charge for baby cots, and kids up to five can share senior Smiths' beds for free. Otherwise, extra beds for children cost US$31 a child a night, including breakfast. The chef is happy to tailor dishes to little ones' tastes too.
Tintagel welcomes all ages, but is best suited to babies or design-savvy teens.
All ages are welcome but Tintagel's sophisticated surroundings suit babies and budding fashionistas best. With few diversions, tiny tots and boisterous youngsters could easily get bored.
A door between the courtyards of the Executive East and North East Suites makes these rooms well suited for a family with older kids. Beds can be set up in Executive Suites (one) and Superior Suites (two) for US$31 a child a night, including breakfast.
The hotel can arrange transport for kids to go paddle-boating on Beira Lake, pat the resident tusker elephant at the Gangaramaya Temple or go kite-flying on the Galle Face Green.
Not particularly child-friendly – there’s no shallow end, so Junior Smiths need to be supervised at all times.
The Courtyard’s the most suitable spot for kids’ dining as indoors feels a tad too sophisticated for raucous tots. There are kids' menus and highchairs, and the staff can heat baby milk and rustle up packed lunches on request.
No need to pack