SriLankan’s flagship Serindib lounge in Colombo is the best lounge at Bandaranaike International Airport and worth a visit if you’re hungry before your flight or need reliable wi-fi.
I stepped in just to check it out, but wish I would have stayed–it is far better than the Araliya Business Class Lounge designated for use by Qatar Airways.
Internet tends to be my primary concern when visiting a lounge and it was much faster in this lounge than the in others or using the airport’s wi-fi network.
Interestingly, I was one of the only passengers in the lounge during my visit. That meant I received a lot of personal attention. It made taking pictures a bit awkward, but the staff tried to be very helpful.
I had finished a big breakfast at the Hilton Colombo and the look of disappointment was visible on the face of the lounge agents when I refused to eat anything. Attempts to ensure them that the food looked lovely but I just wasn’t hungry seemed to fall on deaf ears.
But the food actually looked good. In addition to local food, curries, and biriyani there was a wide selection of western food as well and a decent food and beverage selection. A separate bar was available and well-stocked.
The lounge has showers as well, but with two agents following me around, I felt to self-conscious to ask for a key only to take a photo.
Note there is another SriLankan lounge as well, called the Serenediva Lounge, which I did not visit. My understanding is that the Serenediva lounge is intended for more regional traffic while the Serendib lounge is for longhaul flights.
Overall, the lounge receives my seal of approval. It’s a bit dated in terms of decor, but comfortable with good food and wi-fi.