Colombo has a fairly extensive selection of private clubs that cater to families and uncles alike. Apart from the usual favourites like the Swimming Club
and Golf Club
, you also get SSC, NCC, CR&FC, Ch&FC and Otter's. They strike this delightful yet confusing mix between being simultaneously family-friendly and being a good place for chaps after work to put a manly arrack session.
The club's apparently been around since 1933 although it's switched to a more central location since then. It's fairly spacious, and the Colombo 7 address is pretty convenient and central.
Otter's has been a standard choice for most international school swimming practices, but it has a heap of other facilities too. Sports-wise, these include indoor stuff like badminton, table tennis, squash, billiards and snooker as well as outdoors like tennis and basketball. They also have a fully-equipped gym with sauna and a variety of coaching and trainers available for weekly classes (swimming, tennis, etc).
While we were there we also saw a rather lively zumba class happening which was pretty packed with enthusiastic ladies sweating it out. On the entertainment angle, they have a conference hall, restaurant, a couple of bars, and a play park for children. The bar overlooks the children's play area for those parents interested in multi-tasking.
Food & Drinks
As per usual club form, the prices are incredibly cheap. Our total bill between 3 people for 9 drinks and two plates of hot butter mushrooms came to under Rs. 2000. The mushrooms were also incredibly delicious - they tasted like a great beachside HBC minus the slight rubbery aspect.
They apparently also do a delicious lunch buffet at Rs. 250 a pop, which sounds superbly cheap for unlimited portions of good Lankan fare.