Where to stay in Sri Lanka
Where to stay in Sri Lanka
Our guide on the best places to stay in Sri Lanka
In our opinion Sri Lanka has the finest selection of upmarket boutique accommodation anywhere in Asia. Quite simply, the island is littered with attractive and impeccably run retreats, often found in truly gorgeous settings.
Sri Lanka’s urban spaces play host to many fine properties. In Colombo you’ll enjoy grand historic properties such as the recently renovated Galle Face Hotel, or boutique bolt-holes such as Manuimpathy or Taru Lake Lodge. Down on the south coast in historic Galle strict conservation restrictions have led to numerous fine restoration projects, such as the stylish Fort Bazaar or famed Galle Fort Hotel. Much of Kandy’s best accommodation is in the quieter suburbs, with the Elephant Stables, King’s Pavilion, and Kandy House (to name a few) providing peaceful rest while keeping the city attractions close at hand.
The hill country is where Sri Lanka’s boutique scene really sparks to life. All across the rolling hills you’ll find secluded estates offering luxurious and highly experiential stays, usually in the most staggering of settings. The legendary Tea Trails properties, set around Hatton’s lakes, have set the standard for years, but newer openings such as Camellia Hills, Thotagala, and activity-led Jetwing Kaduruketha provide fine competition and more competitive pricing.
Along the coast it’s not only a choice of hotel style but – more importantly – setting. Are you looking for an established resort with everything you need onsite, such as the Anantara just outside Tangalle, or Fortress in Koggola? A simple but serene character property such as the Temple Tree in Balapitiya or Last House in Mawella? Or an exclusive uber-luxe retreat such as Amanwella or Cape Weligama?
With so much quality on offer all across the island it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ve picked out a few of our personal favourites below.
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Our recommended hotels in Sri Lanka
Our specialists have visited or stayed in all of Sri Lanka’s best hotels. We’ll hand-pick your accommodation based on first-hand experience whilst working to your requirements. Below are some of our favourite properties across the island.
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