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Despite its incredible ancient treasures, lush jungles home to elephants, leopards, sloths and monkeys, and gorgeous, long sandy beaches, Sri Lanka is still a destination-less-travelled. War and natural disasters have plagued this beautiful, green land, but now's your chance! Before everyone's done it! Come before the best places to stay in Sri Lanka get too well known and you can't get a bed in one for love nor money! And like the variations in what to see and do, you'll find similar diversity in the types of accommodation on offer. The range is wide from simple homestay style guesthouses to no-holds-barred, once-in-a-lifetime style luxury and of course everything in between, whether you're looking for a beachfront stay or a city pad.

Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites packed into a very small space, and these temples, palaces, forts and caves represent several thousands of years of rich culture. Six of these sites are within the Cultural Triangle, a triangle in the centre of this teardrop-shapped island, which is small enough to ‘see’ in one day, though you’d only have time to clap eyes on them rather than really experience them. After the great palaces came the colonial forts of the Portuguese, then the British tea plantations, but there are still great swathes of this island that are raw jungle, national parks or forests, and Sri Lanka is an incredible place for a safari or seven.

And wherever you are on the island of Sri Lanka you’re never far from a beautiful beach. Often the sand will be totally devoid of footprints. Or, if you want you can surf or dive, pastimes the island is quickly becoming known for. The great thing about Sri Lanka is that you can really see a lot of it in a week or two, so we recommend you pick out more than one of the hotel recommendations on our list of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka, and possibly one from each of the destinations mentioned below?

Where to Stay? Which Part of Sri Lanka?

  • Colombo once typified the idea of graceful colonial capital with its white pillars, grand boulevards and flourishing gardens. But in today's Colombo commerce has well and truly taken hold and the city has burgeoned and sprawled. Most visitors will seek out a bit of both worlds, enjoying the fun of its myriad of markets, and appreciating the large scale restoration works going on around some of the most historic architecture, including the central fort complex.
  • Kandy is Sri Lanka's second largest city, so an easy hub to head for. It's grown up around a misty hill in lush tea growing country. Busy and colourful, in Kandy you'll be surprised by impromptu street markets, sudden tropical rain storms and the deliciousness of the food. Kandy is also one of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka if you want to get close to an elephant. There are numerous elephant spotting tours and safaris, and you can get closer still at an elephant orphanage, like the one at Pinnawala.
  • Up in the cool hills, Hatton is the old tea capital. Cool and lush, Hatton is still where the majority of Sri Lanka’s higher altitude tea is grown, and it still retains a very British colonial feel, with many of our hotel recommendations within old plantations houses or converted colonial era villas. As well as these beautiful surrounds, Hatton is also close to Adam’s Peak, with its incredible collection of temples and monuments, and the Sinharajo Forest Reserve. The best way to get here is on the atmospheric railway line.
  • Haputale is another British colonial tea plantation town, hugging a beautiful mountain ridge, a feat of engineering with incredible views over the Norton Plains National Park. It’s smaller, and less well known than Hatton, and where you’ll find some of our recommendations for the best hotel escapes in Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle has its points in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla, and within this shape you’ll find many of the country’s most incredible treasures — in fact six of its eight World Heritage sites, including Sigiriya Rock and the ancient temples, palaces and ruins around Mihintale and Ritigala.
  • Just outside the Cultural Triangle is Giritale, another great place to come for a Sri Lankan escape. This region of lakes was formed in the 17th century as part of an irrigation project, and Giritale Lake in particular has stood the test of time, now a haven for local and migratory wildlife. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and close to Polonnaruwa and the Minneriya National Park.
  • Then there's the beaches: white and often sans-footprints, Sri Lanka's beaches are lovely all the way around the island. There are also plenty of spots offering good diving, snorkelling and surfing opportunities. The Kalpitiya Peninsula, in the less touristy north, is a favourite with visitors, providing a detour from the Cultural Triangle with its empty beaches much loved by kite-surfers.
  • But Galle is more famous and more popular, a cultural as well as beach-side destination. Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th Century, Galle was a small village, but they quickly turned it into a major spice port, building an impressive fort, now considered the best example of a fortified port built by Europeans in South-East Asia. The Dutch arrived in the 17th Century, and added to the fort, as well as building their homes and churches, so now Galle is a beautiful mix of local and colonial architecture. Today the fort is full of bijou shops and cafes and boutique hotels. It's a hang out for writers, artists, poets etc..
  • Tangalle is around the headland from Galle, on the other side of the Sinharajo Forest Reserve, on a stretch of coast that alternates between rocky promontories and long sweeps of pale yellow sand. The lush interior holds a lot of appeal too, and Tangalle is also close to an important rock temple, a bird sanctuary and a turtle conservation project.
  • Trincomalee is our pick of the coastal towns on the north east of the island, almost directly opposite Galle’s position in the south west. This was a fishing town, but its long stretches of golden sand now feature a number of beachfront resorts, with the odd hostel, villa and B&B too. But this is still a charming, and very relaxed spot, with its own ruined Portuguese fort, several impressive temples, a fantastic marketplace and nature reserves nearby, where you’ll see alligators and tropical birds, and maybe even an elephant.
  • If it’s local wildlife you most want to see you might also want to consider the Bundala National Park, which is ideal for a safari. This wetland is full of crocodiles, lions, a huge variety of birds and monkeys. A top spot that the whole family will love. Or the Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, which is home to around 150 species of bird, and on a beautiful lagoon you need to take a canoe out to.

This beautiful island is growing ever more popular as a holiday destination, so if you're planning a trip and want to be sure of a room in one of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka, do your homework and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Sri Lanka

For a city break

  • Paradise Road Tintagel is one of Colombo’s historic mansions, now turned into a beautifully, and classically designed ten suite hotel. The entrance is grand, as are the rooms, which all have private balconies and plunge pools, and inside there’s a well stocked library and bar, a steam room and a restaurant serving one of Colombo’s finest meals. Outside are the lovely gardens.
  • Also in Colombo, the Galle Face Hotel is a landmark, colonial era hotel opened in 1864, and now one of Colombo’s "grande dames". It's right on the ocean, with a colonnaded front and 81 opulent rooms and suites which brim with bygone-era charm. This is the sort of hotel one takes afternoon tea on the verandah, and enjoys cocktails with well heeled, well travelled souls in the bar. There’s a spa and gym too, and an infinity pool overlooking the private beach. And at sunset a bagpiper in a kilt will lower the national flag.
  • The Colombo Court Hotel & Spa is a 32 room boutique hotel in the heart of town. The decor is stylish and contemporary, with feature walls, and in some rooms four-poster beds and private courtyards. There's also a rooftop cafe with fantastic views that hosts open air jazz and cinema nights.

For the Cultural Triangle

  • The Queen stayed at the ten room Polonnaruwa Rest House in 1954, and this colonial government bungalow, built in 1870, probably hasn't changed much since her visit. In fact you can still stay in her lake view suite, which looks out onto Sri Lanka's largest man made lake. The decor is pure colonial, but the restaurant serves excellent Sri Lankan food, and is a wonderfully airy room jutting out over the lake.
  • Vil Uyana is a collection of 30, luxury thatched cabanas, which stand on stilts over a man-made lake close to Sigiriya and the Sigiriya Fortress. The cabanas are arranged with privacy in mind, and have rooms with huge windows and private decks overlooking the wetlands, making them idea for birdwatching. There’s also a peaceful library, a huge infinity pool and a spa. This is a natural retreat, but perfectly located for the Cultural Triangle.

Some of Sri Lanka’s Best Escapes

  • In a fairly remote spot outside Tangalle and surrounded by jungle and rice paddy fields, the Maya Old House is a two acre property with a house-turned-hotel with just five rooms and suites. The colonial style building has wide verandahs set around a wonderful courtyard pool, and the guest rooms have simple, contemporary decor under 25ft ceilings. There’s no restaurant, but they do offer breakfast, and other meals by arrangement, including the option to have a picnic packed. They're so charmingly traditional here their facilities include cricket, tai chi and petanque, and it’s romantic, but also family friendly.
  • The Villa Rosa is one of Kandy’s hidden gems, a calm, green oasis perched in the hills, 600metres above sea level. The Colonial style decor spreads through the eight rooms, which have dark wood furniture and four-poster beds, and through the elegant restaurant which serves exemplary Sri Lankan cuisine. We love the Villa Rosa because it’s a wonderful escape, but still conveniently located for seeing the rest of Sri Lanka.
  • Clingendael is another great escape outside Kandy: a five room converted plantation house hideaway with plenty of old fashioned luxury and grandeur. The few rooms give a feeling of being part of an elegant house party, and they’re all decorated with beautiful teak furniture and sumptuous fabrics. The restaurant serves traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, and cocktails with a kick. And you’re right up against the famous Victoria Golf Course.
  • Buried in the Weliara Forests near the Yala National Park, the Tree Tops Jungle Lodge is an isolated eco-lodge of just three canvas tents in the middle of nowhere (guided walks are offered to take you to even remoter spots). A truly magical once-in-a-lifetime experience, owner and ‘chief’ Lars Sorensen and his eager staffers go out of their way to make it special, from the G&Ts served with salted cucumber at sunset to the delicious Sri Lankan dishes, made with local ingredients.

For a romantic stay

  • If you like unique and eccentric, then Helga’s Folly might be for you. Helga's home was built in the decadent 1930s, and she's retained many of the original features, including the building's particular shade of red, both inside and out. She's also added murals and historic paintings, photographs and a collection of unusual antiques - that kind of original. Helga swans around day and night, accompanied by jazz and swing music, watching over the visitors staying in her 40 rooms. You'll love it or loathe it, so even though it's really close to the Golden Temple, make sure you look at the photos before you book!
  • Intimate and unspoiled, Maniumpathy is an old family house tucked away in a smart, and central, neighbourhood of Colombo. There are just eight suites, all large and very elegantly decorated in a colonial fashion, with four poster beds and stand-alone baths. There are two restaurants, one casual and one fine dining, and you're surrounded by a charming garden with a plunge pool.
  • Amangalla is Galle's top address, a wonderful Aman Group hotel in a handsome, white, colonial building close to the museum and fort. It has 30 rooms and suites, all chicly decorated and filled with wonderful period pieces, and they have beautiful bathrooms too. There’s also a sumptuous spa and an elegant dining room. This is a really romantic spot, but it’s also family friendly, with several gorgeous family suites, babysitting by arrangement and free accommodation for children under 12.

For a Beach Break

  • Galle’s The Sun House was originally built for a Scottish spice merchant in the 1860s, and its white, colonial elegance now houses seven rooms, including a large suite. A short walk from the fort, The Sun House has truly special views of it, and the harbour. There's also an excellent restaurant serving Sri Lankan food — which is so good that even guests will need to book, and a beautiful, frangipani filled garden with a pool which feels pleasantly private.
  • The Dutch House is the sister hotel to The Sun House, and is blessed with similarly lovely views of Galle, from its hilltop position. This home was built for a Dutch naval officer in 1712, so the architecture is totally different. The decor inside is as well, there's an interesting selection of antiques and contemporary art on the walls. This is a hip spot, and with just four rooms.
  • For top end contemporary luxury right on the beach, one of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka is Amanwella in Tangalle. This resort is all about relaxation. The architecture is elegantly sparse and each of the thirty suites has its own plunge pool. But there’s also a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the resort’s private beach, and there’s a palm-fanned terrace with an excellent restaurant. But despite the focus on relaxation there's plenty to do here, from birdwatching to whale watching, to snorkelling, and windsurfing, to fishing and they even run cooking classes.
  • The Fortress Resort & Spa is a luxury beach resort with stunning Indian Ocean views, right on Koggala Beach. The whole resort is set inside a lush walled garden with beautiful water features, and inside its 53 rooms and suites you’ll find stylish full length windows, contemporary Sri Lankan furnishings, not forgetting the butlers on call. Its excellent facilities also include three restaurants, a infinity pool overlooking the ocean and an Ayurvedic spa.

For Families

  • The Havelock Place Bungalow is a true home from home, providing an alternative to Colombo’s five star hotels, and offering just seven rooms with cosy quilted beds, striped wallpaper and carefully chosen furniture. You’re within walking distance of the Town Hall and Independence Square, and the restaurant is very popular, so book in advance.
  • Palagama Beach is a collection of 14 cabanas and villas just metres from a long calm stretch of beach outside Kalpitiya, on the quieter north of the island. All of the cabanas and villas are generously sized, and some are downright luxurious. There’s a bar, restaurant and lounge area with a extensive board game collection, and plenty of other on-site activities, plus kids will love the beach shack accommodation.

For great value

  • If you're looking for somewhere reasonably priced and well located within the Cultural Triangle, one of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka is Lake Lodge, Kandalama. This is also an excellent choice for people wanting a green holiday - surprisingly no trees were cut down during the construction of these six rooms, instead the buildings were designed around them. Which means that the Grey Langur Monkeys and a rich variety of birds have stayed put.
  • The Giritale Hotel is another great value hotel in the Cultural Triangle, this time on Giritale Lake, near the sights of Polonnaruwa, set amongst lush gardens with views over a vast reservoir. Its decor is simple, with great views, the pool is good, and the ayurvedic centre is excellent.

Prefer an Apartment or Private Villa?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • At the moment the only international entrance to Sri Lanka is Bandaranaike Airport, which is in Negombo, a suburb of Colombo, about 30kms north of the centre of town. From the airport you need to catch a bus, a taxi or hire a car. If you’re travelling into Colombo it will take between 30 and 45minutes, depending on traffic. If you’re going on to Galle it’s about two and a half hours, Kandy is three hours, Sigiriya is four hours and Polonnaruwa is five hours. Domestic flights are fairly limited, but Sri Lanka is fairly small, and the distances between towns and sights aren’t too bad. Your choices are between a slow, irregular train or bus service, or hiring a car, a car and driver, or taking a taxi.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Sri Lanka isn’t big, but it does have very varied weather conditions because of its misty mountain regions, and long stretches of sandy beach. In some areas the temperatures remain fairly static throughout the year, most coastal regions are like this, with fluctuations of only a few degrees, but in some of the higher regions there’s a much larger difference between the warmest day and the coolest. But travellers to Sri Lanka should be more concerned about rainfall and monsoons than warmth. Monsoon season sweeps across Sri Lanka in both directions, hitting Colombo twice between May and November, Kandy and the hill country between October and February, and Galle between May and August. It’s quite complicated, and you do need to check your itinerary against the rain patterns, but, broadly speaking, between December and April is fairly monsoon-free.

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  • The Bungalow - Galle Fort Galle 6 rooms from €81

    Local exploring  -  Set within the walls of the fort this is a perfect spot to explore the historic town by foot (the beach is pretty close too!)
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Galle Fort (a UNESCO Heritage site)
    Great walks  -  Stroll the walls of the Fort at sunset
    Full of character

    A wonderfully restored bungalow in the heart of Galle Fort. Interiors keep their original charm but there's a fresh contemporary feel. Rooms benefit from large four posters and indulgent bathrooms. A fantastic restaurant set in the atmospheric, high-ceilinged, dining hall is worthy of a trip alone. See More

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  • The Fort Printers Galle Fort 13 rooms from €126

    Great walks  -  A sunrise or sunset walk around Galle Fort (2.5km in total) is a must
    Sights nearby  -  Galle Fort, Lighthouse, National Museum and other sites closeby
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    Unassuming from the outside this bijou hotel has had some high profile guests. Behind the traditional facade it's all double height ceilings and modern chic style. Lunch and dinner are tailored to your preference. But with Galle town on your doorstep you have plenty of options. A design dream! See More

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  • Villa Raha Colombo 4 6 rooms from €69

    City Style  -  A wonderfully stylish boutique property complete with a courtyard pool
    Sights nearby  -  Discover Colombo: amble from lively Pettah to the historic Fort
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A stylish bolthole in a residential district of Colombo with luxuriously appointed rooms, a fabulous all-day brunch menu, wonderfully hospitable owners and a central pool to beat the heat! See More

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  • Havelock Place Bungalow Colombo 7 rooms from €80

    Sights nearby  -  Town Hall and Independence Square are within easy reach.
    Great walks  -  A walk along Colombo's long promenade.
    Local markets  -  Explore Colombo's Old Town.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A true home. Havelock Place Bungalow provides an excellent alternative to the large, five star hotels Colombo has to offer. Rooms feature cosy comforting quilts, classic striped wallpaper and decorative quirks like whicker baskets for storage. The hotel's restaurant is very popular so book ahead! See More

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  • Victoria Golf and Country Resort Kandy (Digana) 17 rooms from €94

    Active Holiday  -  Victoria Golf and Country Resort enjoys a wonderful location offering walking, golfing, swimming, and much more
    Value chic  -  A splendid retreat in a stunning rural setting, boasting fantastic views and prices!!
    Golf  -  Spend your days out on their 73 par award winning Donald Steel designed course
    Great walks  -  Head off on fantastic hikes through the beautiful Udawatta Kele Sanctuary

    Victoria Golf and Country Resort is just a short drive outside Kandy and enjoys luscious surroundings. This property offers 10 chalets, 2 cottages and 1 villa. Decorated in a chic, unfussy fashion and boasting splendid views. Car rental and BBQ facilities available. Great value! See More

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  • Ashburnham Tea Estate Kandy 6 rooms from €129

    Total relaxation  -  Set within 98 acres of rolling tea plantations it is total escapism
    Romantic Break  -  Four posters and rooms with a view - a great couples getaway
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the art of Sri Lankan spices with a private cooking class
    Great walks  -  A guided tour of the working tea estate - and waterfalls!

    With just six bedrooms this 1930s tea planters bungalow, complete with stunning views, provides a charming stay. Explore the tea terraces, relax by the pool or enjoy a cooking lesson. Sri Lankan dishes can be enjoyed in the restaurant or al fresco. A quintessential tea estate experience. See More

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  • Mangrove Beach Cabanas Tangalle 9 rooms from €48

    Value chic  -  Private cottage accommodation at an excellent price
    Fishing  -  Tangalle is a sleepy fishing village - trips can be arranged in town
    Kayaking  -  Get on the waters in your very own kayak
    On the beach  -  Located on Tangalle Beach

    Simple yet chic this unassuming little cluster of wooden cottages has been welcoming guests for years. Ideal for travellers or couples on a budget, seeking some relaxation. There is a popular bar where guests congregate plus a beach restaurant serving tasty Sri Lankan dishes. Great value. See More

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  • Villa don Hendrick Tangalle 3 rooms from €119

    Romantic Break  -  An adults only resort offering seculded private villas, beautiful paddy fields, romantic in room dining and an infinity pool
    Hotel Entertainment  -  The hotels food is out of the this world, a magical fusion of western and Sri Lankan dishes
    Local markets  -  The nearby coastal market town of Tangalle is an interesting spot to pick up souvenirs
    Birdwatching  -  The jungle is filled with birds and their songs will be the sound track to your stay
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A stunning historic building, turned luxury adults only resort in the jungles and paddy fields near Tangalle. The three private villas offer a romantic and luxurious retreat, while the main house oozes colonial charm from its seating and dining areas littered with antiques and leather-bound books. See More

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  • Jetwing St Andrew's Nuwara Eliya 56 rooms from €139

    Back to Nature  -  Up in Sri Lanka's hill country, close to nature reserves - no need for AC here
    Romantic Break  -  Four poster beds and classic accommodation - it is a charmingly romantic stay
    Great walks  -  Through the Hakgala Botanical Gardens
    Full of character

    Classic colonial accommodation in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. Rooms are traditional in style with plenty of dark woods and red and green palettes - feels quite festive! Add to this open fires, a well stocked wine cellar and a billiards room and you're transported into another era. See More

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  • The Hill Club Nuwara Eliya 39 rooms from €156

    Country Escape  -  A colonial style country house situated in a picturesque hillstation.
    Great walks  -  Explore the surrounding countryside on long walks.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character

    Originally the base for plantation workers, now a charming colonial style hotel sitting above the quaint town of Nuwara Eliya. Step inside and it is as if time has stood still with chintz fabrics, antique furniture, wooden floors and open fireplaces. The perfect place to discover rural Sri Lanka. See More

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  • Era Beach by Jetwing Talpe (Talpe,) 8 rooms from €116

    City Style  -  A quintessentially colonial way to experience Galle
    Sights nearby  -  Galle Fort is a must visit
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    Elegant rooms feature capacious four posters and modern bathrooms. There is a huge infinity pool overlooking a private stretch of beach and surrounded by sun loungers and sofas. A tasty European and Sri Lanka menu is served and Ayurvedic treatments can be enjoyed at Ceylon spa. Great value. See More

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  • The Frangipani Tree Talpe 9 rooms from €160

    Beach Life  -  Located on a secluded stretch of golden sandy beach.
    Great walks  -  Take romantic strolls along the beach.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the historic fort in Galle.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    A chic boutique property set on a quiet stretch of beach. Design is traditional throughout with high beamed ceilings and whirring fans set besides cool contemporary touches such as the luxurious open plan bathrooms. A place of rejuvenation to unwind with a drink and a good book. See More

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  • Club Villa Bentota 17 rooms from €131

    Families  -  Fully stocked games room, family rooms and friendly staff make this a great family choice
    Value chic  -  History, charm and luxury all at a great price
    Sights nearby  -  Sri Lanka's most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa's former home is well worth a visit
    Sailing  -  A boat trip along the mangrove lined waters of Balapitiya
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Nestled amidst coconut plantations this seventeen bedroomed Dutch villa, designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, feels like a home away from home. Moments away from the beach, with an inviting outdoor pool it is great for families and romantics. Evening al fresco meals are an utter treat. See More

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  • Paradise Road The Villa Bentota 15 rooms from €117

    Local exploring  -  A quiet and stylish property just steps from a beach and a short drive from Galle Fort
    Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip to gorgeous Galle Fort, filled with quirky boutiques, lovely eateries and a fascinating history
    Great walks  -  Visit architect Geoffrey Bawa’s country estate, Lunuganga for a tour of his glorious garden
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    Cool, calm and collected — an architecture buff’s inside-outside tropical paradise. Highlights include two beautiful pools, slick service and gorgeous grown-up spaces to chill out. The rooms have bold monochrome tones, polished-ceramic bathrooms with rain showers and charming original features. See More

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  • Gal Oya Lodge Ampara, Sri Lanka 8 rooms from €139

    Back to Nature  -  Located in the Gal Oya National Park
    Great walks  -  Led by the inhouse naturalist
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.

    This property is perfectly located for the Gal Oya National Park. Designed using locally sourced materials and earthy palettes it is eco-luxe in style. It has a restaurant and bar and tasty packed lunches are provided for those long days spent in the jungle. Perfect for the wildlife enthusiast! See More

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  • The Bungalow - Galle Fort Galle 6 rooms from €81

    Local exploring  -  Set within the walls of the fort this is a perfect spot to explore the historic town by foot (the beach is pretty close too!)
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Galle Fort (a UNESCO Heritage site)
    Great walks  -  Stroll the walls of the Fort at sunset
    Full of character

    A wonderfully restored bungalow in the heart of Galle Fort. Interiors keep their original charm but there's a fresh contemporary feel. Rooms benefit from large four posters and indulgent bathrooms. A fantastic restaurant set in the atmospheric, high-ceilinged, dining hall is worthy of a trip alone. See More

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  • The Fort Printers Galle Fort 13 rooms from €126

    Great walks  -  A sunrise or sunset walk around Galle Fort (2.5km in total) is a must
    Sights nearby  -  Galle Fort, Lighthouse, National Museum and other sites closeby
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    Unassuming from the outside this bijou hotel has had some high profile guests. Behind the traditional facade it's all double height ceilings and modern chic style. Lunch and dinner are tailored to your preference. But with Galle town on your doorstep you have plenty of options. A design dream! See More

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See all » 11 hotels in Colombo

  • Villa Raha Colombo 4 6 rooms from €69

    City Style  -  A wonderfully stylish boutique property complete with a courtyard pool
    Sights nearby  -  Discover Colombo: amble from lively Pettah to the historic Fort
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A stylish bolthole in a residential district of Colombo with luxuriously appointed rooms, a fabulous all-day brunch menu, wonderfully hospitable owners and a central pool to beat the heat! See More

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  • Havelock Place Bungalow Colombo 7 rooms from €80

    Sights nearby  -  Town Hall and Independence Square are within easy reach.
    Great walks  -  A walk along Colombo's long promenade.
    Local markets  -  Explore Colombo's Old Town.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A true home. Havelock Place Bungalow provides an excellent alternative to the large, five star hotels Colombo has to offer. Rooms feature cosy comforting quilts, classic striped wallpaper and decorative quirks like whicker baskets for storage. The hotel's restaurant is very popular so book ahead! See More

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  • Victoria Golf and Country Resort Kandy (Digana) 17 rooms from €94

    Active Holiday  -  Victoria Golf and Country Resort enjoys a wonderful location offering walking, golfing, swimming, and much more
    Value chic  -  A splendid retreat in a stunning rural setting, boasting fantastic views and prices!!
    Golf  -  Spend your days out on their 73 par award winning Donald Steel designed course
    Great walks  -  Head off on fantastic hikes through the beautiful Udawatta Kele Sanctuary

    Victoria Golf and Country Resort is just a short drive outside Kandy and enjoys luscious surroundings. This property offers 10 chalets, 2 cottages and 1 villa. Decorated in a chic, unfussy fashion and boasting splendid views. Car rental and BBQ facilities available. Great value! See More

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  • Ashburnham Tea Estate Kandy 6 rooms from €129

    Total relaxation  -  Set within 98 acres of rolling tea plantations it is total escapism
    Romantic Break  -  Four posters and rooms with a view - a great couples getaway
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the art of Sri Lankan spices with a private cooking class
    Great walks  -  A guided tour of the working tea estate - and waterfalls!

    With just six bedrooms this 1930s tea planters bungalow, complete with stunning views, provides a charming stay. Explore the tea terraces, relax by the pool or enjoy a cooking lesson. Sri Lankan dishes can be enjoyed in the restaurant or al fresco. A quintessential tea estate experience. See More

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  • Mangrove Beach Cabanas Tangalle 9 rooms from €48

    Value chic  -  Private cottage accommodation at an excellent price
    Fishing  -  Tangalle is a sleepy fishing village - trips can be arranged in town
    Kayaking  -  Get on the waters in your very own kayak
    On the beach  -  Located on Tangalle Beach

    Simple yet chic this unassuming little cluster of wooden cottages has been welcoming guests for years. Ideal for travellers or couples on a budget, seeking some relaxation. There is a popular bar where guests congregate plus a beach restaurant serving tasty Sri Lankan dishes. Great value. See More

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  • Villa don Hendrick Tangalle 3 rooms from €119

    Romantic Break  -  An adults only resort offering seculded private villas, beautiful paddy fields, romantic in room dining and an infinity pool
    Hotel Entertainment  -  The hotels food is out of the this world, a magical fusion of western and Sri Lankan dishes
    Local markets  -  The nearby coastal market town of Tangalle is an interesting spot to pick up souvenirs
    Birdwatching  -  The jungle is filled with birds and their songs will be the sound track to your stay
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A stunning historic building, turned luxury adults only resort in the jungles and paddy fields near Tangalle. The three private villas offer a romantic and luxurious retreat, while the main house oozes colonial charm from its seating and dining areas littered with antiques and leather-bound books. See More

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  • Jetwing St Andrew's Nuwara Eliya 56 rooms from €139

    Back to Nature  -  Up in Sri Lanka's hill country, close to nature reserves - no need for AC here
    Romantic Break  -  Four poster beds and classic accommodation - it is a charmingly romantic stay
    Great walks  -  Through the Hakgala Botanical Gardens
    Full of character

    Classic colonial accommodation in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. Rooms are traditional in style with plenty of dark woods and red and green palettes - feels quite festive! Add to this open fires, a well stocked wine cellar and a billiards room and you're transported into another era. See More

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  • The Hill Club Nuwara Eliya 39 rooms from €156

    Country Escape  -  A colonial style country house situated in a picturesque hillstation.
    Great walks  -  Explore the surrounding countryside on long walks.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character

    Originally the base for plantation workers, now a charming colonial style hotel sitting above the quaint town of Nuwara Eliya. Step inside and it is as if time has stood still with chintz fabrics, antique furniture, wooden floors and open fireplaces. The perfect place to discover rural Sri Lanka. See More

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  • Era Beach by Jetwing Talpe (Talpe,) 8 rooms from €116

    City Style  -  A quintessentially colonial way to experience Galle
    Sights nearby  -  Galle Fort is a must visit
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    Elegant rooms feature capacious four posters and modern bathrooms. There is a huge infinity pool overlooking a private stretch of beach and surrounded by sun loungers and sofas. A tasty European and Sri Lanka menu is served and Ayurvedic treatments can be enjoyed at Ceylon spa. Great value. See More

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  • The Frangipani Tree Talpe 9 rooms from €160

    Beach Life  -  Located on a secluded stretch of golden sandy beach.
    Great walks  -  Take romantic strolls along the beach.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the historic fort in Galle.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    A chic boutique property set on a quiet stretch of beach. Design is traditional throughout with high beamed ceilings and whirring fans set besides cool contemporary touches such as the luxurious open plan bathrooms. A place of rejuvenation to unwind with a drink and a good book. See More

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  • Club Villa Bentota 17 rooms from €131

    Families  -  Fully stocked games room, family rooms and friendly staff make this a great family choice
    Value chic  -  History, charm and luxury all at a great price
    Sights nearby  -  Sri Lanka's most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa's former home is well worth a visit
    Sailing  -  A boat trip along the mangrove lined waters of Balapitiya
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Nestled amidst coconut plantations this seventeen bedroomed Dutch villa, designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, feels like a home away from home. Moments away from the beach, with an inviting outdoor pool it is great for families and romantics. Evening al fresco meals are an utter treat. See More

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  • Paradise Road The Villa Bentota 15 rooms from €117

    Local exploring  -  A quiet and stylish property just steps from a beach and a short drive from Galle Fort
    Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip to gorgeous Galle Fort, filled with quirky boutiques, lovely eateries and a fascinating history
    Great walks  -  Visit architect Geoffrey Bawa’s country estate, Lunuganga for a tour of his glorious garden
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    Cool, calm and collected — an architecture buff’s inside-outside tropical paradise. Highlights include two beautiful pools, slick service and gorgeous grown-up spaces to chill out. The rooms have bold monochrome tones, polished-ceramic bathrooms with rain showers and charming original features. See More

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  • Gal Oya Lodge Ampara, Sri Lanka 8 rooms from €139

    Back to Nature  -  Located in the Gal Oya National Park
    Great walks  -  Led by the inhouse naturalist
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.

    This property is perfectly located for the Gal Oya National Park. Designed using locally sourced materials and earthy palettes it is eco-luxe in style. It has a restaurant and bar and tasty packed lunches are provided for those long days spent in the jungle. Perfect for the wildlife enthusiast! See More

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