Brimming with untouched landscapes and cultural wonders, this idyllic island country off the coast of India is a must-visit destination. Offering the perfect year-round escape for anyone in pursuit of culture, adventure, rest and relaxation, we’ve curated a list of six of the best hotels to inspire your next visit.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Yala National Park
Dotted alongside Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Wild Coast Tented Lodge offers luxury safari-style accommodation at its finest. Transporting guests to an era of exploration, the cocoon-shaped tents mix colonial decor with contemporary comforts for an inspired stay in the wild. Highlights include the beautiful open-air, bamboo laden dining pavilion, and the wilderness experiences guests can embark on at neighbouring Yala National Park.
A beautiful property by Aman Resorts, Amangalla places guests at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle Fort. The property itself comprises a centuries-old amalgamation of Dutch buildings, including the former New Oriental Hotel. The manicured gardens date back 200 years and there’s a beautiful outdoor pool flanked by shaded cabanas. Don’t miss hotel spa: The Baths, where guests can indulge in the hydrotherapy chambers and Ayurveda treatments.
Cape Weligama Resort
Spanning 12 acres of glorious clifftop terrain, Cape Weligama Resort promises uninterrupted vistas, luxury accommodation and delicious cuisine. Located east of Galle, the boutique hotel boasts 39 suites and villas (some of the largest in the country). All come with their own private terraces, steam room and stone bathtubs, and flaunt decadent interiors finished with carefully curated artefacts and furnishings. For foodies, there’s a handful of restaurants and dining experiences to enjoy, made all the more memorable with traditional, sustainable and authentic Sri Lankan fare.
Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Another Aman Resort property, this time located alongside the palm-fringed beaches of Sri Lanka’s southeast coast. Set in the town of Tangalle, Amanwella oozes serenity and high-end luxury with its distinct contemporary design set against a stunning jungle backdrop. There are just 30 suites, each with their own private plunge pool and floor-to-ceiling sea view windows. Guests can spend their days relaxing on the beach, exploring the wildlife at Udawalawe national parks, or immersing themselves in the local culture at nearby villages and tea plantations.
Ceylon Tea Trails
Floating amidst Sri Lanka’s verdant hills, Ceylon Tea Trails offers an incomparable, luxury experience at the heart of the nation’s Tea Country. It comprises five restored colonial-era bungalows housing an assortment of guest rooms–27 in total–that are all uniquely designed and named after the tea planters who used to reside there. The surrounding area is entirely unspoilt; mesmerising views await at every corner, and outdoor activities–like tea-making experiences, hikes, mountain biking and white water rafting–are endless.
The Wallawwa is a 200-year-old former manor house turned boutique hotel. It’s located a 20-minute drive from Colombo Airport but is not to be mistaken for a typical airport hotel. Here in a serene, rural setting, guests will find lush gardens, a zen-like spa and an intimate 17 colonial-style rooms and suites. This intimate hideaway is the perfect setting to begin or end your Sri Lankan escape.
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