The Best Boutique & Luxury Hotels to Let Your Hair Down at in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an incredible country to visit with pristine beaches, fabulous food, vivid culture & history, breathtaking wildlife and wonderful people. Over the past three years, I’ve made it my mission to explore as much of the country as possible and have climbed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, surfed in Arugam Bay, gone on elephant safaris in various national parks, taken the scenic train through hill country, practiced Yoga in open-air beachfront pavilions, frolicked down empty beaches in the Southern Province and enjoyed Ayurvedic treatments with experienced Ayurveda doctors. These things are just the tip of what the country has to offer, and one of my favorite aspects about traveling in Sri Lanka is the incredible choice of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs available throughout the country. Not convinced? Click here for 10 reasons why you need to visit Sri Lanka now!

I’m passionate about promoting unique and boutique travel experiences, and personally look for comfort, beautiful decor and warm hospitality when I travel. Without further ado here are some of the best luxury and boutique hotels to book yourself into for your next trip to Sri Lanka! Make sure you subscribe to the e-mail list as this list will be updated on a regular basis.

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1. Central and North Central Provinces

The Central Province is primarily in the central mountainous terrain of Sri Lanka and contains popular tourist destinations such as Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.

Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge in Kandy

Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge is an hour’s drive away from the heart of Kandy, and offers 18 safari-like lodges with the most incredible views over Kandy’s mountain ranges. Each room has its own private balcony overlooking the tea plantations below and the breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. The climate, unlike coastal Sri Lanka, is dry and much milder, so expect warm days and cool nights. Click here for my full review of the property, and click here to book your stay at Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge!

Things to see and do in the area: Temple of the Tooth, Royal Botanic Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Kandy lake.

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Unique Cottages in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, the “City of Light”, is high up in the mountains and the start line for those hoping to visit World’s End and Adam’s Peak. Nuwara Eliya is also home to Lake Gregory, a reservoir in the heart of the tea country. Unique Cottages offered a comfortable 1 night stay at a reasonable price. The staff are friendly and helpful, and can help to book transport and tours to Horton Plains/World’s End. If you are planning to stay here, try to avoid the attic room as there is only 1 small window for ventilation. Click here to book your stay at Unique Cottages, or click here for more accommodation options in Nuwara Eliya!

Things to see and do in the area: Horton Plains National Park, World’s End, Adam’s Peak, Devon Falls, Lake Gregory.

Zinc Journey Sigiriya in Sigiriya

Zinc Journey Sigiriya offers beautifully decorated rooms, incredible service and is right next to Sigiriya Rock. You can even see the rock fortress from the hotel! The hotel staff can also arrange safaris to Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks to spot wild elephants. If you have hired a driver to take you around the island, clean and roomy driver accommodation is available here. Click here to book your stay at Zinc Journey Sigiriya!

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Things to see and do in the area: Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park, Kaudulla National Park, Polonnaruwa.

2. Eastern Province

The Eastern Province is made up of the districts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee and is popular for people visiting Nilaveli Beach, Arugam Bay, Pottuvil and Pigeon Island.

Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing

Situated in Pottuvil, Kottukal Beach House is operated by Jetwing Hotels, a local Sri Lankan-owned hospitality chain. The property offers beach access, a pool and spacious rooms at a reasonable rate. The hotel is a short 15-20 minute drive away from the main strip of Arugam Bay, so is perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town during the peak season (November-February). Click here to book your stay at Kottukal Beach House!

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One thing to note, however, is that the driver accommodation onsite is subpar (our driver opted to sleep in the van instead) – things may have changed since our visit in October 2016, so it’s worth calling ahead and asking if you have hired a driver to take you around the island.

Things to see and do in the area: Pigeon Island National Park, Nilaveli Beach, Arugam Bay, Gal Oya National Park.

3. Southern and Uva Provinces

The Southern and Uva Provinces are home to beautiful beaches, incredible national parks, parts of hill country, stilt fishermen and Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most visitors to this region travel to Ella, Galle, Talalla, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Koggala, Hambantota, Matara, Ahangama, Weligama and Tangalle. It’s easy to move around this region by train, car or tuk tuk, so if you only have a few days I would recommend picking 1-2 hotels and venturing out for day trips.

Ella Mountain Heavens in Ella

For amazing views of the Ella mountain gap, stay at Ella Mountain Heavens, a cozy boutique hotel high up in the hills. Make sure you get a room with a balcony overlooking the mountain gap, and park yourself outside while admiring the sunset from the comfort of your own room. Click here to book your stay at Ella Mountain Heavens.

Things to see and do in the area: Hike Mini Adam’s Peak, visit a tea factory and plantation, swim in Ravana Falls, check out the Nine Arch Bridge.

The Bamboo in Ella

The Bamboo is a Sri Lankan family-run boutique guesthouse that is convenient located in the heart of town. The room rates are reasonable and the room is massive and tastefully decorated, but because of its location you will hear some street noise. The guesthouse provides earplugs if you need them. Click here to book your stay at The Bamboo or  click here for more accommodation options in Ella!

Talalla Retreat in Talalla (or Thalalla)

Talalla Retreat is conveniently located near the southernmost point of Sri Lanka which makes it a great place to base yourself to explore the Southern Province. The rooms, while basic, are comfortable and the rates are reasonable given it offers a pool as well as beach access. The hotel also hosts daily Yoga classes and surf lessons for anyone hoping to try their hand at catching a wave. Click here to book your stay at Talalla Retreat!

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Things to see and do in the area: Dondra Lighthouse, Hummanaya Blowhole, Paravi Duwa Temple, Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara Rock Temple.

Fort Printers in Galle Fort

Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great place to wander around. I would recommend that you stay the night at The Fort Printers, a converted heritage hotel in the heart of Galle Fort. The rooms are tastefully decorated and extremely spacious. Click here to book your stay at stay the night at The Fort Printers!

Things to see and do in the area:  Book a massage at Spa Ceylon, sip on a cup of tea at the Amangalla, visit the old Dutch Hospital, do some shopping at Barefoot Gallery and Salt Clothing, spend some time strolling through the town, see the iconic Galle Fort Lighthouse and walk along the fort wall for panoramic coastal views.

Eliyanth Udawalawe in Udawalawe

Udawalawe National Park is one of the most popular parks to visit in Sri Lanka for wildlife lovers. It is home to a large population of Asian elephants and elephant sightings are almost guaranteed. Book yourself into Eliyanth Udawalawe, a small hotel that offers incredible value for money. The rooms are spacious and clean with a private balcony overlooking the river, the safari jeep driver/spotter is professional and the manager is incredibly helpful if you need any help booking transportation. This is also a great hotel for you if you’re looking to visit the nearby Elephant Transit Home which looks after orphaned baby elephants and returns them to the wild once they are rehabilitated. The one thing to note is that they only accept cash, but there are nearby ATMs that you can use. Click here to book your stay at Eliyanth Udawalawe or click here to look for other accommodation options in Udawalawe!

Things to see and do in the area: Go on a safari in Udawalawe National Park, visit the Elephant Transit Home Orphanage.

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Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle in Tangalle

Looking to add a touch of luxury to your Sri Lanka trip? Book a stay at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, a 5-star property offering beautiful rooms, beach access, incredible dining facilities and wonderful hospitality. Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle is a fantastic place to relax and rejuvenate and is also a great base for day trips around the southern coast or a safari in Yala National Park. Click here to read my full review of the property, or click here to book your stay at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle!

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Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa in Hambantota

Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa opened last June and is the newest luxury venture to open its doors in southern Sri Lanka, and is also the largest resort in country at nearly 60 hectares (or 150 acres). Aside from the incredible rooms, the hotel offers a plethora of facilities and activities including a trapeze, trampolines, fitness centre, 18-hole golf course, Ayurveda spa, children’s playroom and cultural artisan village. Click here to read my full review of the property or click here to book your stay at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa!

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Jetwing Yala in Yala

If you plan to stay overnight in Yala, there are a number of boutique hotels and tented safari camps. I stayed at Jetwing Yala in October 2017 and loved the property. The rooms are spacious, the food is delicious (they have 2 restaurants and a beautiful cocktail bar), beach access as well an incredible pool. Wait for it – the pool has a swim-up bar! So you can lounge by the pool with cocktails after your morning safari. Click here to book your stay at Jetwing Yala or click here for more accommodation options in Yala.

Things to see and do in the area: Go on a safari in Yala National Park.

4. Western Province

The Western Province is where you will find Colombo, the country’s capital city, and Bandaranaike International Airport. This is likely where you’ll start or end your Sri Lanka trip, and there a number of great hotel options in this area.

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OZO Colombo

OZO Colombo is a trendy hotel in the city that offers a great rooftop bar and pool facing the ocean and incredibly comfortable rooms. The decor is modern and the drinks are great – what more could you need? Click here to book your stay at OZO Colombo!

Things to see and do in the area: Visit Barefoot Gallery, fly a kite at Galle Face Green, see the Red Mosque, visit the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple.

Photo credit: Andromachos Dimitrokallis / Pixabay

Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions in Negombo

Located just half an hour away from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport is the bustling seaside town of Negombo. Though Negombo is not typically high up on the list of places to visit in Sri Lanka, it is home to Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, a leading Ayurvedic retreat and hotel in the country. Though it has no beach access, it goes offer a beautiful pool and Ayurveda spa. The hotel’s location is convenient and offers incredibly easy access to the international airport. Click here to read my full review of the property, or click here to book your stay at Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions!

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Anantara Kalutara in Kalutara

Located along the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, Anantara Kalutara joins its sister property, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, as the newest Anantara hotel in Ceylon. Located only an hour and a half away from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, Anantara Kalutara is a wonderful retreat that will make your troubles seem so far away. You can’t go wrong with the quality of service at Anantara properties, and the level of hospitality at Anantara Kalutara is no exception. If you want to truly feel pampered on your vacation, then look no further than Anantara. Click here to read my full review of the property or click here to book your stay at Anantara Kalutara!

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Yogawinetravel.com: The Best Boutique & Luxury Hotels to Let Your Hair Down at in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is an incredible country to visit with pristine beaches, fabulous food, vivid culture & history, breathtaking wildlife and wonderful people. The plethora of accommodation options can be overwhelming, so read on for a hand-picked list of the best luxury and boutique hotels to book yourself into in Sri Lanka's Central, Western, Eastern and Southern Provinces!

Yogawinetravel.com: The Best Boutique & Luxury Hotels to Let Your Hair Down at in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is an incredible country to visit with pristine beaches, fabulous food, vivid culture & history, breathtaking wildlife and wonderful people. The plethora of accommodation options can be overwhelming, so read on for a hand-picked list of the best luxury and boutique hotels to book yourself into in Sri Lanka's Central, Western, Eastern and Southern Provinces!

Yogawinetravel.com: The Best Boutique & Luxury Hotels to Let Your Hair Down at in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is an incredible country to visit with pristine beaches, fabulous food, vivid culture & history, breathtaking wildlife and wonderful people. The plethora of accommodation options can be overwhelming, so read on for a hand-picked list of the best luxury and boutique hotels to book yourself into in Sri Lanka's Central, Western, Eastern and Southern Provinces!

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11 Discussion to this post

  1. Krupa says:

    Wow ! such an interesting list of Boutiques in srilanka. Wish we could get this before our trip 🙂 Nonetheless, Gives few more reasons to visit srilanka and stay at these amazing places.

  2. Followingtherivera says:

    All of these are absolutely stunning! Still haven’t been to Sri Lanka, but maybe this is the year. My favourite is Galle Fort, it’s beautiful!

  3. Milkytravel says:

    wow, all of the reviewed hotels look amazing! my friend is going to south of Sri Lanka in few months. i will share this article with her.

  4. Mike says:

    Wow! This brings back so many amazing memories of my trip to Sri Lanka and especially Sigirija. But back then, I had to resort to budget hostels… nowadays I would be tempted to check out one of the places you recommended 🙂

  5. I am so glad I came across this post because we are in the process of researching Sri Lanka for a week-long trip this year. All of these hotels look fabulous. You have given me a great start…I may pick some of these.

  6. We have a friend who have always invited us to visit the Sri Lanka and now thank to your post we know why.The place you reviewed looks so cozy, perfect to enjoy the experience!

  7. Those are really nice accommodations. I love the fact that most of them are close to Mother Nature….mountains, the surf, rock formations, and more. We would definitely love to stay here for a week or two.

  8. Hi Flo, Greetings from Sri Lanka. Feeling excited to read another blog post about our motherland and thanks for promoting Sri Lanka too. Your blog posts have been really impressive and I have read your previous blog posts as well about Sri Lanka. All were filled with lots of information and really worth a read them. Your photography has been so well done as well. Keep posting. Happy Travels.

  9. David says:

    I’ve been reading a lot about Sri Lanka, the scenery looks fantastic. I’ve not read much on the luxury hotel side so this is really useful. Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle in particular looks amazing!

  10. jen says:

    such a small country packed with beautiful things to see! can’t wait to get there soon!

  11. Sri Lanka has never been on my bucket list. However, it does seems like I need to change that (by seeing pictures on IG). If I will visit Sri Lanka one day, I’m sure to go back at this blog post! (:

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