Sri Lanka

We’ve rounded up an ever-growing selection of boutique hotel stays, luxury hotel hideaways and romantic retreats in Sri Lanka. Click on a destination below to see our current pick of the best boutique hotels to book, as well as an insider guide to everything from restaurants and bars to the best beaches and wildlife hotspots…

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Destinations in Sri Lanka

  • In Sri Lanka's Southern Province, two hours' drive from capital Colombo, Balapitiya is a river-crossed, jungle-strewn, ocean-side escape.
  • Just a few hours' drive south of Colombo, Sri Lanka's west-coast town of Bentota is home to blissed-out beaches and lush tropical gardens.
  • Home to more than two million people, Sri Lanka’s capital is a riot of colour, colonial grandeur and a cosmopolitan dining scene.
  • Gal Oya National Park in Sri Lanka is one of the few places on earth where you can watch leopards and elephants living peacefully in their natural habitat.
  • A jaw-dropping fortress crammed with colonial flashbacks is at the heart of cosmopolitan Galle, a fishing town of 100,000 people on Sri Lanka’s sultry south-west coast.
  • Sri Lanka's lush inland Hill Country is home to luxuriant, emerald peaks dotted with colourful sari-clad tea-pluckers and white louvered tea factories submerged in the greenery like Mississippi riverboats bobbing in a very high tide.
  • A former royal capital and home of famous festival the Perahera, inland Kandy is the beating heart of the Hill Country, set around a serene lake surrounded by some of Sri Lanka's most evocative temples.
  • Secluded on Sri Lanka’s southernmost shores overlooking the Indian Ocean, beach-blessed Tangalle is the go-to place for laid-back, forget-about-everything lounging.
  • Dubbed the ‘Cultural Triangle’, this ancient region of Sri Lanka takes its name from the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites peppered throughout the region.
  • Trincomalee is the trouble-triumphing capital of Sri Lanka’s wild Eastern Province. The gateway to Uppuveli and Nilaveli beaches, it’s home to sacred trees, gilded temples and a historic natural harbour (praised by Nelson, Ptolemy and Marco Polo).

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BEACH BLISS

BEACH BLISS

Roll-out-of-bed-and-on-to-the-beach types: these are for you… On Gaya Island in Borneo, rainforest-edged Bunga Raya opens out onto a private-paradise stretch of powdery white sand and an eyeful of the South China Sea. For exotic-foliage-fringed beach luxury, Sri Lanka's simply titled Jungle Beach Resort is a romantic hideaway with curvaceous lagoon pools and its own strip of secluded Indian Ocean shoreline. If you'd rather remain in reach of civilisation, Fusion Maia Resort has Vietnamese heritage town Hoi An on its sandy doorstep – if you can tear yourself away from its all-inclusive spa treatments, seaside infinity pool and by-the-waves breakfasting… 

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