Hotel Recommendations - Sri Lanka
ROSYTH ESTATE HOUSE, KANDY
The Rosyth Estate House is set in a 1926 colonial planter’s bungalow in a 25-hectare private tea and rubber estate, 1,100ft above sea level. It offers outstanding boutique accommodation, exceptional Sri Lankan cuisine and the opportunity to experience the beauty and culture of rural Sri Lanka. Guests can explore the estate, visit the local tea factory, enjoy a cookery lesson or relax by the pool.
THE REEF VILLA & SPA, WADDUWA
An elegant fusion of Sri Lankan manor house architecture and colonial grandeur, The Reef Villa & Spa, a luxurious boutique hotel, is set within lush tropical gardens that lead to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Attention to detail and personalised service characterise this exclusive hideaway. The 7 suites feature ornate four-poster beds as well as granite bathtubs and stylish showers.
Founded 145 years ago, Thotalagala is a luxury tea plantation bungalow located high above the plains of south eastern Sri Lanka. Guestrooms are designed in the style of the British colonial era. Meals can be tailored to guest's daily preferences, from breakfast on the lawn to barbecues in the lush gardens. Guests are granted exclusive access to the factory and the bungalow which was Sir Thomas Lipton's residence from 1890 to 1910.
SHANGRI LA HAMBANTOLA GOLF RESORT & SPA
Overlooking the pristine southern coast of Sri Lanka, Shangri La Hambantota is located on the ancient spice route. Spanning nearly 60 hectares, replete with a pristine golf course, the Shangri La offers luxurious suites and a variety of on-site restaurants serving a selection of cuisines. The property also features Shangri La's signature Ayurveda Spa CHI and offers exceptional treatments.
TAMARIND HILL, GALLE
Tamarind Hill is a magnificent 250-year-old manor house that has been carefully converted into an exquisite boutique hotel, just a ten-minute drive from Galle Fort. There are two suites housed in the original mansion and 10 rooms located around the central courtyard. All are spacious, elegantly designed and fitted with historic furniture. There are two bars and a fine dining restaurant which serves an exquisite selection of dishes from around the world.
KAHANDA KANDA, GALLE
A boutique hotel located a few miles away from the beach resort of Galle, Kahanda Kanda consists of 12 tastefully furnished air-conditioned suites situated in their own pavilions amidst a 4-hectare tea plantation. The hotel restaurant uses only locally grown vegetables, fruit and spices to provide a mixture of traditional Sri Lankan, Thai and Western dishes, which are available in the hotel-dining pavilion or in guests' private suite courtyards.
THE RIVER HOUSE, BALAPITIYA
The River House is a luxury riverside villa with its own tropical lake. It is surrounded by seven acres of lush land, bordering the tranquil Madhu estuary. The villa is South Asian in style, with five large private suites and open verandas or lounges affording picturesque views. The interiors feature original craftsmanship of wood, stone and polished cement, seamlessly blending contemporary comfort and antique splendour.
UGA BAY, PASSIKUDAH
Set in front of the beautiful white sands of Passikudah, Uga Bay offers spacious rooms, elegantly decorated and arranged in a semi-circle to benefit from the best sea views across the palm-fringed gardens of the bay. There is a stunning infinity pool, a restaurant serving Asian and international cuisine and a spa offering a range of Swedish and Balinese treatments as well as massages.
HORATHAPOLA ESTATE, PANNALA
Horathapola Estate is a heritage bungalow just an hour’s drive from Colombo airport. Set on a centuries-old working coconut plantation, the estate offers a charming, luxury colonial experience and serves food made from home-grown organic produce. The bungalow’s grand architecture is matched with a collection of Sri Lankan antique furniture that is blended with modern touches of luxury.
AMARI GALLE, GALLE
Overlooking the Indian Ocean on Sri Lanka's south-west coast and surrounded by lush greenery, the Amari Galle is located just a 10-minute drive from the Unesco heritage site, Galle fort. The beachfront resort combines Sri Lankan charm with renowned traditions of Asian hospitality and the 172 rooms are inspired by subtle elements of Sri Lankan art and local architecture.
SHINAGAWA BEACH, BALAPITIYA
Situated directly on a long stretch of golden sand, Shinagawa Beach is a modern style hotel with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. All guestrooms and suites are spacious, elegantly decorated and furnished in modern minimalist style, and feature either a private balcony or veranda that overlooks the expansive beach. The restaurant provides an international menu with plenty of locally-caught fresh fish.
KULU SAFARIS, YALA NATIONAL PARK
Kulu Safaris offers an exclusive wildlife experience close to the quieter Katagamuwa entrance to Yala National Park. Air-conditioned tents are on raised platforms with private verandas and en suite facilities with hot showers. Tents can accommodate couples, families or small groups. Kulu Safaris also operates in Wilpattu National Park, offering accommodation in a private lodge.