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10 of the best hotels in Sri Lanka

Ayubowan! If you want to combine culture, nature and beach holidays, Sri Lanka is the place for you. The island offers everything your heart desires and has plenty of fantastic accommodation. We picked 10 of Sri Lanka's best boutique hotels for you.

Published in: April 2022
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Kaju Green



Kaju Green Eco Lodges is unique eco-friendly Nature resort, hidden away in a jungle setting on a small private island adjacent to the lush green Eluwila Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. Its a 15 minutes tuk-tuk ride away from the historical Galle Dutch Fort. Seven stylish and environmentally-friendly lodges incorporate contemporary designs with Sri Lankan construction traditions. A variety of activities like kayaking, yoga and pilates as well as free transportation to nearby Unawatuna beaches is offered. Adults-only.

KAJU GREEN Eco lodges
Moraduwawatta, Mataramba, Unawatuna
+94 76 360 1243

Fort Bazaar Galle

Fort Bazaar

Galle Fort


This enchanting retreat is located on a quaint cobblestone street, among the imposing ramparts and colonial-era buildings of the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort. It took 11 years to restore the former merchant’s mansion and turn into a charming boutique hotel. The 18 spacious rooms and suites are arranged around the breezy central courtyard and a Banyan tree, offering high ceilings and heavenly four-poster beds. A pool is still under construction and scheduled to open next year.

Fort Bazaar by Teardrop Hotels
26 Church Street, Galle
+94 77 363 8381

PALM Sri Lanka

PALM Sri Lanka




Hidden between rice paddies and the coastline of laid-back Ahangama sits PALM, a cutting-edge hotel blending modern design with the natural beauty of the Sri Lankan jungle. The hotel offers a range of amenities, including a fancy restaurant by a lovely pool and a fully equipped Crossfit gym. The architecture is a blend of soothing Sri Lankan minimalism with sustainable design and luxurious amenities. Featuring six spacious A-Frame Cabanas and 2 Deluxe Suites on stilts, with floor-to-ceiling glass, polished concrete interiors, low-lying beds with plush linens, cane furniture, private patios and open-air showers.

PALM Hotel Srin Lanka
Nakanda, Galkadanduwa, Ahangama
+94 76 280 3166

Underneath The Mango Tree

Underneath The Mango Tree

Underneath The Mango Tree



Located on the south coast of Sri Lanka, UTMT is many things: a personally run boutique hotel, a highly competent Ayurveda spa , and a high-spirited beachside hotel. The Austrian owners, Petra and Robert Hollmann, made every effort to create a completely unique kind of hotel. Most Furnishings and fabrics are custom-designed, including lampshades crafted from recycled rice bags. All 22 rooms & villas are equipped with oversized bathtubs, some come with a private plunge pool and Ocean views.

Underneath The Mango Tree Hotel
Batigama, between Dontra and Dickwella
+94 412 030 300

Living Heritage Koslanda

Living Heritage



Living Heritage Koslanda is a unique boutique hotel in the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country, offering eco-luxury stays on an 80 Acre Estate. The five "Forest Pavilions" offer a luxurious, nature-loving outdoor experience. Koslanda’s jaw-drop hilltop infinity pool surveys the valley below. Staff will also point you in the direction of a secluded waterfall and river that you can swim in.

Living Heritage Koslanda
Egodawatte Estate, Naulla, Koslanda
+94 77 935 5785

Jetwing Vil Uyana

Jetwing Vil Uyana

Jetwing Vil Uyana



Escape to Jetwing Vil Uyana, a luxurious hotel located in the charming old village of Sigiriya. Surrounded by paddy fields and reed beds, our private nature reserve boasts five unique habitats within Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle. The five types of accommodation are designed to suit the habitat in which they stand; Forest, Marsh, Paddy, Garden and Lake. Experience a purpose-built wetland in the shadow of an ancient fortress, surrounded by a flourishing landscape crafted to enchant you.

Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya
+94 662 286 000

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa



Knuckles Mountain Range (Kandy)


Santani is a haven for wellness enthusiasts, nestled in the picturesque hills of the Knuckles Range, surrounded by unspoiled mountain scenery. The resort boasts impeccable minimalist design and unparalleled spa & yoga facilities that are designed to promote harmony. Guests can choose from a variety of packages, each tailored to help them find a balance between active yoga sessions and restorative Ayurvedic spa treatments. The resort also offers a variety of healthy dining options, including fresh fruit juice at breakfast and cleansing herbal tea after dinner. This luxury retreat is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and restore balance to your mind, body, and soul.

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa
Aratenna Estate, Werapitiya
+94 76 399 1919






On Sri Lanka's sun-drenched south coast, a winding track through lush jungle finally reveals Amanwella and its incomparable seaside setting in Tangalle. The resort's linear design, inspired by the late modernist architect Geoffrey Bawa, is a minimalistic and tropical masterpiece. Each of the 30 contemporary suites feature private plunge pools and sea-facing terraces. The 50m long infinity pool offers breathtaking views of the ocean, and a 800-meter long golden sandy beach is located directly in front of the resort. Amanwella stays true to Aman's philosophy of "barefoot luxury" and simplicity.

Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Wathura, Godellawela
+94 91 223 4591

Nine Skies Demodara

Nine Skies

Demodara (Ella)


Promising far-reaching hill country views, our stylishly refurbished five-bedroom tea bungalow hotel is majestically perched on a tea-fringed hill near Ella. Dating back to the colonial era, the bungalow epitomises its legacy yet indulges discerning guests with contemporary facilities and high-end personalised service.

Nine Skies by Teardrop Hotels
+94 77 363 8381

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Yala National Park


A secluded safari camp located at the edge of Yala National Park in the bushland of Sri Lanka's southern wild coast. Wild Coast Tented Lodge is comprised of luxurious, cocoon-like lodgings designed in a dome-like shape made from thick French canvas. Inside these tented suites evoke the feeling of a grand expedition, with high arched ceilings, teak floors, leather chairs, freestanding copper bathtubs and some with its own private plunge pool. The camp features an open-air restaurant by the unique infinity pool. All stays come with game drives inside Yala National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas of Sri Lanka.

Wild Coast Tented Lodge - Relais & Chateaux
Palatupana, Yala
+94 47 703 6000

About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers. From its beautiful beaches, ancient temples, and rich culture, to its lush jungles, tea plantations, diverse wildlife and unique accommodation, Sri Lanka has something for everyone.

The country's history is reflected in its many UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the ancient cities of Sigiriya and Kandy, the sacred city of Kandy, and the sacred city of Kandy. Visitors can also explore the country's rich culture by visiting local markets, temples, and festivals.


Nature lovers will be amazed by the variety of landscapes, from the lush rainforests and tea plantations in the hill country, to the vast wildlife parks, including the famous Yala National Park, home to leopards, elephants, and a variety of bird species. Sri Lanka's beaches are also a major draw, with crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and a range of water sports. Visitors can also indulge in the country's delicious cuisine, which is a mix of Indian, Chinese, and European influences.

With a wide range of activities and experiences, as well as outstanding boutique hotels, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure, culture, relaxation, and natural beauty. So pack your bags and come explore this tropical paradise.

When is the best to visit Sri Lanka?

Generally, Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons that affect different parts of the island at different times of the year. The southwest monsoon season occurs from May to September, affecting the southwestern and central regions of Sri Lanka, including popular destinations like Colombo, Galle, Ella and Kandy. During this time, these areas experience heavy rainfall, high humidity, and rough seas, making it less ideal for beach activities and outdoor exploration.













The northeast monsoon season occurs from November to February and affects the eastern and northern parts of Sri Lanka, including Trincomalee, Jaffna, and Batticaloa. During this time, the weather is generally dry and sunny, making it an excellent time for beach activities and outdoor exploration in these areas.

Published in April 2022. All listings on this page were independently selected and personally reviewed by our team of passionate travel experts. The information provided is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. Do you have any feedback or suggestions regarding our guides, please contact us via the contact us page.