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Boutique hotels in Sri Lanka (13)

An island off the south-eastern coast of India, Sri Lanka is a unique, special travel destination. Influenced by a variety of cultures and emerging from decades of unrest, Sri Lanka is rapidly emerging as a place to take a breath and step back into a bygone world of temples, busy markets and stunning jungle scenery. An island that rewards exploration, we highly recommend you make the time to discover this wonderful place. 

When to go 
The best time to visit the west and south coasts of the island is December to March, while the best time to visit the east and north coasts is from April to September. Essentially, Sri Lanka enjoys year-round warm temperatures, but if in doubt, check with our helpful staff via live chat. 

Where to go
Visit the Temple of the Tooth near Kandy in the centre of the island, supposedly holding one of the Buddha’s teeth. Spend some time with baby elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, also near Kandy, to the west..Catch a wave on one of the many surf beaches around the island. Hike through one of the many national parks, marvelling at the pristine jungle. Sun yourself by the pool during the hottest hours of the day! 

Food and Drink
Sri Lankan cuisine is fiery, appropriate for an island that was once famed for its spice trading. Expect to come across a lot of curries, featuring chicken, fish, goat or beef. Coconut is also a staple ingredient, mixed in rice. Sri Lankans love their sweets and expect to be served one after a main. To eat authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in stunning surrounds, we recommend the highly-acclaimed Lunganga (Lunuganga Estate,
Dedduwa). For those who enjoy seafood in more contemporary surrounds, Ministry of Crab (Old Dutch Hospital, Fort, Colombo) is considered one of the 50 best restaurants in the world.

As an emerging holiday destination, millions of dollars have been pumped into the Sri Lankan economy to develop nightlife for the growing tourist crowds. For the discerning traveler, we recommend the Curve Bar (50/1, Park Street, Colombo) for its tapas, live music and cool cocktails, while the Cricket Club Cafe (12, Flower Road, Colombo) is a great place to kick back and lounge, nursing a long, cool drink. 

Where to stay
Taylor’s Hill is a wonderful luxury hotel located near Kandy, housed in a wonderful century-old mansion. There’s something for everybody here - you might like to live bygone days playing croquet on the extensive lawns. More modern and contemporary is the Last House on the southern tip of the island, a small boutique hotel with a restaurant that serves fresh seafood,straight from the catch! Kadju House, near Tangalle, is a private villa that guests can book in its entirety, complete with private chefs who can teach you to cook authentic dishes. The Dutch House, near Cheena Kutaway, is one of Sri Lanka’s most historic mansions, now fitted out as a luxury hotel with pools, immaculate lawns and spacious rooms. Finally, the Thevda Residency, also near Kandy, is a wonderfully small boutique hotel with exceptional decor, a fantastic range of pools and spas, and outstanding service.

How to get there
Sri Lankan Air flies from Heathrow to Colombo twice daily. 


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tangalle, sri lanka

Manor House Concepts is known to own some of the best boutique hotels in Sri Lanka. This time it presents The Last House, the best beach boutique hotel in Sri Lanka representing barefoot luxury at its most stylish. Famous architect Geoffrey Bawa's stunning design has resulted in a chic villa offering guests intimacy, and space for relaxation and escape.


tangalle, sri lanka

Sister property to three other Sri Lankan boutique hotels The Last House, The Kandy House and Taylors hill, Coco Tangalla can be booked as a luxury seaside villa in its entirety or the rooms can be booked individually as a boutique hotel. Beauty on the beach.


kandy, sri lanka

Built by an English man over 100 years ago Taylors Hill is a spacious 5 room boutique hotel in the Kandy District, Sri Lanka. It has two sitting rooms, a dining room, TV room, play room and Snooker room and is surrounded by pretty lawns and gardens with a large pool.


tangalle, sri lanka

When is a boutique hotel not a hotel? When you take over the 4 bedroom Kadju House, Tangalle, Sri Lanka, in its entirety.  Why share this Chic Retreat when you can have it all to yourself along with the 4 charming staff including a very talented gourmet chef.  Of course if you are travelling a deux then just one of the breezy rooms will suffice.


hantana, sri lanka

Just a mile or so from the ancient city of KandyTheva Residency is a boutique hotel that marries tradition with contemporary.  The design is cutting-edge, the views breathtaking and the food sublime.


netolpitiya, sri lanka

Overlooking a beautiful lagoon boutique hotel Buckingham Place, in southern Sri Lanka, offers guests something a little bit different. This new Chic Retreat, with its 11 rooms, is contemporary in design whilst maintaining a reassuring level of comfort throughout.


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With just 4 suites, The Dutch House is one of the most exclusive boutique hotels in Sri Lanka and it has set the pace in redefining luxury accommodation in and around Galle. A great place for either beginning or ending your travels in Sri Lanka.


sri lanka

Virtually every single item at Casa Colombo has been commissioned by owner Lalin Jinasena and specifically designed using furniture and fabrics from Sri Lanka. The result is a stunning luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Colombo, Sri Lanka.


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Apa Villas is a charming small hotel offering 7 luxury suites in a stunning beach location. One of the first elegant boutique hotels in Sri Lanka.


aranwella, sri lanka

Maya (or Illusion in Sanskrit) is a new luxury villa retreat with 5 suites hidden away in south Sri Lanka’s unspoilt countryside, in the rural village of Aranwella.  After extensive and sympathetic renovation by owner and interior designer Nicki Fairchild Maya opened its doors to its first guests in 2011.


kandy, sri lanka

The award-winning formula at The Kandy House in Kandy, Sri Lanka sets the standard for all boutique hotels in Sri Lanka to follow and such is its success that it has been featured on many hotel hot lists worldwide.


ettalai,, sri lanka

Palagama Beach on the west coast of Sri Lanka is a Chic Retreat with a difference.  Forget grand or trendy, this little gem is all about relaxation, friendly service and charming design right on the beach.  Not forgetting a beautiful pool and delicious food. 



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