Hotel Rajarata is a short drive from Anuradhapura’s numerous historic temples and within walking distance of the serene Nuwara Wewa Lake, where you may be lucky enough to meet local fishermen who are keen to chat.
The hotel has 50 bright and spacious rooms, all simply appointed with classic, dark wooden furniture. All rooms have air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, bottled mineral water, Wi-Fi and a bathroom with a shower, toiletries and a hair dryer. In the morning, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on the balcony.
In the hotel garden, there is a swimming pool with integrated children’s pool and sun loungers where you can relax and enjoy the sun after a day of adventures.
The hotel’s Tranquil restaurant is open in the morning, for lunch and in the evening, when a wide selection of Sri Lankan and Western dishes is served. The hotel also has a lounge where you can enjoy delicious cakes and specially brewed coffee and tea in the afternoon.
The Lake Forest Hotel is scenically situated in the green surroundings of Anuradhapura overlooking the calm Tissawewa Lake and the city’s tall, white stupas.
The hotel has 22 bright and spacious rooms, all simply appointed with nice, dark wooden furniture and Sri Lankan fabrics. All rooms offer Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a TV, a minibar, free bottled mineral water and an electric kettle so you can make tea and coffee, while the bathroom has a shower, a hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. From your balcony, you can enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Tissawewa Lake and the various local bird species in the morning.
After a day packed with experiences in historic Anuradhapura, you can relax on a lounger by the pool or chill on the poolside with a drink from the bar while admiring the peaceful and tranquil surroundings.
The Lake Forest Hotel also has its own restaurant serving delicious Sri Lankan cuisine.
|Deluxe room per night||Per person from: £20|
Fairway Colombo is located in a beautiful building in the heart of the capital, Colombo. Within walking distance of the hotel, you will find Colombo Lighthouse, the old government building, the port, Lake Beira and the former Dutch hospital, which is now a shopping centre with shops, restaurants and bars.
The hotel’s décor is trendy and colourful, and renowned Sri Lankan artist Anoma Wijewardene has helped to adorn the walls with her beautiful paintings.
All 181 rooms offer the latest technology and include air conditioning, a safe, a telephone, Wi-Fi, fridge, a TV, free bottled mineral water and an electric kettle for tea and coffee. The bathroom has a shower, toiletries and a hair dryer.
For those who wish to keep fit, the hotel has a small gym equipped with both weights and machines.
Guests staying at Fairway Colombo can enjoy the hotel’s various dining options and coffee bar with freshly baked bread and pastries. In the evening, you can round off the day with a drink on the cosy rooftop terrace overlooking Colombo’s old buildings, which stand side by side with the illuminated skyscrapers.
OZO Colombo is a fabulous, centrally located hotel offering a unique view of the Indian Ocean and the capital’s colourful buildings and skyscrapers.
All 158 rooms are modernly appointed in bright, fresh colours and with historical pictures of ancient Sri Lanka. All rooms have Wi-Fi, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary bottled mineral water, a minibar, a safe and a bathroom with a shower, toiletries and a hair dryer.
The hotel’s own restaurant serves delicious authentic Sri Lankan dishes, and the rooftop bar offers views of the bustling metropolis while you enjoy a cocktail, a beer or a glass of wine.
The icing on the cake is the hotel’s lovely pool area, where you can relax on one of the inviting sun loungers and soak up the sun after a swim in the infinity pool, which overlooks the ocean.
The hotel also has its own gym with various machines and weights.
Morning Dew Hotel enjoys a wonderful location in the lush and picturesque highlands of Sri Lanka among tea plantations and cascading waterfalls. There is fresh mountain air and a unique tranquillity here. From its elevated position, the hotel affords a completely amazing view of Ella Gap, Little Adams Peak and Ella Rock.
It is possible to walk down to Ella’s cosy main street, but you should be aware that the road is very steep.
The rooms are appointed with large panoramic windows and a balcony, where you can enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains. All rooms offer Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, a minibar, a safe, a hairdryer and a bathroom.
The hotel also has its own small à la carte restaurant, which serves both international and local dishes. The bar serves refreshing drinks, local tea or freshly brewed coffee, which you can enjoy on the roof terrace while the sun goes down over the horizon.
In 2020, a swimming pool was built at Morning Dew. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better view than this!
Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel is located in the heart of Ella, close to the town’s local supermarket and cosy restaurants.
The hotel has 32 nice, simple rooms, furnished with traditional dark wood furniture and colourful fabrics. All rooms have Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, a safe, a mini bar, an electric kettle for tea and coffee and a desk. The bathroom has a shower, toiletries and a hair dryer. It is one of the few hotels in Ella where up to 3 adults and 2 children can stay in the same room.
The hotel has a lovely swimming pool with a small integrated children’s pool and sun loungers. You can lie here and enjoy the sun and the view of the town.
Oak Ray Ella Gap also has its own restaurant serving a buffet and a la carte, while the bar offers a wide range of cocktails, wine and beer.
If you have fallen in love with some of Sri Lanka’s tasty dishes, you can, as a guest at Oak Ray Ella Gap, take part in the hotel’s own cookery course.
Heaven’s Edge enjoys a unique location, 1,000 metres above sea level at the top of Ella Pass. There is fresh mountain air up here and breathtaking views of the famous Ella Gap. On a clear day, you can even glimpse the Indian Ocean on the horizon. Also nearby are Ella Rock, Bambaragama Falls and Little Adam’s Peak.
The hotel has 30 simple rooms with nice teak furniture. The rooms have Wi-Fi, a safe, a seating area, a TV, a telephone, a fridge, an electric kettle for coffee and tea, and bottled mineral water. The bathroom has a shower or bathtub, a hair dryer and toiletries. The icing on the cake is undoubtedly the room’s large window and balcony, from which you can enjoy the fantastic view and the tranquillity. If you get up early, you can experience the beautiful colours in the sky as the sun rises.
After a day of experiences, you can relax in the lovely pool area, which has a swimming pool for both young and old, with sun loungers and parasols.
Local and international cuisine are served in the hotel’s own restaurant, which can be enjoyed overlooking the mountainous area. You can also take a tuk tuk to Ella itself, where you will find several nice restaurants. The hotel also has a communal area with billiards and darts.
The intimate little Mountain Heavens Hotel is set in an incredibly beautiful location in Ella’s mountainous landscapes. There is a phenomenal view of Ella Gap with Ella Rock and Little Adam’s Peak on either side.
The hotel has just 8 rooms, so there is ample opportunity to enjoy the unique tranquillity. All rooms are spacious and decorated with colourful fabrics and traditional dark wood furniture. They offer air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a TV, a safe, coffee/tea making facilities, a desk, a seating area and a bathroom with shower. All rooms have panoramic windows, so you can enjoy the picturesque views no matter where you are in the room. There is also a balcony where you can relax and enjoy the views and tranquillity.
It is cooler up here than in the rest of the country, but perhaps a dip in the pool is tempting anyway? Sun loungers provided, so you can relax with a good book.
The hotel restaurant also overlooks the green mountains and serves a buffet and an a la carte menu with Sri Lankan and Western dishes. Enjoy the glow of the sunset with a cocktail, a glass of wine or a beer from the bar. You can also take a tuk tuk to Ella itself, where there are several good restaurants and bars.
|Deluxe room, per night||Per person from: £60|
|Deluxe room, per night||Per person from: £60|
The extremely charming boutique hotel, Parawa House, is located in Galle Fort itself and within walking distance of the city’s attractions. Built in the finest colonial style with ancient doors, colourful window frames and small, elegant details that add the finishing touch, it really manages to take you back in time.
Parawa House is small and intimate with just 9 rooms. They are all simply appointed with four-poster beds in traditional dark wood, a wardrobe and some of them have a desk and seating area. All rooms have an en suite toilet and shower as well as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, free bottled water and an electric kettle so you can enjoy a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee on your private terrace/balcony.
The hotel has a cosy little garden with a seating area and a pond brimming with orange carp. Enjoy your breakfast here, which is served every morning between 7.30 and 10.30, while the sun slowly makes its way down into the garden.
On the top floor, the loveliest of pink bougainvillea reaches up to the sun terrace, where you can relax with a game of cards in the afternoon after a day of sightseeing.
Fort Printers sits in the old town of Galle, surrounded by the old walls of the fort. The hotel consists of three protected buildings from the 1800s, which have been gently restored to form a truly charming and elegant boutique hotel.
The 16 rooms in the hotel are divided across three buildings, where minimalist design, tranquil hues, and antiques from the Colonial Era beautifully go hand in hand.
All rooms feature Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a mini bar, a safe, complimentary bottled water, as well as an electric kettle so you can make tea and coffee. They also feature a four-poster bed, a desk, a closet, a seating area, and a big bathroom with a shower and/or a bathtub. Hair dryers and irons/ironing boards are available by request. In other words, not a single thing is missing.
The hotel has an idyllic garden with the finest plumeria (frangipani) flowers, a contrast to the charming bare yellow walls. There is also a small pool with loungers.
The garden is also nicely set up in case you wish to enjoy your breakfast, lunch, or dinner in these magical surroundings. If you would prefer not to sit outside, there is a nice dining room as well.
Breakfast at the hotel typically consists of fresh fruit, juice, smoothies, home-made bread, egg and cheese, while the lunch dishes vary between fresh salads, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, sashimi, and tacos. Dinner is an opulent affair with specialities such as grilled lobster, tuna fish and prawns, soups, lamb tagine, mezze, Mediterranean-inspired specialities, and naturally, traditional Sri Lankan “rice and curry” dishes.
There are also tons of restaurants in the area, in case you want to eat outside on one of the days.
The hotel also offers free bicycle rental, so that you can explore Galle and the city’s beaches
|Padlar 65 suite, per night||Per person from: £43|
The luxurious Le Grand hotel has a beautiful location at the heart of Galle, where it sits on a cliff overlooking the shining Indian Ocean and the historic Galle Fort.
It features modern interiors in tranquil hues that form a common theme throughout the hotel.
Le Grand consists of 57 spacious and beautiful rooms furnished with a touch of nature in the form of massive wood interiors that give the rooms a beautiful, rustic look. All rooms face the sea, although the deluxe rooms face the pool area, while the other rooms have a view of the tall, swaying palm trees and the relaxing sea.
All rooms feature Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a safe, a mini bar, complimentary bottled water, a TV, a telephone, an iron/ironing board, and a kettle, allowing you to make yourself a steaming hot cup of Sri Lankan tea to enjoy on your private balcony or porch. The rooms also feature a seating area and desk, as well as an en suite bathroom with a shower and/or bathtub, complimentary toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, and a hair dryer.
In the garden is the hotel’s lovely infinity pool and its own lounger chairs and sun umbrellas. Here, you can enjoy a cold drink from the bar Drip as you unwind to the sound of the waves quietly brushing against the shore.
After a day of experiences, you can visit the hotel’s wellness facilities with a steam and sauna room, as well as various Balinese treatments.
For those who would like to stay in shape while on holiday, the hotel also has a fitness centre with a personal trainer available.
Blue and Taste are the names of the hotel’s beautifully decorated restaurants, where you can treat your sense of taste in earnest. The exclusive restaurant Blue offers exquisite seafood dishes, while Taste serves international specialities and local delicacies in a more relaxed atmosphere.
If you, like us, can’t get enough of the sunsets, you can enjoy a glass of wine on Taste’s terrace and watch the sun paint the sky in lush, warm hues, before it disappears into the horizon.
|Deluxe room, per night||Per person from: £89|
Situated right on the beach in the outskirts of Galle is the luxurious 5-star resort Radisson Blu Resort Galle. The hotel is located amidst the tropical, lush, green surroundings of Galle’s stunning coastal landscape.
Its 172 spacious rooms are modern and comfortably appointed in light colours with blue and turquoise details, in perfect harmony with the sea just outside the window. All rooms have a private balcony or terrace and are equipped with individually-controlled air conditioning, a desk, a 40-inch LED TV, a safe, a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. In the bathroom, there is a fabulous rainshower, hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries.
There are three restaurants and bars at the hotel. The Fusion restaurant serves an exquisite breakfast buffet as well as Asian and international dishes made from fresh, hand-picked ingredients. At the top of the hotel is the cosy Bommu Rooftop Bar, where you can enjoy cocktails, drinks and light snacks in the glow of the sunset from the comfortable rooftop furniture. There is also a phenomenal panoramic view from here of the bay, the beach and the hotel’s swimming pools. Between the beach and the large swimming pool is the Shoreline Beach Club for when you get a little peckish and thirsty in the middle of the day.
Spend your days at the hotel relaxing in the sun loungers on the beach or by the fabulous swimming pools, purchasing treatments at the inviting Breeze Spa, working out at the hotel’s well-equipped gym, hanging out in the Voyager Lounge, or pampering your body with a visit to the hotel’s jacuzzi and steam bath. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Please note: The price does not apply over Christmas and New Year. Please ask us for the price if you are travelling in this period.
|Deluxe Ocean View, per night||Per person from: £66|
Cinnamon Bey Beruwala has a beautiful location directly on Moragalla beach in a calm area. You can take a tuk-tuk to the small town of Aluthgama with its shops and markets located just 10 minutes away.
The hotel has 200 beautiful, modern rooms with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a mini-bar, safe, tea and coffee facilities, TV, telephone as well as a bathroom with a hair dryer and toiletries. On the balcony you can sit and enjoy the view of the sea and the garden, watching the coconut palm trees sway in the breeze.
If you need to take a dip, you can go down to the golden sandy beaches, which are protected by a reef further out, or use the pool, which includes a children’s pool.
Cinnamon Bey Beruwala has a total of 5 restaurants, so there should be something to suit every taste. Büfe offers Sri Lankan and international buffet food, Fire serves Mediterranean cuisine, sushi can be found at the restaurant Raw and Arabic food is available at Mezz2. For something completely different, you can prepare your own food on hot lava stones at the Rock Salt restaurant.
The hotel also features a fitness room and a spa section, where you can choose between various relaxing body and facial treatments.
Hikka Tranz enjoys an outstanding location on Sri Lanka’s beautiful south coast overlooking Hikkaduwa Beach and Turtle Beach, where you can see sea turtles and snorkel among all the colourful fish.
The hotel’s 150 rooms are rustically appointed with tiled floors, traditional dark wooden furniture and colourful textiles. All offer air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a ceiling fan, a safe, a TV, a minibar, an electric kettle to make tea and coffee and an en suite bathroom with a hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.
Each room has a balcony overlooking the garden and the rolling sea, where tall, slender palm trees sway in the wind. The balcony has comfortable seating where you can sit and enjoy your morning coffee or a good book to the sound of the waves.
In the garden, you’ll find the hotel’s lovely swimming pool, which has a pool for children, and the Tranzfuse pool bar, where you can order drinks and light meals.
Hikka Tranz also has two restaurants. The main restaurant, Tranzfusion, is open all day and serves both a buffet and a la carte meals consisting of Sri Lankan and Western dishes, while Crab Shack serves delicious seafood dishes for dinner. If you wish to eat out, there are several good restaurants nearby.
The hotel also has its own gym and diving centre, not to mention a day spa where you can relax and treat yourself to a massage and various facials.
As the day draws to a close, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset from your balcony with a glass of wine or a cocktail from the Tropiz @ Tranz bar.
|Superior Room||Per person from: £84|
Thilanka started out as a small bed and breakfast with just 5 rooms in 1978. Over the years, it grew into a small hotel and is today one of the most popular hotels in Kandy with as many as 92 rooms.
The hotel enjoys a wonderful location, close to the Udawatta Kele Nature Reserve with views of the city, the lake and the green-clad mountains – it doesn’t get much better than this! All the rooms have the same breathtaking views.
All 92 rooms are of a good size and traditionally appointed with dark wooden furniture and nice, colourful fabrics. Each room offers Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a safe, a telephone, a TV and a mini-fridge, as well as a bathroom with toiletries and a hair dryer. In the morning, you can sit out on the small balcony and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and take in the view before the day really starts.
After a day of sightseeing, you can relax on a sun lounger by the infinity pool and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Hanthana mountain range.
As a guest, you have access to the hotel’s cosy restaurant, which serves international dishes, whether you go for the buffet or à la carte.
And what better way to round off the evening than with a chilled glass of white wine from the hotel bar?
The Golden Crown is set in fairytale surroundings and enjoys a great location, whether you want to visit tea plantations, waterfalls or some of the other cultural sights this former capital has to offer. The hotel is located around a 20-minute walk from Kandy Lake and a 30-minute walk from the Temple of the Tooth, which is one of the reasons why the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The rooms invite pure relaxation in comfortable surroundings and have everything you need: Wi-Fi, a TV, a minibar, a safe, slippers, bathrobes, a kettle and tea and coffee making facilities. Hop in the rain shower before bed and wake up to an idyllic view – perhaps you’ll even choose to start the day with breakfast in bed?
Golden Crown is the perfect retreat when you need some time out to recharge your batteries. On the 2nd floor, you’ll find the hotel’s infinity pool, where you can swim under the sun’s rays or quench your thirst at the pool bar, while immersing yourself in the picturesque view of the verdant landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see.
You have the option to quell your hunger at one of the hotel’s three eateries: the modern, main restaurant, Brix, which serves a wide selection of dishes with exotic spices, the more relaxed, Irish pub-style Long Bar, and the cosy Treats café.
Golden Crown is a great choice if you’re looking for a place to stay offering that little extra luxury.
|Deluxe room per night||Per person from: £42|
Paradise Beach Club is located in southern Mirissa, overlooking the golden sandy beach where the waves roll in.
The hotel has 62 comfortable and simply appointed rooms with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a minibar, a TV, a telephone, an electric kettle for coffee and tea, and a bathroom with a shower, toiletries and a hair dryer. There is also a balcony overlooking the garden.
If you are not a big fan of salt water and sand between your toes, you can enjoy a dip in the swimming pool instead. There are sun loungers, so you can enjoy the sun and the view of the beach. You also have the option to relax in the lush garden with a good book, surrounded by exotic trees and palm trees swaying in the warm sea breeze.
The hotel has its own restaurant serving various Eastern and Western dishes. Freshly caught seafood can be enjoyed every day as you enjoy the magnificent sea views. At the bar, you can enjoy classic cocktails and international wines as you watch the sun go down.
|Deluxe room||Per person from: £78|
If you want a little extra luxury, you can choose to upgrade to Weligama Bay Marriott. All rooms have large, loft-style windows overlooking the beach, giving you the most amazing sea view from your own room! Sit out on your private terrace and enjoy the sight of the waves lapping the beach while the palms sway in the gentle breeze.
All rooms have air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a TV, an iron and ironing board, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom has a separate shower cubicle and large bathtub, a hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers and various toiletries.
Choosing whether to go to the beach or laze by the pool can be difficult. But you don’t have to choose here as the pool is right by the beach. Find a sun lounger and lie down under a parasol while enjoying a cool, freshly squeezed juice and listening to the waves lapping the shore.
The resort offers a selection of different eateries. The main restaurant is Weligama Kitchen, which serves international buffet-style dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At Big Fish, you can enjoy a culinary experience with a wide selection of freshly caught seafood. If you need an extra energy boost, you can get a cup of coffee and a sweet treat when you visit Mirissa Baking Company. Tide’s Bar is the place to get a drink or enjoy a glass of wine, and at Surf’s Up Pool & Beach Bar, you can get everything from a tropical cocktail to delicious tapas while taking in the breathtaking view of Weligama Bay.
And if you end up eating a little too much, never fear! You can stay in shape in the gym, which has a wide range of exercise machines and weights.
If a spot of wellness is the order of the day, you can visit the day spa and get a relaxing massage or other treatment.
|Superior Ocean View||Per person from: £149|
Surrounded by unspoilt nature, in the middle of the beach, is Weligama Bay Resort. The long, pristine sandy beach invites pure relaxation and walks at the water’s edge. It is also a place where many surfers meet, and different water activities are available.
There are a total of 24 rooms furnished with traditional dark wooden furniture. The rooms all offer air conditioning, ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, a safe, a minibar, a telephone, a TV and a bathroom with a shower, hair dryer and toiletries. The rooms also have their own terrace overlooking the garden or sea.
You only have to walk a few steps to get down to the sea and cool off. You can also choose to jump in the pool or enjoy a dip in the jacuzzi.
If you’re in need of a spot of self -indulgence during the tour, you can visit Bawana Spa at the resort, where various types of wellness treatments are offered, including using traditional Sri Lankan natural medicine – how about an Ayurvedic massage?
The resort’s Cutty Sark Clipper restaurant offers both local Sri Lankan food and more traditional dishes, such as meat and pasta specialities. The restaurant is divided into two sections, so you can both enjoy your meal with a sea view on the terrace, and, if it gets too hot, you can sit in the restaurant’s air-conditioned dining room.
The bar is open all day, and you can quench your thirst with a fresh juice or a cold beer here. You can also enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan cup of tea with a delicious piece of cake.
|Superior Room||Per person from: £84|
Goldi Sands Hotel is located right down by the wide, golden sandy beach with swaying palms and colourful fishing boats. The airport is just 15 minutes by car from here.
The hotel’s 67 rooms are decorated in light colours and wood furniture. All rooms feature air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a mini-bar, safe, tea and coffee facilities, TV, telephone, as well as a bathroom with a hair dryer, bathing robes and slippers. From the balcony, you can enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean and the gorgeous sunset.
In the daytime, you can bathe in the pool, make use of various water sports activities, or just relax in a lounger with a good book as you sip a refreshing drink.
When you get hungry, you can choose between buffet and a la carte with local and international dishes as well as delicious, fresh fish and shellfish dishes purchased directly from local fishermen.
At Goldi Sands you can also treat yourself to relaxing treatments at Ayurveda Spa.
Jetwing Beach Hotel is a tropical paradise, perfectly located by Negombo’s golden sandy beach.
The hotel’s 78 rooms all overlook the sea and are incredibly welcoming in their light and calm earthy tones. From the large windows and the private balcony, you can enjoy the sea view between the tall palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze. All rooms have Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a safe, a TV, an iron and ironing board as well as a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. The bathroom has a rain shower and a bathtub with a Jacuzzi feature, as well as a hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers and complimentary toiletries.
During your stay, you can make use of the hotel’s many facilities, which include two swimming pools with a children’s pool, a fully equipped gym and outdoor tennis courts. You can also enjoy a spot of pampering at the hotel’s luxurious day spa, which offers a hot tub, steam room, and various massage and beauty treatments.
Jetwing Beach also has three eateries. You can enjoy a light meal or snack at The Deck beach café, dine on local and international specialities at Black Coral, and enjoy seafood dishes at The Sands outdoor restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean. End the day with a drink or the local Lion beer at The Terrace Bar.
|Deluxe room per night||Per person from: £60|
The lovely Jetwing Blue is right next to Negombo’s golden sandy beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. On the beach, you have access to private sun loungers and parasols, and you can enjoy the sun to the sound of the waves and palm trees swaying in the warm sea breeze.
The hotel and its 120 large rooms are all welcoming and beautifully decorated in light, calm colours. All rooms have Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a TV, a fridge with minibar, bottled mineral water, an electric kettle for coffee and tea, an iron and ironing board, a safe, a desk and a bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower, bathrobes, toiletries and a hair dryer. All rooms also overlook the sea, with a lovely balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy the view of the beach.
Jetwing Blue has a fabulous pool area with a large swimming pool. Relax by the pool or enjoy a lovely, long swim. Then recline on a sun lounger and just relax in the sun.
If you need to pamper your body and soul, you can book an appointment at the hotel’s day spa where you can enjoy various massage and beauty treatments. If an active holiday is more your thing, the hotel also has a gym and squash courts.
The hotel offers various dining options. The main restaurant, The Kitchen, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with both Eastern and Western dishes available. Choose either a buffet or a la carte and watch your food being prepared in the open kitchen. Centre Point Grill & Bar is open from the morning and for the rest of the day, and you can enjoy various barbecue dishes in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the beach and the traditional fishing boats. There are also several bars where you can enjoy a glass of wine in the beautiful light of the sunset.
|Deluxe room per night||Per person from: £60|
Galway Heights is located in the midst of Nuwara Eliyah’s lush highlands with forest views, verdant mountains and scenic tea plantations.
Within walking distance of the hotel is the beautiful Lake Gregory, created by the British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. Offering the finest views of the landscape, the lake is perfect for walks, boat rides and cycling. Bicycles are available for loan at the hotel.
Galway Heights consists of 47 nice, well-appointed rooms, all with wardrobes, a desk, a small seating area and a bathroom with a hair dryer and toiletries. Due to the cooler climate of the highlands, the rooms are equipped with a heater. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, a minibar, a safe and an electric kettle so you can start your morning with a cup of tea or coffee.
After an experience-filled day, you can play a game of darts or billiards in the hotel’s lounge area or simply relax and enjoy a cup of steaming hot Ceylon tea and freshly baked cakes. You could also have the bartender mix you a cocktail in The Galway Pub.
The hotel has its own restaurant serving tasty international cuisine.
The cosy Kassapa Lion Rock Hotel is set in peaceful, green surroundings in the Sigiriya area.
Kassapa Lion Rock consists of 90 well-appointed, spacious and bright rooms. Each room has air conditioning, a minibar, a TV and a bathroom with both a bath and an open-air shower. A hair dryer, iron and ironing board are available on request from the hotel’s friendly staff in reception. On the room’s small private veranda, you can enjoy the shade and the wonderful tranquillity, interrupted only by the birds singing.
The hotel has two lovely pools with sun loungers, and as the icing on the cake, you have a view from one of the pools to the famous Lion Rock, a mere 15-minute drive away.
If you have sore muscles or just need a spot of pampering, you can enjoy various massage and beauty treatments at the hotel’s own Ayuveda Spa.
The restaurant is open morning, noon and evening, serving both European and Sri Lankan dishes with fresh vegetables and herbs from the nearby village.
Round off the day with a cocktail or the Sri Lankan beer, Lion, from the rooftop bar, which offers great views of the serene surroundings.
Aliya Resort & Spa boasts the most amazing and breathtaking views of Sigiriya’s verdant landscape and the famous Lion’s Rock, which is a 20-minute drive away.
The hotel is decorated in a minimalist style and adorned with beautiful, colourful works of art featuring elephants. “Aliya” means elephant in Sinhalese.
The simple, minimalist style continues in the 96 bright and spacious rooms, all of which have Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a seating area, a desk, a safe, a TV, a telephone and minibar, and a bathroom with a bathtub, a shower, a hair dryer and toiletries. In the morning, you can sit out on the balcony with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee and just enjoy the tranquillity and green surroundings before the day starts in earnest.
After standing at the top of Lion Rock, you can enjoy a well-deserved swim in the pool and then lie in the shade under a parasol and admire the views of the verdant landscape and the rock that you just climbed.
If you haven’t had enough exercise, you can make use of the hotel gym or play a game of badminton. On the other hand, if your body and soul are in need of pampering, you can practise yoga and meditation or visit the Ayur Vie Spa, which offers a variety of traditional and therapeutic spa treatments.
As a guest of the Aliya Resort & Spa, you have access to three very different restaurants serving a wide range of culinary delights from Sri Lanka and the rest of Asia. The hotel also has a coffee shop and bar where you can relax to the sound of gentle jazz music.
|Deluxe room, per night||Per person from: £60|
Can you hear it? It’s the sound of the rain forest’s gushing waterfalls, birds chirping and frogs croaking.
The Rainforest Eco Lodge is a completely unique place with a unique location amidst the lush nature of the Enselwatta tea plantation, bordering the Sinharaja Rainforest.
The lodge consists of 20 cabins dotted throughout the green tea plantation. All are built using recycled materials. The cabins themselves are built from old shipping containers, the walls and ceilings are built from bamboo and the terraces are built from railway sleepers.
Each cabin consists of a bedroom, bathroom and terrace, and offers tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, free bottled water, a telephone and a hair dryer. The bathroom has a shower and both hot and cold water. The cabins also have large windows, allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking view of the tea plantation, the rainforest and the green mountains, no matter where you are in the cabin. In the morning, you can sit out on the terrace with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and its wildlife. When the mist clears, you may be lucky enough to meet the curious squirrels that live in the area.
The lodge also has its own restaurant, and the food is fantastic! It is made from fresh, organic vegetables and fruit from the local village, while meat, fish and shellfish are transported from Galle a few times a week.
Green energy and eco-friendly solutions are a major focus for The Rainforest Eco Lodge, which helps to reduce the environmental footprint through cleaning wastewater and the emission of carbon with the help of solar panels.
The Rainforest Eco Lodge is moreover the only LEED platinum-certified accommodation in Sri Lanka, the 4th in Asia and the 5th in the World. The lodge has thus been built according to special sustainable guidelines that have ensured that its construction has not destroyed or disturbed the rainforest habitat and the local community, which consists of 30 families who all work in the tea plantation.
Before the construction of The Rainforest Eco Lodge, the local community lived in extremely poor conditions. The hotel management decided that, for the lodge to be a success, it was necessary to improve the living conditions of the local people and give them access to better and more opportunities. The decision was therefore made to build them a new village near the old one, with improved housing with sanitary facilities, electricity, and access to clean drinking water, which is financed by The Rainforest Eco Lodge. A new school was also built for the village’s children, where the teachers are paid by The Rainforest Eco Lodge. Every Monday, the pupils are given a free lunch, and every Wednesday, the children are taught English by the hotel management.
The Rainforest Eco Lodge’s ambition is for the “community outreach” programme to develop over time and expand to include even more focus areas to improve the living conditions of the local community.
A stay here is, in other words, a totally unique experience!
Situated in the middle of the beautiful sandy Nilaveli beach, which stretches far into the distance, is the Nilaveli Beach Hotel. The waves gently roll into the shore, and the sea becomes almost one with the cloudless sky.
Trincomalee town centre is a good 30-minute drive from here, and the popular snorkelling spot, Pigeon Island, is a mere 10-minute boat ride away.
The hotel has 45 lovely rooms, which are decorated in calm colours that harmonise with the surroundings. All rooms offer air conditioning, a TV, a safe, a hair dryer and a fridge. Each room also has a private terrace where you can sit with your morning coffee and watch the sun rise.
The hotel has a private beach with sun loungers, and various water sports activities and beach volleyball are available. If you’re more into lazing by a pool, you’re in luck as Nilaveli Beach Hotel has a lovely, big swimming pool.
The restaurant overlooks the beach and offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Tasty Sri Lankan and Western dishes are served here. Fresh seafood is also always on the menu. Once a week, an exquisite BBQ dinner is served under the stars, when you can enjoy the sea view and the lapping of the waves.
At the end of a wonderful day, you can enjoy a cold drink from the hotel’s lounge bar.
|Deluxe room||Per person from: £63|
The lovely Trinco Blu by Cinnamon Hotel is located right by Trincomalee’s beautiful sandy Uppuveli beach, making it perfect for long walks, sunbathing and refreshing swims in the gentle waves.
Trincomalee itself is a mere 5–6 minute tuktuk drive away, and you can explore the cosy, historic harbour town, which dates back more than 2,000 years.
The Trinco Blu by Cinnamon has a total of 79 rooms, all of which are bright and welcoming. Each room has air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a minibar, a TV, tea and coffee making facilities as well as a desk and seating area. In the bathroom, you will find bathrobes and complimentary toiletries. You have your own balcony where you can sit and relax while enjoying the view.
The hotel also has a pool and a smaller children’s pool with sun loungers, a PADI-certified diving centre and two eateries. Captain’s Deck serves Asian and Continental dishes, while The Crab restaurant offers delicious seafood dishes. The Rum Hold bar serves drinks and light snacks until midnight.
In the nearby area, you will also find many local restaurants with delicious traditional dishes on the menu.
|Superior room, per night||Per person from: £33|
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is just a short drive from Udawalawe National Park.
The resort is built on 3-hectare plot with lovely, lush gardens, where tall trees reach for the sky and orange carp swim around in the ponds.
The main street runs past the hotel, allowing you to experience local life right up close.
Grand Udawalawe offers a total of 79 bright, spacious and simply appointed rooms, with traditional wooden furniture and colourful fabrics. All offer Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a safe, a TV, a telephone and an electric kettle so you can start the morning with a cup of tea or coffee. A shower, hair dryer and toiletries can be found in the bathroom. Each room also has its own balcony, where you can enjoy the tranquil surroundings, interrupted only by the birds singing.
After a day of safari, you can relax on a sun lounger and soak up the sun with a cold drink from the bar. Or how about a refreshing swim in the large pool? There is also a small children’s pool for the little ones.
In the evening, you can sit on your balcony and read a book, play a game of cards with the family or just look up at the beautiful starry sky.
The resort’s restaurant is open morning, noon and evening, serving Sri Lankan and international cuisine to suit all tastes.
Chaarya Resort & Spa has the feel of a small village, situated in a peaceful, scenic area in the heart of Tissamaharama, a 30-minute drive from Yala National Park. It is surrounded by lush, green gardens with footpaths, majestic king palms and ponds with beautiful water lilies.
The hotel has 55 rooms of at least 52 m2, all of which have their own veranda overlooking the lovely landscaped gardens, where you may see various migratory birds and endemic bird species. The pleasantly appointed rooms feature dark wood furniture, textiles in beautiful colours and attractive paper lanterns. They are all offer air conditioning, a ceiling fan, Wi-Fi, a TV, a telephone, a safe, a seating area and desk. There is also an electric kettle, so you can make yourself a cup of tea or coffee to enjoy on your veranda. The bathroom has a rain shower, a hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.
Chaarya Resort also has a fabulous pool area with a jacuzzi, where you can enjoy the sun and the peaceful surroundings. Or how about a traditional ayurveda treatment at the resort’s day spa?
Chaaya’s in-house restaurant serves delicious, traditional Sri Lankan, oriental and western dishes made from fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and meat from the local villages.
In the evening, you can enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar.
Jetwing Yala is located on the edge of Yala National Park on a 15-hectare plot amidst the wild countryside, surrounded by sand dunes, the Indian Ocean and wild trees and shrubs. It doesn’t come more amazing than this!
The hotel offers a total of 80 beautifully appointed, spacious rooms with parquet flooring, four-poster beds and a seating area with a sofa. All rooms have air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a safe, a mini bar, an iron and ironing board, a telephone, a TV, a wardrobe, bottled mineral water and a kettle for tea and coffee making. The bathrooms are large and have a shower, toiletries, bathrobes and a hair dryer. In the morning, you can sit out on your balcony and enjoy the sunrise and the views of the wild countryside.
The beach is just metres away and patrolled by internationally trained lifeguards. The beach has the Beach Bar and is made for good walks and relaxation. If you’re more into pools, the hotel has a lovely, 75-metre-long swimming pool and, of course, there are sun loungers, parasols and a pool bar.
If you are into pampering and wellness, you can enjoy one of the many relaxing treatments offered by the day spa, or if you are more into an active holiday, the hotel has a gym equipped with both weights and various machines.
The main restaurant, The Restaurant, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves both a buffet and a la carte featuring international and local delicacies, including fresh seafood, tapas and much more besides. You can choose to sit both inside and outside, where you can enjoy the fantastic surroundings in the daylight and the beautiful starry sky at night. The Thambapanni restaurant, on the other hand, specialises in Asian fusion cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner.
Round off the evening in the light of the moon at The Bar, where you can enjoy wine, beer, drinks and tea and coffee.
The price does not apply over Christmas and New Year. Please ask us for the price if you are travelling in this period.
|Superior room per night||Per person from: £62|