You may have noticed that we have a weakness for design-focused accommodations here at The Hotel Journal. Whether you’re exploring vibrant cities like Tokyo and Hong Kong or seeking tropical retreats in Phuket and Phu Quoc, we’re always in pursuit of the most stylish resorts, hotels, and B&Bs to enhance your next vacation. That’s why we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to the best boutique hotels in Sri Lanka, so you can fully experience this gem in the Indian Ocean.
The Crème de la Crème of Sri Lanka’s Boutique Hotels
1. Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
Galle Face Hotel
When you arrive in the capital city, treat yourself to a few nights at the magnificent Galle Face Hotel. Originally established in 1864, this heritage boutique hotel overlooks the ocean, offering breathtaking views from many of its rooms and suites.
Take a dip in the city’s only saltwater swimming pool, explore the private museum on the second floor, and indulge in the finest cuisine and cocktails that Colombo has to offer. Don’t miss the opportunity to join a tour with the hotel’s historian or play a game of croquet on the lawn. And for the ultimate relaxation, the Galle Face Hotel Spa by L’OCCITANE is always ready to pamper you.
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2. Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Kandy
Santani Wellness Resort
If you’re in search of a boutique wellness retreat, look no further than Santani Wellness Resort & Spa. It’s no surprise that this stunning property also ranks among the best in hotel architecture. The contemporary chalets are nestled amidst lush greenery, offering a minimalist interior design that allows nature to take center stage.
Equipped with state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facilities, Santani offers a variety of Ayurveda, yoga, and detox packages to rejuvenate your body and mind. Delight in a selection of local and international cuisines during your stay, and don’t forget to unwind by the pool.
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3. Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes, Trincomalee
Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes
Always dreamed of staying in a luxurious treehouse? Then you must discover Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes. This coastal resort is enveloped by fascinating flora and fauna, offering the perfect setting for absolute relaxation or unforgettable adventures.
After luxuriating on the beach and enjoying a revitalizing spa treatment, embark on a dolphin-watching excursion or immerse yourself in the stunning views along the local cycling trails. Dinner can be savored at the resort’s restaurant or privately in your own room. And of course, don’t miss the opportunity to take a dip in the jungle pool.
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4. Kalukanda House, Weligama
Nestled in the picturesque town of Weligama, Kalukanda House is a luxury villa that emphasizes purposeful slow travel. With only four double bedrooms, this enchanting abode captivates guests with its colonial architecture, four-poster beds, and meticulous attention to detail.
Learn to surf at some of the best breaks in Sri Lanka or take a thrilling safari nearby. Best of all, a portion of the revenue generated from guest stays at Kalukanda House is dedicated to Their Future Today, a charity focused on alleviating poverty and supporting the education of young girls.
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5. The Kip, Ahangama
Once a humble fisherman’s house, The Kip has been transformed into a stunning four-room boutique bed and breakfast. Its close proximity to a secluded beach and lush jungle surroundings provide the perfect setting for a truly idyllic escape. The rooms are designed with minimalism in mind, incorporating natural elements and paying homage to the beauty of Sri Lanka.
Sustainability is a fundamental principle at The Kip. Guests can enjoy local produce from the shared table or browse and purchase a selection of artisanal products from various regions of Sri Lanka. Make sure to visit The Kip Cafe, where you can savor culinary delights made with ingredients sourced from the property’s own veggie patch.
Take a look at our comprehensive guide to the best eco-friendly hotels in Sri Lanka.
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6. Kahanda Kanda, Galle
Kahanda Kanda seamlessly blends culture, unrivaled luxury, and refined wellness. Indulge in a stay at one of the twelve unique villas and surrender yourself to exquisite relaxation. Each villa is a tribute to local culture, adorned with antiques and artwork crafted by regional artisans.
Savor the freshest fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown on the estate, enjoying meals at your leisure. Participate in a cooking class with one of the hotel’s talented chefs, unwind by the pool, explore the nearby tea estate, or treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage at the spa. The hotel is conveniently located just a short distance from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort.
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7. The Villa Bentota, Bentota
The Villa Bentota
Located just a short drive from Colombo, The Villa Bentota spans across two acres of lush land and holds the distinction of being Sri Lanka’s first boutique hotel. Originally converted into accommodations in the 1970s by the highly acclaimed architect Geoffrey Bawa, the property underwent refurbishment in 2007, overseen by the talented Udayshanth Fernando.
With only fifteen individually designed guestrooms, The Villa Bentota exudes a sense of elegance with its striped motifs, rich dark woods, and natural finishes. Spend leisurely hours on the lawn fringed with coconut palms, immerse yourself in one of the two swimming pools, dine at The Villa Café, or peruse the on-site art gallery.
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