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Top 10 Most Exclusive Hotels in Sri Lanka
Now is the perfect time to explore the enchanting country of Sri Lanka. It remains affordable and uncrowded, but this is expected to change as more travelers discover the beauty of the Indian Ocean’s largest island. Sri Lanka offers endless opportunities for discovery, with its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, abundant wildlife, lush tea plantations, and flavorful cuisine. It is also home to some of the world’s finest hotels and resorts, with more exciting openings on the horizon. Here is a list of the top 10 resorts in Sri Lanka.
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Named after the Sanskrit word meaning “in harmony with,” Santani is the first purpose-built wellness resort in Sri Lanka. It embraces the belief that sustainable wellness begins by reconnecting with nature and nurturing ourselves. Set in a 48-acre former tea plantation within a pristine forest, Santani offers a restorative destination spa experience. The 18 rooms are designed for natural ventilation, eliminating the need for air-conditioning. Guests are free to explore the tropical jungle, practice yoga, or meditate along the Hulu River.
9. Anantara Kalutara
Located just ten minutes from Kalutara and an hour south of Colombo, Anantara Kalutara boasts a unique setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River. With stunning coastal, river, and lagoon views, the resort’s 141 rooms, suites, and pool villas offer a serene escape. Each accommodation features a private balcony or terrace overlooking lush gardens, the ocean, or lagoon. The resort boasts two swimming pools, a magnificent spa, and a choice of three restaurants.
8. Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa
Perched on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa overlooks the beautiful Indian Ocean. This luxury resort is located in a city steeped in history along the ancient Spice Route. Spread across 53 hectares, it is the largest resort in Sri Lanka, featuring 300 spacious rooms and 21 suites surrounded by tropical gardens. The resort offers an 18-hole golf course, an expansive spa, and an artisan village celebrating local arts and crafts.
7. Cape Weligama
Cape Weligama is a beach resort situated on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, where legendary explorers like Marco Polo once passed by. Perched atop a promontory, the resort offers stunning panoramas of the Indian Ocean. Designed by renowned architect Lek Bunnag, the 39 private retreats blend seamlessly with the surroundings. Indulge in iconic sunsets at one of the hotel’s dining venues or relax by the crescent-shaped infinity pool as gentle breezes sweep over the sun-kissed sand.
6. Shangri-La Hotel Colombo
The Shangri-La Colombo enjoys a prime location in the heart of Colombo’s business district and social hotspot. This personal tropical sanctuary offers some of the most modern accommodations in Sri Lanka, with 500 luxurious guest rooms, suites, and serviced apartments. The hotel’s restaurants and bars have become a vibrant social scene, and the exclusive Horizon Club Lounge is the largest of its kind in Colombo. Indulge in authentic Sri Lankan and Asian treatments at the award-winning CHI, The Spa, or unwind by the expansive outdoor swimming pool.
5. Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle
Hidden within a coconut plantation and facing a golden crescent beach, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle offers an exclusive hideaway on Sri Lanka’s southernmost coastline. Experience glorious views of the Indian Ocean and enjoy easy access to cultural sites, national parks, and whale watching. The resort’s 152 rooms and pool villas are inspired by ancient Sri Lankan design and provide romantic retreats for couples or spacious accommodations for families and friends. Indulge in the resort’s children’s and teens’ club, rejuvenating spa, and beachside teppanyaki dining.
4. Ceylon Tea Trails
As the world’s first tea bungalow resort, Ceylon Tea Trails has become an icon of small luxury resorts. It comprises five restored colonial-era tea planter residences surrounded by breathtaking mountain and tea field panoramas. Each bungalow offers a private, non-hotel experience, combining period furnishings, gracious butler service, and gourmet cuisine. Take a trail through the Ceylon tea gardens, unwind in the bungalows, or enjoy the misty ambiance with a crackling fire.
3. Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Resplendent Ceylon’s latest masterpiece, Wild Coast Tented Lodge, is located next to the famous Yala National Park, renowned for its leopard population. Nestled between the jungle and the Indian Ocean, this luxury tented camp blends seamlessly with its surroundings. Inspired by a leopard’s paw print, the lodge’s 28 tents feature natural materials and offer stunning views. The bamboo-clad dining pavilion wraps around the resort’s free-form swimming pool, reminiscent of the boulders on the golden beach.
Situated within Galle’s historic fort, Amangalla occupies a 17th-century Dutch colonial building. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich tapestry while experiencing the timeless elegance of this hotel. With polished teak floors, antique furniture, and 19th-century artefacts, Amangalla seamlessly blends old-world charm with modern luxury. The 28 rooms and suites offer kingsize four-poster beds, freestanding baths, and comfortable living areas. Managed by Aman, the world’s most exclusive hotel brand, Amangalla allows guests to delve into the storied history surrounding the fort.
Overlooking a pristine golden beach on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Amanwella Hotel is a peaceful oasis spread across 37 acres of coconut trees. The name Amanwella combines the Sanskrit word for “peace” with the Sinhalese word for “beach.” Drawing inspiration from famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the guest suites feature modernist lines and indigenous materials. Each suite boasts private plunge pools and large terraces with breathtaking Indian Ocean views. Embark on adventures to tea plantations, embark on treks, or explore ancient temples, capturing the authentic essence of Sri Lanka.