Discover the 10 Best Luxury Boutique Hotels in Sri Lanka
From sun- soaked pristine beaches to the misty blanketed greenish tea plantations and to the stunning lake views, the light of Indian Ocean “Sri Lanka” presents a colorful and luxury travel prospects. The best luxury hotels in Sri Lanka have much to offer when it comes to living it up in beautiful and natural surroundings along with their unique themes and architecture. Do not waste your time of searching – we have rounded up the 10 best luxury boutique hotels in Sri Lanka! We are so sure that you will pick up your dream hotels from this list and make it as your dream spot of your vacation in Sri Lanka.
1. Kahanda Kanda, Habaraduwa (Southern Province)
An artistically styled luxury boutique hotel is located high above a tea estate and located 17 km from Galle Fort. Hotel is at the heart of a 12 acre working tea estate with a stunning lush views. Kahanda Kanda offers a 20meters infinity-edged swimming pool, free parking, 10 individual luxury suites with panoramic views that bring you a different world. Kahanda Kanda started its life as the five tropical bed room villa owned by a British Interior designer George Cooper. Its interiors are a lesson in stylish tropical style. Spacious beautifully & uniquely designed rooms feature thatched roofs, wooden flooring and luxurious Sri Lankan style 4-poster beds with canopy. Each room has a seating areas with comfortable sofas and colorful pure Sri Lankan fabrics. Three villas have their own private pools with far reaching views.
Cuisines of Kahanda Kanda is nothing but the spectacular. When you dine in the glass balconied extension of the of the dinning pavilion, you will feel like that you are floating above trees. Superb tasty food is more than worthy of such stunning atmospheric setting. The staff of the hotel work efficiently and provide a professional friendly service for every guest. For a small luxury boutique hotel, it has all main facilities such as a swimming pool surveying distant Koggala Lake, a little tea-fringed spa for Ayurveda treatments and massages. Hotel has a yoga pavilion (with resident yoga teacher). An air conditioned gym (with panoramic estate views)
2.Ceylon Tea Trails, Boganwanthalawe (Central Province)
An old Ceylon tea planter’s bungalow has been converted into a small luxury boutique hotel that is located in middle of a sprawling tea estate in Hill Country of Sri Lanka. This luxury planters Bungalow is decorated in colonial style and vising Ceylon Tea Trails is like stepping in back in to the 19th Century. There are five bungalows of Ceylon Tea Trails are spread over the lush hillside of Bogawanthalawa, Sri Lanka. This property consists of 4 luxury Bungalows housing 21 rooms in total.
Norwood Bungalow consists fine views of the valley of Bogawanthalawe from its huge luxury suites, each suite has a four-poster bed and elegant well equipped bathroom.
Castlereagh Bungalow features rooms with open colonial style fireplaces, dining and drawing rooms that offer stunning views across the lake.
3. Uga Ulagalla, Thirappane (North Central Province)
Located in a heart of a traditional village is called Thirappane that is 25km (half an hour drive) to the UNESCO World Heritage site – Anuradhapura and one hour drive to the 8th wonder of the Ancient world ‘Sigiriya Lion Rock’. Uga Ulagalla is a 150 years old mansion, now a luxury elegance boutique hotel with a touch of traditional and aristocracy, offers you a unique luxury holiday experience. This wonderful property is sitting on 58 acres of paddy fields and vegetation, Ulagalla Resort has villas with plunge pools and also has a freshwater pool. There are 25 Luxury villas with private pools, cautiously designed and built to maintain the ecological balance of the surroundings. The surroundings of Ulagalla Resort is rich of wild life such as peacocks, monkeys and wild elephants. In house guests can do few activities like horseback riding and archery during their stay at the hotel.
There are 25 luxury pool villas under three categories at Uga Ulagalle Resort and Uga Ulagalla has one of the most luxurious villas in Sri Lanka.
Ulagalla Pool Villa
19 Luxury pool villas offer a unique stylish stay with private pools and the size of each villa is over 850 square feet; The glass wall of the villa offers an open, panoramic view of the scenic surrounding. Well equipped with air conditioning, high-end entertainment systems, and all the modern amenities of the bathroom brings the true meaning of pure luxury.
Nikawewa 2 Bedroom Pool Villa
Nikawewa Pool villa is another form of Luxury and this elegantly furnished massive 1800 sq ft Pool Villa is ideal for a family or friends who are seeking a truly comfortable and memorable holiday. The villa comes with two bedrooms, living and dining areas, and its 180-degree glass wall gives its guests a stunning picturesque view of a 17-acre paddy field.
Deluxe One Bedroom Pool Villa
Deluxe One bed room pool villa is the largest villa in Uga Ulaglla Resort, the size of the whole villa is 211 square feet and consists of all facilities that a luxury villa deserves. This villa is located completely in nature and it’s an ideal gateway for couples and family with kids. The spacious luxury villa includes spacious traditional bedroom, amplified by a separate dressing space and adjoined by an elegant well equipped bathroom with a shower and bathtub, to suit your preference. The cozy living room is only second to the stunning 700-sqft outdoor deck which features day beds, a second bathroom, a dining space and the plunge pool.
4. Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya (Central Province)
Jetwing Vil Uyana is located in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle and this resort one of a very special luxury boutique hotels in whole Asia. Because of its unique architecture, the theme and the atmosphere of the property. A path of disused 28 acres of rice paddy field was transformed into a private nature reserve in 2004. Now Jetwing Vil Uyana is a superb definition of a luxury eco hotel.
Jetwing Vil Uyana features modern unique architectural styled accommodation set amidst a spectacular man-made wetland surrounded by lush nature teeming with wildlife. This beautiful man-made nature reserve is located 5 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage site that is known as the 8th wonder of the ancient world “Sigiriya” and also located 170km (4km drive) from the capital of Sri Lanka ‘Colombo’. Jetwing Vil Uyana spreads over 28 acres of a land that is full of wildlife. The property has become a paradise for nature lovers, the vast variety of bio-diversity that have adopted the property as their own is truly spectacular. Exclusively the ‘Grey Slender Loris’ (A rare nocturnal primate) has made its home in the land of Jetwing Vil Uyana. It’s also a home for 36 species of Butterflies, 20 species of mammals and 120 species of birds.
There are 36 luxury freestanding dwellings spread over five unique habitats. Each Dwelling is open to the nature with its own unique architectural features.
There are 10 rustic two storied luxury Dwellings are included with open spacious bathroom, king-sized bed, well- spaced dining area, private pool along with all modern and luxurious amenities.
12 luxurious Paddy Dwellings give a view of the paddy fields and the private plunge pool. Each room is creatively designed with comfortable beds and uniquely designed interior. Paddy Dwellings consists of decks which are overlooking the paddy fields.
There are 4 cosy and spacious Water Dwellings which are built on the lake give an amazing luxury stay experience for each guest without a doubt. Spacious room with all amenities will give every guest an over 5 star experience while offering the privacy at its best.
There are 5 cozy Marsh Dwellings at Jetwing Vil Uyana. Out of 5 Marsh Dwellings, there are 2 dwellings with private plunge pools and 3 without plunge pools. Each Dwelling has its own spacious private deck with the verdant surroundings.
5 Cosy well equipped Garden Dwellings give an unique experience of nature to every guest. These Dwellings are build in a beautiful nature surroundings while keeping the maximum privacy from each dwelling
5. Kings Pavilion, Kandy (Central Province)
Kings Pavilion is an iconic Luxury Boutique hotel in the capital of the hill country “Kandy”. Kandy is the second largest city of the country and an important site for Buddhist devotees. Kandy was formerly known as the city of Senkadagalapura and this beautiful city served as the last capital of the Sinhalese kingdom before falling to the British in 1815. A highlight on any Sri Lankan tour, Kandy has iconic attraction of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic as well as the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the Royal Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Since Kandy is a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka, this beautiful hilly city is full of different kind of hotels. “Kings Pavilion” hotel is one of the unique luxury boutique hotels among all. This gorgeous Boutique hotel has 9 luxury accommodation options for traveler who are looking for a relaxing and cozy stay and the hotel is located 1.5km to the heart of Kandy. Kings Pavilion has a beautiful infinity pool, built on the edge of a hill, overlooking the majestic views of the city from the hotel. Guests can have an enjoyable and relaxing swim while enjoying the quiet atmosphere surrounded by the pure nature.
All major attractions of Kandy such as ‘The Sacred Temple of Lord Buddha’, ‘Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, Kandy City Center Shopping Complex and Kandy Lake are nearby this hotel.
Each room is spacious and beautifully designed and well furnished.
6. Nine Skies, Demodara (UVA Province)
Built in a working tea plantation surrounded by beautiful landscapes and stunning view of the country side – Demodara, Nine skies was once home to a tea estate manager and is now a restored five-room luxury bungalow that offers five star grant experience to each guest. The Name of the property came from the nine skies seen through the arches of the famous Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, which can be reached on a short drive from the property, or a 3.5 km walk through lush tea plantation.
Nine Skies Boutique Hotel is just 15 minutes drive from the buzzling but scenic and famous mountain town “Ella”. Ella is a small hilly mountain which is world famous among back packers as well as luxury travelers.
Nine Skies Bungalow consists of five comfortable luxury bedrooms that radiate charm, warmth and with all amenities. There are 3 categories of bedrooms in Nine Skies.
Nine Skies Bed room is the only one twin bedded room of the property. The bedroom has direct access to a private furnished garden terrace. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with a rain shower and bathtub. An affordable yet luxurious room for exploring the Ella countryside. This is the ideal bed room for two friends or two children who are traveling with their parents who book one of a Demodara Suite that is inter connected to the Nine Skies bed room.
7. The Walawwa, Kotugoda (Western Province)
The Walawwa is a luxury boutique hotel that is built in 20th Century and set in over 200 years old tropical gardens. The meaning of Walawwa is “Old Manor” in English. This colonial Manson was used as a base by Lord Mountbatten and his troops during the World War two. This is a very stylish boutique hotel is just 20 minutes- drive away from Colombo International Airport and one hour from the capital of the country – Colombo. Also the hotel Walawwa is just 30 minutes away from the tourist city of the Western Province- Negombo which has long golden pristine beaches.
This award winning hotel is a 18 bed roomed elegantly designed country house still looks like the original traditional governor’s adobe. Entire property is surrounded by nature which home to vivid wildlife, mature trees and tropical plants. Each bedroom and suites consists of stylish interiors furnished with comfortable king-sized beds in fine white linen. Room facilities include flat screen TV with satellite channels, Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities and an electronic safe, writing desks. The terrazzo lined en-suite bathrooms have rain showers.
Every guest is welcomed and greeted at the front verandah which leads to an elegantly-decorated lounge and the central courtyard beyond of the property.
The Wallawwa has a standout regional Verandah restaurant which is surrounded by lush tropical nature. The menu focuses on international and Asian dishes fused with local ingredients such as tropical spices the quality of food is outstanding and the chefs have free access to the hotel’s extensive kitchen garden to pluck homegrown fruits, vegetables and spices.
The Walawwa is a true paradise and a great luxury option for travelers to start or end their Sri Lankan adventure in style.
8. Paradise Road Villa Bentota, Bentota (Western Province)
Paradise Road Villa Bentota is a private and an unique beachside colonial hotel located just one and half hour drive from south of Colombo. The hotel spreads over a 2 acre land next to the beach. This Villa was previously called “Mohotti Walawwa” in colonial Era. In the 1970s, Sri Lankan residence Geoffrey Bawa, world’s –renowned and the island’s most celebrated architect, elegantly converted the house into a boutique Villa. Hence this inspiring luxury boutique hotel in west coast is a romantic playground for artists, aesthetics and foodies.
The hotel is 150 meters from the famous Bentota beach, beyond a railway line and a sandy reservation of Bentota area. Bentota offers restaurants, different kinds of water sports activities, and Lunuganga Estate House, Geoffrey Bawa’s expansive former lakeside estate. Paradise Road Villa Bentota bears of many Geoffrey Bawa’s unique designs features yet it is striped, solid, rich artifact interiors are the handicrafts of Shanth Fernando, founder of famous lifestyle store Paradise Road, who converted this colonial house into a contemporary seaside 16-room luxury Resort. Every room of the property is a little bit different from each one, and offer plenty of idiosyncratic features. Astounding contemporary artwork by some of Sri Lanka’s most famous artists adorn the walls.
There are two swimming pools at the resort – one is a long lap pool fringed by a sun deck, and a smaller three-feet deep kids’ pool in a courtyard near the restaurant.
All Rooms have comfortable white linen king-sized beds, air-conditioning, small TVs, minibars and en-suite well-equipped bathrooms and some with old-fashioned showers. There are three categories of rooms at the resort. The standard rooms are quite small, and on one side from two that is overlooking the hotel swimming pool, they open directly onto the garden or into the hotel. Superior room is on the first floor that has much space than the Standard room with a balcony which taken with the neighboring room. This is an ideal room for guests who stay with a family as both room has an access thru a private staircase of the villa gallery.
9. Aarunya Resort & Spa, Kandy (Central Province)
Aarunya Nature Resort & spa is an international award winning luxury boutique hotel set high on a mountaintop, surrounded by tropical spices and tea gardens, overlooking the UNESCO Natural World Heritage-listed Knuckles Mountain Range. The property is located half and hour drive to the capital of the central highlands ‘Kandy’ and two hour drive to the UNESCO World heritage site “Sigiriya”.
The meaning of Aarunya is ‘The first rays of the sun’ in the ancient language of Sanskrit. This wonderful nature resort is a home to a collection of nine modern luxury private villas set high in the central hills and surrounded by nature, tea plantations and spice gardens. The unique architecture of the property offers an exceptional holiday experience which is connected with the nature. Breathtaking views of the misty Knuckles Mountain and Conservation Forest as the guest is reclining by the pool of the resort. Aarunya Resort is a paradise for those looking for a peace from the bustling daily life as this hotel is one of best resorts in the country that offers wellness & rejuvenation programs such as Yoga, meditation sessions and curated meal plans. Aarunya, a winner of many international hotel awards, also offers a truly spectacular dining experience at Aahaara Restaurant which serves contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine in an authentic village setting. Experience the most memorable sunrise while having an early breakfast in the Central Bungalow, located at the highest point of the estate while listening to the sounds of birds in the morning hours.
Hanging out in the infinity pool of the hotel allows swimmers to immerse themselves in stunning landscapes of the green valley at the same time. Add in great cocktails, amazing food, and fun in the sun.
Aarunya Resort & Spa consists of luxurious stylish rooms for an unforgettable stay.
Deluxe Room is a private unique luxury suite that has been designed as a rock cave room with the capturing mountain views from the distance, a garden and an open plan spacious bed, bathroom & living space. Deluxe suite is decorated by a blend of contemporary and local antique furniture pieces along with all modern amenities.
There are 4 rooms all together in Aaruna Villa category. Aarunya Villas are rich of Sri Lankan antique furniture, luxury features and rooms are fully equipped. Room is spacious 60sqm (646sqft) villas with large en suite bathroom, giving plenty of natural light and space to relax. There is a 4 person private Jacuzzi outside of the villa.
The premium 6 Aarunya Sky suites will offer an uninterrupted sweeping views of the Knuckles Mountain Range while offering a five star luxury boutique experience at its best. These private villas have plunge pools and each suite is Spacious with large bathroom with modern amenities.
10. The Fort Bazzar, Galle Fort- Galle (Southern Province)
Set at the heart of a well-known UNSECO world heritage historical site “Galle Dutch Fort”, 17th Century re defined townhouse, The Fort Bazzar Boutique Colonial mansion offers a luxurious and a memorable stay for each guest with the unique colonial architectural touches of the Dutch and British Eras. The nearby sites of the Galle Dutch fort are Fort Ramparts, The light house which was built by the British in 1938 and the Old Dutch Reformed Church. Also guests can walk around the whole fort from the hotel. The Fort Bazaar is a beautifully designed stylish boutique hotel lies comfortably amongst the many beautiful heritage buildings, boutique shops and excellent different varieties of restaurants that line well-known Church Street of the famous Galle Dutch Fort.
Hotel has just 18 luxury rooms that gives an intimate feel, while boasting excellent five star facilities including a cinema and a spa. Fifteen luxury courtyard-facing Bazaar & Banyan bedrooms and three luxury upper floor suites are furnished with comfy four-poster beds, have lounge areas, dressing rooms, freestanding bathtubs, fort-view terraces and are complemented by high standard modern five star amenities.
The Fort Bazaar has a famous and unique in-house restaurant & a bar called “Church Street Social”. The Church Street Social is Galle Fort’s most vibrant wining and dining venue, attracting both in-house guests and walk-in guests with a genial, lively vibe. This lively spacious beautifully designed restaurant offers mouth-watering fusion of Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine.