Often described as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka offers the best of both worlds – an unhurried island life coalescing with riveting pleasures of modern days. No wonder, a slew of tourists from all over the world flock to this island nation year-round.
Ensuring all these travellers a delightful stay, a wide array of hotels and resorts have mushroomed across the country. Some of these are simply fabulous! In this blog, we have compiled a list of such gorgeous hotels and resort in Sri Lanka, promising the guests a mesmerising retreat.
Whether you plan to chill out, indulge in natural marvels around, or explore the revered Sri Lankan hospitality, these properties won’t disappoint you!
With the Laccadive Sea on one side and the lush tropical greenery on the other, Avani Kalutara Resort is perfect for anyone seeking a refreshing seaside escape. Come here to be rejuvenated amid an eclectic blend of luxury, natural beauty, and warm hospitality.
Location: 10kms from Bentota River Airport and about 60kms from Colombo
Highlights: Stunning views of where Kalu Ganga River meets the ocean. Enjoy the sunset views while sipping your favourite cocktails!
This high-rise hotel in the heart of Colombo is raved about for its genuinely spacious rooms, attentive staff, and a superb infinity pool. It is the pioneering city hotel of the renowned ‘Jetwing’ brand, set up to offer a quality stay in Colombo. All rooms are stylish, contemporary, and with soothing colouring scheme and a décor that exudes the sense of tranquility and solace. The rooftop restaurant-bar is where you can treat yourself to global cuisine while taking in the panoramic city views. The surrounding area brims with chic cafes, boutiques, and art galleries.
Location: 29kms from Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo
Highlights: In the heart of Colombo, Jetwing is a popular pick for couples and families alike. Dining at the rooftop restaurant and bar is a mesmeric experience.
Vivanta By Taj Bentota
Nestled along a pristine palm-fringed beach is this five-star Taj property, offering all that is required to make your holiday in Sri Lanka posh and pleasant. Enjoy sumptuous seafood by the picturesque shoreline or kick back and unwind at the chic bar. Head to the hotel’s famous Jiva Spa to rejuvenate your body and mind with an array of massages and therapies.
With a well-equipped business centre and modern meeting facilities, the hotel is also perfect for corporate travellers.
Location: Bentota, about 60 km from South Colombo
Highlights: Seaside dining, refreshing spa treatment, panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, and the revered Taj hospitality.
Jetwing Lighthouse Galle
Jetwing Lighthouse is an awesome property that seamlessly blends the old-world elegance with modern and upscale amenities. Direct access to a beach and natural rock pools ensure the guests a refreshing escape from the humdrum of the daily life. The hotel has an enchanting pool where you can relax while savouring fresh cocktail and panoramic views. The in-house spa offers a wide range of massages and spa treatments.
Location: 2 km from Galle city centre, and about 146 km from Bandaranaike International Airport.
Highlights: Steps from the beach, Impressive colonial-style architectures, chic dining and drinking venues.
Dolphin Beach Resort, Kalpitiya
While this eco-style tented resort has all the modern amenities needed for a delightful stay, but it is the location amid lush forests and tranquil ocean that leaves the guests spellbound. The luxurious resort is on Sri Lanka’s northwestern coast, which is one of the country’s best whale watching destinations. A short drive from here is the famous Wilpattu National Park where you can spot exotic wildlife including elephants, sloth bears, and leopards.
Accommodation is available in form of tented, air conditioned rooms, which come with modern amenities and stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
Location: Kalpitiya, on Sri Lanka’s northwestern coast
Highlights: Pampering massages and Ayurvedic treatments. Great opportunity of whale watching, and relaxing on tranquil sandy beaches, sans the crowds.
The Jungle Beach Resort
Up for an authentic island experience? The Jungle Beach Resort is the place to be. Set on Sri Lanka’s east coast is this tranquil resort, having the vast Indian ocean on one side and a tropical jungle on the other. The chic cabins are luxuriously appointed, while the restaurants offer a fine mix of local and international delicacies. A fitness centre, bar, and spa are the highlighted facilities to make your stay enjoyable.
Location: 27kms north of Trincomalee
Highlights: A 4km of unspoilt beach, offering activities for all ages. Peaceful atmosphere and warm service.