Sri Lanka

Hotels in Sri Lanka

Hotels in Sri Lanka experienced a recent renaissance as an explosion of boutique hotels, villas and bed & breakfasts have opened their doors over the last decade. Prices at even the most luxurious Sri Lanka hotels tend to be fairly affordable, especially when compared with hotel prices at other popular tropical vacation destinations.

For example, you can book a room at the Taj Samudra, considered one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka, for a very reasonable $126 per night. Guests are encouraged to wander the hotel's lush 11-acre garden, and dine at any one of the numerous bars and restaurants that line the property.

Nature-lovers should consider checking into one of the individual chalets at hotel Jetwing Vil Uyana. While many hotels in Sri Lanka offer sweeping views of the island's breathtaking landscape, Jetwing Vil Uyana goes one step further, completely immersing guests into the natural-environment. Elephants frequently visit the hotel's property, which borders a pond bursting with crocodiles, lizards and other tropical creatures.

Carpeted in vegetation and hugging the side of a jungle hill, Heritance Kandalama, when viewed from afar, resembles an ancient temple grown wild with disuse.

A 54-acre jungle retreat powered by solar panels and dotted with airy pavilions with plunge pools.

Recommended by Ellison Poe, one of T+L's 2010 A-List travel agent.

Carpeted in vegetation and hugging the side of a jungle hill, Heritance Kandalama, when viewed from afar, resembles an ancient temple grown wild with disuse.

Minutes by car from Colombo's city center, this 300-room hotel features a geometric pool that complements the property's modern suites.

This 200-year-old colonial mansion, on a peaceful cul-de-sac in the middle of bustling Colombo, has been converted into Sri Lanka’s most glamorous new hotel.

Dutch and English influences abound at this 18th-century mansion, whose five suites are decorated in jewel-toned velvets.

A Geoffrey Bawa-designed villa complex reimagined as a stylish redoubt along the Bentota coast.

Recommended by Ellison Poe, one of T+L's 2010 A-List travel agents.