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5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island that you can travel to. In this article you will find the Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka. Hire a driver and car for a week or two to enjoy the charm of the teardrop island on India’s southeast coast. However, traveling on Sri Lanka’s pockmarked roads – where crowded buses, bicycles, cows, goats, trucks, tuk-tuks and even elephants compete with cars – can be strenuous. You will need some refuges.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

From the watery coastline to Sri Lanka’s miles of high tea country, here is a selection of magnificent places to rest and recharge as you explore Sri Lanka at your own pace.

Rosyth Estate House, Kegalle

Just two hours from Colombo’s hectic airport, Rosyth Estate House is a wonderful landing spot for anyone flying to Sri Lanka. Owners Neil and Farzana Dobbs will arrange a car to drive you two hours north to this tastefully expanded 1926 tea plantation bungalow. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a cool cocktail, a chilled washcloth and a relaxing foot massage.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

Opt for a room in the original bungalow, close to the Glass Pavilion restaurant and swimming pool. Or one of the recently built suites overlooking a valley covered in tea bushes.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

Stay a few days to bathe and feed the elephants at Pinnawala before visiting Kandy’s Temple of the Sacred Tooth.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

Back in the Rosyth kitchen, the cooking class will teach you how to use herbs, spices and vegetables grown on the property to create classic Sri Lankan recipes.

Gal Oya Lodge

Far east of Colombo and Galle lies Gal Oya, Sri Lanka’s least visited national park. In addition to Wi-Fi and cell service, the park is also home to Sri Lanka’s largest lake, where elephants swim between some of the lake’s 47 islands.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

Gal Oya Lodge is the gateway to hunting the park’s “Big Three”: crocodiles, elephants and leopards. Additionally, at the adjacent Jim Edwards Wildlife Research Center, guests learn how to identify local wildlife: from the numerous great blue herons that populate an island as a maternity hospital to a rarely spotted pangolin.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

Guests stay in thatched-roof, freestanding suites modeled after traditional rice shops. Each suite is within walking distance of the bar, restaurant, library, reception and swimming pool.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

Neither a boat safari with breakfast nor a picnic lunch on the lake nor an enlightening walk with the chief of the Veddha tribe are not to be missed.

The Stafford Bungalow, Ragala

Strictly speaking, Stafford Bungalow is a full-service villa with a butler to greet you with hot chocolate and marshmallows when the weather cools down. Near the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, Stafford Bungalow, with its white picket fences and pristine green lawns, pays homage to Sri Lanka’s golden age of tea plantation.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

It wasn’t just the cool temperatures and abundant rain that earned the region the nickname “Little England.” The planters imported afternoon tea, G&Ts and Marmite to combat homesickness. Since Sri Lanka’s President was already a guest, the decor exudes a relaxing elegance.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

As you walk through the tea plantation, you will not only learn how to pick two leaves and a bud and how to prune a tea bush every four years, but with the included binoculars it is also a bird watching experience in a class of its own.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

In addition to taking local walks, guests can complete sections of the recently opened Pekoe Trail or use Stafford Bungalow as a stopover along the entire 300 kilometer hike.

Malabar Hill, Weligama

Malabar Hill and its 10 secluded villas sit between surf and forest on a high ridge. Just five kilometers from the sandy beaches, this luxury hotel in Weligama is another must on a Sri Lanka tour.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

Malabar is designed to be off-grid and has no television or cell phone reception. Yoga mats in the suites and yoga lawns represent the calm atmosphere. There are scenic cycling and hiking trails on the 33-hectare site.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

Malabar is more modern and cosmopolitan in furnishings and design than many of Sri Lanka’s historic buildings, combining elements of Indian and Middle Eastern styles.

This boutique hotel is well suited for a trip to Galle, just 40 minutes’ drive away, and is also close to the picturesque fishing village of Welligama.

Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo

At the end of a trip to Sri Lanka, it’s time for some relaxation on the coast. Past the fishing port of Negombo and through the narrowing peninsula, the Jetwing Lagoon lies idyllically between the lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, when it’s time to take off, it’s still 30 minutes to Colombo Airport.

A restaurant specializing in local dishes—think curries, sambals, and string hoppers—offers tranquil lagoon views. Less quiet when there are jet skiers and water skiers.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

With cabanas and sunbeds by the 100-meter pool, there’s never a shortage of sunbathing space.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

In the 1960s the hotel was one of Sir Geoffrey Bawa’s early architectural projects. The use of airy spaces and economical local materials became hallmarks of his groundbreaking tropical modernism.

5 Best And Luxurious Hotels In Sri Lanka

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