This historical house was home to two prime ministers and a president of Sri Lanka, located in the leafy and most desirable residential area of Colombo 7. It has been converted to a luxury private hotel by the hugely talented Shanth Fernando, who also owns Colombo's most enduringly popular restaurant, The Gallery and the highly influential lifestyle store, Paradise Road. All ten suites are individually designed and have every modern amenity whilst some have their own private terrace or balcony. The public areas are all immaculately designed and comfortable yet succeed in retaining a cosy and intimate feel, like a home rather than a hotel.
The Jetwing features wooden and straw villas suspended over a heron-rich marsh. The grounds are lovely and bird-rich, and it's the most conveniently located spot in the area, close to the Buddhist cave temples of Dambulla. It's definitely a good place to rest after a day of exploring. Dinner at the restaurant Aspara is excellent – we recommend the fish curry – and the firefly-lit night makes for a quaint evening treat.
The lodge offers the best dining in Sigirya. Along with fine-dining Apsara, light refreshments and refreshing drinks are yours to enjoy at Sulang along with a cool breeze and casual fare. Graffiti Bar is well stocked while Tree House dining offers a novel experience with spectacular views of the surroundings.
Past travelers gush over this hotel, some calling it one of the most memorable they've ever stayed in. It's certainly one to splurge on. Located high above Kandy and with breathtaking views, the garden terrace offers stunning vistas over the Mahaweli River and the surrounding mountains. Inside, the decor is simple and elegant and the six spacious rooms have large patios or balconies from which to enjoy the views.
Food is a focus here, and five-star trained chefs will personally discuss the evening's proposed menu with you, incorporating any suggestions you have. If you wish, you can even join in the cooking with them. Dinner is served on the garden terrace, with a spectacular backdrop for a memorable meal. The European-style villa has retained the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere of a family home and offers a delightful balance of privacy and informality.
Where else in the world can you stay in a converted tea factory, pluck your own tea and take it home with you as a souvenir? At more than 2000 meters above sea level, the views over lush green organic plantations here are legendary, the sun mingling with the mist across the landscape. Enjoy the views as you tuck into high tea on the terrace or a delicious tea-themed menu in the restaurant. The rooms are modern and more than comfortable, maintaining the tranquility of the setting.
Modernism never looks better than when it's right above a ceaselessly churning ocean, whose waves and murmurs provide a constant sound track. This contemporary beachfront hotel indulges Italian sensibilities while presenting an uninterrupted view onto a very exotic coastline. It's easy enough to rent a tuk-tuk or car for the day and explore area beaches, but you should feel no guilt about staying on the property, getting over your jet lag, paddling around in the extra-large pool or taking a walk along the black rocks and sand down below.
The restaurant is wonderful, showcasing the simple culinary pleasures of the coastline, fresh catches of the day brought ashore by local fishermen to Anantara's beach, handed over to master chefs who transform the ocean bounty into delectable Italian-inspired seafood creations and signature handmade pasta dishes, complemented by fine wines.
A beautifully restored colonial-era property, whose dark-wood flourishes and original tile work make it feel more like a great house than a hotel. Amangalla is in the Dutch fort, packed with antiques, old prints, white linen, and rich mahogany. The suites are colonially styled, featuring four-poster beds, pettagama chests, and teak floorboards. All rooms offer views of the hotel gardens. The bathrooms, in hardwood and white, include an armoire, twin vanities, free-standing bathtubs, and shower rooms.
A large swimming pool, surrounded by palms, is a cool respite from exploring, and its courtyard has several wooden sun loungers. Step out of the hotel and unravel the history of the fort, which houses many colonial buildings that are still in use. Outside its walls, you can explore bustling narrow streets, and the ramparts and seawall, where locals gather alike to fly kites, play cricket, or relax. Head round the corner for an early lunch at Pedlar's Inn, a sweetly chill café with excellent smoothies.