Ampersand's Favourite Boutique Hotels: Sri Lanka
With such a wide array of places to stay in Sri Lanka including all the new and exciting properties that crop up every year, it can be hard to whittle down the options to just the perfect few. Here are our thoughts on our favourite boutique hotels on the island to help you decide upon your choices. Please get in touch for more information if any of them appeal to you...
Set in a prime position within the leafy Colombo 7 district, this wonderful property has a tranquil air about it. Thanks to its friendly staff and intimate size, we believe that Maniumpathy makes for one of the most welcoming arrivals to Sri Lanka's capital.
It's no surprise that Thotalagala has always been a firm Ampersand Favourite in our books. Lying within the spectacular hill country of Haputale, this fabulous property was Sri Lanka’s first 19th century tea planter’s bungalow and stays true to its colonial past to this day. Its suites all pay homage to the individuals who helped shape the growing tea region’s history, from James Taylor to Sir Thomas Lipton. Perfect for al fresco dining and High Tea experiences as well as hiking and bird watching, this luxury escape is ideally located. Plus, it offers breath-taking views across the rolling hills!
Kahanda Kanda, Galle
Sandwiched between Sri Lanka’s cosy historic town of Galle and the south coast’s sandy beaches, you can find yourself dining among the jungle at Kahanda Kanda. The owner and British interior designer, George Cooper, has beautifully designed 12 inviting villas that allow you to relax in a private ambiance, indulge in luxury amenities and rest among verdant green grounds. From reading a book on your private veranda to practicing yoga, Kahanda Kanda is the ideal spot in which to unwind.
Rock Villa, Bentota
If you’re looking for a tranquil beachfront property, Rock Villa is the perfect getaway. Spread out along Bentota’s uncrowded coastal line and nestled within exotic and private gardens, the 170-year-old Walauwa is typical of its era with its colonial architecture and shady verandas. Enjoy some easy relaxation time and endless sunset walks along the beach during your stay at this hotel.
Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya National Park
Blending seamlessly into its remote surroundings, the impressive Gal Oya Lodge takes its name from the far-flung National Park in which it lies. Here, there is no mistaking that you are well and truly immersed in nature with no urban distractions around you for miles or even Wi-Fi connection, this eco retreat is blissfully removed from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Set off on a boat safari across the largest reservoir in the country nearby to spot the iconic swimming elephants, which really are a sight to behold.
While exploring Sri Lanka’s popular Cultural Triangle, escape the crowds and unwind at Anuradhapura’s top boutique property: Ulagalla. This place really is quite something – Ulagalla is a high-end and conceptualised resort combining ultra luxury with ultra eco initiatives. Laid out over a truly enormous area surrounded by buffalo fields, the villas are extremely comfortable – akin to an Aman villa but with more flair and colour – and all come with separate living rooms, private pools and marble bathrooms.
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