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Ampersand's Favourite Boutique Hotels: Sri Lanka

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...

Maniumpathy, Colombo

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.

Thotalagala, Haputale

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.

Ulagalla, Anuradhapura

While exploring Sri Lanka’s popular Cultural Triangle, escape the crowds and unwind at Anuradhapura’s top boutique property: UlagallaThis 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. 

To start planning your tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka please contact us: // +44 (0) 207 819 9770


Client Testimonials

We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India

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