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Aditya

Sri Lanka 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The idea here is to relax and be pampered, as the staff will gladly provide you with anything from a spa booking to a fresh beach towel. — Jetsetter

Long-standing ethnic-chic boutique hotel located between Hikkaduwa and Galle with 16 exceptionally spacious suites, a spa and crowd-pleasing cuisine. — The Telegraph

This sublime place is crammed with statues of Hindu gods, tropical flowers and masses of high-quality antiques. — Lonely Planet

12 huge suites with polished concrete floors, imported Indo-Asian antique furniture, private plunge pools, top-shelf snacks and drinks, ocean or garden views, and outdoor lounge space. — Oyster

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Cape Weligama

Sri Lanka 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Spread out over a soaring garden-topped headland – turquoise bays and cliff-backed beaches below, swaying coconut palms dotted throughout – it’s primed for adventure. — Mr & Mrs Smith

Between the on-site dive center and the infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, it offers plenty of outdoor diversions. — Condé Nast Traveler

In an undeniably romantic setting with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Weligama offers secluded residences with subtle interiors and sizeable beds. — The Telegraph

Perched on a promontory above the Indian Ocean, this astonishing hotel has stunning vistas and a sublime 60m crescent-shaped infinity pool. — Lonely Planet

Romantic cliffside retreat near Galle with huge pitched-roof villas, private butlers and tea-infused spa treatments. — Jetsetter

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Amanwella

Sri Lanka 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A true temple of luxury living, Amanwella's suites all have private plunge pools, preloaded iPods and gloriously tasteful and modish design touches. — Lonely Planet

Contemporary beach resort in a mature coconut grove overlooking a crescent of golden sand, about two hours’ drive east of Galle. — Andrew Harper

A dense tangle of palm trees tower over an 800-metre stretch of sugary sand at Awanwella hotel, a seafront boutique in Sri Lanka near the town of Tangalle. — Mr & Mrs Smith

Beach bunnies will find their Valhalla at Amanwella: All 30 spacious rooms have unobstructed views of the crescent bay, thanks to sliding glass doors that line their two sea-facing sides. — Condé Nast Traveler

This contemporary hotel touts just 27 suites, which are so spacious and serene guests are rarely seen around the resort. — The Telegraph

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Uga Ulagalla

Sri Lanka 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Exclusive and stylish, the 20 villas in this remote rural retreat, 40km from Anuradhapura, are top of the line, with private plunge pools and relaxing decks, in addition to a lovely central pool. — Lonely Planet

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. — Travel + Leisure

Ulagalla offers 20 spacious, hi-tech yet traditional villas on stilts, good local food, and strong eco-credentials, in a peaceful jungle setting, near Anuradhapura. — The Telegraph

Monkeys, peacocks and elephants at Ulagalla Resort: this handsome hotel lures guests of all shapes and sizes with its ponds and peaceful grounds, dignified Dutch architecture and obliging staff. — Mr & Mrs Smith

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Amangalla

Sri Lanka 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Dutch Fort in Galle offers a myriad of beautiful hotels including the historic and lovingly restored Amangalla. — Afar Magazine

Expect period furnishings like four-poster beds sharing space with modern details like sculptural freestanding bathtubs – along with a peaceful outdoor pool and charming courtyard. — Mr & Mrs Smith

Think high tea on a shaded verandah, whirring overhead fans and rooms with four-poster beds, antique furniture and 300-year-old teak floors. — The Telegraph

Amangalla breathes luxurious new life into the former New Oriental Hotel, a seventeenth-century colonial gem inside Galle Fort, the UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Amangalla was built in 1684 to house the Dutch governor and officers. Later, as the New Oriental Hotel, it was the lodging of choice for 1st-class P&O passengers travelling to and... — Lonely Planet

Colombo Courtyard

Sri Lanka 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Industrial-chic boutique with a serene plunge pool and a sleek rooftop bar overlooking Colombo's skyline. — Jetsetter

Located close to the center of Colombo, this boutique hotel opened in 2012 and is a splash of luxury that's well worth a splurge. — Fodor's

All the comforts you could ask for (huge TVs, work areas, rain showers and more) are appealingly packaged at this new small hotel. — Lonely Planet

The 32-room upscale Colombo Courtyard is a stylish, carbon-neutral boutique hotel on a bustling street in Sri Lanka’s capita with an attractive outdoor pool and on-site spa. — Oyster

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Casa Colombo

Sri Lanka 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This jazzed up 200-year-old Moorish mansion in Colombo’s southern Bambalapitiya quarter overloads the senses: hip, hedonistic and highly styled, the design-driven interiors. — Afar Magazine

The Casa Colombo's motto is "nothing exceeds luxury like excess," and once you arrive here you'll understand. — Fodor's

Oversized pillow-top beds with sexy silver-and-black linens, cutting-edge Nakamichi televisions, innovative yet user-friendly lighting, and built-for-two copper bathtubs. — Condé Nast Traveler

This restored 200-year-old Moorish mansion is an eclectic, contemporary masterpiece housing 12 unforgettable suites -- each slightly different. — Oyster

Protected from the noise, it’s an urban refuge with huge old trees and a rather infamous pink-hued swimming pool. — Lonely Planet

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Paradise Road The Villa Bentota

Sri Lanka 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The 15 rooms and suites are each unique but come with elegant woven cane furniture and a blurring between indoor and outdoor living through gracious balconies and terraces. — Condé Nast Traveler

This inspiring boutique hotel in west coast Bentota is a romantic playground for artists, aesthetics and foodies, with stylish rooms, extensive lawns, a lap pool, and a beach beyond. — The Telegraph

Seaside chic dates to the 19th century at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota hotel on Sri Lanka's southwestern coast — Mr & Mrs Smith

The upper-middle-range Paradise Road The Villa Bentota is a 19th-century mansion turned boutique hotel — Oyster

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Ceylon Tea Trails

Sri Lanka 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Tea Trails comprises a collection of five stunning colonial-style residences built for British tea plantation managers — Lonely Planet

A must is visiting the tea factories where you can watch fair trade tea being made in to the form we know and purchase in stores. It's a refreshing and relaxing experience. — Afar Magazine

Tea may not sound synonymous with travel but Tea Trails, a collection of former planters’ bungalows set among Sri Lanka’s lush estates infuses the classic brew with an unexpected new experience. — Condé Nast Traveler

Decadent colonial-style bungalows make up this lakeside resort on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka's hill country. — Jetsetter

Each airy bungalow has a private verandah, butler service and lake views, while the superlative restaurant's cuisine draws on products of the local tea estates. — Mr & Mrs Smith

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Frangipani Tree

Sri Lanka 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The immaculate, open concept villas, outdoor infinity showers, and brilliant seafood restaurant push it into a whole other category altogether. — Afar Magazine

Frangipani Tree is a small beachside boutique with nine suites that have a rustic, yet up-to-date, casual-chic vibe. — Oyster

There are nine suites in three houses: all are named after turtle species and have soaring ceilings, private verandas and ocean views. There's a lovely infinity pool and palm-fringed beach. — Lonely Planet

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Elephant Stables

Sri Lanka 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This colonial-era villa has been lovingly converted into a beautiful boutique hotel, with excellent service, earthy tones, polished concrete and gnarled wood. — Lonely Planet

The eight-room Elephant Stables is a historic boutique set in a colonial bungalow located a 10-minute drive from the city of Kandy. — Oyster

The family-friendly Elephant Stables offers a brilliant combination of heritage experience and contemporary design. — The Telegraph

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The Fort Bazaar

Sri Lanka 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Founded by the Portuguese in the 16th-century, the sturdy ramparts and enchanting, colonial-era streets of the Unesco World Heritage-listed Galle Fort, is a Sri Lankan must-see. — The Telegraph

One of Galle's most evocative hotels, with 18 gorgeous, commodious rooms and suites, each with espresso machines and wonderful bathrooms, and finished in natural tones. — Lonely Planet

Time travel to Galle’s colonial past while staying in one of its coolest contemporary hotels, Fort Bazaar. — Mr & Mrs Smith

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Jetwing Lighthouse

Sri Lanka 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Parts of this large resort hotel, located 3km up the coast from the Fort, were designed by legendary Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, though other sections are more mundane. — Lonely Planet

It's filled with Indo-Asian arty decor, spacious contemporary colonial rooms, and grassy courtyards, and maintains a keep-to-yourself atmosphere. — Oyster

This historic Galle hotel has a spectacular location on a headland just west of Galle, and is a reliable choice for families and couples looking for a comfortable southern seaside escape. — The Telegraph

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Saman Villas

Sri Lanka 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Saman Villas is arguably the most romantic and luxurious resort in southwestern Sri Lanka. — Oyster

We would love to tell you just how incredible this place is, but the simple truth is that there are no words to describe the sheer opulence of this hotel complex. — Lonely Planet

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AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa

Sri Lanka 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Designed by Sri Lanka’s premier architect Geoffrey Bawa, this hotel oozes his Tropical Modernism style, with clean lines, use of light and elegant design. — The Telegraph

This 75-room, upscale beach resort on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka has competitive prices and attractive tropical modern style. — Oyster

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The Dutch House

Sri Lanka 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

After a game of croquet on the lawn and a swim in the dreamy pool, retire to one of only four rooms high in the hills above Galle to write a novel or sketch a masterpiece. — Lonely Planet

The Dutch House is a timeless boutique hotel, and one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most charming Dutch abodes; its location is convenient for visiting the town’s vibrant produce markets, historic 16th-century fort and Galle’s test cricket ground — The Telegraph

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The Fortress

Sri Lanka 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Within a walled garden and fronting a long beach on the island’s southern shore, this 49-room resort is designed to resemble a traditional walauwa, or noble residence. — Condé Nast Traveler

Ideal for those not worried about watching their wallets or who are willing to spend a bit more to have the expected upscale hotel comforts of the Western world, The Fortress is a solid pick. — Oyster

Revel in infinity pools, 53 chic urban-style rooms with whirlpool baths and rain showers, superb dining and more. — Lonely Planet

The best place to unwind after taking in the cultural triangle-- unspoilt, blissful luxury. — Afar Magazine

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The Wallawwa

Sri Lanka 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A lovingly restored 200-year-old manor house 45 minutes outside Colombo, the Wallawwa hotel sits amid lush tropical gardens that feel miles from anywhere — Mr & Mrs Smith

The short jaunt to the airport may be handy, but The Wallawwa boutique hotel near Colombo is so much more than a pre- or post-flight crash pad. — Afar Magazine

It’s hard to believe this stylish colonial retreat in leafy landscaped gardens is only a short drive from Colombo International Bandaranaike Airport. — The Telegraph

"The house-made cinnamon ice cream here, near Colombo, is a revelation. The country produces some of the world's greatest cinnamon: Once you've had it, you'll realize that the cinnamon... — Condé Nast Traveler

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Taru Villas - Lake Lodge

Sri Lanka 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's a tranquil city retreat for quiet, low-key holiday-makers -- wild partiers steer clear. — Oyster

This hotel gets everything just right...Service is excellent and the hotel is well managed. You can easily walk to much of what’s interesting in Colombo. — Lonely Planet

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Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo

Sri Lanka 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Set inside an old mansion with a notorious past when it was a home for local politicians, this stylish hotel dazzles with its dark, minimalist design, elegant contours and idiosyncratic artworks. — Lonely Planet

The Court Yard restaurant has a lovely garden where guests can take breakfast, and its spacious balcony is a choice spot for a romantic dinner. — Condé Nast Traveler

An ideal spot for large groups or families visiting the area, and its proximity to the political and business center of Colombo makes it a good option for business travelers, too. — Oyster

Grand, modern and distinctively Sri Lankan, Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo hotel is a 10-room sanctuary in one of the capital city's most elite neighbourhoods. — Mr & Mrs Smith

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