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Aditya

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

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

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

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

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Ceylon Tea Trails

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

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

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

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

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

Cape Weligama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saman Villas

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

Saman Villas’ setting – a sea-splashed rocky promontory in Bentota with far-reaching coastal and ocean views – is a country standout, and everything is geared to romance and relaxation. — The Telegraph

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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Amanwella

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

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

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

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

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Uga Ulagalla

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Evocative resort hotel housed within the 400-year-old Galle Fort at the southwestern tip of the island. — Andrew Harper

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

Colombo Courtyard

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

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

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

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 200-year-old colonial mansion, on a peaceful cul-de-sac in the middle of bustling Colombo, has been converted into Sri Lanka’s most glamorous new hotel. — Travel + Leisure

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 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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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Kahanda Kanda

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

Kahanda Kanda in Galle is an eight-room residence on a lush green tea plantation, popular with peacocks, parakeets, mongoose and monkeys — Mr & Mrs Smith

Sri Lanka's standout Kahanda Kanda hotel is an artistically-styled and couples-orientated boutique hotel in the Galle hills — The Telegraph

Nine freestanding pavilions blend into the lush jungle at this former private home set on a 12-acre working tea estate five miles inland from Galle Fort. — Condé Nast Traveler

Join the monkeys, mongooses and bright-feathered birds at Kahanda Kanda, set in a lush green tea plantation on a quiet Galle hillside. — Afar Magazine

Located in Koggala (Galle District), Kahanda Kanda is close to Handunugoda Tea Museum and Martin Wickramsinghe Folk Museum. — Jetsetter

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Frangipani Tree

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

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

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

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Elephant Stables

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Jetwing Lighthouse

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

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

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

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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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 →

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

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

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

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Buckingham Place

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

The gorgeous, upscale Buckingham Place boutique resort is a peaceful, secluded retreat with Rekawa Beach access and within a wildlife sanctuary — Oyster

Buckingham Place really puts its guests first. Hospitality is warm, unfussy and genuine; and the hotel’s first-class facilities include amply spacious rooms. — The Telegraph

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The Wallawwa

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

"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

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

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