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    Sri Lanka has been under the rule of not one but numerous influences, the Portuguese, Dutch, Arab and British. It all amalgamated into an interesting multi-cultural history and lifestyle that is why hoards of people are enchanted by Sri Lanka. The story of what once was can be seen on the streets, the architecture and even tasted in the food. But it has not diminished their true identity into something lackluster, but rather turned it into something exciting and dynamic. The country is full of variety and shows itself to be heaving with possibilities. It is above all, a resilient society that is still very Sri Lankan but pays subtle tribute to its colonial times.
    In hindsight, religion and cultural beliefs have remained steadfast and stronger than ever here. And they have produced practices that attract admirers worldwide; such as the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, a mystical site that is Buddhist Sri Lanka’s most precious artifact. Apart from the fervent praise of omnipotent entities, Sri Lanka’s natural beaches, mountains, forests and jungles are what leave the greatest lasting impressions. The coastline always hosts fun beach parties, water sports, snorkeling and other nautical pursuits. The most visited and the most happening areas are Colombo, Galle in the south, Kandy and Hikkaduwa. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised at the trendy bars, clubs, restaurants and overall great nightlife that have emerged out. Sri Lanka at a glance is a jumble, a tropical heap on the southern tip of India that through its wonderful order in disorder has shaped a community that has harmonized the old with the new – a 'must-do' destination for the modern nomad.

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    PARADISE ROAD

    The Gallery Café is simply fantastic. It has nailed 'cool' atmosphere down to the tee; thanks to a mixture raw stone carved edifices and elegant furniture. The decor combines black and white cushions and handmade cream leathers. Secondly, the surrounding greenery and twisting branches over the roof and courtyard make the perfect indoor and outdoor setting. But most importantly, their beautifully presented food is always well cooked and consistently delicious. Their menu is international and offers plenty of choices, which is a breath of fresh air to anyone looking to part with Sri Lankan cuisine for a while. It’s the best place for lunch and dinner. Diners at The Gallery Café get to take pleasure in their cocktails, desserts, substantial meals and free wi-fi. The Gallery Café’s next main attraction are of course, their boutique and changing art exhibitions which feature different new and established artists. It closes at midnight.

    213 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7 +94 11 2686043 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    PEDLAR’S INN CAFÉ

    Pedlar’s Inn Café is the proud, first coffee house inside the UNESCO Heritage Site in Galle Fort. What started off as a measly four table restaurant that was single handedly staffed, has bloomed into an expansive contemporary coffee house that is visited by all who pass by Galle Fort. Pedlar’s Inn Café retains a relaxed outlook and a vintage interior full of character. The café vacates an old British post office on Pedlar’s Street, where dozens of shops and boutiques are open for perusal. We recommend Pedlar’s Inn Café for brunch, lunch or just a chilled out coffee with a friend. Visiting during the evening for drinks and playing cards is also a popular past time. Additionally, Pedlar’s Inn Café has a surprise jewelry store inside with a good array of gems and handmade goods.

    Pedlar St, Galle +94 91 2 225333 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    BAREFOOT GARDEN CAFÉ

    The Barefoot Café is a ton of fun. Right in the middle of frangipani garden, this tropical, two floor eatery serves the most delicious fresh lime juice and calamari pasta in all the land. And their chocolate mousse is no different. On Sundays, live jazz wafts through the tropical air and makes for a perfect evening in Sri Lanka. The Barefoot Café is wonderful for light snacks or lunches. Luckily, there are more than one equally great branches around the island.

    704, Galle Rd, Colombo 00300 +94 11 2 589305 , view website , view on map

     

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    PARADISE ROAD TINTAGEL

    Tintagel’s green backdrop and dignified design will make visitors feel like a royal on a secret vacation. Erected in 1930 for Sri Lanka’s politicians, the noble manor was converted into a deluxe 10 suite hotel. Possessing a one of a kind boutique feel, praised for its peaceful intimate location and stylish interiors.
    Anatomical statues, iridescent columns, timber floors and gleaming finishes are what can be seen around Tintagel. Its rooms are equivalent to a lavish loft, with couches as soft as clouds and all the modern amenities to sate the opulent needs. It has two very grand restaurants under its belt and a bar. All 10 suites are comfortably spacious and have a private courtyard, balcony or lounge.

    Tintagel’s staff are world-class individuals who speak perfect English and are as friendly as can be. The accumulation of all these admirable characteristics are what made it the chosen hotel for the Their Royal Highnesses, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Colombo in 2013. Tintagel has a reputation to uphold to, and visitors can be assured that they won’t be disappointed here.

    65, Rosmead Pl, Colombo +94 11 4 602060 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    CASA COLOMBO

    Casa Colombo is a magnificent retro-chic renovation of a two century old mansion. It has 12 suites and a distinctly Sri Lankan theme to it. The color schemes are bold and the décor is fearless, guests will be wowed at the quirkiness and originality of their bathtubs, beds and even their pool. Crumbs of thoughtfulness can be found in every corner, such as cute decorative surprises in unusual places. Despite this unabashed style, Casa Colombo’s rattan furniture, stained glass and large open windows keep it very traditional and classy. Everything is upsized, from the large beds, to big bathrooms to suites with enough space. Casa Colombo is a favorite amongst honeymooners because it is orignal and very quiet compared to the ever boisterous Colombo. Casa Colombo additionally offers a personal butler, that they call ‘Domos’. Bringing forth a new level of comfort and hospitality that is matchless. There are three great restaurants that offer Sri Lankan and International cuisine.

    231 Galle Rd, Colombo 00400 +94 11 4 520130 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    ADITYA RESORT

    The Aditya Resort really embodies how magical Sri Lanka can be, and how those dream vacations of a lifetime aren’t too far from reality. It’s quite a tall order, but Aditya pulls it off. From the moment of arrival, guests are treated with the uppermost care and hospitality, and are welcomed into a boutique hotel that unites with the shore. Sprawling green grass and trees carpet the hotel’s edges and gradients off into the sandy private beach. Sunloungers and hammocks allow guests to laze, linger and loiter around the salty tropical coast. Even on the inside of the warm suites, the sound of the waves are heard and aid a sweet, refreshing slumber. Each suite is a window onto the picturesque views of palm trees, silky waters and mellow sunsets. Some have private pools. The highlights of the Aditya experience were the soft beds, awesome showers at one with nature, private plunge pools and meals that could be set up anywhere in the resort. Meanwhile the taste of Aditya’s food just dances on taste buds. To tie it all up, Aditya feels like a spacious, private condo that is a marriage of modern and Sri Lankan design. The staff are very friendly.

    719/1, Galle Road, Devenigoda, Rathgama, Galle +94 91 2 267708 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE SUN HOUSE

    The Sun House is a small colonial guest house on top of a hill. Just five minutes away from Galle, the 1860’s structure has seven individually-styled bedrooms that each have a relaxed, rustic atmosphere. They are filled with valuable collections of art, books and furniture. It is due to this that bookings are essential at the Sun House. Being at The Sun House is similar to being in a traditional Sri Lankan home; the central living room and dining room portrays this exceptionally well. The rooms are brilliant with old school Sri Lankan décor, dreamy beds and modern fixtures. It’s a balanced combination of tradition and luxury. In contrast, The Sun House’s exterior is reminiscent of the time of planters and an era of simplicity.

    18 Upper Dickson Road, Upper Dickson Rd, Galle +94 91 4 380275 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE DUTCH HOUSE

    The Dutch House is the sister of The Sun House. The 17th century structure is based on top of a hill, encircled by stunning gardens and vegetation. The Dutch House is Sri Lanka's best preserved historical mansions, and has gorgeously spacious quarters. It is only a minute’s descent down the hill to the heart of the city. Upon arrival there - a charming vintage car is the first sight - immediately letting guests know that this is a great place to drop anchor.
    There are only four exclusive rooms, which make it all the more peaceful and private. Tranquility hangs in the air. Loosening up in their infinity pool, unwinding in their English tropical garden (complete with a croquet lawn) or just idleing away the day anywhere in the resort are good options. The staff are particularly discreet and do not interfere with guest's experiences. However, they are always around to lend a friendly hand. The Dutch House gives sweeping views of the UN World Heritage-listed fort of Galle. It's no surprise that The Dutch House is called one of the 'Top 20 hip hotels' in the world. Whether it is the place to start or end a journey in Sri Lanka, this should be on the itinerary.

    18 Upper Dickson Rd, Galle +94 91 4 380275 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    AMANWELLA

    Laid out on a coconut grove by the beach near southern Sri Lanka’s Tangelle town, Amanwella is the island's luxury Eden. The 30 suite hotel provides unbelievable beachfront rooms with private plunge pools and terraces. The suites are dotted down a hillside where views of the beach and headland are a daily sight. The rooms flaunt a plush décor of neutral colors and clean lines. Amanwella used stone, timber and terrazzo to create this sanctuary, giving a very organic and cool aesthetic vibe amid the disarray of Sri Lanka. The infinity pool juts over the blissful sea, making it the ultimate spot to soak up the atmosphere. The beach not only offers quiet isolation but valuable nature tours that include the rare opportunity to whale watch. Amanwella’s professional staff are amazing and they endorse meaning of Amanwella; “peace”.

    Amanwella, Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Wathura, Godellawela, Tangalle +94 47 2 241333 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    AMANGALLA

    Amangalla is in the center of a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Sri Lanka’s historic Galle Fort. The building was created during the Dutch colonial era and similarly, much of the surrounding town was also under this regime. Therefore, simple walks around the property and nearby streets can still reveal fleeting insights into its fertile multi-cultural history. Amangalla has cleverly personified this colonial style in the resort through antiques, rattan furniture, polished hardwood floors and rich mahoganies. The rooms have high ceilings, painted in spotless eggshell, and feature large windows that offers views of the garden, fort or harbor. The resort is breathtaking with chandeliers, airy verandahs and a unique swimming pool. The large pool feels more like a refreshing pond under the sun. It is enclosed by a stone wall, thick palms and is neatly lined with cool sun loungers.

    10 Church St, Galle +94 91 2 233388 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SATORI VILLA

    Satori is a stress-free zone where peace and nature flourishes. The luxury private villas rise above the jungles of Galle, with the gorgeous backdrop of vibrant trees, tropical flowers and sparkling bodies of water. Beyond the colonial Dutch villa walls are the faint sounds of the living jungle, a calming lullaby to city-hardened folks. Suite windows open onto a panorama of lush landscapes, paddy fields, and sporadic sightings of monkeys, colorful birds and other wildlife. This is every tree-hugger’s dream. Privacy, solidarity and tranquility are all at Satori, so are private chefs and drivers who will take guests anywhere around Galle safely. Many choose to hit Kogala, Hikkaduwa, Whale watching spots and the Elephant orphanage. The staff can also arrange more detailed trips to plantations. For homebodies, the infinity pool, beach and verandah are just steps away. It’s really magical and the right place to reconnect with oneself and detox. The villas are incredibly sumptuous, big enough to accommodate six to eight persons and still be spacious. It’s worth mentioning that Satori’s food is deliciously addicting. In short, Satori is Sri Lanka’s hidden paradise where staff ensure the royal treatment for all guests.

    Galle +94 91 2 250308 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    CAPE WELIGAMA RESORT

    Here, it is certainly the most exclusive and the most smart address of Sri Lanka. The staff are detail-oriented, the view is magnificent and the rooms are fabulous. The stroll to Merissa to savour local seafood on the beach must be made. Cap Welligama is a very good choice to observe whales because the observation cruise is only 10 minutes approximately from the hotel. Numerous activities are free and some have a nominal price (including surfing lessons, boat trips with pedals, snorkelling ..).

    Weligama +94 11 7 745700 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    LIVING HERITAGE KOSLANDA

    This is a magnificent site in the middle of luxuriant, peaceful vegetation, 50 minutes from Haputale. Whether in the company of a loved one or as family, the view of the infinity-edge pool which overhangs the valley is a pleasure. More impressive are the falls of Dilayuma which are located in the property of the hotel. A magical moment is viewing the sunrise, the Lipton Seat and roaming in the middle of tea plantations. Top tip; it is better to take a tuk-tuk for the 7 kilometers descent.

    Egodawatte Estate, Naulla, Koslanda 90190 +94 55 4 927975 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    KALUNDEWA RETREAT

    Kalundewa Retreat is a luxurious hotel little away from Roamed, in the middle of rice fields and agricultural crops, where the landscape is mesmerising and fauna abounds (peacocks, cranes, squirrels, numerous species of birds). Here it is also possible to take lessons in local cuisine. From here a visit to the famous Golden temple in Dambulla, comprising five troglodyte rooms decorated with magnificent frescoes and sculptures, is recommended . Having contemplated the monkeys, the sunset is magnificent and is not to be missed.

    Kalundewa Road, Dambulu Oya Dambulla. Dambulla 21100 +94 77 520 5475 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE KANDY HOUSE

    The Kandy House is a sweet (pun intended) home away from home in Sri Lanka and a cool oasis. The ancestral manor was flipped into a captivating boutique hotel that tastefully preserves the original flair of the manor. It is positioned right in the thick of Sri Lanka’s nicest destinations, hidden away in a serene location where guests can bask in total privacy and rest from the dizzying Sri Lanka hubbub. Kandy’s rooms are named after indigenous butterflies; the nine rooms are decorated individually but possess a blend of Sri Lankan antiques and the latest modern facilities. Their limited number of rooms give it the ambience of a real private home. The infinity pool is gorgeous; trees and grass shield it but allow guests to peek into the nearby rice paddy fields. There are also large, open verandahs where guests can enjoy their authentic Sri Lankan meals. The Kandy House’s catering is delicious; a fusion of European and Sri Lankan cuisine. The hospitality at The Kandy House is bountiful. It Is a simple hotel that can do no wrong.

    Amunugama Waluwa, Gunnepana, Kandy 20270 +94 81 4 921394 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SAMUDRA HOUSE

    Designed by one of the architects of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Jatayatillaka Sumangala, the Samudra House hotel is situated at the edge of the beach, and is the ideal location to relax and to take advantage of their culinary delights (Curry with shrimps for example). From this base, the small atypical museum of Ariyapala Mask Museum can be reached on foot. A further 10 kilometers away is the famous tortoise reserve.

    Samudra Beach 1164/1 Galle Matara Road Habaraduwa +94 77 4617 2700 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    LUNUGANGA COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

    The site is a charming, very quiet place where silence is king. For a romantic stay, the hotel is close to the beach of Bentota, where the sand is white and the water is turquoise blue. Mostly, the beach is clean but one should be careful as the power and force of the waves can be quite unexpected. For those keen on architecture or beautiful gardens, it's recommended to visit the garden of Lunuganga, a place where Sri Lanka with an English touch is found.

    Lunuganga Estate Dedduwa Bentota +94 77 3308602 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    TRAPROBANE ISLAND

    An immensely different experience waits on Taprobane Island. The privately owned land on the Indian Ocean is isolated and very private. A neo-palladian mansion at Taprobane serves as a temporary abode. There are only five en-suite bedrooms, which are spacious and have access to balconies, verandahs, gardens and the infinity pool. At Taprobane, guests will have their own private chef, who is adept in making seafood and Asian dishes, as well as lip-smacking Sri Lankan curries. The staff are few but always present yet unobtrusive. There really isn’t anywhere else in Sri Lanka that is more private than this. At Taprobane one can savour drinks while looking out over the Indian Ocean and feel like the royals, presidents, and aristocrats that have enjoyed Taprobane. Taprobane is not just your typical hotel, it is a home from home. Paul Bowles, who is great inspiration for MONTROI lived here and sold the island after four years.

    Taprobane Island, Weligama +94 91 4380275 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    HOTEL TRI

    The location of the hotel Tri is just incredible. Situated on a hill around the lake Koggala with a breathtaking view - especially enjoyed on its top floor terrace. For cinnamon aficionados, The Cinnamon Experience in Ahangama is a must do, where a local cinnamon farmer will explain the procedure of growing, harvesting and selling. Cinnamon has a place in the history of the spice route and is well known for its herbal benefits which are also revealed on this fascinationg tour.

    Koggala Lake, Aladuwa Watte, Pelassa, Thitthagalle, Ahangama 80650 +94 777 708 177 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    MAYA TANGALLE VILLA

    Having been restored, the Maya Tangalle Villa has become a haven of peace and it's located only eight kilometers from Tangalle. The rooms are spacious and have breathtaking views. Booking a safari from Beliatta or discovering the waterfalls of the same city are good options.

    The Old House, Tangalle +94 47 5 679026 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE ARK

    In rural Sri Lanka, a ‘watch-hut’ is adopted as an elevated refuge for the farmer to protect the crops overnight. In retrospect ‘The Ark’ is a contemporary style elevated estate villa (by architect Narein Perera) nestled on a raised terrain of a 40 acre estate in Mathugama, where the rubber plantation stops and the jungle begins. Its unique and elevated location allows a breathtaking view of the estate, the valley below and hills beyond, leaving the guest in lush green seclusion. This is not a typical touristic place, and while it is in the middle of nowhere, it is not very expensive. Just 2.45 hours’ drive from the Colombo International Airport. The hotel swimming pool should be put to good use during a stay.

    Matugama, Kopiwatta Junction - Uthumgama Road, 12127 +94 77 342 8940 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE FRANGIPANI TREE

    "Frangipani Tree" is a haven of peace endowed with an excellent chef. Besides the extraordinary view, it's not uncommon to find sea turtles wandering on the beach. With elegant architecture, this is in Thalpe next to Galle and is very accessible in terms of pricing. Numerous activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, deep sea fishing, whale / dolphin watching, hot ballooning mean guests can be as busy as they choose.

    812 Matara Road, Unawatuna, LK 80600 +94 91 228 3711 , send email, view website , view on map

     

    CITY DESCRIPTION

    SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka has been under the rule of not one but numerous influences, the Portuguese, Dutch, Arab and British. It all amalgamated into an interesting multi-cultural history and lifestyle that is why hoards of people are enchanted by Sri Lanka. The story of what once was can be seen on the streets, the architecture and even tasted in the food. But it has not diminished their true identity into something lackluster, but rather turned it into something exciting and dynamic. The country is full of variety and shows itself to be heaving with possibilities. It is above all, a resilient society that is still very Sri Lankan but pays subtle tribute to its colonial times.
    In hindsight, religion and cultural beliefs have remained steadfast and stronger than ever here. And they have produced practices that attract admirers worldwide; such as the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, a mystical site that is Buddhist Sri Lanka’s most precious artifact. Apart from the fervent praise of omnipotent entities, Sri Lanka’s natural beaches, mountains, forests and jungles are what leave the greatest lasting impressions. The coastline always hosts fun beach parties, water sports, snorkeling and other nautical pursuits. The most visited and the most happening areas are Colombo, Galle in the south, Kandy and Hikkaduwa. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised at the trendy bars, clubs, restaurants and overall great nightlife that have emerged out. Sri Lanka at a glance is a jumble, a tropical heap on the southern tip of India that through its wonderful order in disorder has shaped a community that has harmonized the old with the new – a 'must-do' destination for the modern nomad.

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    SRI LANKA

    The Gallery Café is simply fantastic. It has nailed 'cool' atmosphere down to the tee; thanks to a mixture raw stone carved edifices and elegant furniture. The decor combines black and white cushions and handmade cream leathers. Secondly, the surrounding greenery and twisting branches over the roof and courtyard make the perfect indoor and outdoor setting. But most importantly, their beautifully presented food is always well cooked and consistently delicious. Their menu is international and offers plenty of choices, which is a breath of fresh air to anyone looking to part with Sri Lankan cuisine for a while. It’s the best place for lunch and dinner. Diners at The Gallery Café get to take pleasure in their cocktails, desserts, substantial meals and free wi-fi. The Gallery Café’s next main attraction are of course, their boutique and changing art exhibitions which feature different new and established artists. It closes at midnight.

    213 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7 +94 11 2686043 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SRI LANKA

    Pedlar’s Inn Café is the proud, first coffee house inside the UNESCO Heritage Site in Galle Fort. What started off as a measly four table restaurant that was single handedly staffed, has bloomed into an expansive contemporary coffee house that is visited by all who pass by Galle Fort. Pedlar’s Inn Café retains a relaxed outlook and a vintage interior full of character. The café vacates an old British post office on Pedlar’s Street, where dozens of shops and boutiques are open for perusal. We recommend Pedlar’s Inn Café for brunch, lunch or just a chilled out coffee with a friend. Visiting during the evening for drinks and playing cards is also a popular past time. Additionally, Pedlar’s Inn Café has a surprise jewelry store inside with a good array of gems and handmade goods.

    Pedlar St, Galle +94 91 2 225333 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SRI LANKA

    The Barefoot Café is a ton of fun. Right in the middle of frangipani garden, this tropical, two floor eatery serves the most delicious fresh lime juice and calamari pasta in all the land. And their chocolate mousse is no different. On Sundays, live jazz wafts through the tropical air and makes for a perfect evening in Sri Lanka. The Barefoot Café is wonderful for light snacks or lunches. Luckily, there are more than one equally great branches around the island.

    704, Galle Rd, Colombo 00300 +94 11 2 589305 , view website , view on map

     

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    SRI LANKA

    Tintagel’s green backdrop and dignified design will make visitors feel like a royal on a secret vacation. Erected in 1930 for Sri Lanka’s politicians, the noble manor was converted into a deluxe 10 suite hotel. Possessing a one of a kind boutique feel, praised for its peaceful intimate location and stylish interiors.
    Anatomical statues, iridescent columns, timber floors and gleaming finishes are what can be seen around Tintagel. Its rooms are equivalent to a lavish loft, with couches as soft as clouds and all the modern amenities to sate the opulent needs. It has two very grand restaurants under its belt and a bar. All 10 suites are comfortably spacious and have a private courtyard, balcony or lounge.

    Tintagel’s staff are world-class individuals who speak perfect English and are as friendly as can be. The accumulation of all these admirable characteristics are what made it the chosen hotel for the Their Royal Highnesses, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Colombo in 2013. Tintagel has a reputation to uphold to, and visitors can be assured that they won’t be disappointed here.

    65, Rosmead Pl, Colombo +94 11 4 602060 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SRI LANKA

    Casa Colombo is a magnificent retro-chic renovation of a two century old mansion. It has 12 suites and a distinctly Sri Lankan theme to it. The color schemes are bold and the décor is fearless, guests will be wowed at the quirkiness and originality of their bathtubs, beds and even their pool. Crumbs of thoughtfulness can be found in every corner, such as cute decorative surprises in unusual places. Despite this unabashed style, Casa Colombo’s rattan furniture, stained glass and large open windows keep it very traditional and classy. Everything is upsized, from the large beds, to big bathrooms to suites with enough space. Casa Colombo is a favorite amongst honeymooners because it is orignal and very quiet compared to the ever boisterous Colombo. Casa Colombo additionally offers a personal butler, that they call ‘Domos’. Bringing forth a new level of comfort and hospitality that is matchless. There are three great restaurants that offer Sri Lankan and International cuisine.

    231 Galle Rd, Colombo 00400 +94 11 4 520130 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SRI LANKA

    The Aditya Resort really embodies how magical Sri Lanka can be, and how those dream vacations of a lifetime aren’t too far from reality. It’s quite a tall order, but Aditya pulls it off. From the moment of arrival, guests are treated with the uppermost care and hospitality, and are welcomed into a boutique hotel that unites with the shore. Sprawling green grass and trees carpet the hotel’s edges and gradients off into the sandy private beach. Sunloungers and hammocks allow guests to laze, linger and loiter around the salty tropical coast. Even on the inside of the warm suites, the sound of the waves are heard and aid a sweet, refreshing slumber. Each suite is a window onto the picturesque views of palm trees, silky waters and mellow sunsets. Some have private pools. The highlights of the Aditya experience were the soft beds, awesome showers at one with nature, private plunge pools and meals that could be set up anywhere in the resort. Meanwhile the taste of Aditya’s food just dances on taste buds. To tie it all up, Aditya feels like a spacious, private condo that is a marriage of modern and Sri Lankan design. The staff are very friendly.

    719/1, Galle Road, Devenigoda, Rathgama, Galle +94 91 2 267708 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SRI LANKA

    The Sun House is a small colonial guest house on top of a hill. Just five minutes away from Galle, the 1860’s structure has seven individually-styled bedrooms that each have a relaxed, rustic atmosphere. They are filled with valuable collections of art, books and furniture. It is due to this that bookings are essential at the Sun House. Being at The Sun House is similar to being in a traditional Sri Lankan home; the central living room and dining room portrays this exceptionally well. The rooms are brilliant with old school Sri Lankan décor, dreamy beds and modern fixtures. It’s a balanced combination of tradition and luxury. In contrast, The Sun House’s exterior is reminiscent of the time of planters and an era of simplicity.

    18 Upper Dickson Road, Upper Dickson Rd, Galle +94 91 4 380275 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SRI LANKA

    The Dutch House is the sister of The Sun House. The 17th century structure is based on top of a hill, encircled by stunning gardens and vegetation. The Dutch House is Sri Lanka's best preserved historical mansions, and has gorgeously spacious quarters. It is only a minute’s descent down the hill to the heart of the city. Upon arrival there - a charming vintage car is the first sight - immediately letting guests know that this is a great place to drop anchor.
    There are only four exclusive rooms, which make it all the more peaceful and private. Tranquility hangs in the air. Loosening up in their infinity pool, unwinding in their English tropical garden (complete with a croquet lawn) or just idleing away the day anywhere in the resort are good options. The staff are particularly discreet and do not interfere with guest's experiences. However, they are always around to lend a friendly hand. The Dutch House gives sweeping views of the UN World Heritage-listed fort of Galle. It's no surprise that The Dutch House is called one of the 'Top 20 hip hotels' in the world. Whether it is the place to start or end a journey in Sri Lanka, this should be on the itinerary.

    18 Upper Dickson Rd, Galle +94 91 4 380275 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SRI LANKA

    Laid out on a coconut grove by the beach near southern Sri Lanka’s Tangelle town, Amanwella is the island's luxury Eden. The 30 suite hotel provides unbelievable beachfront rooms with private plunge pools and terraces. The suites are dotted down a hillside where views of the beach and headland are a daily sight. The rooms flaunt a plush décor of neutral colors and clean lines. Amanwella used stone, timber and terrazzo to create this sanctuary, giving a very organic and cool aesthetic vibe amid the disarray of Sri Lanka. The infinity pool juts over the blissful sea, making it the ultimate spot to soak up the atmosphere. The beach not only offers quiet isolation but valuable nature tours that include the rare opportunity to whale watch. Amanwella’s professional staff are amazing and they endorse meaning of Amanwella; “peace”.

    Amanwella, Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Wathura, Godellawela, Tangalle +94 47 2 241333 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    Amangalla is in the center of a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Sri Lanka’s historic Galle Fort. The building was created during the Dutch colonial era and similarly, much of the surrounding town was also under this regime. Therefore, simple walks around the property and nearby streets can still reveal fleeting insights into its fertile multi-cultural history. Amangalla has cleverly personified this colonial style in the resort through antiques, rattan furniture, polished hardwood floors and rich mahoganies. The rooms have high ceilings, painted in spotless eggshell, and feature large windows that offers views of the garden, fort or harbor. The resort is breathtaking with chandeliers, airy verandahs and a unique swimming pool. The large pool feels more like a refreshing pond under the sun. It is enclosed by a stone wall, thick palms and is neatly lined with cool sun loungers.

    10 Church St, Galle +94 91 2 233388 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    Satori is a stress-free zone where peace and nature flourishes. The luxury private villas rise above the jungles of Galle, with the gorgeous backdrop of vibrant trees, tropical flowers and sparkling bodies of water. Beyond the colonial Dutch villa walls are the faint sounds of the living jungle, a calming lullaby to city-hardened folks. Suite windows open onto a panorama of lush landscapes, paddy fields, and sporadic sightings of monkeys, colorful birds and other wildlife. This is every tree-hugger’s dream. Privacy, solidarity and tranquility are all at Satori, so are private chefs and drivers who will take guests anywhere around Galle safely. Many choose to hit Kogala, Hikkaduwa, Whale watching spots and the Elephant orphanage. The staff can also arrange more detailed trips to plantations. For homebodies, the infinity pool, beach and verandah are just steps away. It’s really magical and the right place to reconnect with oneself and detox. The villas are incredibly sumptuous, big enough to accommodate six to eight persons and still be spacious. It’s worth mentioning that Satori’s food is deliciously addicting. In short, Satori is Sri Lanka’s hidden paradise where staff ensure the royal treatment for all guests.

    Galle +94 91 2 250308 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    Here, it is certainly the most exclusive and the most smart address of Sri Lanka. The staff are detail-oriented, the view is magnificent and the rooms are fabulous. The stroll to Merissa to savour local seafood on the beach must be made. Cap Welligama is a very good choice to observe whales because the observation cruise is only 10 minutes approximately from the hotel. Numerous activities are free and some have a nominal price (including surfing lessons, boat trips with pedals, snorkelling ..).

    Weligama +94 11 7 745700 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    This is a magnificent site in the middle of luxuriant, peaceful vegetation, 50 minutes from Haputale. Whether in the company of a loved one or as family, the view of the infinity-edge pool which overhangs the valley is a pleasure. More impressive are the falls of Dilayuma which are located in the property of the hotel. A magical moment is viewing the sunrise, the Lipton Seat and roaming in the middle of tea plantations. Top tip; it is better to take a tuk-tuk for the 7 kilometers descent.

    Egodawatte Estate, Naulla, Koslanda 90190 +94 55 4 927975 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    Kalundewa Retreat is a luxurious hotel little away from Roamed, in the middle of rice fields and agricultural crops, where the landscape is mesmerising and fauna abounds (peacocks, cranes, squirrels, numerous species of birds). Here it is also possible to take lessons in local cuisine. From here a visit to the famous Golden temple in Dambulla, comprising five troglodyte rooms decorated with magnificent frescoes and sculptures, is recommended . Having contemplated the monkeys, the sunset is magnificent and is not to be missed.

    Kalundewa Road, Dambulu Oya Dambulla. Dambulla 21100 +94 77 520 5475 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    The Kandy House is a sweet (pun intended) home away from home in Sri Lanka and a cool oasis. The ancestral manor was flipped into a captivating boutique hotel that tastefully preserves the original flair of the manor. It is positioned right in the thick of Sri Lanka’s nicest destinations, hidden away in a serene location where guests can bask in total privacy and rest from the dizzying Sri Lanka hubbub. Kandy’s rooms are named after indigenous butterflies; the nine rooms are decorated individually but possess a blend of Sri Lankan antiques and the latest modern facilities. Their limited number of rooms give it the ambience of a real private home. The infinity pool is gorgeous; trees and grass shield it but allow guests to peek into the nearby rice paddy fields. There are also large, open verandahs where guests can enjoy their authentic Sri Lankan meals. The Kandy House’s catering is delicious; a fusion of European and Sri Lankan cuisine. The hospitality at The Kandy House is bountiful. It Is a simple hotel that can do no wrong.

    Amunugama Waluwa, Gunnepana, Kandy 20270 +94 81 4 921394 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    Designed by one of the architects of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Jatayatillaka Sumangala, the Samudra House hotel is situated at the edge of the beach, and is the ideal location to relax and to take advantage of their culinary delights (Curry with shrimps for example). From this base, the small atypical museum of Ariyapala Mask Museum can be reached on foot. A further 10 kilometers away is the famous tortoise reserve.

    Samudra Beach 1164/1 Galle Matara Road Habaraduwa +94 77 4617 2700 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    The site is a charming, very quiet place where silence is king. For a romantic stay, the hotel is close to the beach of Bentota, where the sand is white and the water is turquoise blue. Mostly, the beach is clean but one should be careful as the power and force of the waves can be quite unexpected. For those keen on architecture or beautiful gardens, it's recommended to visit the garden of Lunuganga, a place where Sri Lanka with an English touch is found.

    Lunuganga Estate Dedduwa Bentota +94 77 3308602 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    An immensely different experience waits on Taprobane Island. The privately owned land on the Indian Ocean is isolated and very private. A neo-palladian mansion at Taprobane serves as a temporary abode. There are only five en-suite bedrooms, which are spacious and have access to balconies, verandahs, gardens and the infinity pool. At Taprobane, guests will have their own private chef, who is adept in making seafood and Asian dishes, as well as lip-smacking Sri Lankan curries. The staff are few but always present yet unobtrusive. There really isn’t anywhere else in Sri Lanka that is more private than this. At Taprobane one can savour drinks while looking out over the Indian Ocean and feel like the royals, presidents, and aristocrats that have enjoyed Taprobane. Taprobane is not just your typical hotel, it is a home from home. Paul Bowles, who is great inspiration for MONTROI lived here and sold the island after four years.

    Taprobane Island, Weligama +94 91 4380275 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    The location of the hotel Tri is just incredible. Situated on a hill around the lake Koggala with a breathtaking view - especially enjoyed on its top floor terrace. For cinnamon aficionados, The Cinnamon Experience in Ahangama is a must do, where a local cinnamon farmer will explain the procedure of growing, harvesting and selling. Cinnamon has a place in the history of the spice route and is well known for its herbal benefits which are also revealed on this fascinationg tour.

    Koggala Lake, Aladuwa Watte, Pelassa, Thitthagalle, Ahangama 80650 +94 777 708 177 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    Having been restored, the Maya Tangalle Villa has become a haven of peace and it's located only eight kilometers from Tangalle. The rooms are spacious and have breathtaking views. Booking a safari from Beliatta or discovering the waterfalls of the same city are good options.

    The Old House, Tangalle +94 47 5 679026 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    In rural Sri Lanka, a ‘watch-hut’ is adopted as an elevated refuge for the farmer to protect the crops overnight. In retrospect ‘The Ark’ is a contemporary style elevated estate villa (by architect Narein Perera) nestled on a raised terrain of a 40 acre estate in Mathugama, where the rubber plantation stops and the jungle begins. Its unique and elevated location allows a breathtaking view of the estate, the valley below and hills beyond, leaving the guest in lush green seclusion. This is not a typical touristic place, and while it is in the middle of nowhere, it is not very expensive. Just 2.45 hours’ drive from the Colombo International Airport. The hotel swimming pool should be put to good use during a stay.

    Matugama, Kopiwatta Junction - Uthumgama Road, 12127 +94 77 342 8940 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    "Frangipani Tree" is a haven of peace endowed with an excellent chef. Besides the extraordinary view, it's not uncommon to find sea turtles wandering on the beach. With elegant architecture, this is in Thalpe next to Galle and is very accessible in terms of pricing. Numerous activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, deep sea fishing, whale / dolphin watching, hot ballooning mean guests can be as busy as they choose.

    812 Matara Road, Unawatuna, LK 80600 +94 91 228 3711 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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