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Honeymoon hideaways by sheltered bays, colonial tea planters’ bungalows by a lake and eco-friendly boltholes; discover the best paradise hotels in Sri Lanka with Kuoni

With magnificent stretches of golden sand, sacred Buddhist sites, rolling tea plantations and an incredible selection of luxury hotels, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise. It’s scattered with a variety of properties; the sloping beaches and largely sheltered bays make the east coast an excellent choice for families, while the handful of luxury properties makes it an unbeatable honeymoon setting. Here you’ll find protected bays backed by contemporary hotels like Uga Bay By Uga Escapes, hidden gems like Anantaya Passikudah with its Balinese spa and Asian design details, and eco-friendly hideaways nestled between jungle and beach (Jungle Beach By Uga Escapes straddles a stretch of practically deserted beach and tranquil stretch of verdant forest). Then there are the breathtaking boutique hotels in Sri Lanka’s wildly wonderful interior, like Ceylon Tea Trails, a collection colonial tea planters’ bungalows in a beautiful lakeside setting.

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Ulagalla by Uga Escapes, Anuradhapura

5

A beautifully restored colonial mansion surrounded by gardens and paddy fields.

The traditional bell ringing ceremony as you arrive at the Ulagalla Resort sets the tone of the rest of your stay and there’s a real focus on providin...

Rooms: 25
Transfers: Approx. 5½ hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £1,617 Save up to £428.81

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 31 May '20

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Taj Samudra, Colombo

4.5

Enjoy fantastic facilities in the heart of Colombo

This stylish city hotel sits in sprawling landscaped gardens in the heart of Sri Lanka's capital. It boasts a fantastic range of facilities and is wit...

Rooms: 300
Transfers: 1 hour
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Cinnamon Lakeside

4.5

A smart urban hotel on the banks of Beira Lake, with plenty of restaurants and bars

It’s rare to find an urban hotel with a dreamy lakeside setting. But Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo is exactly that: a tranquil haven in central Colombo. F...

Rooms: 340
Transfers: Approx. 45 minutes' private transfer from the airport
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From £1,250

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 03 Mar '20

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Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo

5

A modern oceanside hotel with incredible dining options at the heart of a growing commercial centre.

Part of a rapidly developing commercial area, this luxury hotel sits just a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean and overlooks the urban park of Galle ...

Rooms: 500
Transfers: Approx. 45 minutes from Colombo airport
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From £1,187 Save up to £102.41

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 03 Mar '20

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Maalu Maalu

4

One of the first resorts to be built on Passikudah Bay, it has a prime position in the middle of the bay.

Built to resemble a traditional fishing village, Maalu Maalu means ‘fish fish’, which is also the cry of local fishermen. The resort is a wonderfully ...

Rooms: 40
Transfers: Approx. 25 minute by road from Batticaloa airport which is reached by a 45-60 minute flight from Colombo airport
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From £940 Save up to £148.47

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 01 Sep '20

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Trinco Blu by Cinnamon

4

A laid-back beach retreat with great food, friendly service and seasonal whale-watching opportunities.

Originally designed to resemble a ship, the Trinco Blu by Cinnamon has since had a redesign but maintains its retro-chic appeal with stylish décor and...

Rooms: 81
Transfers: Approx. 40 minutes by road from Trincomalee airport which is reached by a 45-60 minute flight from Colombo
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From £1,078 Save up to £35.95

6 nights, Half Board, 01 Sep '20

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Uga Bay by Uga Escapes

5

A contemporary and luxurious retreat overlooking idyllic Passikudah Bay, ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Uga Bay has an enviable position right in the middle of a stunning stretch of sand and it has fantastic views out over the hotel’s palm-fringed garden...

Rooms: 46
Transfers: Approx. 25 minutes by road from Batticaloa airport which is reached by a 45-60 minute flight from Colombo airport
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From £1,044 Save up to £346.39

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 20 Sep '20

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Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes

5

An Eco-friendly hideaway between the jungle and the beach.

The beautiful Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes commands a stretch of practically deserted beach and an equally as tranquil stretch of verdant forest. Toget...

Rooms: 49
Transfers: Approx. 40 minutes by road from Trincomalee airport which is reached by a 45-60 minute flight from Colombo airport
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From £1,268 Save up to £384.3

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 20 Sep '20

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Anantaya Passikudah

5

An enchanting resort on the beautiful Passikudah bay with a rustic-chic design, spacious rooms and spectacular villas.

The beautiful Anantaya Passikudah (which will become a Constance property in April 2020) is something of a hidden gem on the east coast. The resort is...

Rooms: 54
Transfers: Approx. 25 minute by road from Batticaloa airport which is reached by a 45-60 minute flight from Colombo airport
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Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

5

Sri Lankan-inspired design, Anantara’s renowned experience-focused luxury and a breathtaking setting await at this award-winning resort.

The Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort brings Anantara’s chic design, authentic experiences and Thai-inspired hospitality to the shores of Sri Lanka...

Rooms: 152
Transfers: Approx. 3½ hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £1,419 Save up to £283.95

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 01 Sep '20

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Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa

5

Sri Lanka’s first Shangri-La resort brings a slice of Asian-inspired luxury to the island’s south coast.

The breathtaking Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa has brought all of the hallmarks of Shangri-La – exemplary service, a modern design, the signatu...

Rooms: 274
Transfers: Approx. 4½ hours by road from Colombo airport; a new highway is set to open at the end of 2019 so transfer times will be cut to 3 hours)om 2020)
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From £1,344 Save up to £644.56

6 nights, Half Board, 12 May '20

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Cape Weligama

5

With its jaw-dropping views, exceptional service and lavish suites and villas, this exclusive resort is redefining luxury on the south coast.

You’ll feel yourself switch into relaxation mode as soon as you arrive at this luxurious resort, catch sight of the spectacular views and take your fi...

Rooms: 39
Transfers: Approx. 2¾ hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £1,850 Save up to £287.6

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 05 May '20

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The Fortress Resort & Spa

5

A fusion of Dutch and Portuguese styles, The Fortress is stylish, luxurious and right on the beach.

Close to the fortified city of Galle, this beachfront hotel echoes the city’s charming architecture with immense gates, white-washed walls and an exte...

Rooms: 53
Transfers: Approx. 2 hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £1,125 Save up to £270.72

7 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 29 May '20

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Jetwing Lighthouse

5

A distinctively designed eco-friendly hotel offering guests a glorious waterfront setting and welcoming service.

This charming and traditionally-styled hotel, which has recently been renovated, is a great choice for those wanting to indulge in some local culture ...

Rooms: 85
Transfers: Approx. 2½ hours by road from Colombo airport
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Fort Bazaar

4.5

A former merchant’s house turned charming boutique hotel, arranged around a lovely open-air central courtyard

There are hotels with a rich history. And then there is Fort Bazaar – part of history. This enchanting bolthole sits pretty on a narrow cobbled street...

Rooms: 18
Transfers: Approx. 1¾ hour private transfer from the airport
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Cinnamon Wild Yala

4

Wild by name, wild by nature… this Cinnamon property is secluded and perfectly placed for wildlife adventures.

Spanning ten acres of jungle and beaches, the beautiful Cinnamon Wild Yala boasts untamed beauty and the opportunity to spot numerous wildlife specie...

Rooms: 68
Transfers: Approx. 7 hours by road from the airport
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Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park

4.5

Eco-friendly luxury

Right on the beach and at the doorstep of Yala National Park, the Jetwing Yala is a chic and modern choice in a beautiful location. With spectacular s...

Rooms: 90
Transfers: Approx. 7 hours by road from the airport
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Chena Huts by Uga Escapes, Yala

5

A unique and luxurious property combining the regional style and the traditional décor of an African safari lodge.

Located alongside a lagoon among the dunes and backing an otherwise deserted beach, Chena Huts sits close to the gates of Yala National Park and is th...

Rooms: 14
Transfers: Approx. 7 hours by road from Colombo airport
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Centauria Wild, Udawalawe

3.5

A comfortable and simple hotel, close to the beautiful Udawalawe National Park — famed for its herds of elephants — and nestled amongst verdant hills ...

Rooms: 48
Transfers: Approx. 6 hours from Colombo airport
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Kalu's Hideaway, Udawalawe

3.5

Boutique sustainability

An eco-friendly hotel set within 5 acres of gardens, Kalu's Hideaway is owned by famous Sri Lankan cricketer, Mr Romesh Kaluwitharana and offers guest...

Rooms: 14
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours from the airport
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AVANI Kalutara Resort

4

Enjoy a combination of modern architecture, great facilities and a wonderful natural setting.

Perfect for a post-tour beach break this popular hotel has a unique setting where the Kalu River meets the Indian Ocean, just across the lagoon from t...

Rooms: 105
Transfers: Approx. 2½ hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £856 Save up to £54.09

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 26 May '20

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Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa

4

A modern and fun-filled hotel set on a golden sand beach and backed by a meandering river.

This Centara resort provides a fresh and modern choice in this popular region of Sri Lanka and is set on a thin peninsula between the mangrove-fringed...

Rooms: 166
Transfers: Approx. 3 hours by road and a short river crossing from Colombo airport
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From £1,056 Save up to £70.85

6 nights, Half Board, 01 Sep '20

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Mount Lavinia

3.5

A beautiful hotel steeped in history set atop a promontory overlooking the ocean.

This hotel is famed worldwide for its colonial charm, amazing location and over 210-year history. Once the home of British Governors, it overlooks a s...

Rooms: 210
Transfers: Approx. 1½ hours by road from Colombo airport
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Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

5

A stylish hotel with a wide variety of facilities, attentive service and wonderful views.

Striking a perfect balance between natural beauty, luxurious comforts and the renowned Taj service, this hotel is one of the finest choices in Bentota...

Rooms: 160
Transfers: Appox. 2 hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £1,026 Save up to £74.24

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 01 Sep '20

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Tangerine Beach Hotel

3.5

A great-value hotel with plenty of charm and a welcoming atmosphere.

With an interior design that is reflective of the island, low-rise buildings and well maintained gardens, the Tangerine Beach Hotel is a great choice ...

Rooms: 179
Transfers: Approx. 2½ hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £835 Save up to £71.27

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 26 May '20

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Anantara Kalutara Resort

5

Head off the beaten track to this under-the-radar Sri Lankan hideaway, where river meets the ocean.

Anantara Kalutara Resort is a stunning beachfront retreat on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka – just an hour and a half from Colombo. The vibe is off...

Rooms: 141
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour's group transfer from Colombo airport
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From £1,085 Save up to £1102.37

6 nights, Half Board, 19 May '20

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Cinnamon Bentota Beach

5

A major hotel makeover has brought a new level of luxury to the Bentota coastline.

Cinnamon Bentota Beach is creating quite the stir on the hotel scene after a huge renovation. Reopening in late 2019, the new-and-improved beachfront ...

Rooms: 175
Transfers: Approx. 1¼ hour private transfer from the airport
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From £1,228 Save up to £250.54

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 01 Sep '20

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The Blue Water Hotel & Spa

4.5

A laid-back retreat with attentive service and beautifully renovated interiors.

This recently revitalised hotel certainly lives up to its name with numerous water features, including tranquil pools and waterways, set throughout th...

Rooms: 100
Transfers: Approx. 2 hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £916 Save up to £215.81

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 03 May '20

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Jetwing Beach

4.5

Intimate and beautifully designed, with a beachfront location and great facilities.

This is one of Negombo’s most popular hotels and for good reason. It’s in a great location, it’s stylish, and it also has a great range of facilities ...

Rooms: 78
Transfers: Approx. 20 minutes by road from Colombo airport
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From £868 Save up to £89.38

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 05 May '20

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Jetwing Sea

4.5

This stylish hotel offers a warm welcome, amazing food and an excellent beachfront location.

This is a perfect spot for enjoying Sri Lanka’s sunny shores away from the busy beaches. It’s close to the airport, so you can chill out as soon as po...

Rooms: 83
Transfers: Approx. 20 minutes by road from Colombo airport
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98 Acres, Ella Gap

4

Colonial style property in the Ella Gap.

Relax and unwind in this eco-friendly resort which is nestled within a 98-acre colonial tea estate in the Ella Gap. One of the region’s most sought-af...

Rooms: 28
Transfers: Approx. 6 hours from the airport
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From £1,375

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 10 May '20

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Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

5

A breathtaking property with five renovated planters’ bungalows set throughout a working tea estate.

Made up of a collection of colonial tea planters’ bungalows linked by trails that weave through beautiful tea gardens, this unique property provides a...

Rooms: 27
Transfers: Approx. 6 hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £3,180

6 nights, All Inclusive, 05 May '20

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Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

4

Overlooking the river

With good facilities and a great atmosphere, the Cinnamon Citadel climbs terraced slopes on a riverbank and is a lovely place to relax after sightseei...

Rooms: 119
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours from Colombo airport
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Earl's Regency, Kandy

5

A serene retreat on the outskirts of Kandy.

Built into and incorporating the river-side rock face in the hills above Kandy, the Earl’s Regency is a spacious resort with tranquil views over the M...

Rooms: 134
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours by road from Colombo airport
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Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya District

4.5

Beautifully restored tea factory in the Nuwara Eliya hills.

From the moment you arrive you’ll be swept up in the history of the Heritance Tea Factory which is part hotel, part museum. Original features are stil...

Rooms: 50
Transfers: Approx. 6 hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £1,393 Save up to £124.22

6 nights, Half Board, 01 Sep '20

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Jetwing St. Andrew's, Nuwara Eliya District

4

A colonial mansion in the mountains

Tucked away amidst the lush green hills of Nuwara Eliya, the Jetwing St Andrew’s is a beautiful colonial mansion with an air of faded grandeur, steepe...

Rooms: 56
Transfers: Approx. 6½ hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £1,147

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 01 Mar '20

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Rainforest Eco Lodge

3.5

Nature lovers paradise

A main building and a scattering of chalets, all set on stilts above a lush tea garden overlooking the forest. Floor to ceiling windows create a feeli...

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From £1,324

6 nights, Half Board, 20 Sep '20

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Santani Wellness Resort & Spa with Wellbeing Escapes

5

Escape into nature with a yoga and meditation retreat at this award-winning wellness resort.

Santani means ‘in harmony with’ in Sanskrit and this minimalist luxury resort blurs the lines between inside and out – bringing you closer to nature a...

Rooms: 20
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours by road from Colombo airport or a 1-hour flight from Colombo to Kandy followed by 1 hour by road
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Araliya Green Hills

4

Outstanding personalised serivce

The latest hotel to grace the slopes of Nuwara Eliya, Araliya Green Hills is all about creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, to make you feel like...

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Heritance Kandalama

5

An eco-friendly hotel which has been incorporated into its natural setting.

Built to blend with its surroundings, the Heritance Kandalama is one of the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa’s most eco-friendly designs. Integrating ...

Rooms: 152
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £911 Save up to £300.19

6 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 26 May '20

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Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

5

Explore the Cultural Triangle from this lakeside lodge.

Nestled in 37 acres of verdant forest, on the edge of Habarana Lake, the Cinnamon Lodge offers a luxurious base from which to explore the sights of th...

Rooms: 138
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours by road from Colombo airport
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Habarana Village by Cinnamon

4

A village at one with nature, close to the beautiful Habarana Lake.

Featuring views out over Habarana Lake and modelled on a traditional Sri Lankan village with small chalets dotted through the lush landscape, the Haba...

Rooms: 108
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours by road from Colombo airport
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Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya

5

A boutique property and naturalist's paradise

For a luxury experience among paddy fields, reed beds and lakes, we highly recommend a stay at the beautiful Jetwing Vil Uyana which is set within a p...

Rooms: 36
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours by road from Colombo airport
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Water Garden Sigiriya

5

This boutique hotel has villa accommodation, picture-perfect gardens and Sigiriya views.

This beautiful hotel has one of the best settings on the island. The iconic Sigiriya Rock appears as an ever-present back drop that’s beautifully fram...

Rooms: 30
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours by road from Colombo airport
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From £1,485 Save up to £579.52

6 nights, Half Board, 05 May '20

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