Luxury Accommodation Options

Avani Bentota Resort & Spa

Avani Bentota Resort & Spa was originally designed by Sri Lanka’s iconic architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. Its previous guise was as Hotel Serendib and it rebranded as an improved 4-star in 2011. The hotel interiors are modern and contemporary in design with well appointed rooms and stylish public spaces. Avani Bentota fronts a broad sandy beach that is ideal for swimming during the season from December to April. Plenty of watersports are on offer from wind surfing to jet and water skiing in the nearby Bentota lagoon.

Mahaweli Reach Hotel Kandy

This original ancestral home of the Panabokke family has evolved over the years from a four roomed guest house to its present 116-roomed luxury hotel. The family still manages and lives in the hotel itself, providing a personal touch and maintaining the Kandyan heritage. Mahaweli Reach is now a joint venture with the Universal Group which owns many beach resorts in the Maldives. The hotel continues to maintain an intriguing mix of aristocratic Kandyan style giving it a unique atmosphere – refined yet not too stuffy. Go on a boat ride along the Mahaweli river, indulge in a relaxing massage at the spa, or learn to cook a traditional Sri Lankan meal or learn to drape the Kandyan sari. Mahaweli Reach is well prepared to host weddings and is also an ideal holiday getaway even for families with children.

Amaya Hills Kandy

Amaya Hills is one of Kandy's best-appointed traditional hotels, rivalling the likes of Earls Regency, Mahaweli Reach and The Citadel for your attention. It has the finest views, standing amid steep, wooded hills about 15 minutes above the town, a peaceful land of beautiful sunsets and wispy morning mists. It has an authentic Sri Lankan feel, rising from the foothills of the hill country in traditional Kandyan colours of red, yellow and black, while murals, flags and massive carved columns emphasise a rich historical past. Every effort is made to provide a special Sri Lankan experience.

Temple Tree Resort & Spa - Induruwa

The Temple Tree Resort is a peaceful setting immersed in tropical gardens scattered with Temple trees (Frangipani) and edged by the golden sands of Induruwa. This is a luxurious and contemporary beachside resort that was refurbished in 2014. Walk through the main entrance into the dramatic living and dining areas opening out to the swimming pool and the ocean beyond. The luxurious bedrooms open out to private balconies with spectacular sea views. Time is unscheduled here with meals served at any time you please. Lie on the beach and take in the tropical sun and dine by candle light under the stars.

Rainforest Eco Lodge - Deniyaya

Backed by some of the largest hotel and travel companies in Sri Lanka, Rainforest Eco Lodge is a joint effort at creating an idyllic holiday retreat that strives to conserve the environment and benefit the village community. It was initiated as a pilot project to be replicated in the future in other parts of the island. Completed in April 2012, the Rainforest Eco Lodge offers a true experience of Sinharaja as well as an enriching tea experience. Rise early and set off on a nature trek into the rainforest; return to rest and unwind in your private chalet housed in a recycled container. By evening, take a stroll along the tea plantation and take in the magnificent sunset and at nightfall, relax with a drink at the lounge and share your bird and animal sighting experiences with the other guests. Rainforest Eco Lodge follows strict eco-friendly policies that aims to re-use, re-design, and recycle and is a LEEDS certified property designed by environmental architect, Sunela Jayawardene.

Cinnamon Citadel - Kandy

Cinnamon Citadel, formerly known simply as The Citadel, has been upgraded as part of the highly-regarded Cinnamon brand. Designed by Sri Lankan architect Channa Daswatte, taps on Kandy’s ancient heritage blended with modern living. Enter through the gleaming white reception area surrounded with hand-woven, Kandyan Dumbara murals and views of the picturesque Mahaweli River. Days begin to the sound of birdsong and perhaps a warm mist rolling away from the river. Cinnamon Citadel offers luxurious accommodation - some of the best rooms that Kandy has to offer; traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with Kandyan flavours; and a peaceful riverside setting.

Cinnamon Lodge - Habarana

Cinnamon Lodge, a hotel favoured by independent travellers and upmarket package groups, and is blessed with a tranquil and picturesque 27-acre wooded location next to a beautiful lake. The large gardens are filled with gigantic tropical trees and waterways that provide home to a variety of birds, grey monkeys and rock squirrels. The layout of the hotel is similar to the ancient cities of the Cultural Triangle where individual dwellings and central public areas, connected by meandering pathways, are set in rural surroundings. Luxurious two-storey chalets with verandahs and balconies complete a feeling of comfort and relaxation. Belongs to the exclusive Cinnamon properties of the John Keells group

Cinnamon Bay - Beruwala

Opened in October 2012, Cinnamon Bey’s Moorish architectural design and interiors play tribute to the early Arab settlers that lived in the Beruwala area dating back to the 10th century. The term `Bey’ was commonly used to address nobleman of the Turkish Empire. The hotel blends this Moorish heritage including architectural features of archways, wooden trellises, turquoise blue and red tiled mosaics, with contemporary style. Although a large hotel with 200 bedrooms, Cinnamon Bey offers a personalised service and a laidback, lifestyle experience. Enjoy the sun and surf and dine on fusion cuisine served up at the many in-house restaurants. Cinnamon Bey is one of several Cinnamon hotels owned by the John Keells group and is an ideal first or last stop on a holiday to Sri Lanka.

Cinnamon Grand - Colombo

Cinnamon Grand has long been the most sought-after five star hotel in Colombo. This majestic 5-star atrium hotel, belonging to the Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts group, possesses a grandeur and opulence that set new standards for Colombo five-stars. Its acclaimed restaurants, central location and luxurious facilities bring high levels of satisfaction and make Cinnamon Grand an appealing choice for leisure and business travellers alike. An added benefit is an adjacent shopping mall with food outlets, grocery store, and shops.

Cinnamon Lakeside - Colombo

Cinnamon Lakeside, a pyramid-style five-star hotel which stands in seven acres of landscaped gardens, has a relaxed atmosphere compared to many 5-star city hotels. Rooms and restaurants have a modern and stylish ambience. The lakeside `7 degrees North’ tapas restaurant and bar, with all fresco dining, is a particularly sought-after venue in Colombo. Cinnamon Lake’s landscaped gardens, stylish interiors, luxurious rooms, and array of speciality restaurants, recreational and business centre facilities, makes it ideal for business as well as leisure travellers.

Cinnamon Wild - Yala

Cinnamon Wild, formerly known as Yala Village, has a rustic chic, contemporary ambience that blends seamlessly with the surrounding wilderness – a commendable transformation achieved by Sri Lankan architect Channa Daswatte. The central feature is a meandering swimming pool with an expansive deck that spreads throughout linking the public spaces housed in several magnificent pavilions. Enter through the reception and lounge pavilion designed with cinnamon wood furniture, gigantic cinnamon stick ceiling lamps in the shape of bird’s nests, and dramatic photographs of Yala’s elusive leopards. Accommodation here is in luxurious Jungle and Beach chalets immersed in nature. Rise at dawn and head to the jungles of Yala national park famous for leopard, elephants, sloth bear and over 150 species of birds. Once back at the game lodge, cool off with a relaxing swim. There is much to do here by day including bird watching and nature treks. By nightfall, sink into a comfy sofa at the roof deck and star gaze with the calls of the wild all around.

Galle Face Hotel - Colombo

Galle Face Hotel is a heritage property that dates back to 1864. Once the mansion of a British Governor, this masterpiece of Victorian architecture was refurbished and reopened in 2006 and now offers a contemporary colonial feel. There is no sense of glitzy modernity: its stately wooden panelling and staunchly Victorian rooms are immediately resonant of a bygone age and make it a tempting alternative to Colombo’s modern five star hotels. Galle Face Hotel is a member of Select Hotels & Resorts International.

The Safari - Tissamaharama

Refurbished and rebranded, The Safari is now easily the best hotel in Tissamaharama. The 50 rooms are stylishly designed and all have spectacular lake views. The Safari is owned by the Ceylon Hotels Corporation which also owns several guesthouses and hotels across the island including the Galle Face Hotel and the Regency in Colombo and the Queens in Kandy. The Hotels Corporation has now switched from government to private ownership, a change which has brought upgrades to several of their properties island-wide.

Grand Hotel - Nuwara Eliya

The Grand Old Dame of the hill country is a picturesque setting with manicured lawns, flowering hedges, crisply-attired waiters, billiard rooms, fire place, hard wood floors and heavy wooden panelling. Once the residence of Sir Edward Barns, a British Governor of Sri Lanka, this mansion was built a century ago and is typical of the Victorian architecture found in some of the heritage properties of Nuwara Eliya. The Grand was refurbished in 2013 bringing it up to date with modern day living while keeping to its original charm and grandeur. The hotel offers well appointed bedrooms, a range of dining options, outdoor activities such as guided treks and bird watching; and a central location from which to experience this hill country station. Families with children are welcome.

Nilaveli Beach Hotel - Nilaveli

Nilaveli Beach Hotel opened its doors once again in September 2007 following a complete refurbishment by renowned Sri Lankan architect, Channa Daswatte. Devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, this hotel has stylish and luxurious rooms. Calm seas are perfect for swimming during most of the year, there is a large swimming pool amidst tall tropical trees and daily boat trips to Pigeon Island – a breeding ground for migratory birds and a haunt for snorkellers.

Royal Palms Beach Hotel - Kalutara

Royal Palms is a homely beach hotel with interiors a blend of vibrant colours and ethnic local and South Asian furnishings. High ceilings, walls of brick color and a tiered pagoda style roof, gives the hotel a unique look which blends into its tropical garden setting. The expansive swimming pool is a striking centerpiece. The Royal Palms Beach Hotel underwent a complete refurbishment in 2014 and offers comfortable accommodation in well appointed rooms and suites.

Deer Park Hotel - Giritale

Deer Park is a cosy eco resort with high levels of style and comfort and a tranquil, natural feel despite quite a compact setting. Accommodation is in well-appointed cottages scattered across the gardens. Accommodation and restaurant areas are well cared for.

Amaya Beach - Pasikudah

Amaya Beach fronts a spectacular 300 metre beach frontage on Pasikudah Bay where seas are ideal for swimming and watersports from about March to September. The hotel was designed by Sri Lankan architect Phillip Weeraratne who has successfully blended modern lifestyle interiors with ethnic touches such as copper lamps and urns from the area. Amaya Beach offers luxurious rooms and suites with sea views, Sri Lankan and international cuisine with seafood specialties, watersports on the bay, and a laidback feel that is ideal for an active or relaxing beach holiday. Amaya Beach is one of several hotels in Sri Lanka owned by the Amaya Group.

OZO Kandy - Kandy

OZO Kandy is the newest addition to the global OZO hotels family. Situated in central Kandy with scenic views of the tranquil Kandy lake, the hotel is only five minutes from the Temple of the Tooth, the island’s most sacred temple. OZO Kandy has 122 rooms furnished with modern amenities and is suitable for both those who are on the go or those looking for a relaxing stay.

Ozo Colombo - Colombo

OZO Colombo is a contemporary city hotel with a vivid ambience. The hotel offers stylish bedrooms and modern facilities at a keen price. The rooftop bar and restaurants have great sea views which ensures their popularity. This international chain also has city hotels in Hong Kong and Thailand. There is also a second OZO in Kandy.

Jetwing Yala - Yala

Jetwing Yala, opened in 2013, is a stylish and modern eco-friendly holiday resort spread across 38 acres of parklands and woodlands. The hotel is designed to blend seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Jetwing Yala offers luxurious accommodation in 80 Deluxe Rooms and 10 Tented Villas set amidst nature. Rise early and set off on a jeep safari in search of wild elephants, sloth bear, mugger crocodiles and the elusive leopard. Once back at the hotel, relax by the poolside and indulge in authentic local cuisine. The Tented Villas were added in 2015 and are ideal for those wishing to immerse in nature without discomforts. These exclusive Tented Villas are set away from the main resort and have spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

Jetwing Lighthouse - Galle

Jetwing Lighthouse is the inspired creation of the late Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka's iconic architect, who was responsible for linking the island’s ancient architecture with modern minimalism. Located on a rocky headland overlooking the Indian Ocean and spread over seven acres of land, this elegant hotel conveys an immediate sense of Galle’s history. The Portuguese landing at Galle is re-enacted in brass and bronze on the impressive main staircase and an ambitious batik of ancient coats of arms fills the ceiling of the restful main bar. The hotel design demonstrates Bawa’s skill at integrating architecture and landscape. Smart terraces sweep down to a small sandy bay, where a natural reef sometimes allows relatively safe swimming. Large swimming pools and sun decks have clear views of the ocean. Accommodation is in 85 luxurious rooms and suites of which 20 are set in the Spa Wing which was added in 2013. Jetwing Lighthouse is owned by the Jetwing group – a premier travel and leisure company owning several luxurious hotel properties in the country.

Jetwing Blue - Negombo

Jetwing Blue is a luxurious 112 room beach hotel with contemporary style. With hardly a trace of the old Blue Oceanic visible, the entire hotel has been refurbished giving it a light and airy, Mediterranean feel. Stylish bedrooms with spectacular beach views, a restaurant serving Sri Lankan and western cuisine and fine wines and an attentive service make this an ideal holiday getaway. The hotel looks out onto the best section of Negombo’s beaches with traditional catamarans sailing on the horizon. Jetwing Blue is owned by the reputed Jetwing Group who also owns several other hotels in Negombo, Cultural Triangle, Galle and the hill country

Jetwing Beach - Negombo

Jetwing Beach is a luxurious five-star hotel. The hotel is tastefully designed along contemporary lines, taking the surrounding seaside landscape into full view. Open verandahs, walk ways and waterways - brings in the cooling ocean breeze and the tropical sun – influences of the Geoffrey Bawa genre of architectural design. Interiors are minimalist and elegant with cemented floors and walls infused with a touch of amber coloring, enhanced with dramatic contemporary art in the lobby area, and the minimum of hardwood furniture throughout. Enjoy the sun and surf or be pampered at the in-house spa. The turquoise seas are ideal for swimming and surfing during the season from December to April.

Jetwing Lagoon - Negombo

Jetwing Lagoon spreads across seven acres of tropical gardens edged by Negombo Lagoon. Originally known as the Blue Lagoon, one of Geoffrey Bawa’s first architectural creations, the hotel went through a complete renovation and reopened in its present guise in May 2012. While retaining its original architectural features, much has been added giving it a contemporary feel. Jetwing Lagoon boasts the longest swimming pool on Sri Lanka's north-west coast, spanning 100 metres. Take in the sun by the poolside or unwind with a massage at the tranquil spa.

Jetwing Vil Uyana - Sigiriya

This ambitious and impressive development, more an exclusive rural holiday village than a hotel, is highly recommended. Situated on extensive flatlands immediately to the west of the Sigiriya Rock, Vil Uyana – meaning a garden of ponds - is envisaged as a natural extension to the efforts of ancient Sinhala kings who developed and irrigated this area. Spread over 28 acres, at its heart is a wetland system consisting of paddy fields, marshes, and waterways reintroduced by the hotel. Individual dwellings, luxuriously appointed within, and blending seamlessly into the rural landscape, are located over lakes, marshes and paddy fields. The wilderness provides a natural habitat for birds and butterflies. The Vil Uyana experience captures the heritage and natural wonders of this island nation all in one place. The sound of crickets on a quiet moonlit night, the sight of a peacock strutting by with its glorious wings trailing behind, fruit bats wheeling overhead at sunset, the haunting sound of a flautist coming from the restaurant, and the Sigiriya rock as it emerges from the misty sky at dawn are all sights and sounds that will forever be etched in your memory.

Jetwing St Andrews Hotel - Nuwara Eliya

A property of Jetwing Hotels, known for its unique hotels across the island, St. Andrew's is a stately Tudor-style colonial mansion, built in the latter part of the 19th century. It blends in well with Nuwara Eliya's general outlook of determinedly preserving the feel of a bygone age. Standing alongside imposing pine trees, it has a rather stern exterior. But inside is a world of open fires, candlelit dinners and a well-stocked wine cellar. Staff is also praised for their friendliness. Those not particularly taken by cosy traditionalism may feel that some rooms would benefit from a sharpening up; others remain blissfully content.

Jetwing Sea - Negombo

Jetwing Sea now has a bright and airy,contemporary look. Relax on Negombo’ssun-kissed beaches, take a ride on a traditional catamaran as it sails into the sunset, and by night fall enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach with the Indian Ocean lapping at your feet. JetwingSea is owned by the well-regarded Jetwing Group who also owns several other hotels in Negombo, Cultural Triangle, Galle and the hill country.