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The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Sri Lanka [2023]

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Sri Lanka is a beautiful island country in South Asia. Full of amazing views and incredible gastronomy, Sri Lanka is known for its stunning Indian Ocean beaches. The year-round tropical climate and the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites also contribute to its long-standing attraction.

With such glorious landscapes, it is no surprise that there are many luxurious boutique hotels across the island.

The Best Boutique Hotels in Sri Lanka

Amanta Beach Resort

Amanta Beach Resort
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Price: From $82

The Amanta Beach Resort in Nilaveli features unique rooms with custom design and handmade details. This serene location offers a perfect boutique experience for guests to disconnect and unwind.

The Amanta Beach Resort offers amazing gourmet dishes featuring mostly organic ingredients usually sourced from the garden on-site, featuring a French-Singhalese influence that represents the current owners.

This intimate boutique experience offers rooms that are created to pamper guests. Each design is full of sophistication and made with only the highest quality materials. Modern luxury and European accents blend together at the Amanta while preserving plenty of local charm.

Accommodation options include small, standard, and deluxe rooms. There is a deluxe suite option that adds a private pool with an outdoor shower, along with a private garden area. The deluxe options have beautiful sea views, while the small and standard overlook the peaceful garden.

Buckingham Place

Buckingham Place Sri Lanka
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Price: From $249

Located on the edge of Tangalle, Buckingham Place is a stunning boutique experience featuring old-fashioned high-quality hospitality. The incredible infinity pool overlooking the beauty of the Indian Ocean is a huge hit with guests, but every aspect of the property is designed to provide an unforgettable stay.

Impressive architecture is enhanced by understated elegant interiors that highlight the hotel’s amazing views. This privately-owned hotel offers refinement and local charm in spades.

The design respects the surrounding nature by staying in harmony with it, and the 2 swimming pools are perfect for relaxing. Gourmet fine dining can be enjoyed at Buckingham Place’s restaurant, which includes a mezzanine lounge. Rooms at Buckingham Place have a warm and inviting contemporary design and include complimentary high-speed 4G Wi-Fi.

Dickman Resort

Dickman Resort
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Price: From $108

An adults-only luxurious location in Negombo, Dickman Resort provides guests with affordable luxury surrounded by incredible beaches. It is only 15 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo and is a short walk away from the beach and the promenade. The Negombo Strip location gives guests easy access to all the best entertainment in the area.

This refined boutique hotel includes a huge eco-friendly swimming pool and a serene mango garden that includes a breakfast terrace. There is also a juice and cocktail bar and an iPod corner with chillout beds and views over the pool. Free Wi-Fi is available on the property, and airport pick-up and drop-off can be arranged.

Each room at the Dickman Resort has a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a DVD player, a hairdryer, piped music, and a tea and coffee service. In addition, access to an external Ayurvedic spa is available, as is a wake-up call service and personalized tour arrangements.

Elysium

Elysium
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Price: From $300

Elysium is located right on the Indian Ocean in Unawatuna. Featuring a great, sought-after location next to Galle Fort, this luxurious boutique hotel is in a private villa that feels even more prestigious and intimate.

Each staff member has extensive, high-quality training in providing the ultimate level of personalized customer service. The property has recently been redesigned to be even more opulent, including a gym, spa, and fully-equipped home cinema movie room. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the property.

A dedicated laundry service is available. In addition, the property offers guests access to plenty of indoor and outdoor lounging and dining areas. The upstairs formal living room includes a library, a pool table, and an outdoor balcony.

Each suite at the Elysium is housed in a private outbuilding with a terrace and garden. They all have air conditioning, a luxurious en-suite bathroom, a separate seating area, 500-thread-count Egyptian linens, bathroom amenities from Kemara Life, and a super king-size bed.

Jim’s Farm Villas

Jims Farm Villas
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Price: From $110

Jim’s Farm Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel experience found off the beaten track and 400 meters above sea level. It is located on an eco-farm sprawling over 50 acres between Kandy and Dambulla.

The hotel includes an Ayurvedic yoga retreat and a well-appointed spa. Rooms at Jim’s Farm are spread between 3 villas, each featuring high-quality Sri Lankan craftsmanship. Every room includes kumbuk wood flooring, vaulted wooden ceilings, lime plaster walls, and locally crafted teak and rattan furnishings.

Each room has air conditioning with individual controls, a ceiling fan, tea and coffee making service, Egyptian cotton linens, and comfortable spa bathrobes. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the grounds, and all villas share access to the luxurious pool.

The Spice Garden Villa is set next to the fragrant offerings of the garden, while the Mango Villa can be found on a ridge and offers some of the best views on the property.

Kaju Green Eco Lodges

Kaju Green Eco Lodges
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Price: From $154

An amazing retreat on a private island right next to the Sri Lankan Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaju Green allows guests to fully disconnect in an incredible environment. Only 10 minutes away from Galle Fort in the Unawatuna area of Sri Lanka, this unique boutique experience gives guests great access to some of the best beaches in the country.

Kaju Green has been created with a sustainable approach designed to minimize the environmental footprint of the location. The hotel is on a former coconut plantation, surrounded by scenic views.

This tropical paradise lies in the shadow of the traditional Kaju trees. Guests may witness monkeys passing by while lounging poolside. There is a lounge pavilion perfect for reading or dining away from the glare of the sun.

Accommodation is provided in separate twin-share environmentally-friendly bungalows. Each of them has a contemporary design built according to Sri Lankan traditions. Every suite has a private viewing area and features plenty of local natural materials.

Karpaha Sands

Karpaha Sands
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Price: From $135

The only boutique resort on Kalkudah Beach, Karpaha Sands, is an exclusive location only available to a privileged few guests. This ultra-luxurious property is perfect for discerning travelers looking for a unique experience in Sri Lanka.

With access to almost 10 miles of pristine beach, guests at Karpaha Sands are invited to stay in one of the tented suites on location. Karpaha Sands is on the East Coast of Sri Lanka and holds incredible appeal, especially after the location was inaccessible for decades.

This hidden gem has stunning art pieces adorning every space and individual pavilions where guests can get pampered with personalized Ayurvedic wellness treatments.

The gorgeous suites at Karpaha Sands can be found either directly on the beach or surrounded by lush gardens. They include high-quality natural materials, a separate living area, a private deck with loungers, and an outdoor shower.

Kings Pavilion

Kings Pavilion
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Price: From $374

The intimate Kings Pavilion can be found in Kandy, surrounded by scenic mountains and lush forests. It brings to mind the luxurious era of royalty, and the impressively personalized service makes a stay at the Kings Pavilion unforgettable.

Following an eco-friendly philosophy and design, the Kings Pavilion treats its guests to a rich sense of serenity. Despite its central location in Kandy, it feels like a private oasis that allows those staying there to fully disconnect from the bustle of reality.

This elegant hideaway in the hills allows plenty of natural light to bathe the rooms through the full-length glass windows. Each room has a private balcony where guests can enjoy coffee or tea service and panoramic views. The rustic luxury inspired by Kandyan kings can be seen in every detail, from furnishings to materials.

SerendipItaly Ayurveda Boutique Hotel

SerendipItaly Ayurveda Boutique Hotel
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Price: From $100

The peaceful SerendipItaly Ayurveda Boutique Hotel can be found on Akurala Beach, near Hikkaduwa. This exclusive location includes a prestigious Ayurvedic Center providing numerous wellness treatments, along with a private beach area reserved for guests.

The focus at SerendipItaly is peace and relaxation, and everything is designed for guests to feel pampered. Guests can enjoy traditional Sri Lankan Ayurvedic meals in the ample dining room with wonderful views over the Indian Ocean.

It is easy to take some time to do yoga, meditate, or swim along the coral reef. Each room at SerendipItaly is full of style and local charm. Each furniture piece is handmade locally, and every room is laid out according to Ayurveda practice. All rooms include natural tea flooring, minibar, safety deposit box, ceiling fan, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV.

Uyana Boutique Hotel & Retreat

Uyana Boutique Hotel Retreat
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Price: From $120

The Uyana Boutique Hotel is an intimate retreat in Ahangama, just over 1 mile away from Koggala Beach Park. This stylish and peaceful boutique option treats guests to an all-day gourmet breakfast and an 82-foot pool.

The hotel features unique pieces locally made with design and furnishings inspired by the owner’s international travels. All materials used in the Uyana are of the highest quality, including teak and treated mahogany and specially surfaced stones made for the bathrooms.

The spirit of Sri Lanka is present in every detail, and guests can relax in the beautiful garden and the tree-lined poolside. The luxurious pool has views over the surrounding rice field.

This all-suite property includes opulent amenities in every accommodation option: premium Ceylon bath products, 300-thread-count Percale bed linen, free Wi-Fi, a private dining table, and refined lighting fixtures with a modern twist.

Final Thoughts

Sri Lanka is a great choice for surf lovers, beachgoers, and those seeking to experience a diverse, multicultural location full of treasures and amazing food. This top-tier location will introduce visitors to mind-blowing new flavors and delicious fresh ingredients.

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About Amar Hussain

Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.

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