Eleven Sri Lanka hotels feature in Condé Nast Traveller’s list of Asia’s top beach getaways
Eleven Sri Lanka hotels have been named among Asia’s top 50 beach getaways by Condé Nast Traveller, “be it a solo weekend escape, a decadent time with friends, a family reunion or a romantic holiday”.
A stone’s throw away from Galle Fort’s trendy boutiques and cafés, this hotel and its spacious sea-facing rooms blend Sri Lanka’s Dutch colonial heritage and architect Geoffrey Bawa’s aesthetics.
It has 16 rooms across four Dutch-era structures (one of which used to be a spice warehouse) all inside the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fort Galle. All four properties, each a short walk from the other, feature a curated collection of objets d’art and installations that complement the colonial decor.
Located in Unawatuna and designed in the style of a Miami beach club, the hotel lends itself perfectly to a long weekend with friends—not least because the popular surf and party beaches are a stone’s throw away!
If you’re on a budget, then The Bartizan is just what you need. At the heart of the historic Galle Fort, this boutique hotel’s tranquil courtyard is perfect for a lazy lunch. Sunsets are best enjoyed from your room with views of the famed ramparts of Galle.
Situated on a remote stretch of beach off the new port town of Hambantota, the plush property boasts a designer 18-hole golf course and an ayurveda spa. Also, the Bundala coastline is the breeding ground for four species of endangered sea turtles.
Galle Face Hotel
This heritage hotel in the capital Colombo boasts gorgeous seaside lawns where you can sit for hours. For some local street food, Colombo’s famous waterfront stretch, Galle Face Green is right outside the hotel.
Afternoon Ceylon High Tea is a massive selection of gourmet teas as well as sweets and savouries. Another unmissable signature experience is offshore, where guests can head out to sea to spot blue whales, sperm whales, orcas and dolphins.
The Fortress Resort and Spa
The trendy southern coast, just outside the historic walled city of Galle, is dotted with colonial-style villas and resorts. And the 53-room Fortress Resort and Spa, inspired by the architecture of Galle’s Dutch fort, is arguably the best of them.
Anantara Peace Haven
Rejuvenate and unwind at this Anantara property in Tangalle, southern Sri Lanka. At the dedicated spa building, you can enjoy a holistic programme, Balance Wellness by Anantara. This includes tai chi and hatha yoga in addition to body treatments.
There’s a great rooftop spa that features hot tubs with sea views and might well be the highlight of your trip. And then there’s B-Bums (you know what that means), where bartenders make repeat order-worthy cocktails. Bliss.
Wakeboarding or windsurfing, get a languorous massage and lounge by the pool, or sign up for a boat safari through the dense Madu Ganga mangroves, where you can spot crocodiles as well as kingfishers and other varieties of birds.
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