Financial Times UK travel editor Maria Shollenbarger shares her island insights in a ‘How To Spend It’ piece extolling five of Sri Lanka’s best-known luxury hotels.
The design hotel
The 10 richly original suites at Tintagel, once a home of the Bandaranaike political dynasty, harness heritage, refined design sensibility and comfort in in a balance I’d call perfect.
The safari camp
Down south in Yala, family-owned Uga Escapes runs Chena Huts, a groovy safari camp with domed, thatched pavilions set in semi-protected wetlands between the famous Yala nature reserve and the Indian Ocean.
The lakeside hotel
Eleven-suite hotel Tri is set on the shore of Koggala Lake in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cinnamon-country interior. British owners Rob Drummond and Lara Baumann spent a decade shaping the site, suites and concept, all of which hew proudly to a 100 per cent sustainable remit.
The wellness retreat
Santani pictured above, a dedicated contemporary wellness retreat, is the brainchild of a group of recently repatriated young Sri Lankans with degrees from the likes of Harvard and MIT and a collective passion for the preservation of local culture and ecology.
The beach resort
Read the full report here.