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

George Cooper, the hotelier-retailer behind the much-loved Kahanda Kanda, opened the six-suite KK Beach in December 2016.

Read the full report here.

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