One of 2019’s hottest destinations, there are few places in the globe more beautiful than Sri Lanka. Make the most of the Indian Ocean’s largest island before the masses hit, whilst the magnificent beaches, soaring mountains and lush jungle remains untamed. Filled with natural splendour and fresh cuisine, explore the country in style with these five heavenly hotels and resorts.
1 Shangri-La Hambantota, Hambantota
Nestled by the glimmering waters of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by lush rural countryside awaits Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, a beautifully manicured beach resort scattered with palm trees and leprechaun green grass.
An expansive five-star property located on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, this is a place designed with very little else but total relaxation in mind. With 300 rooms (including 21 suave suites) Shangri-La Hambantota offers palatial paradise in abundance. shangri-la.com/hambantota
2 The Sandhya, Ahangama
Located in the unspoilt sands of Kabalana Beach awaits a modern, minimalist haven. With only nine rooms, each facing the Indian Ocean, this beachfront stay offers secluded sophisticated galore.
Dip your toes in the azure waters of the 15-meter plunge pool or grab a board and get surfing – the area’s known for having some of Sri Lanka’s best waves. On the menu meanwhile, awaits an array of traditional Sri Lankan dishes, crafted with the freshest ingredients sourced from seasonal harvests. thesandhya.com
3 Amanwella, Hambantota Region
One of Sri Lanka’s most scenic beach properties, this spacious resort occupies an 800-metre beachfront – although the 27 suites are so vast, you’ll rarely encounter another soul.
Featuring beautiful views, azure waters, uncluttered spaces and beautiful dark kithul wood furnishings, this hideaway is ideal for those seeking peace and quiet. Every suite comes with its own plunge pool to the rear of the room – and you’ll find Aman’s world-class service throughout.aman.com
4 Tri, Galle
An eco-haven, Tri was specifically designed to be the island’s first luxury contemporary sustainable resort. Truly unique, the hotel was born from sleek, modern architecture which simultaneously incorporates its natural surroundings.
Whether it’s the solar-powered hot water or recycled wood furnishings, everything’s been crafted with sustainability in mind. Think living walls, solar-powered hot water and recycled wood. Everything at the resort is made using locally sourced materials. With only 11 suites on offer, this private getaway makes the perfect way to switch off from the outside world and immerse yourself in a world of natural, tranquil calm. trilanka.com
5 Santani, Kandy
If it’s all out opulence you’re after, book a room at Santani. Set among 48 acres of tea plantations and lush vegetation including (with enough fruit trees to keep a vegan powered for months) this accommodation is based on getting back to basics
Founded by Sri Lankan Vickum Nawagamuwage, who was educated at Harvard before being snapped up by Deloitte, Santani features 20 edgy villas with naturally finished cement walls and timber flooring.
Like all great things, it’s very simple. The views steal the show here, maxed out by floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the spectacular Knuckles mountain range. Be warned, there’s no wifi (but they’ll provide a modem if you need it).
On the menu, Santani’s experienced, internationally trained chefs prepare your healthy natural dishes according to a custom meal plan created in co-ordination with the Head of Wellness and Santani’s in-house Ayurvedic doctor. Designer detox? Yes please. santani.lk