The most remarkable thing about Sri Lanka might just be the incredible variety that can be found in such a compact island. Hotels are no exception.
Marco Polo called it “the best island of its size in the world”. And while we like to think of ourselves as having traveled a lot, we defer to the Venetian explorer on this one. There is a lot to love about Sri Lanka, and the most remarkable about it might just be the variety found in this teardrop of an island - you would normally have to travel thousands of miles, across several countries, to experience all that. Sri Lanka a. to offer.
From the beaches to the highlands through the central mountains, it is a country of magnificent contrasts. The island is generously dotted with UNESCO World Heritage sites. The food is extraordinary, the tea plantations are particularly beautiful, and it is also a good place for a safari, counting the leopards among its animal attractions. Sri Lanka's position right next to the Indian subcontinent exposes it to a range of weather conditions, a big plus for surfers: for any given season, there is at least part of the coast where the surf is excellent. .
And then there are the hotels - a reflection of the range of experiences referenced above: modern, rustic, urban, secluded, mountain, beach, etc., with a dizzying mix of amenities, activities and modes of living. life to choose from.
Welcome to Sri Lanka. Enjoy the exploration.
Santani Wellness Resort and Spa
Kandy, Sri Lanka
We've been singing the praises of Sri Lankan boutique hotels for quite some time now, but we have to admit this one took our breath away. Santani Wellness Resort and Spa brings together so many things that we love about this island - the incredibly scenic landscapes of the interior, the local tradition of tropical-modernist concrete architecture, and the legendary welcoming Sri Lankan hospitality - that it might be worth the trip home on your own.
Lodge under tent on the wild coast
Yala, Sri Lanka
Sometimes the appeal of a hotel is as simple as the sum of its parts. The Sri Lankan coast is an extraordinary place to vacation, and Southern Africa's luxury tented safari camps provide an unforgettable immersion in nature. Put the two together and you have Wild Coast Tented Lodge, on Sri Lanka's southeast coast, sandwiched between a stunning beach and the totally wild Yala National Park, home to elephants, leopards, monkeys and much more. Moreover.
Galle, Sri Lanka
Much of the hustle and bustle around Sri Lanka has focused on the colonial seaside town of Galle Fort and the beach in general. Perfectly reasonable, and very good - but there is more to it. For example, a few kilometers inland from Galle is Kahanda Kanda, once a private residence and still a working tea plantation, but whose owner has turned it, for the benefit of all, into a small contemporary boutique hotel.
Galle, Sri Lanka
Kahanda Kanda came first, a charming little boutique hotel occupying a tea plantation by Lake Kogalla, not far from the southern town of Galle. And KK Beach, while it is certainly able to stand on its own, is perhaps best considered part of a pair - just a fifteen-minute drive from Kahanda Kanda, KK Beach is right by the ocean. Indian, overlooking a spectacular stretch of beach. less than half an hour from Galle Fort.
Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Overlooking the spectacular mountains and valleys of the interior of the island, Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge offers a unique Sri Lankan experience: a tranquil luxury boutique hotel set on a working tea plantation. Safari-style tents form the entry-level accommodations, while the upscale options gain solid walls - but all are open to the breeze and in direct contact with the hotel's idyllic surroundings. A large dining room offers dishes cooked with vegetables and herbs from the hotel's garden, and an English-style bar keeps the conversation going late into the night.
Taru Villas Lake Lodge
Colombia, Sri Lanka
Family owned for decades, the Lake Lodge was one of the first accredited hotels in Colombo. But this is not an act of nostalgia. Taru Fonseka, the designer and event planner whose family has run the hotel all these years, took the reins and in 2009 totally reinvented it as Taru Villas - Lake Lodge, a budget boutique hotel in a style that is both totally contemporary and authentically Sri Lankan.
Weligama Bay, Sri Lanka
Cape Weligama, on the south coast of the island, a few kilometers from Galle, traces its own trail - and what is unique is that it finds its identity by looking to the past. Here, Thai architect Lek Bunnag took inspiration from Sri Lanka's long history as an explorers' route station, incorporating countless elements of the island's pre-modernist history into this classic-contemporary resort .
Villa Sielen Diva
Galle, Sri Lanka
There is probably an essay to be written on Sri Lanka's glut of modern and stylish hotels and villas, but our instinct is not to inquire too deeply lest we distract ourselves from the vital task of finding them. appreciate. And Villa Sielen Diva, in the coastal village of Talpe, just outside Galle, is worth appreciating: a seven-bedroom hotel built in an uncompromising Modernist style but decorated by its family owners with a manner that evokes endless warmth and vibrance from its crisp edges and concrete surfaces.
Wirdana Spa & Villas
Galle, Sri Lanka
Of all the different regional flavors of hotel and resort architecture, there is perhaps none more pleasantly distinct than the variety of modernism in Sri Lanka. Clean lines and polished concrete floors combine with rustic touches like textured wood for a look that has a lot of handcrafted character without feeling the least primitive. The Wirdana Spa & Villas, set in a cinnamon plantation in the countryside just up the Galle Coast, is a fine example of the style, just six finely crafted villas plus a stunning spa and pool.
Kalkudah Beach, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's tourist trade is concentrated along the island's most densely populated south and west coasts - a situation that suits Karpaha Sands perfectly. The remoteness of the east coast and the relative lack of development only creates an atmosphere of more seclusion, which is ideal for this hotel: a luxury camp, with tent villas, on a magnificent stretch of the sea. vast and unspoiled beach of Kalkudah.
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
The action in Sri Lanka doesn't just happen on the coasts. Dambulla in central Sri Lanka is home to a number of ancient Buddhist temples. And just outside Dambulla is a man-made lake, and on its shores a more contemporary architectural wonder, nestled on the cliff side: the Kandalama Hotel. This unique location is the work of famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, who personally chose the site taking into account the spectacular possibilities.
Ceylon tea trails
Hatton, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's inner tea country has remained relatively untouched, leaving a bit of lush, unspoiled scenery for a place like Ceylon Tea Trails. These four plantation bungalows, lovingly restored in a hybrid colonial / contemporary style, are scattered along the valley floor, each divided into a handful of suites or available in their entirety. Either way, they're perfect, whether as an entry into Sri Lankan tea industry romance or as a secluded mountainous escape.
Tangalle, Sri Lanka
There is no confusion between Amanwella and Sri Lanka. Here, on a crescent-shaped beach lined with coconut groves, thirty suites, from the outside, traditional wooden bungalows, while the interiors are daring and minimalist, almost spartan in sharp lines of wood and concrete, with high mezzanine ceilings and modern, elegant furnishings. Plunge pools, private decks, and deep freestanding soaking tubs are standard, and each room faces the beach.
Galle, Sri Lanka
In the early years of the millennium, as Sri Lanka quickly reached its current resort as the hottest travel destination of the moment, the colonial-era New Oriental Hotel was in desperate need of renovation. Still, no one could have dreamed it would turn out like this - the Aman chain and Australian architect Kerry Hill have turned this declining monument into the best of both worlds, a hotel that is both a top luxury boutique. upscale and authentic Sri Lankan culture. experience.
The Kandy house
Kandy, Sri Lanka
The first upscale boutique hotel in the interior of Sri Lanka gives new meaning to the phrase 'classic instant'. Although opened in 2005, Kandy House has roots dating back two centuries - from 1804 it was home to one of Sri Lanka's ruling families - and the sleek, newly refurbished interiors stop a bit out of the way. from trendy minimalism, instead mixing modern architectural lighting and materials and an impressive range of antique furniture.
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This curious query raised many more. Namely, ' What have you done to your pants that necessitates the application of boiling water ? ', ' Are you too dense to realise that putting your knickers in the sink and then pouring on the boiling water is far more logical ? ' and ' Have I drunk tea from a kettle that was used to clean somebody’s Y-fronts ? '
Medical experts even weighed in. Dr Heather Hendrickson, a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biosciences at Massey University in Auckland, said : ' It is super super super super gross. ' That’s actually the scientific term. She added : ' Your friend is unlikely to have a large number of highly heat resistant pathogens in his dirty undergarments but we do not know what he does have in there or how sick he might be. ' Oh, there’s definitely something not right.
While Telegraph Travel cannot conceive an occasion when stuffing your briefs inside a kettle will pay off, there are many other devious, less disgusting ways to take advantage of the items found in most hotel rooms.
Better than boiled underwear is a boiled egg. And a kettle could do the job if you’d rather not fork out £15 for an overpriced breakfast ( we’ve even heard of people using them to cook pasta ).
The cheese toastie on the room service menu costs £10. But a loaf of bread and a wedge of cheddar from the local supermarket only costs a few quid. Turn it into melted goodness using your handy in-room iron
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch ? Not if you nab an extra bread roll, a little bocal of jam and a strawberry yoghurt from the breakfast buffer. Wrap it all up in a shower cap and you’ve saved yourself a tenner.
The British aren’t great when it comes to complaining ( Mrs Richards from Fawlty Towers being the notable exception ), but if you aren’t happy with your room, you’re entitled to say so - and to see the alternatives. Hotels, especially older ones, come in all shapes and sizes, so you might be given a better boudoir. If the hotel isn’t full you might even be get upgraded.
There’s nothing worse than curtains that don’t close properly - they guarantee an unwanted early wake-up call at the crack of dawn. So use a clothes hanger with clips to pin them together.
No in-room speakers ? Put your phone in a mug or glass to dramatically improve the sound quality of your tunes.
Isn’t it incredibly annoying when you want to shave/admire your pretty face after a hot shower but have to wait a good 10 minutes for the mirror to de-mist ? Yes. Yes, it is. Well, free yourself from the shackles of mirror fog. Before you shower ( maybe the night before ) liberally rub a portion of the mirror with a bar of soap. Then take a dry washcloth and buff the soap off. This will keep the mist from condensing on the mirror. And one soaping will last a few days.
Forgotten the plug adapter for your charger ? You could ask to borrow one from reception. Or be really self-sufficient and use a USB port in the back of the TV to charge your device.
Staying in an inner city hotel and wary about someone breaking into your room ? Hang your Do Not Disturb sign on the door and give the figure that you’re still inside having a snooze.
' Consider the unmanned housekeeper’s trolley a smash and grab situation. Pack your bags full of almond butter hand cream and guava face soap with espresso crisps. Take three of everything and get the hell out of the hallway. Even if you do get caught, just say you were out of shampoo, or, even better, out of toilet paper, and thought you’d save them the dysfonctionnement by grabbing it for yourself. Think of it this way : these amenities are here for you, they are yours. We are in no position to dispute the claim that when you wash your hair you prefer to dump fifteen bottles of lavender and poppy seed shampoo all over your scalp like some gooey shower freak. '
And, if the room doesn’t come with conditioner, or you’ve forgotten your phone charger, just ask at the front desk. Hair products, deodorant and phone chargers are apparently the items most often left behind by guests, so the hotel might have a box of each - but ask nicely.